Its simple,people. The equation of government legislated constraint on wages and income, coupled with governments failure to regulate price gouging,in particular by the financial sector,but generally by all businesses can only mean that the rich get richer as the old middle classes join the homeless in the poverty queues.
As Australian PM Julia Gillard is poised to call the next federal election,she gives us absoultely no reason to consider or recommend Labor. Gillard’s National Press Club speech reinforces every message she has sent in her brief tenure as Prime Minister- and her somewhat longer political & cabinet career.
Gillard’s claim to “have kept Australians in work” should be viewed in context. Rich cotton growers in Americas deep south kept their slaves in work too, until #wageslavery became less costly than the responsibility of maintaining slaves. Rudd/Gillards Labor employment policies are a continuance of the Howard – Abbott worker servitude model copied from Canadas failed “Tough Love” program by ex priest and then Mission Australia CEO Patrick McClure. As Minister for Industrial Relations Gillard, with her career in Industrial Law was well placed to drive equitable, Fairpay solutions. She did not. Howard policies such as Workchoices were largely retained and rebadged, continuing the same socially suicidal combination of legislated worker constraint and laissez faire capitalism. Very simply under the current system, businesses, including property hogs, have no limits on the excessive price hikes which they can foist on an unprotected public.The public, meanwhile are excessively constrained in the means available to them to act for pay equity. The minimum wage is a measly $570 per week- unlivable in Sydney,for a single person.Too bad if you happen to have one or three or more kids.
Expensive Daycare – with DOCs ready to question your parenting skills if you don’t use their invasive authorised services. Add transport costs.Add rent.Now take that away from $570 per week. Not interested in rebates. Landlords and supermarkets neither give them nor wait for them.
In the 2009 economic hiccup (caused,you may recall by bad banker lending practices) we didn’t ask tell or permit Rudd Gillard Labor to risk our money or wrath by underwriting the banks. Thats the first thing they did.Prior to standing kerbside and allowing,despite correct if expensive contrary professional advice, the chill winds of a Corporate Antarctic Gale to suck our national capital into the redline of deficit, and significantly blacken the bottom-line of a few corporate pirates. Is this the basis of Gillard’s claim to “sound economic management”? Doubtless,the stimulus spending was necessary,and would probably not have happened under a Howard/Abbott/Costello Coalition Government. However, as with all spending, the taxpayer should be entitled to see a return on investment. A return in terms which taxpayers,and voters can relate to.Which probably does not mean huge profits in the financial or other business sectors. Where is the return on investment? What had the possibility to be groundbreaking policy has become another handover of taxpayers money to friends of whichever party happens to be in power. A billion extra because Labor economically mismanaged the Insulation program. 1 sixth of their projected spend in the name of homelessness over ten years. Oh, and the Laptops for schoolkids project.The potential, through good economic management,to finesse a backbone for a much needed standardised national education backbone – in synchronicity with the National Broadband Network. Instead, a simple cash handout forced each school to make individual IT decisions on the basis of local IT knowledge- with the inevitable results. Is this the economic credibility Gillard claimed in her National Press Club speech??
Gillards claims to have resolved the potential Mining Industry backlash brings to focus the claims of respected miner Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest that Rudd was “24 hours away” from solving that “crisis”. Her claims belie the truth that in fact she, in what has become typical Labor Party consultation, slammed the door shut on relative mining minnow Fortescue and smaller miners and the entire Gas industry.It transpires that she did so for good reason as Mining Magnate Labor cohorts Marius Kloppers and co happily traded away elements benefitting those companies and sectors to secure a deal amenable to Big Mining- The Rio Tinto-BHP colossus. It is of interest
The Prime Minister referred in her National Press Club speech to the macro-economic stability within frameworks ..which have served the counrty so well in the past 18 years of Keating, Howard and Rudd governments. The significant indicators of this period include higher incidence of need for healthcare which would indicate sicker people. Contacts in the mental health field would doubtless point to increased numbers of mentally ill, and the alarming increase in suicides. Long-time honest hardworking businessmen will decry the current bank dictated business regime which pushes the need to serve bank interests to the fore, and quality of product and service out the door. A lot have been driven to bankruptcy, by the sheer greed of a minority business sector coddled and cotton wooled by these same successive governments Gillard lauds. Residential purchase and rent prices have skyrocketed in direct disproportion to real incomes. Oh, and about 20 years ago, compulsory superannuation began to kick in. Compulsory superannuation, or the sequestering of a portion of your hard-earned for most of your life for a group of elite gamblers to play with and profit from, may have had more to do with the claimed “national prosperity” than any management or mis-manangement at political level. I’m not an economist but theres a striking alignment of timelines which I’m compelled to take a closer look at.I’m compelled to do so,because so many of our homeless and marginalised community sleep in doorways and alcoves while their superannuation works miracles in the service of the rich. I’m caused to speculate just how much more evenly spread this “economic prosperity” might have been if it translated into workers pay packets, to spend or save, or finance their needs now.And we know that many hard working Australians suffer the daily drudge of Employer tyranny, low pay- high fares & late trains- easy credit and lifetime repayments, going home knowing that at the end of each working day they sink deeper under an avalanche of cascading cost increases while they are legally and practically constrained from lobbying for pay increases.We also know that the number of working homeless and working poor has risen steadily, with no end to the spiral in sight. Is this the vision Labor have for Your future, alongside their vision of French Riviera holidays for themselves, perhaps blinded to the Cote de Azur addresses of the boardroom members whom they allow to plunder and rape this country dry. This vision is as much that of Gillard and similar to the Abbotesque vision.
The list of expensive policy failures you need to question Labor and The Coalition on include;
- Aboriginal: Northern Territory Intervention. This policy is perhaps the most racist, inconsistent with not only Australia’s international Human Rights obligations but common decency EVER to enjoy bipartisan support in Australia. Despite the masterly Howard ploy of using child protection as a Trojan Horse, thereby keeping any legal matters arising in the murky secret and oft fanciful world of the Family/Childrens Court jurisdictions, where prying media or public cannot see, we have yet to see ANY aboriginal children “saved.From labor, Tanya Plibersek and Peter Garrett are probably worth giving another go… but its hard to see who else.. Lee Rhiannon seeks a Greens senate Federal seat and should be supported on the basis of what she has done in NSW. ” Controversially,many in the aboriginal communities state categorically that this draconian bipartisan action has in fact placed aboriginal children, families and culture at greater risk – some going so far as to shift their children offshore.
- Homelessness; The Road Home:
- Insulation & Solar Programs:
- Computers into Schools
- School Building Program
- Underwriting Banks
- Fair Pay
- War on Afghanistan – State Terrorism.
- Economy: What will You (insert politicians name) do to lessen Australias reliance on “the China resource market.”
- Mining Super Tax: Look for second tier miners to join under the able and astute leadership of Andrew Forrest in lobbying against the Rio-BHP-Labor Miners Supertax.
Please, pay particular attention to Socialist Alliance and the Greens, the larger blocks whose aspirations are more on song with those of the community.Some independents, such as Bob Katter, deserve your serious consideration if you happen to live in their electorate.Nationals Barnaby Joyce genuinely reflects the views of his community, and it would be a shame to see the honorable Malcolm Turnbull displaced from his seat despite us having zero commonality of views- except perhaps on a direct elect republic. Of those standing Aboriginal activist Sam Watson of Socialist alliance is an outstanding candidate with his long history in black politics and his work around aboriginal and community services.
The compelling issue for Oz in 2010 is not who gets voted into power,but who control the Senate. Almost certainly,one of the major two will become government.Which is irrelevant- there is clear bipartisanship on the issues which stand between Australian people and a better life. At the end of the day we have Abbott the Unbelievable versus Judas Julia and both can be trusted to pay attention to the bottom line of big business to the detriment of all others… and that probably includes you.