Pre-Traumatic Stress

Laws that are planned to be passed within the next four weeks are very far reaching in their consequences. They are also very detailed, but the Senate is being denied the chance to adequately scrutinise them (as well as other important, but less monumental matters). There are three very big issues – massive workplace relations…

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Workers vs Shirkers

I wrote here about the “shirker” usurping the old role of the “bludger” as the star player in the Government’s lexicon of the undeserving. Today’s Daily Telegraph couldn’t make it any clearer. Its headline “Workers 1 Shirkers 0” pits ‘them’ against ‘us’ in the most basic possible way. Amazingly this story says that Treasurer Peter…

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A Few Budget Views

There’s more commentary and analysis on the Budget around than anyone could possibly read, so I won’t add a lot here. If you want to read all the detail for yourself, you can click here. The activity in Parliament House on Budget Day and night is a unique experience, which I will write more on…

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Working for the Clampdown

Michelle Grattan’s column in The Age today started with the following two sentences: The Federal Government is determined to get more disability pensioners into the workforce. With its eyes firmly on its coming Senate majority, the Howard cabinet is about to consider toughening eligibility for the disability support pension, which goes to more than 700,000…

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