Maybe workers will have changed their minds about us taking away their rights again

Isn’t Tony Abbott nice? I’d been hoping for a repeat of the 2007 election result (at least in terms of ALP vs Liberals), but was worried the conservatives might try a different argument this time around.

Turns out they won’t.

I wonder why Tony thinks they lost the last one.

Also – using the Bible to justify inaction on homelessness? Classy! (Literally.)

11 responses to “Maybe workers will have changed their minds about us taking away their rights again

  1. The Liberals never take too long to show their true colours on this issue. I wonder how they will re-badge WorkChoices. They could even try to use those information booklets with stickers covering Work Choices on the front…oh wait they pulped them at our expense.

    My favourite line:
    Signalling the Coalition’s intent, deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop yesterday attacked the government’s overhaul of workplace awards and said the return of ”inflexible working conditions” such as weekend penalty rates was costing employers and workers.

    Damn those penalty rates! They’re clearly ruining our economy with our high unemployment…errr no…wait I am sure there’s some reason they can muster to fuck over the most vulnerable in our community.

    I am sure they’ll come up with some BS as to why the lowest paid should be paid lower.

  2. Not so fast Ozzie U and lefty!

    What difference is there really for “workers” between the Big Two?

    ALP = “one day, in due season, after you re-elect us, we’ll probably wind back such badnesses as the A.B.C.C., terrrrst laws, unfair dismissal, corporatised government etc…, or maybe we won’t. Do you feel lucky punk? Well, do you?”

    LNP = “we’re neo-cons! But, because of our neo-con media (including the ABC) everyone bizarrely thinks that will be good for them.”

    Haven’t heard a convincing word from either about “the most vulnerable in our community”.

    Beware wishful thinking that sanity resides in the Australian electorate. By and large they are selfish, ignorant, short-sighted and stupid.

    Hawke, Keating and Howard were directly responsible for allowing the media concentration that made them so.

  3. Do remember in the 2004 election, JWH coming out of the gate with his “this election will be about trust” and then running on what many sensible minded people felt was actually his greatest weakness? Neverever, childrenoverboard…

    I’m sure Tony feels he’s playing the game just right and stepping into his daddy’s shoes on this one, by setting up for a campaign about IR. I think his problem is that he lacks the political judo skills of Howard but doesn’t know it.

  4. Well, I think going hard on this issue will be deadly for the Libs – but that’s not necessarily a good thing. Rudd is complacent enough already.

    Sometimes a “safe” PM does some good with the extra political capital – sadly, I don’t think Rudd is one of those PMs.

    I suspect if the Libs reduce the pressure, the ALP will use the opportunity to concentrate on attacking the Greens.

  5. “I don’t think Rudd is one of those PMs.”

    The apology, ratifying Kyoto, incentives to reduce energy usage, refreshing honesty. To name but a few.

  6. The reason the Libs won’t let workplace deregulation go is because it’s really the last thing they have left to stand for. The last 30 years have seen economic reforms that have essentially deregulated away the Liberals’ reason for existing. Business doesn’t need the Libs in government to hold back the union influence because Labor are there and doing that already. Business don’t need the Libs in government to push economic reforms that deregulate our economy because a Labor government has already done that.

    Workplace deregulation is the last thing the Libs have left to stand on, the only problem is that voters have told them they don’t want that.

  7. Chris Grealy:

    The apology, ratifying Kyoto, incentives to reduce energy usage,

    These are reasons people scorn Krudd. There is no “refreshing honesty” about the man. He is a stinking hypocrite who can never admit a mistake.

  8. Workplace ‘reform’ is at the top of Abbott’s agenda.
    It’s something he announced the very day after being made leader of the Opposition. It’s also the primary means his party have for luring back big business donors who don’t like losers, and who’ve grown quite comfortable with the ALP.

    All of Abbott’s sexist pseudo-gaffes would look positively cheerful compared to these guys getting their way on IR.

  9. Abbott now says:

    Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has guaranteed that no employee would be worse off under a Coalition government’s industrial relations laws. blockquote>
    This is brilliant! Both sides telling the same lie.

    How either side could make this promise and seriously believe it to be true is beyond me. Such is the nature of the great lying game of politics.

  10. The other thing about bringing back workchoices is I reckon Abbott is trying to defend the Howard years and avenge that government being kicked out. After the election I remember Abbott whining about what a good government they’d been and not deserving to lose office. He is clearly in denial about the reasons why they lost office, but still feels obligated to defend his idealogical father. That, and needing to latch onto workplace reform as the one remaining issue that gives the Liberal party a reason to exist.

  11. The Bible quote made me want to vomit.

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