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Billions for bombs, nothing for mums

The Rudd Labor Government will spend $35 billion on submarines. Yet it baulks at spending half a billion on a paid maternity leave scheme.

This shows Labor’s priorities are not working people. They are profits.

Defence spending is about protecting Australian bosses and their system of exploitation from threats from within (i.e. the working class) and supposed threats from outside (like ‘terrorists’ and other nasties. For the nasties, insert the  name of any major imperialist power here.)

To ensure we have enough armed thugs of the state to suppress Australian workers if the need arises, Rudd has promised Defence spending will increase in real terms by 3 per cent a year until 2018.

The $35 billion to be spent on submarines also undermines Rudd Labor’s arguments about the $42 billion stimulus package.

First why not add that submarine money to the stimulus package and spend it on something useful like more hospital beds, nurses  and teachers? And much better pay for teachers and nurses.

Secondly, the size of the submarine spending makes me question the adequacy of the stimulus package. Adding in the December $10 billion, Rudd is spending $52 billion to kick start investments and profit flows in Australia.

That’s about 5 per cent of our Gross Domestic Product but spread over a  few a years. The fall in GDP from the beginning of the crisis to its ever receding end date is going to be much more that 5 per cent.

The multiplier effect of the Government’s proposed spending will be lower than that of private enterprise if it had undertaking investments of that magnitude.

The stimulus package is about politics, not economics. It is the save Kevin Rudd fund. The Government has to be seen to be doing something, even if it thinks privately that resistance is futile.

The subterfuge over pink batts in every home highlights this.  That spending is actually aimed at giving the big polluters more leeway to pollute under a carbon trading scheme. How low is that?

There is another deeply troubling reason why Labor won’t introduce a paid maternity leave scheme (pathetic as it is.)

Unemployment will increase rapidly in Australia over the next 12 months. Conservative estimates are it will reach 7 percent. By the way if we factor in underemployment, the real unemployment rate in Australia is, according to one economist, actually already 13 per cent.

An extra 300,000 people (at least) will join the dole queues by June next year. 200,000 will be school leavers and graduates.

Labor wants to do all it can to appear to be fighting unemployment and opening up employment spaces for those new to the workforce. Women leaving the workforce to have babies, and not coming back to work, is one ‘cost effective’ way to help achieve the goal of reducing the unemployment figures artificially and perhaps freeing up a few jobs to soak up school leavers.

In other words Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard see a paid maternity leave scheme as an impediment to keeping women out of the workforce. So they won”t introduce it.

Shame, Labor, shame.

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Comment from Abigail Petit
Time February 27, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Capitalism is now dead. I believes there are no stocks which can profit from Obama. This is something that I never witnessed in my life. There is always a sector which should move based upon the new President. Republicans typically favor defense so that those tend to rise after he takes office. At the same time, alternative energy companies and healthcare often jump when Democrats win the White House. Obama is a friend of nobody other than government. He is a fan of huge government and an enemy of business. This is a man who believes that business is bad. People who succeed in the private sector are evil according to his mindset. For this reason, he is doing everything that he can to crush the private sector. I have mentioned that, based upon his early decision, Obama will go down as the worst President in history. He is so left of center that his decisions are alienating the rest of the country. Yet, I doubt he cares very much.
Does Obama believe he is doing the right thing? I believe he does. Of course his ideology blinds him to the most basic of facts. And, just because one believes it doesnt make it so. Charles Manson believed he was doing right by mutilating another human being. It doesnt make it right. $3.6 trillion. That is a number which is astounding. I do not care what the circumstances, there is no justification for that type of money. Obama is a madman who has no place serving as dog catcher let alone President. And for all of you stoopid Americans who voted for him, go look in the mirror to see what a total jackass looks like. You are the real morons.