Saturday’s socialist speak out
The Age is reporting that two Australians working for G4S on Manus Island are wanted for questioning in the murder of asylum seeker Reza Berati. No wonder the Papua New Guinea and Australian governments shut down an independent judicial inquiry, twice and also stopped and deported an Australian lawyer visiting his 57 clients there after he had found evidence of brutal mistreatment.
This government of non-transparency also opposed setting up a UN investigation into the genocide the Sri Lankan government committed and commits against Tamils. The reason is pretty obvious. The Abbott government has a close relationship with the war criminals in charge of Sri Lanka to help ‘stop the boats’. This is a euphemism for stopping Tamils fleeing disposession, rape, torture, murder, in fact fleeing genocide. The Abbott government even gave the murderers in charge of Sri Lanka armed boats to ‘stop’, that is turn back or blow up, Tamil boats in Sri Lankan waters.
Ruling class golden boy Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos is in hot water, mixed up with the corrupt former Labor Party heavy Eddie Obeid. Greed knows no political boundaries.
Abbott had his bonfire of red tape last week. Meanwhile at Morwell the bonfire of deregulation has severely disrupted the lives of thousands of residents and the health of many, since the fire spread to the deregulated Hazelwood open cut mine over a month ago.
Abbott also announced the re-introduction of airs and graces, sorry knighthoods and dameships, for up to four ‘pre-eminent’ Australians every year. This reflects the mindset of the leader and government. They are born to rule. For the one percent.
So too with George Brandis’s declaration that people have the right to be bigots. This is about dividing people on the basis of race or religion as part of the wider program of defending the one percent and their privileged position in society.
Hence the almost poverty level minimum wage mnany many workers receive.
The ACTU is arguing before Fair Work for a $27 increase per week increase to the minimum wage. This is an increase of about 4.5% on the minimum wage. Employers have said $8.50 a week, about 1.2%, is all they can afford, and even then the restaurant industry, despite an 11% increase in turnover last year, has warned there will be job losses with any increase. Fair Work will go with an inflation adjustment or one slightly above or below that, depending on whether they believe the bosses’ lies or not. This means an increase of about $18 a week plus or minus a few dollars either
No matter what the level of the increase those struggling to make ends meet on $622 a week or thereabouts will continue to struggle. Given that the average wage is a bit over double the minimum wage, the increase in the minimum wage should be much much more to help the low paid, often women with kids, improve their lives.
That will not happen. The ACTU and the bosses are arguing over how poor low paid workers should be, not about addressing their poverty.
The Abbott government will also sell Medibank Private and use the $4 billion, not on health, but on roads. They also stitched up a deal with the States and Territories for them to privatise many of their monopoly assets in return for Commonwealth money. Privatisation benefits the one percent at our expense.
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