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April 2009



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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Public servants: get thee to a tannery

The Budget is on 12 May.

Labor Ministers have been positioning themselves to blame others for the brutal attacks on living standards they are preparing.

For example Lindsay Tanner has been pinning public service job losses that have already occurred on the heads of departments.

The fact that the Rudd Labor Government and its Finance Minister cut public service funding last year by 3.25 percent had absolutely nothing to do with the loss of a conservatively estimated 3000 jobs.  Absolutely nothing.

It’s all the fault of those nasty agency heads who grabbed the opportunity to sack workers. 

Of course, as I predicted on this site a month or so ago, Tanner will get agency heads to do his job cutting dirty work. 

How convenient that as he cuts funds to the public service he can finger the heads of departments, people who are merely translating his orders into action.

I doubt one public servant will buy the Minister’s blatant blame shifting.

Tanner, speaking recently to the public service union, the CPSU, said that unions shouldn’t let the heads “off the hook” and not to “assume they are telling the truth” when they blame the efficiency dividend for cutting jobs.

So Tanner is tilling the ground to make it a more fertile killing field. He knows that cutting funding means job cuts and more work and stress for those who remain. 

But by using the efficiency  dividend (possibly at a higher permanent rate than John Howard’s 1.25 per cent) he transfers the blame for job losses, he hopes, to those who implement his policies.

But it won’t just be the efficiency dividend that Rudd Labor will use to disguise its attacks on jobs. 

They will also cut programs and workers in ‘inefficient’ areas. 

The Labor Government’s massacre of 5000 work placement jobs shows the future for public servants.

We will hear ad nauseum about efficiency and cost cutting but this is code for sacking people.

Thus in the guise of efficiency and cost cutting, Rudd Labor is overseeing the destruction of 5000 work placement jobs.

The ALP Government will use exactly the same arguments for the public service in general and target certain programs. 

So to my dear reader, which areas do you think Labor will axe? (If the head of Treasury is reading, as I am told he does avidly, then pop in an anonymous tip, comrade Ken.)

The CPSU will do nothing to fight back against ‘its’ Government.  Indeed it may well accept wage freezes for public servants on the lie that this will save jobs.

They won’t. They will only deepen the Great Recession by cutting aggregate demand across the economy. 

So to CPSU members I say:  Link up with job placement workers and fight for their jobs and yours.

Today across the country Australian Services Union members are rallying against the Rudd Government sacking of up to 5000 work placement jobs. Let’s join them in the struggle for jobs and against Labor.


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