ga('send', 'pageview');
John Passant

Site menu:

July 2014



RSS Oz House



Subscribe to us

Get new blog posts delivered to your inbox.


Site search


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)



Bashing the unemployed is about cutting wages

Emma Alberici interviews employment Minister Eric Abetz.

The government’s ‘bash the unemployed’ has two aims. The first is to scapegoat those whom capitalism throws onto the rubbish bin of unemployment. The victims of capitalism become the cause of their own unemployment (much like it is all the fault of the Palestinians for the Israelis having to kill so many of them.)

If the cause of unemployment is the unemployed, then clearly it is not the fault of the government in managing capitalism and is definitely not the fault of capitalism itself. It is OBVIOUSLY the result of those lazy bludging no hopers. I mean it is just so OBVIOUS.

Isn’t it funny then how unemployment goes up and down, sometimes very markedly, and it is always connected to the overall strength or weakness of the economy? When the economy is booming presumably all the lazy do-nothing bludgers become keen and hard working employees. But when the economy busts, all these lazy buggers emerge from the shadows just clamouring for more state support.

This government knows just how to deal with these shirkers. If you are younger than 30, then you will lose the dole for 6 months each year. That should help crime rates, suicide rates and self esteem. And it will put real downward pressure on wage rates, especially the minimum wage.

All the unemployed will have to apply for 40 jobs a month.

Or as the Abetzorator puts it – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. With about 7 unemployed for every vacancy, forcing them to send out form letters for jobs will do nothing to put those on the dole into jobs. It will massively increase red tape for business. And it will put real downward pressure on wage rates, especially the minimum wage.

Abetz’s response was to promise those unemployed ‘spamming’ employers would lose their payments. What planet do these vicious little men live on? Maybe, just maybe, the government could remove the pressure to spam by abandoning the idea to force the unemployed to make 40 job applications a month. But that doesn’t fit into the blame the victim strategy or the cutting wages strategy behind these attacks on the unemployed.

The backlash against the proposal from business, economists, social service organisations and the general populace has seen Abetz start to talk about a lower job application target per month This is a white bread version of the shit sandwich.

Depending on your age, you’ll have to work for the dole for 15 or 25 hours a week. This is the same scheme we have for criminals. And it will put real downward pressure on wage rates, especially the minimum wage.

All of these government changes to the dole, as well as demonising the victims of capitalism and deflecting attention away from the system that creates unemployment by putting profit before people, are also aimed at driving wages down.

Desperate people, faced with losing the pittance of $35 a day that is the dole, will accept $10 an hour jobs. The minimum wage is currently almost $17 an hour.

That will drag down not only the minimum wage and those wage rates linked to it, but all working class wages.

The threat from this Government to our living living standards is real. Why aren’t our unions leading the fightback against Abbott and Abetz? Only organised labour has the capacity and power to defeat this government.



Pingback from Bashing the unemployed is about cutting wages | OzHouse
Time July 31, 2014 at 9:13 pm

[…] Jul 31 2014 by admin […]

Comment from mike lockhart
Time August 1, 2014 at 9:10 pm

They could always ask the trees for a job, they might need leaf growers, our good mate Tony will fund training, won’t he?
As that marvel of finance wizardry tubby Joe has said “you will thank us tomorrow for the kick in the guts we give you today”

Write a comment