Whirlpool mod Ray Macey has posted a nice, calm-minded synopsis of what he thinks of the government’s workplace reform campaign on his blog. He writes:
“It’s simple. If you believe that lack of flexibility as an individual is worth the improved economy and any advantages one can expect from a strengthened economy, then you are all for the changes. If you think that individual flexibility is paramount, then you oppose the changes. The specifics of either viewpoint are so much hot air.”
He’s spot on. This is what virtually all politics boils down to. It’s a shame that free market economy thinking and social libertarian thinking (right vs left) is therefore mutually exclusive.
If only the A Current Affair watching majority could see through the bullshit. Then they’d actually be able to make informed voting decisions rather than either voting for who mum/dad/grandma/great granddaddy Ezekiel voted for, or saying “I ignore politics… can’t stand that stuff. It’s boring.”
Left vs. right political theory is like Adam vs. Eve. Ford vs. Holden. Whirlpool vs. WPS. You just need to understand the basic viewpoints and you can basically boil down any issue very quickly.
On another note though, I am pissed off about this latest government propaganda war. It shits me immensely that tens of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money is allowed to be spent on TV ads with chunderously condescending “round the campfire” Aussie guitar music playing in the background, with a soft, calm voiceover, assuring us that the changes will provide more choices, options and flexibility for the Australian worker.
For a start (even though I know I’m proving Ray’s point about hot air) what a load of B.S… why on earth would any government be interested in voluntarily providing more flexibility for the worker in a way that didn’t intrinsically disadvantage the worker? It takes uprising and revolution to achieve that kind of result. (I hasten to add that I’m not a militant leftie… I’m just saying that following common sense and human nature, government and employers don’t give away flexibility and freedom unless there’s a strong impetus.)
Secondly, it’s vile that they allowed to get away with peddling this party-line fuelled propaganda as public information advertising, using public money. Only people who write the law could get away with this “misappropriation of shareholders’ funds.”
Sometimes I think it would be better if the government were privatised. Then at least they could be covered by false advertising, competition and fraud legislation.