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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Jason Lovell

Why Rene supports Howard’s IR way

RENE Hidding today (11/10/05) revealed the thinking behind the Howard Government’s push to tip the industrial relations balance in favour of employers, via an all-too-common slip of the tongue.

Increased productivity? Higher wages? Better working conditions?

Nah, it’s none of these.

The Liberals are pushing to water down Australia’s IR laws in order to, “ensure that we actually take the benefits of a terrific election, er, of a terrific economy”.

There we are. The Liberals are going to abolish land tax in Tasmania to help the ”average battler who owns a house, a shack and one or two investment properties”. And they want to destroy the existing IR system in this country to “ensure they take the benefits of a terrific election [result]”.

Hidding also revealed this morning that the Tasmanian Liberals have been “spending a lot of time talking to Tasmanian workers, [who] understand the current system is silly with six layers around the nation, they know it’s overly prescriptive” drawing the obvious response from the compere: “But Tasmanian workers don’t care about what’s happening to workers in Queensland at that level do they? They care about what’s happening to workers in Tasmania.”

Rene went on to explain that Tasmanian workers are incredibly mobile and spend a chunk of their time in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Hmmm.

Finally, Rene hinted at the reasons why he supports Howard’s IR reforms:

“You’ve got to understand that it wasn’t long ago that I was employing people. I had an employee who came to me and said, ‘Because of the current system where we’re all working 40 hour weeks and we get RDOs once a month, I would like to trade out one week of my annual leave to work because I want to be able to go and do something’.”

Hmmmm. So believable.

I’m starting to wonder whether anybody will be voting for these monkeys come election time. Of course I live in southern Tasmania, so the overwhelming majority of my neighbours agree with me; at the last state election southern Tasmania elected Hodgman and Son to represent the Liberal Party, giving them two seats out of the 10 on offer. Twenty per cent support in and around the state capital seems about right, given the people that I’VE been consulting with and the phone calls that are making MY phone meltdown.

Only joking. There are no phone calls and there’s been no consultation — I lied about that stuff.

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  1. Jason

    October 11, 2005 at 8:10 am

    Addendum.

    Following a tipoff it’s been confirmed that Rene Hidding was on the radio last night supporting the current state industrial relations system. That’s right, last night, the 10th of October.

    He said “we support a state based system”
    AND
    “the current system in Tasmania will be required for quite some time”

    This is very odd indeed.
    Hidding appears to be gunning for his own “Karma Sutra of IR,” with at least 4 different positions now covered.

    I wonder, if we all hold our breath at the same time, can Rene come through with the other 60 possies required to match the more convential sutra?

    Seriously, why are the Liberals bothering with this guy?

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