May 29, 2008

Richard Farmer’s political bite-sized meaty chunks

Meaty snippets from the home of government plus the daily reality check and the pick of other people's political coverage. Richard Farmer writes.

A new round of ACTU ads. There would not be many marginal seat holders in the Parliamentary Labor Party who didn’t think that the television campaign by the ACTU attacking the Coalition’s WorkChoices legislation played a major part in their success. Those same members should thus be a little apprehensive that the ACTU has decided that it should “continue its conversation with working Australians about their rights at work, through an advertising campaign.” This time it is not the dreaded John Howard who is being sent a message but his successor Kevin Rudd. “These ads put all politicians on notice – working Australians voted to get rid of John Howard’s unfair industrial relations laws and we expect the Rudd Government, the Opposition and all Senators to respect the will of the electorate,” is how union boss Sharon Burrows puts it. Ever so politely Ms Burrows explained the need for the campaign: “Just because the Liberal Party was defeated at the last election doesn’t mean WorkChoices is dead. Until we see the final legislation we won’t know if the rights of working families will be protected, although we are confident the Prime Minister will keep his election promises. Until WorkChoices is completely scrapped and a new fair and balanced industrial relations system introduced, the ACTU will continue our discussion with the Australian public. Labor’s new laws need to restore the rights that were stripped from working Australians under WorkChoices, from unfair dismissal to the rights of unions and collective bargaining.” The new television ad started going to air last Sunday.


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