Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: Rorschach tests Schapelle, Woody and the ABC

The Schapelle Corby media frenzy ... Dylan Farrow vs Woody Allen ... royal commissions and more...

Jane Caro

Novelist, author and social commentator

New jobs for whom? There’s been good news and bad news. Good news if you are Schapelle Corby and bad news for everyone else. Schapelle is free, and so — soon — will be Australia’s car workers and fruit canners. Whatever you think of propping up unprofitable businesses (and I am theoretically opposed to throwing good money after bad business) the pontificating of the lucky (one could almost say the entitled) about how some jobs are going but, hey, new ones will be created is insensitive to say the least.

Where will those jobs be? And what will the workers be expected to do? It must be hard to go from skilled car assembly to call centre or waiter, frankly. People choose jobs not just for the wage but also because the tasks involved are those they like or at least have some aptitude for. And being forced to up sticks and move family away from their own jobs, friends, schools and neighbourhoods to follow the work is not something people want to do. That’s not being a job snob, that’s not about “entitlement”, it’s just about making a decent life for yourself.

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One thought on “Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: Rorschach tests Schapelle, Woody and the ABC

  1. Mish Singh

    Jane, your flotsams and jetsams are always wonderful. Thanks for this collection in particular :).

  2. klewso

    re “Navy Burns” :- If it wasn’t for the ABC and SBS would we have gotten to the truth about “Children Overboard”? Sure Murdoch’s Limited News picked it up three days before the election – about a week after those rumours started swirling – but that was more about grabbing the reins to steer it the Right way, and away from electoral danger, before that election – they still touted Howard, Reith and Co on it’s eve.
    Then there was Utegate with Murdoch’s propaganda machine’s oily skid marks over that – and the ABC didn’t want to play ball?
    “WorkChoices” – the ABC negativity:Murdoch’s pitch?
    No wonder Murdoch hates the ABC? ….They’re too unpredictable, won’t always “react accordingly” to His market-share bullying and sometimes don’t play his dictatorial game?
    That is “ABC bias”?

  3. Jill Baird

    “There’s beautiful, vulnerable Schapelle (Australia) being pushed, bullied and punished by crowds of foreigners with dark skin (Asia). It’s Australia’s xenophobia as a morality tale.”
    So you say Jane, yet you go on to say YOU don’t know whether she’s guilty. Would you say the same if an Indonesian turned up here with drugs in his baggage, saying “I don’t know how they got there, someone else must have put them there.”
    Wouldn’t you tend to assume he was guilty?

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