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Stop Tony Abbott's Anti-Worker Laws

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  • Peter Lyon
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    commented 2014-09-01 11:19:10 +1000
    It appears that the Abbott government hates the workers of Australia so much that they are willing to destroy the Australian manufacturing industry to attack the workers.
    Shame Shame Shame
  • Shayne Garrett
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    commented 2014-09-01 11:12:37 +1000
    Politicians continually getting High increases in pay on top of travel, accommodation and other Fringe Benefit Rorts and they keep attacking us the workers. We have avoided most of the global financial Crisis with Labour but Abbot wants to make us slaves and push us into a recession. Stop Abbot NOW it is getting out of control make politicians take buses and buy tickets why do we owe them a free ride when they are taking advantage of us this will not be allowed to pass. Why does Abbot get a bulletproof fancy car and we aren’t allowed to drive because we are poor as Joe Hookey keeps saying. Remember when you back someone into a corner they have no where to go but straight back at you so if Abbott keeps backing us into a corner he will need that bulletproof car but it will not protect him from the ballot boxes.
  • Scott Kecorius
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    commented 2014-09-01 11:10:35 +1000
    WorkChoices dead and buried my &ss!!! Under the Libs it’ll have more lives that a cat. Say NO!
  • Paul Falzon
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    commented 2014-09-01 11:09:30 +1000
    Stephen Greville is right. We need a living wage. Its all out class warfare!
  • James Gialelis
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    commented 2014-09-01 10:52:20 +1000
    Ian MacDonald couldnt agree more genreal wide strike more people power then people with POWER!
  • Stephen Greville
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    commented 2014-09-01 10:51:57 +1000
    We do not need turn our economy inside out in order to get a good meal in a restaurant or a decent cup of latte !!!
    These and many other supposed enhancements to the quality of our lives are coming…
    This macroeconomic rationalism is crazy , a massive upheavel just so as we can end up with wages like New Zealand Hah !

    2014/15 does not = or justify a massive upheaval of our microeconomic institutions — rather the reverse

    Still, the revolution that most voted for ( or did they ) , and its consequences will now have to be lived with.

    What is really needed is some serious analysis about where we could go from here to reclaim sovereignty over our economic lives, as individuals, communities and as a nation before irreparable damage is done ,if we allow this to become history we will be condemned forever – to forgo what has been hard fought for over the last century will put us in the same basket as NZ ( $9 – $10 per hour )

    Rather is there an alternative to the looming massive program of economic liberalization – Would we or do we need an alternative anyway ?

    That so depends on how one sees the reform process developing ? contrast our economy to that of NZ , reflect on their reforms from 1984 – 2014 for in 2014 .

    Much lauded by the rationalists but do they have to survive on $10 per hour ?

    30 years on the Minimum wage in NZ is a whopping $13.75 per hour and could rise soon to an outstanding $14 an dramatic increase of $0.25 cents per hour WOW !! so generous especially when you consider approx 43,000 new Zealanders are on NZ $13.75 per hour or AU $12.12 per hour while another 253,000 earn less than NZ $15 per hour

    As at 1 April 2011, the adult NZ minimum wage of $13.00 an hour applied to all employees aged 16 years and over, who are not new entrants or trainees.

    For new entrants’ minimum wage is a HUGE NZ $10.40 an hour.


    It applies to 16 and 17-year-olds unless they have completed 200 hours or three months employment, or who are supervising and training other workers or who are on the training minimum wage. The training minimum wage is $10.40 an hour. It applies to employees who are undertaking at least 60 credits in a registered training programme.

    Over 1,000 workers in New Zealand have minimum-wage exemptions.


    That is, their employer may legally pay them less than the minimum wage if they are disabled workers HOW FAIR IS THAT ?

    The NZ Department of Labour notes that over the last ten years there has been an increase in the proportion of individuals reporting below minimum wages in the New Zealand Income Survey.

    Many participants in the NZ "Fair Pay " discussion identified fair pay as an important element of equality at work.

    Participants whose income was at or close to minimum wage levels talked about the difficulties they experienced making ends meet.

    A Rotorua man said that the rising cost of electricity did not just have an impact on the cost of keeping warm but also on the cost of cooking.

    He said that “fish and chips are cheaper” once the cost of shopping and cooking are factored in.

    Being cold, combined with an inadequate diet and substandard accommodation contributed to poor health outcomes.

    Other participants said that staff on low wages seek longer work hours to gain an adequate income.

    A cleaner, who was interviewed for the National Conversation , said, “

    I have seen some older people work two to three jobs to make ends meet. This has to stop.”


    So as in NZ what’s going to happen is that lowest paid and middle class (household income of say 80 – 100k) is going to be hammered to pay for the increases in expenditure while top earners will not get hit by tax increases because with a good accountant, a Trust or two, and may be a shelf company or two tax refunds can be had.
  • Ian MacDonald
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    commented 2014-09-01 10:44:23 +1000
    What we need is a general strike (the whole country) to bring the country to a standstill to show Abbott and his cronies that they can’t stuff around with peoples lively hood. This government is so out of touch with the Australian population that they need to be dismantled. If Labour and the Greens and the x benchers don’t cause a double dissolution (which is what the country wants) then a general strike will bring it home. In this day with low interest rates etc, why are big companies posting massive increase in profits? It’s true, without your workers no company can survive.
  • Margaret Hutton
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    commented 2014-09-01 10:40:54 +1000
    Aren’t the Liberals both State and Federal, in enough shit with ICAC at the moment with their taking donations from property developers? Looks like they should be barred from taking donations from any business or corporation that seeks to curry governmental favour to the detriment of the Australian workforce.
  • rob andrew
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    commented 2014-09-01 10:39:05 +1000
    Please stop Abbott and his cronies before its too late.
  • Jane Cottrell
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    commented 2014-09-01 10:38:28 +1000
    Tony Abbott is such a lier. He said he would not change the workplace relations laws and this is exactly what he is proposing. Dont allow this attack on workers rights to succeed. If this succeeds it will be a slippery slope with workers losing more rights. He does not have a mandate for this as it was not an election issue – in fact at the election he said there were to be no changes.
  • James Gialelis
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    commented 2014-09-01 10:14:35 +1000
    Tony abbot is a joke.
    Commercials a year ago were saying diffrent about Mr abbot. Supporting people and there choices. I dont know why we somtimea have a government anyways tons of stuff we dont even know about moral of the story it doesnt matter what we say but there is only a certain amount people can take untill we goo on strike and really stuff the economy up thanks.
  • Giles Baxter
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    commented 2014-09-01 10:08:34 +1000
    Here we go again!!! Once again Tony Abbott is trying to introduce the same old kinds of unfair and un-Australian Work Choices type Industrial laws that killed their Government last time. When will they learn!
    Admittedly some people have short memories, but as soon as they see what this Government is trying to get through, they will be gone again, as well as all of their other supporters in this!
    The Government is supposed to be there for the majority of people, not just Big Business or Mining! Yes, we need Business and Mining, but that doesn’t we have to allow them to put their profits over the fair treatment of their workers and they need to remember that without their workers, there would be no work done and NO PROFITS!!!
  • Wendy Garthon
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    commented 2014-09-01 10:08:16 +1000
    Never again WorkChoices. Not while I have breath in my body.
  • Giles Baxter
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    commented 2014-09-01 10:08:06 +1000
    Here we go again!!! Once again Tony Abbott is trying to introduce the same old kinds of unfair and un-Australian Work Choices type Industrial laws that killed their Government last time. When will they learn!
    Admittedly some people have short memories, but as soon as they see what this Government is trying to get through, they will be gone again, as well as all of their other supporters in this!
    The Government is supposed to be there for the majority of people, not just Big Business or Mining! Yes, we need Business and Mining, but that doesn’t mean we have to allow them to put their profits over the fair treatment of their workers and they need to remember that without their workers, there would be no work done and NO PROFITS!!!
  • Margaret Hutton
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    commented 2014-09-01 09:57:32 +1000
    We voted out John Howard and Abbott’s ilk in 2007 because of the unfairness of WorkChoices, we are prepared to do it again and sweep you out with them if necessary. It is our right to expect decent working conditions and pay. Australia has work place laws that are 100 times better than those in the USA. The USA and Europe are up shit creek because they can’t create jobs with their respective workplace laws, and crappy pay rates.
    Our economy is streets ahead of most 1st world countries, only an idiot would follow Tony Abbott back into WorkChoices shit.
  • Tony Bergman
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    commented 2014-09-01 09:57:25 +1000
    This will turn all Australians into a nation of slaves for Abbotts corporate masters.
  • Mark Farthing
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    commented 2014-09-01 09:52:31 +1000
    Cutting the pay and conditions of hundreds of thousands of hardworking Australians is unfair and a recipe for greater inequality.
  • peter taylor
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    commented 2014-09-01 09:45:05 +1000
    Please stop Abbott before its too late. Let’s put some honesty and common sense back into politics
  • andrew hooley
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    commented 2014-09-01 09:38:18 +1000
    I distinctly recall Tony Abbott state that Work Choices was “Dead, Dead, Dead”!

    Surely enabling particular employers (i.e. the mining industry) to renege on Enterprise Agreements (a legally binding contract of employment) is a breach of contract law. Even if it were to pass the Senate would this not open the employer to a massive class action from employees in the civil courts?

    What is the logic in changing the Fair Work act in favour of a particular industry. Isn’t this unfair? Does this not suggest a massive conflict of interest for the government who discriminating in favour of a particular industry which so happens to be a particularly influential lobbyist?

    There are so many things wrong with these amendments that it is hard to know where to begin…
  • Taz Taz
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    commented 2014-09-01 09:37:50 +1000
    If you care about your family then you will vote against this, because believe it or not one day your children will have to face this….now think about this and ask yourself how you will be able to live with yourself knowing that you agreed to bring these new legislations in…Don’t just think about now; think about the future…STOP ABBOTT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!!
  • Mick Forbes
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    commented 2014-09-01 08:51:03 +1000
    Anyone in favor of this bill is a person in favor of down grading the lives of hard working Australians which would be another step toward the American capitilist system, whereby the average worker is not much better off than a “paid slave” and if they are “lucky” enough, they get to fill every day of their lives working several jobs just to maintain a low living standard and keep the $$ rolling in for the mega rich whilst their own family struggle to make ends meet. No Australian who truely represents the Australian way of life would be in favor of this bill/s which are another fine example of the “Abbott/Rinehart Government” currently ruleing this great Nation of ours. this bill is a distructive disgrace and must be voted down!
  • Pablo Gonzalez
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    commented 2014-09-01 08:17:40 +1000
    How is it possible that this government is still in power when they have lied through their teeth to get elected, and continue to lie each day. Now they are committing us to two wars that will most likely bring the violence home. Say ‘NO to work choices’ in any shape or form, and say no to Mr Abbott and his posse and their attitude of ’I’m alright Jack’. The people elected you, do the right thing by them!
  • John Moloney
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    commented 2014-09-01 08:14:49 +1000
    He is a runaway loco that needs derailing, well before he reaches the station.
  • Chris Speare
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    commented 2014-09-01 08:03:10 +1000
    Australia used to be a world leader in social justice at home and abroad. Our workers had rights that protected them from unscrupulous employers and disadvantaged people or those that had fallen on hard times got a helping hand. All this is being eroded. We are becoming more and more like a america where people die outside hospitals and and workers hold down 2 jobs to get their family fed. Somehow this is supposed to be good for a nation. Not in my Australia.
  • Warren Harvey
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    commented 2014-09-01 07:16:59 +1000
    Abbott has lied again-what in his personality would win him another election. Karma may be his worst enemy so we need to remove him from office.
  • Pauline Olson
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    commented 2014-08-31 20:31:17 +1000
    When will they learn? When will Australians who keep voting them in learn?
  • Calvin Moodie
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    commented 2014-08-31 18:46:47 +1000
    Workchoices by any other name is still Workchoices…..
  • Craig Smith
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    commented 2014-08-31 18:45:24 +1000
    Working people can NEVER trust a conservative government, it’s always the same broken record, take take take, charge charge charge, sell off the assets to their mates in business and screw the worker. When will we learn that tricle down economics doesn’t work in the corporate world?
  • Nigel Davy
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    commented 2014-08-31 18:16:49 +1000
    they are low life spineless yellow back cowards looking after the snobs of this world People who know nothing about life . roll on the next election and we can kick them out
  • Scott Drennan Drennan
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    commented 2014-08-31 17:45:05 +1000
    What happened to Workchoices being “Dead, Buried, Cremated” ?? I guess the Abbott Government will just change the name of Workchoices to something else!