Robert Candelori discusses the severe damage new Awards under Gillard's Fair Work Act will do to our hospitality industry:
In the last fortnight, there has been a concerted effort by the hospitality industry to raise awareness about the damage Julia Gillard’s new hospitality award is inflicting on restaurants, cafes and hotels around Australia.
They have a point.
I invite people to walk down some popular restaurant strips in Sydney or Melbourne on a Sunday to understand just what’s happening: many restaurants are now opting to close on Sundays altogether. Far from improving the pay and conditions of workers, the new award has resulted in workers receiving fewer shifts and less take home pay.
When the award system was supposedly ‘simplified’ and ‘modernised’ pursuant to the Fair Work Act, it was all done under the notion of cutting the thousands of various industry awards down to approximately 150 amalgamated awards. The idea was that it would be less complex for employers and good for workers. Of course, what we actually got was a cosy deal between the Labor Government and the union movement with little involvement from industry.
Robert Candelori writes on his blog about How Tony Abbott is on the wrong side of the welfare waste agreement:
When Tony Abbott usurped the Liberal leadership by a single vote in December 2009, I was a vocal supporter. Whilst I knew that he was not a classical liberal in any sense of the word (a cursory review of his book Battlelines is clear on this point), I knew that the Liberal Party would have a fighting chance at seizing back the government benches. Sure enough, he got close.
The appeal of Tony Abbott is that he is as relentless as former Prime Minister, John Howard. He does not pander to imbecilic appeals of bipartisanship, he stands for something, he is dogged in his attacks on the government (no doubt assisted by his passion for sports and personal fitness) and he can craft simple messages that cut through the inept spin machine of the Labor Party. In fact, so effective has the “stop the boats, stop the taxes and end the waste” mantra been, it has resulted in the dumping of a first-term Prime Minster, Kevin Rudd, and severely discredited his replacement, Julia Gillard, who nowadays seems to waft about without any air of authority or purpose. Let us not forget that Ms Gillard is Australia’s first female Prime Minister, and yet, not since Malcolm Fraser in 1975 has an opposition leader been so powerful.
The last three years of communications policy in this country have arguably been some of the worst on record. The Australian Labor Party, in opposition, promised to build a $4.7 billion fibre-to-the-node broadband network which was to provide minimum speeds of 12mpbs to 90% of Australians.
When the ALP was subsequently elected, Stephen Conroy set up an expert panel tasked with initiating a request for tender process for the purposes of deciding which company or consortium would be given the $4.7 billion government grant. The process was a disaster, from start to finish. The major stumbling block was the absurd notion that the government would be supplying $4.7 billion to a third party in order to bring fibre from Telstra’s exchanges to street-corner nodes. Somehow, the fact that Telstra owned the exchanges and 99% of the copper network infrastructure escaped Stephen Conroy’s mind, let alone the $60 billion that Telstra shareholders paid to secure ownership of those assets.