It’s only fair that Gillard shares blame for return to lawless ways

In The Australian today:
“It is an honour to be rebutted by a former prime minister. But Julia Gillard’s claim, (”Laws and Fair Work”, Letters, Feb 14) that I “misled readers” in describing Labor’s changes to the industrial relations laws does not stand up to scrutiny.”

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas is a columnist for The Australian newspaper and the inaugural Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong. The SMART Infrastructure Facility is a $61.8 million world-class research and training centre concerned with integrated infrastructure solutions for the future. Henry is also Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia. Prior to these concurrent roles Henry worked as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Henry's previous career was as an economist at the OECD in Paris, where amongst other roles he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment and was Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department.
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35 Responses to It’s only fair that Gillard shares blame for return to lawless ways

  1. Oh come on

    Am I the only one faintly annoyed by Mr Ergas’s habit of linking to articles he’s written that are behind paywalls and are thus inaccessible to those who don’t have a subscription to The Australian? Can’t you do what Judith Sloan does and cross-post your editorials in full here?

  2. Ivan Denisovich

    Under the tax laws, a taxpayer can be subject to compulsory examination, without protection against self-incrimination, if the tax office suspects a contravention; so too, under the competition and securities laws, can any company director or manager; but Labor wants union thugs to retain protections other citizens are baldly denied.

    A predictable outcome consistent with Labor’s culture of entitlement.

  3. Driftforge

    that are behind paywalls and are thus inaccessible to those who don’t have a subscription to The Australian?

    Google is your friend.

  4. Tintarella di Luna

    Henry’s article refutes the farago of self-serving half-truths asserted in Ms Gillard’s letter to the Australian. If only reversing our economic decline under her tenure were as easy as simply consigning Ms Gillard to the dustbin of history. The damage wrought by deliberate bad policy will take decades to repair while Ms Gillard swans about the international stage in a job funded in part by her government’s generous contributions.

  5. Blogstrop

    Our dishonest media makes it more like Franz Kafka than Fritz Lang, Henry. Work Choices was demonised despite being largely necessary and sensible, while Fair Work has received little critical attention from the same scribes – who are often demonstrably to cozy with Labor anyway.
    Attempts to rewrite history are the stock in trade of second rate lawyers.

  6. Docket62

    I wonder if they’ll have pens and paper for Ms Gillard in her majesty’s hotel?

  7. Docket62

    Am I the only one faintly annoyed by Mr Ergas’s habit of linking to articles he’s written that are behind paywalls and are thus inaccessible to those

    Of all the paywalls, The Aus is the only one worth paying for IMHO

  8. Tintarella di Luna

    Of all the paywalls, The Aus is the only one worth paying for IMHO

    +1

  9. johno

    Of all the paywalls, The Aus is the only one worth paying for IMHO.

    Agreed.

    Quality media needs to be supported against the encroachment of the Left’s ABC.

  10. ss

    Of all the paywalls, The Aus is the only one worth paying for IMHO.

    correct

  11. entropy

    Agree. Happily pay the OZ subscription, but I cold day in Burketown before I pay for the Courier Mail.

    I often wonder why News Ltd doesn’t have a global subscription option.

  12. David Palmer

    Henry,

    The graph accompanying your article is a lemon, makes no sense.

  13. Ed

    Am I the only one faintly annoyed by Mr Ergas’s habit of linking to articles he’s written that are behind paywalls and are thus inaccessible to those

    I’ve got a subscription to the Australian, it costs me $2 per week, so I just hopped across and read the whole article. I like my Oz subscription.

  14. Biota

    I often wonder why News Ltd doesn’t have a global subscription option.

    Agree, I would buy that. Meanwhile I use Google.

  15. Aussiejohn

    Julia lives in the same world as my great grandson, fairies, and boogie men!

  16. maman

    The Australian, a Great Newspaper.

    Pity you can only subscribe using monthly Direct Debit.

    The option for an Annual Subscription would be thoughtful.

  17. srr

    the lawlessness spread, Gillard made further changes, not recommended by Wilcox, preventing the regulator pursuing matters once the parties to a dispute had reached an agreement, regardless of the tactics by which that agreement had been secured.

    The consequences were entirely predictable: the thuggery escalated dramatically, as extracting an agreement, even by extreme means, now provided far-reaching protection from the law.

    With Labor then standing by as the building union was found guilty of 30 counts of contempt in the Grocon dispute alone, Gillard’s protestations of innocence can hardly be taken seriously. Gillard’s claims with respect to policing unions’ governance are no more convincing.

    and the good news – even extreme inner city Lefties are still pissed off with GetUp!, sit down, block off and intimidate, mobs that keep making simply moving around town, unpleasant and difficult. They even bitch about it on social media.

    It helps that so many Lefties discovered that the most militant and least talented of their arty farty set, are he ones that kept getting and wasting arts grants.

  18. Token

    It is an honour to be rebutted by a former prime minister. But Julia Gillard’s claim…

    Wow. Talking about lack of gravitas.

    Is Gillard is so defensive about her legacy she feels the need to write a letter to the editor when someone says something about her?

    The editor of the The Australia really should help us and confirm whether it start with a letter or one of Gillard’s famous demands for the journalist to be sacked?

  19. dianeh

    Well said Henry. Ms Gillard’s claims should not go unchallenged.

    Why does she feel the need to

    1. try to refute Henry’s claims
    2. try to rewrite history.

  20. Ed

    I hope she writes another letter, and Henry can write another article refuting that letter, and she can write to object to the article refuting the letter about the article…
    The more she does this, the better for Henry.

  21. Token

    Why does she feel the need to

    1. try to refute Henry’s claims
    2. try to rewrite history.

    TLS was referred to as the “Gaffe Machine” around here due to her impressive lack of political judgement.

    All she does is show she lacks such a critical skill but allowing her “Untrue Promises”* to be tested under the light of truth by a person with real knowledge and understanding of the subject matter.

    * From the famous NY Times editorial which tried to help Obama weasel out of his repeated lying on Obamacare.

  22. Why does she feel the need to […] try to rewrite history.

    All Julia Gillard had, as PM, was (1) uncritical adulation from lordotic lickspittles for her “achievements” in healthcare and educational reform, (2) her historical position as Australia’s first female PM, and (3) her fame as a sacrificial victim of the Misogyny. Without the proctoleichous flattery and victimhood of 1 and 3 she’s reduced to being an historical footnote, so it’s rather important that she Maintain the Praise as well as perpetuating the notion that the poor thing, young and naïve, was ever brutalised by nasty, bigoted men.

  23. incoherent rambler

    Is Gillard is so defensive about her legacy she feels the need to write a letter to the editor when someone says something about her?

    Positioning for other, more career threatening issues.

  24. Positioning for other, more career threatening issues.

    Perhaps, i.r., but I suspect that (like most of her supporters whom I encounter), she really does believe that she is completely untouchable over the slush-funds and other AWU-related frauds because she’s denied the allegations. As in the case of Thomson, whom she long supported, to say you’re innocent and “did nothing wrong” means—if you’re “progressive”—that you’re irrefutably innocent.

  25. Dan

    Where is the Gillard letter?

  26. kae

    The Aus
    Opinion
    Letters for Feb 14 are in the link above the “Last Post” for Feb 14.

  27. Eyrie

    Who would pay for a subscription to The Australian? I can get all the left wing crap I want for free on the internet.
    Made the mistake of buying the weekend edition this last weekend. With articles like “The view from greensland” , opinion by PVO, Peter Beatty, the legover man, Adams etc who would want it? Far cheaper just to stick two fingers down the back of your throat.

  28. Gab

    Why has this become The Australian subscription complaints thread?

  29. Toiling Mass

    Maybe The Australian is savouring a little revenge.

    After having to comply with her threats, imperiously sprayed through through the phone, they can now relegate her to a letter (not even a column) on the opinions page, amongst those people she had so vocally despised – ordinary people who read News.

  30. Dan

    Gillard and co had plenty of column inches in the What’s Left series. Ideas for these columns dried up quicker than a piss on a rock out the back of Bourke.

  31. Token

    Dan, are you referring to the back of the leader opposition business in the house of reps?

    ;)

  32. Dan

    Possibly…

    Could explain the lisp and glass coffee table in his office

  33. tomix

    The The Australian complaints thread? Will nip over to the shop and let you know the latest on their Jihad against master criminal Clive Palmer.

  34. Andrew of Randwick

    David Palmer #1191958, posted on February 17, 2014 at 7:13 am

    The graph accompanying your article is a lemon, makes no sense.

    It is strange that a huge organisation like News Corp does not have a 3 page guide on how to do graphs – based on the type of data, e.g. a continuousline graph is mathematical invalid for the data. Three years of stacked 100% column graphs would have been appropriate.

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