Any Relation?

Writing in Macro Business, Leith Van Onselen (any relation?) suggests that the Federal Budget endorses employee wages theft.

That’s a pretty big call.  And how does Peter, sorry Leith back up his call?  Like this:

it’s astounding that Tuesday’s Federal Budget cut funding to the FWO while boosting funding to the union watchdog, the “disgraced” Registered Organisations Commission (RCO).

And what was this supposed “cut” – from $110.464 million in the current financial year to $110.009 million this coming year.  A difference of …. $450,000 dollars.  Yep.  $450,000 dollars.

One wonders what Peter, sorry Leith will write should the government may any serious cuts.  You know, to reduce debt.  Here are some warm up lines for Peter, sorry Leith should he write about that, if it ever comes:

  • Any cuts to education, just write “The government is promoting child illiteracy”;
  • Any cuts to health, just write “The government is out to kill Australians”; and
  • Any cuts to defense, just write “The government is opening the door for a hostile enemy”.

Leith.  If you are reading this, here are the contact details for The Guardian Australia.  Send them off a copy of your resume and a sample of your work (this one included).  They may offer you a job.

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19 Responses to Any Relation?

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    Maybe someone could ask Leith how those 30 criminal prosecutions of unionists coming out of the Heydon RC are going.

    I do hope the financial RC starts on the union piggybanks industry superfunds soon. Should be awesome fun, especially if even more heavies are prosecuted afterwards.

  2. Same sh*t, same name. Maybe it a matter of the apple not falling far from the tree.

  3. Nerblnob

    Guardian … They may offer you a job.

    They will certainly solicit a donation.

  4. Gavin R Putland

    The impossibility of living on Newstart, together with new arrangements to dock the Newstart payments of jobseekers who can’t afford to pay fines, are clearly designed to drive the unemployed into the hands of employers who pay less than the minimum legal wage. Denying the FWO the funds needed to investigate a known underpayment problem fits into the same pattern.

    Now I realize that many readers here would like to abolish the minimum wage. Very well: if Turnbull & Co. think that’s a good idea, let them take it to an election.

  5. Now I realize that many readers here would like to abolish the minimum wage. Very well: if Turnbull & Co. think that’s a good idea, let them take it to an election.

    Perhaps the slogan should be “there will be no change to minimum wage under the government I lead“.

    1 – So you reckon that a $450K reduction on a budget of $110,000K (or half a percent) will stop the FWO doing their investigations?
    2 – so given it is impossible to live on Newstart, why is it ILLEGAL to then offer people jobs they are prepared to for a price less than the statutory minimum wage? (the minimum wage is ZERO. the statutory minimum wage is $820 odd per week).

  6. The impossibility of living on Newstart, together with new arrangements to dock the Newstart payments of jobseekers who can’t afford to pay fines, are clearly designed to drive the unemployed into the hands of employers who pay less than the minimum legal wage. Denying the FWO the funds needed to investigate a known underpayment problem fits into the same pattern.

    When I was 18, I didn’t need to work off fines, but I worked my arse off doing anything and everything (scraping James Hardie asbestos shit from vat walls was one of those jobs). I didn’t care whether I was paid under the minimum wage, I cared that I had a job and could use that to move on to something better.

    I now work part time doing stuff that pays a fraction of what I used to earn and find it refreshing. It’s the Gavin R Putlands of this world that are destroying the work ethic. You’d probably hate the views of Mike Rowe as well (if you’ve heard of him).

  7. Gavin R Putland

    “I am Spartacus” and “bemused” earn my respect for their willingness to make the case against the minimum wage (although I could have done without the ad hominem).

    The present government, in contrast, wants to proceed without making the case; so it earns my contempt.

  8. BorisG

    Denying the FWO the funds needed to investigate a known underpayment problem fits into the same pattern

    Has anyone done this?

  9. BorisG

    The present government, in contrast, wants to proceed

    No does not want to proceed anywhere. Hardly moving at all. They will probably soon proceed to opposition benches, but I doubt they want to.

  10. Sydney Boy

    The impossibility of living on Newstart, together with new arrangements to dock the Newstart payments of jobseekers who can’t afford to pay fines, are clearly designed to drive the unemployed into the hands of employers who pay less than the minimum legal wage.

    Could always start your own business. Millions have done it. Or make videos for Youtube and become a millionaire filming yourself. Again, many have done so. Or maybe you will just sit around in the public bar nursing your warm beer and putting a couple of hundred on the tip you got from Davo on the Dapto dishlickers – if he comes in you can afford to buy a new pack of darts. Bloody rich people. Who do they think they are?

  11. Sydney Boy

    Chris M – that is awesome!

  12. Nerblnob

    Minimum wages are effectively set by welfare levels.

    If someone would rather work than live on welfare, the wage they agree to work for should be no business of the government.

    Certainly many business owners or sole traders receive less than the minimum wage in Australia.

    This attracts no expressions of compassion or attention until they try to take on an employee, then they become Public Enemy No. 1.

  13. Glen Turner

    Macrobusiness is a much more enlightening and accurate publication than you give it credit for. They actually use common sense and promote the common good unlike some of the greedsters on here.

  14. Macrobusiness is a much more enlightening and accurate publication than you give it credit for. They actually use common sense and promote the common good unlike some of the greedsters on here.

    There was not comment on the publication (Macrobusiness). There was comment on the specific poster.

  15. tgs

    Gavin R Putland
    #2707925, posted on May 10, 2018 at 6:36 pm
    The impossibility of living on Newstart, together with new arrangements to dock the Newstart payments of jobseekers who can’t afford to pay fines, are clearly designed to drive the unemployed into the hands of employers who pay less than the minimum legal wage.

    What a bizarre conspiracy theory.

  16. Jimf

    Newstart is and should be designed to be stingy and borderline. We live in a capitalist system where ,if your means are shit , you should always have the opportunity to do whatever it takes to change it. Including cash work for less than mandated wages and conditions . There’s a clear window between the dole and the min wage.
    Get off your entitled arse, seek out employers about a half way arrangement .
    Legislated , gold plated IR laws are the biggest killer of job opportunity in our piss weak entitled culture . If idiots actually think thieving leftys in govt are going to ever create some sort of comfy life on unemployment benefits then they are destined for a povo existence. As it should be .

  17. Jimf

    Peter is having a very public nervous breakdown post getting the arse from Sky.His recent musings are
    as undergraduate as they are transparent.As a daytime Sky news host he was so smug and cocky. Now he just appears to be clutching at some sort of relevance strategy. Young hot Laura always hated him , his fantasies are dashed …😖.

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