Built up rant

TAFKAS has been holding it in, but can’t do it any longer.  Here goes.

Last night on Paul Murray Live, there was a discussion on the “wage theft” by the George Calombaris companies and restaurants.  Paul Murray asked why is Channel 10 keeping him on TV given what he has done.  He then threw to former Senator and MP Bronwyn Bishop who rambled on about football players and the such and how that’s just the way it is.

Perhaps someone could please ask the same question of Mrs Bishop and why Sky keeps her on TV given her previous peccadilloes for using public funds.

Cats may recall a certain Speaker using public funds to charter a helicopter to engage in party political activities.  She and other parliamentarians always say, it is within the rules.  But the parliamentarians write the rules.

Then of course Nicholas Reese chimed in to talk about the disgrace that is wage theft while at the same time being a member of the Australian Labor Party whose recent electoral strategy was predicated almost entirely on wage theft.  Except they called it taxes.  Theft of wages from workers and theft of accumulated wages in the form of capital from investors.

Let’s end this rhetorical dance.  Taxes are wage theft irrespective of what their official name is.  And to steal money from workers to fund the lifestyles of the celebrities is exactly the same as stealing money from the workers to fund the lifestyles of the political class and bureaucratic elites.

But earlier in the week was the news about Dr Bob Brown complaining about wind turbines being an eyesore and a threat to bird life.  Out came the cries of hypocrisy.  Yeah yeah.

Dr Brown’s opposition was entirely consistent.  Let us all recall the origin story of Dr Brown and the Australian Greens was around the opposition to the Franklin Dam.  And what was the purpose of the dam?  To build a hydro-electric plant.  Dr Brown has always been opposed to renewable energy and always been in support of subsidies and handouts to Tasmanians.  Where is the news?

Then there has been the whole units/apartments/strata/cladding issue with the Victorian Government sticking their hands into other people’s pockets to bail out investors and developers.  Yes.  Victorian schools and hospitals will have to do without because developers built crap based on standards developed by Victorian public servants and investors/buyers did not do proper due diligence.  But hey.  That’s politics Oz style.  The people who actually caused and are party to the mess should not have to pay for.  That’s what tax payers are for.

But to put a cherry on top, Commonwealth (yes Liberal) Industry Minister sticks her nose in the matter saying that it is a state regulatory failure and that the regulatory system needs to be harmonized and nationalised.  Yes.  The Liberal minister has suggested that the regulatory problems she claims exists need be spread to the whole country.  With more Commonwealth public servants to oversee the state public servants of course.

Oh and also, the Minister has suggested that the other states bail out their investors.

By the by, approximately 50% of strata apartments in Australia are investor owned and well more than 50% are mortgaged so any bail out of unit owners is also a bail out of the banks.  But Australian Governments don’t bail out banks do they.

Fair dinkum.

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24 Responses to Built up rant

  1. One is tempted to observe, up yours for the rant.

  2. Beachcomber

    This is a rant I can agree with TAFKAS. We really have sleep-walked into a dirigiste black hole, being sucked in from every angle, and with no way out. We have disappeared into the event horizon.

  3. Infidel Tiger

    Everyone mentioned in your post should be in jail.

  4. Karabar

    I am puzzled with the media reactions to the Calombaris issue.
    Presumably the man’s staff willingly exchanged their labour for currency. Presumably none of them are slaves or otherwise in indebted servitude. Presumably they enjoyed their employment. Otherwise they would have left.
    Who has been wronged? Who are the victims? Why does Mr. Reese feel he is in any way shape or form superior to Mr. Calombaris? Does he consider himself more equal in a state of equality?

  5. Dr Fred Lenin

    Could all this crap be due to career politics ,and public employees not being on annual contarcts with performance based salaries. Without career politics we would never have heard of these leeches .
    Trump is not a. Career. Politician and look what a great lob he is doing , in spite of the aparat maggote and their communist media .

  6. duncanm

    good rant. Agree 100%

  7. FelixKruell

    The Colambaris issue is a real life example of the unintended (but highly predictable) outcome of setting a minimum wage above the market rate. Yet it hasn’t led to a debate about the minimum wage/conditions at all. Sigh.

    The cladding issue is also interesting. An example of where government regulation is warranted and desirable (standard of materials allowed that impact not just the purchaser, but third parties and society at large). Yet regulation has failed spectacularly, on such a simple issue. And those same people then want to regular other parts of our economy/lives, that are infinitely more complicated. Sigh.

  8. Percy Popinjay

    Everyone mentioned in your post should be in gaol.

    Paul Murray
    George Calombaris
    Bronwyn Bishop
    Nicholas Reese
    Bob Brown
    Karen Andrews

    Sod that. Go the full Magilla and administer them a lengthy public flogging following a similarly lengthy walk of shame that involved a liberal pelting with rotten fruit and vegetables by revolting peasants, prior to being either fired out of a cannon into an impenetrable sandstone wall or simultaneously hanged, shot, lethally injected and electrickuted.

  9. Roger

    Presumably the man’s staff willingly exchanged their labour for currency. Presumably none of them are slaves or otherwise in indebted servitude.

    Presumably contracts were signed, with Mr. Columbaris being obliged thereby to abide by award pay rates or minimum wage legislation (if the contracts didn’t specify this they are null and void).

    Evidently he didn’t follow through on his undertakings to his employees.

    By all means argue the merits for lowering the minimum wage, but until that happens what Columbaris and apparently some other “celebrity chefs” have done is illegal and they should bear the consequences.

  10. egg_

    what Columbaris and apparently some other “celebrity chefs” have done is illegal and they should bear the consequences.

    +1

    Taking advantage of the lowest paid, who are likely students, etc.

    Adrian Richardson “latest TV chef to reimburse staff after failing to pay penalties” states he was a kitchen hand while studying for his pilots licence, how he got into the biz – obviously hypocrites.

  11. Percy Popinjay:

    Go the full Magilla and administer them a lengthy public flogging following a similarly lengthy walk of shame that involved a liberal pelting with rotten fruit and vegetables by revolting peasants, prior to being either fired out of a cannon into an impenetrable sandstone wall or simultaneously hanged, shot, lethally injected and electrickuted.

    Verbose.
    The flaming Trebuchet is the industry standard.
    Keep the good stuff for the really despicable.

  12. Who here, at any time in the past Ten years, has actually run a restaurant/other hospitality type business?

  13. JC

    No pubbling, Driller. You know the rule.

  14. Anyone know the Italian for: “Excuse me Inglese guard sir, does this Prisoner-0f-War campo serve spaghetti or only bully beef?”

  15. JC

    Try Google Translate, Driller, or better still head back to the bar and pour drinks.

  16. JC

    The Colambaris issue is a real life example of the unintended (but highly predictable) outcome of setting a minimum wage above the market rate. Yet it hasn’t led to a debate about the minimum wage/conditions at all. Sigh.

    Yep. Australia has the distinction of having the highest minimum wages in the world. Added to that is a miserable productivity rate for the past 20 years.

    The cladding issue is also interesting. An example of where government regulation is warranted and desirable (standard of materials allowed that impact not just the purchaser, but third parties and society at large). Yet regulation has failed spectacularly, on such a simple issue. And those same people then want to regular other parts of our economy/lives, that are infinitely more complicated. Sigh.

    How do you regulate something before you understand it’s weakness?

  17. egg_

    Who here, at any time in the past Ten years, has actually run a restaurant/other hospitality type business?

    I, for one.
    Doubtless many others, including lurkers.
    What’s your (posturing) point?
    I recall a similar remark about Gensets (capacity) in the past.
    There are all walks of life present, no one is special or unique here.

  18. Old School Conservative

    Are all kitchen workers innumerate numbskulls?

    Hours worked multiplied by agreed or mandated hourly wage.
    Overtime.
    Tax.
    Superannuation.

    Front the boss if your pay isn’t correct. Immediately, not some time in the future.

    Or do I detect a business opportunity for someone to sell their ability to understand these issues?

  19. egg_

    Off-the-shelf Quickbooks ran the till, EFTPOS, scanner, inventory and wages, including taxation.
    The business consisted of a Takeaway and cafe, restaurant and specialty supermarket.
    I also ran an ebay business via the till PC – 60% of my customers were overseas.
    Next.

  20. Old School Conservative

    TAFKAS, Bronny does a great job of baiting, belittling, and bullying that smarmy socialist Reece.

  21. yarpos

    Bob doesnt want dams.
    Bob doesnt want hydro power.
    Bob doesnt want logging.
    Bob doesnt coal mining.
    Bob doesnt want coal power.
    Bob doessnt want wind power.

    What does Bob want?

  22. Bob wants other people’s money. And totalitarian control.

  23. Tiberius

    That’s right, “Dr Brown’s opposition was entirely consistent”. He opposes everything; hydro, coal, logging, mining, dams and now wind farms. That’s the only consistency I can see!

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