UPDATE. The theme of the editorial is recalibrating Australia to become “stronger and more self-reliant both culturally and economically”, starting with a dig at the pampered public servants whose pay will be frozen for the duration.
Then the concession that the United Workers Union is making to relax some award provisions to save jobs among the almost one million hospitality workers. Apparently this is ok at “during this unprecedented time” but the question is raised Why only now? Restaurants, cafes and bars have gone out of business or struggled for years under the burden of awards, not to mention all the other industries where union-imposed conditions have flattened productivity and profits, with a mention of the car industry.
If extinguishing union-mandated awards, penalty rates and the like is critical in a time of crisis to secure jobs, then by definition, during the good times, these same factors must be responsible for destroying jobs.
There is a call for a truly conservative (liberal) government to recalibrate Australia in many and varied ways, referring to Viv Forbes on the repeal of payroll taxes, stamp duty, capital gains tax. And immediate and permanent repeal of green barriers to new business and jobs.
And then to the cultural agenda, the corruption of education at all levels and the woke fads of identity politics that have left an entire generation confused, dispirited, and selfishly disinterested (you mean uninterested) in a genuine crisis that can actually be resolved and conquered through individual and communal effort.
Defy the lockdown, walk over hot coals, swim foaming torrents, climb mountains to get it.
This post was updated after a preliminary announcement before lunch in case people are perplexed by some of the comments.