Glady-ator

GLADYS Berejiklian’s admirable ambition to rein in the NSW budget as a pandemic and panic-driven recession looms on the economic horizon has been dealt a predictable blow by the state’s degenerate boutique parties and the ALP. Shooters, Fishers and Farmers leader Robert Borsak will block any move to freeze the wages of public servants for 12 months because it wouldn’t be “fair for the bush,” he claims. The SFF will side with Labor, the Greens and the Animal Justice Party to disallow the necessary regulation. While Mr Borsak made his stand for bourgeois tree-changers, Labor’s Jodi McKay issued a more violent cri de cœur:

“It is a slap in the face and a kick in the guts for all public sector employees,” she said.

 
Usually it’s one or the other. The Premier should be congratulated for the combination. The Opposition Leader went on to “how dare she” Ms Berejiklian about 100,000 health-care workers deserving a medal rather than a “pay cut.” I’m not sure why they deserve a medal but, in any case, there are actually 408,000 public servants in New South Wales. They can’t all dine out on coronavirus, surely.

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32 Responses to Glady-ator

  1. Occupy Centrelink

    Nurses probably deserve a pay rise. But a lot of unemployed deserved to keep their private-sector jobs which have now disappeared. If “equal sacrifice” is to mean anything going forward, belt-tightening in the public service should become par for the course.

    Meanwhile, no overseas travel, and some interstate travel bans. Is there anyone getting stood down from the tourism bureaucracy in Canberra? Not holding my breath.

  2. Terry

    Okay then. Same total spend, meaning some will have to go. Sad, but reality bites.
    Yours Sincerely
    The Poor Taxpayer.

  3. Lee

    The Opposition Leader went on to “how dare she” Ms Berejiklian about 100,000 health-care workers deserving a medal rather than a “pay cut.”

    Why?
    For just doing their job, at a time when everybody else should have been for many weeks?

  4. Tel

    “It is a slap in the face and a kick in the guts for all public sector employees,” she said.

    Wasn’t the private sector that let the infected cruise ship in the door, was it?

  5. Tel

    Nurses probably deserve a pay rise.

    Some do perhaps … but Australia’s health system was hardly “overwhelmed” by coronavirus, and quite frankly the quality of service in public hospitals has been doing steadily downhill in recent years. I knew a guy who turned up at a major city hospital with a stroke and they sent him home with some aspirin and he was dead a week later. I’ve been in the hospital emergency myself will a gallstone attack and after waiting two hours, never even got to see the triage nurse, and then the stone passed while I was bent over throwing up in the dunny at the waiting room. OK, I didn’t die … but I did learn a valuable lesson that they really don’t offer a whole lot of service.

    https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lawreport/12259758

    I was listening to this podcast, where the coroner claims “unconscious racism” because Aboriginal woman Naomi Williams got shit healthcare at a Tumut Hospital. Nothing racist about it, they treat white people much the same.

    I don’t believe that our hospital system used to be as bad as it is today … but dunno about that pay rise. Service first, then we talk pay.

  6. When existing Shooters, Fishers and Farmers voters hear what the rep has said, they will lose more votes than they could ever believe.

  7. Petros

    Nurses don’t deserve a pay rise in QLD. Very well remunerated in QLD health.

  8. Nob

    Nurses take on a secure “job for life” with generous leave and pension, not to mention early retirement entitlements, on the understanding that this compensates for the relatively low pay.

    Relatively – it’s still good enough to entice UK&I nationals to emigrate.

    Plus they get automatic public reverence no matter how well or badly they do their job.

    And there are some absolute hardworking angels out there in the nursing trade, or profession if you like.
    We’ve all met some.

    Spend a bit more time with them , let them talk and you’ll hear about all the lazy entitled arsedraggers of workmates they have to carry the load for.

  9. Tony Taylor

    I thought Philip Adams was the Glady-ator. (Fighting for antiquarians, antediluvians and alliterators everywhere.)

  10. HGS

    Oh well, another party off the list.

    And nurses are well paid with good conditions in world terms.

  11. stackja

    Taxpayers don’t get a tax cut?
    Couldn’t all members of parliament take a pay cut? Then all the “poor” public servants could get a “little more”?

  12. jupes

    The SFF will side with Labor, the Greens and the Animal Justice Party

    When you are on the same side as the Greens, you really need to question what you are doing.

  13. I didn’t vote for the SFF party equivalent in Victoristan, but I simply cannot believe that they are siding with the party/parties that want to get rid of the exact activities that the party is supposed to represent. I doubt that there’d be anyone in rural areas that would support their stance.

    It’s as insane as hearing the RACV spokesman recently praising the closing of car parking lanes in Melbourne to allow more access for bicycles. This is another organisation that’s become irrelevant as they try to become woke.

  14. The reality is many civil servants have had little to do or have been at home on full pay. I know a bus driver who has been at home on full pay for 9 weeks. Many hospitals have actually been working far less than normal. The “sacrifice” by the frontline Government workers is being used by the great majority to claim a pay rise that in the current circumstances is not justifiable. A Courier Mail article revealed the most virus cases, at any time, in ICU in one of the major Brisbame hospitals was 3. Yet the hospitals were half emptied of normal patients.

  15. Rohan

    You can add PHON to that list. Latham has never strayed far from his Labor roots.

  16. Mother Lode

    Why give them a pay rise outright.

    Offer them some sort of special treatment if they become infected.

    But t frankly this is the risk of their job for which there are innumerable precautions and procedures already.

  17. Mother Lode

    I was referring to doctors and nurses.

  18. Roger

    A Courier Mail article revealed the most virus cases, at any time, in ICU in one of the major Brisbame hospitals was 3. Yet the hospitals were half emptied of normal patients.

    The detrimental consequences to the health of those affected by this approach will be far more serious over the long term than covid-19 has been.

    Fair enough, we weren’t to know what we were facing early on, but it soon became clear that health authorities should have adopted a much more nimble response as the pandemic that was not unfolded.

    An inquiry is warranted that can deliver authoritative recommendations we can adopt when the next zoonotic virus escapes from China. It’s too weighty a matter to leave in the hands of medical bureaucrats who couldn’t cut in clinical practice.

  19. Bruce

    Looks like the SFFP has been thoroughly “Alinsky-ed”.

    Ant THAT is the problem with political parties. You just have to white-ant the correct pillars and the whole thing falls in an undignified heap.

    The ole “Liberal’ party and later LNP was “got at” in the early 1970’s and is now just another bunch of statists at the trough. The Eco-fascists were built that way from the very start. The ALP has been running on Tammany Hall line since the early 20th Century.

    NONE of them are int for you; You are in it for THEM.

  20. Squirrel

    This sort of entitled idiocy is probably to be expected after the better part of three decades without a(n official) recession, with what were only ever boom-time revenues from mining and the property bubble treated as the new normal and built into recurrent spending on over-sized and over-paid public sectors.

    A cynic might be forgiven for wondering whether the SFF party is counting on serious cutbacks in public service numbers as an inevitable alternative to a blocked pay freeze, with those cutbacks and closures likely fall disproportionately on non-metro areas – and who might benefit from that politically…….?

  21. a reader

    Why should they get a pay rise? They were doing their job. CPI is going to be bugger all this year. I won’t be getting a raise so why should they?

  22. Rossini

    Agree wholeheartedly “a reader”
    You do the job you get paid!
    If you think you should be paid more then change jobs/professions

  23. egg_

    Nurses probably deserve a pay rise.

    If Nurses from the real world were running HSW ‘Elf, we probably wouldn’t have had the ridiculous lockdown imposed by shiny @rsed Doctors.

  24. egg_

    GLADYS Berejiklian’s admirable ambition to rein in the NSW budget as a pandemic and panic-driven recession looms on the economic horizon

    Reap what you sow, Beryl – you outsourced your political risk* to a bunch of shiny @rsed Medicos – now look forward to the public backlash to your mismanagement.

    *The Substitution method of hazard control?

  25. Petros

    So that’s 408000 people and their partners who won’t be voting for the Libs next election. Smart move, Gladys. Has she gone all Campbell Newman on us now? As much as she is correct, this is a dumb move politically. These things need to be done insidiously.

  26. Dianeh

    I vote SFF and live in Helen Dalton’s electorate.

    I think they have this backwards. Stopping the yearly EBA increase will not harm the bush.
    In any way. Allowing the pay rise to go ahead will put additional stress on the budget and most likely a cut in services. In my experience, we, here in the bush/regions, are always hit hard with cuts. Our services are always centralised even further to larger regional centres and often to the capitals.

    I don’t think that SFF’s position will affect their votes, as the Uni-party is getting more and more unpopular by the day.

    Put simply, budget stress is bad for regional Australia.

  27. Up The Workers!

    If only we could personally acquaint the A.L.P. and their intellectual mentors/Policy Wonks in the Brown Movement with the arse-end of the dole queue, the world would be a better place.

  28. Angus Black

    The SFF are representing their constituency – which is the folk in in rural and regional NSW. Gladys promises to spend the savings on jobs in Sydney.

    Gladys – like all politicians – needs to understand that she governs for all the State/Country (delete as appropriate) not just for Sydney. At the very least, she needs to begin to grapple with both fairness and compromise.

  29. Leo G

    “It is a slap in the face and a kick in the guts for all public sector employees,” she said.

    The Glady-ator needs to go beyond the pretentious public sector “face slap and the kick in the guts” and wield the Glady-us for some timely decimating.

  30. John A

    Leo G #3467088, posted on May 29, 2020 at 10:50 am

    “It is a slap in the face and a kick in the guts for all public sector employees,” she said.

    The Glady-ator needs to go beyond the pretentious public sector “face slap and the kick in the guts” and wield the Glady-us for some timely decimating.

    By which, I hope you mean to retain 10% and dispense with the remainder.

  31. Leo G

    By which, I hope you mean to retain 10% and dispense with the remainder.

    I was thinking of a budget-time Glady-atorial festival of public-sector blood-letting. Not decimation by one-tenth necessarily, but perhaps something more regular and at a rate linked to our annual net income decimation by the Tax Office.

  32. Hay Stockard

    Why give a pay rise to groups that will never vote for you?

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