Will Tony Abbott follow in Barry O Farrell footsteps?

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As much as we’d like to steer away from politics, we believe the following political article makes some valid and very scary points indeed with regards to the upcoming federal election.

Fact: During the 2011 NSW  Election, NSW Barry O’Farrell remained tight lipped about the plans he had for workers. He never mentioned he would be cutting 15,000 jobs, He never said he would slash workers comp benefits, or that he would remove the rights of workers in NSW, but once he got into power he did.

According to Unions NSW, now Tony Abbott is using Barry’s script and saying nothing.

“Don’t be fooled”, Unions NSW warns.
“We can’t let the Liberals get away with it again.”

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Will Tony Abbott follow in Barry O Farrell footsteps?

The NSW injured workers are the ones suffering as a result of the changes made to Workers Compensation NW System by the Barry O’Farrell Liberal Government. With the federal election only weeks away, Tony Abbott  has made it very clear, that, if elected, he will not intervene to reverse the effects these changes are now having on the people of NSW – quote made by Mr Abbott on John Laws Radio 2SM “I’m reluctant to interfere, particularly where I think the states are moving in the right direction.”

Furthermore the injured workers of Victoria also appear to be on the chopping board – what if Tony Abbott backs Denise Cosgrove’s pruning?

Very scary times lie ahead…

Tony Abbott is singing off Barry O’Farrell’s song sheet

WORKERS in New South Wales could be forgiven for feeling a pretty unsettling sense of déjà vu at the moment.

A Liberal leader is on the campaign trail, and he is going out of his way to reassure everyone that if he takes office, there will be no negative impact on workers.

Tony Abbott promises that jobs won’t be lost, rights at work won’t be stripped away, entitlements won’t be cut, and protections won’t be weakened.

Voters have heard this before

But NSW voters heard this exact same lullaby in very recent history. It was sung by Barry O’Farrell during the 2011 election.

Yet what happened when Mr O’Farrell took office is exactly the same as always happens when the Liberals are allowed to pull the levers of power.

Workers get hit hard.

NSW voters were not told in 2011 that the workers compensation safety net would be cut away, meaning those injured at work will face life-shattering expenses. They were not told that 15,000 public sector jobs would be slashed, devastating individual lives and local economies. Nor were they told that wages for police, for nurses, for firefighters – and for all other public sector workers – would be capped at levels below inflation.

Voters were not told in 2011 that public assets like our ports and power infrastructure would be sold off to the private sector. And they were not told that the state’s independent workplace umpire, the Industrial Relations Commission, would be critically weakened.

None of this was mentioned at all on the campaign trail – indeed, most of it was emphatically denied.

I suppose at least Tony Abbott, by comparison, is being up front about a few of the attacks on workers he will introduce.

He is up front about reintroducing the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), whose sole role under the Howard Government was to harass and intimidate union members on construction sites.

He is upfront about the fact that the superannuation guarantee rise that is scheduled for next year (from 9.25% to 9.5%) will be halted. And he is upfront about a review of the Fair Work Act, which is overwhelmingly likely to swing power back toward employers.

But I think voters in NSW have every right to cast a pretty jaundiced eye at Tony Abbott when he starts denying previous positions he has held and contradicting his senior frontbenchers.

When he says that penalty rates are not in his sights. When he says award conditions won’t be cut.

When he says that halting the rise of the superannuation guarantee will only be ‘temporary’, and that he will eventually continue with Labor’s incremental plan to get it to 12%. And when he says he will retain the power of the Fair Work Commission.

Abbott will use the O’Farrell playbook

In fact, it should now be abundantly clear to NSW voters what Mr Abbott and his Liberal team will do if he wins office.

He will use the O’Farrell playbook: rather than charging through the front door with a WorkChoices-style plan all at once, his attacks on workers’ rights and conditions will carried out one-by-one. It will be WorkChoices by stealth.

The Liberals will always dance to the tune of their backers and natural constituency – big business. And big business is certainly not shy about declaring what they want to see: scrapped penalty rates, a slashed minimum wage, the abandonment of collective bargaining, and the eradication of the Fair Work Act in favour of WorkChoices Mk II.

It is deeply disturbing to think of the pincer movement NSW workers would be caught in should Mr Abbott win in September. They find themselves simultaneously attacked by Barry from Macquarie St and Tony from Canberra.

We need to ensure that there is some sort of balance. Otherwise the next few years could be tough indeed for working people in this state.

[Source: http://workinglife.org.au/2013/08/21/tony-abbott-is-singing-off-barry-ofarrells-song-sheet/]

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At A Loss
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At A Loss
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some further reading for hose not convinced Pearce’s Hatred for injured, disabled and victims of crime seems to be Far greater than that of unions now. o The shadow of workchoices looms over NSW Posted: Friday, 18 March 2011 | By: Paul Lynch Barry O’Farrell’s Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Greg Pearce harbours an ideological hatred of unions and wants to unleash Workchoices-style legislation on NSW workers, Industrial Relations Minister Paul Lynch said today. Mr Pearce – who was a senior partner at the law firm Freehills when they represented Patrick Stevedores in the 1998 waterfront dispute – has told Parliament… Read more »
Bunny
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Very interesting At A Loss, people should also never ever forget that Pearce worked as a solicitor for the Insurance companies and many Liberal party members also were lawyers who represented Insurance companies including Julie Bishop.

At A Loss
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any injured worker considering the liberal party please think twice and read below Extract from NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard and Papers Thursday, 31 May 2007 (Proof). WORKPLACE SAFETY The Hon. AMANDA FAZIO: My question is addressed to the Minister for Industrial Relations. Will the Minister inform the House about New South Wales efforts to ensure that employers are clear about their workplace safety responsibilities? The Hon. JOHN DELLA BOSCA: I thank the Hon. Amanda Fazio for her question and acknowledge her ongoing interest in occupational health and safety matters. The Commonwealth Government’s recent legislative changes to allow national companies to… Read more »
Pauline Pope
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I reckon those insurers have shares in pay as you go mobiles. You ring an insurance office on one of those, and your whole month’s credit is gone before you get a “person” to speak to.

johnny rotten
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Hey admin you hooch smoking mongies could you lot throw in for the hire of bondi beach we all would like to party and popeye wants to see bondi ooohhh come on it sorta wouldn’t cost much and i promise never ever to complain that there s no loo paper in the shitter never ever promise mmmm maybe its a bit big for 5mmm wonder if bunny has signed up the duckies in the post bunny Ringing the the fuckin gooses 2 weeks ago i placed a call went trough 6 recorded messages and ended up no where and the… Read more »
Pauline Pope
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Don’t worry johnny we’ve got plenty of time, the Rotten Party will prevail.

johnny rotten
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mmmm good to see one eyed blue and one eye red supporters bunny the rotten party exists well mmm its in me melon and to have you place a vote for me then i could count up to five and its a vote closer to that 10 million mark the party mmm hula girls lots and lots of hula girls i havent forgotten you ladies lots of bronzed aussies and plenty of margaritas mmmm hey you little devil do reckon cgu could hire bondi for the rotten party i asked allianz and was politely told to fuck off but i… Read more »
FU_CGU
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Johnny, I don’t think I can persuade CGU, even using all my evil powers (I have been modelling the workcover tactics and using it against then). I have the same experience with CGU: Never answer emails Don’t acknowledge letters Same bullshit from Case managers I don’t know if they answer the phone, (I never ring them) as I keep everything in writing. Maybe I can draft up an invitation (mmm evil thought) and we can invite Allianz and CGU to the Rotten Party – better make it BYO or BYE (bring your own everything). I think they should wear their… Read more »
Bunny
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I would vote for the Rotten party if it existed, sounds wonderful. I like facts too, and the facts are very basic, especially here in NSW. It is a FACT that the Liberals have destroyed what little workers compensation we had. It is a FACT that Tony Abbott has given his support for what O Farrell did, so At A Loss is totally correct. If you are an injured worker and you give your vote to Abbott, you deserve everything that is coming your way. Let’s see how you feel one year from now if he gets in. And don’t… Read more »
Pauline Pope
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Yeah, FU_CGU (why do I like writing your name? – must have something to do with my ten years of incarceration under the tender care of CGU) It’s our Rotten Party. That’s the best kind.

Pauline Pope
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Don’t worry Johnny it’s a week or so away. You’ll be ready. You know how to throw a Party.

FU_CGU
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The only problem with Johnny throwing a party – it will be a “ROTTEN PARTY”!

mmm boom boom.

I don’t know what is worse – my puns or my injuries? 🙂

johnny rotten
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Party to cover the fundamentals mmmmm beer bbq oops hula girls yep got that all covered now how to vote, mmmmm with a big x next to me name hey you mongies I’m of to count me people that are gonna vote for me mmm 3 or 4 only 10 million to go hey you lot when is this election taken place

johnny rotten
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mmmm me well I’ve been a so called liberal for years until my injury and with what I’ve learnt about politicians wether they are libs or lab they are good at using wording to make everything glossy and rosy and because most don’t have the time to do the homework on what they say ,they go on with life until it costs them money new taxes or no transport or they are injured at at work the list can go on its to late the damage has been done because i know that both parties have a vested interest themselves… Read more »
FU_CGU
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I hate all politicians. I believe in free speech, corruption free capitalism but with a social conscience.

There are no parties that cover my fundamentals.

There has been corruption in politics since the Roman Forum a few thousand years back. Liberal or Labour all have had their snouts in the trough at some stage.

So I for once will be seeking out the “How To Vote Rotten” how to vote card on 7 September.

A vote for Johnny is a vote for, well….. at least it would be better than voting Informal (no offence Johnny :-))

At A Loss
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Thanks Johnny rotten.

Pauline Pope
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I have “head problems” and I don’t mind what ‘At a Loss’ has said as his comment rings pretty true to me. There’s more than one kind of head problem DeBuzz. If you think the Libs are so great, perhaps you’d like to tell us why, instead of just denying others’ rights to say anything.

debuzz
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‘pauline’ will u stop friggin stalking my comments. every comment i make u see it as your job to ‘correct’ it. i dont see the word ‘moderator’ next to your name. its like you see this forum as your personal little fiefdom, where u rule the roost, where u dictate what people can and cant say, u decide who can and cant be on here. my comment wastn anything about liberals, you cant even read but i reakon u just say the opposite so u can ‘correct’ what i ever i say beside who the heck are u to tell… Read more »
Pauline Pope
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Actually Debuzz, I wasn’t stalking your comment, but I was commenting on it, just as you commented on Ataloss. Pot calling the kettle a dark horse methinks. We all have the right to express our opinions, and heaven forbid, even disagree with each other. We’re required to treat each other with respect DeBuzz, not go round attacking the person for having a say, but if we actually disagree with what they say, provide the evidence that supports our opinion.

debuzz
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crikey your the biggest h… [this comment was totally censored as it is unacceptable and considered a personal attack]

At A Loss
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thanks Pauline pope.
you understood what I was conveying .

At A Loss
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Pauline Pope I too have head problems but not to the point that I believe two word slogans and a campaign that has not revealed any true figures or facts.

At A Loss
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Pauline you are right when you point out that we should be able to express our opinions as long as we do it in an adult mature and respectful manner. I never thought expressing my views which is based on living through the adversarial system of workcover would strike such a cord with some people, but it did. I however will not change my view as it is based on experience.
so thank you for taking the time to defend the right of another injured sod.

Pauline Pope
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Ataloss, I despair of the big parties, and hope we have a Parliament where the balance of power is held by those with a commitment to protecting our environment, those who oppose the corporations “dirty business”, those who pursue real social justice, and those who believe in transparency in government.