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Tuesday, 12th December 2017

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UNIONS MIGHT LOOK WELL FED BUT THEY ARE SLOWLY DYING

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.

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The Liberal Party believes it has, for the moment, cleansed itself of its Right, but the Labor Party can never hope to cleanse itself of its Left. It is financially dependent on a corrupt union base for survival. 

The Labor Party has always promoted health and education as its major policy planks. But not because it has a deep and abiding care for children and the infirm... health and education are its highest contributors to union coffers but only when Federal Governments contribute the initial funds.

I learnt a long while ago that crowds mean nothing in politics. Unprecedented hundreds of thousands turned out to support Whitlam post the dismissal, yet Malcolm Fraser won in a landslide victory for the Libs with no substantive crowds to support him. The people seem to know what's right without publicly demonstrating.

But the drastic fall in unionised workforce is now part of a long-term decline in which overall union membership has plunged from around half of the workforce to about 13 per cent in a little over 20 years. Julia Gillard was made aware of this as part of her illicit involvement with the AWU.

Thanks to an underestimated Treasurer Hockey the insane billions in support given to Australian car makers was stopped amid howls of anger from Labor. Soon after, Qantas stumbled and Shorten demanded it be supported with millions in Federal funds, 

Hockey refused Shorten’s demands and two years later Qantas reported record profits without one cent of Federal support.

Other nails in the union coffin are Abbott’s multiple free trade agreements that were understandably ignored by Rudd/Gillard/Rudd.  These agreements make our imports cheaper while ensuring tariffs become superfluous but they are cementing $5 a day workers in their third world countries for the next century. Plenty of work...but at slave rates. 

The dirt cheap foreign products that can be purchased today will remain at the cost of those $5 a day workers.

Without tarrifs local industries suffer only because the same product that our workers produce on $200 per day can’t compete with a foreign worker on $5 a day, but prices become tantalisingly cheaper. Witness the drastic losses in our local industries to cheaper offshore labour and the current non-existent inflation rate that has made a near-zero interest rate movement a farce. 

Every economic movement has another mostly unexpected harmful movement and Donald Trump has fingered the folly in the Obama/Clinton TPP agreement.

Unions are also caught between Labor's bible of political correctness and whistling at sheilas from a job site.

As Prime Minister, Gillard along with her hard Left Comrades, sneakily committed $80 billion to the ALP’s highly unionised sectors of health and education. It was a copied promise by Abbott, but only up to the four year forward estimates period. Anything beyond Gillard’s preferred out-years of ten or twelve was unfunded, fairlyland stuff.

But it didn’t stop her and Bill Shorten claiming that the Conservatives (Abbott in particular) had “slashed” $80 billion from health and education. This of course was, and still is, a crass nonsense designed, perpetrated, and perpetuated by Labor.

Most electors consider this diminution in union influence to be the twitching throes of a dying union-owned ALP. 

The existential problem for Shorten is that if he moves away from the dying unions as the ALP’s main support base and looks askance at more fertile ground, he risks losing much of the remaining union support to the Greens, or even to a new far Left Party with a GetUp type base that would welcome them with open arms.

But the unions, although depleted, still have enormous clout financially and politically and the ALP cannot afford to thumb its nose at a 130 year-old power base of blue collar workers that could send it to Coventry at the drop of a hat. 

Whatever happens from now on there are only three certain outcomes; unionised labour will shift permanently to third world nations, the ALP will continue to lose its support base and rich countries will get richer. Is that a good outcome?

I don't know, but if an aspiring politician wants political longevity it’s best that he/she stays well away from the Labor Party.

 



Comments

I don't know about the country getting rich. But the bankers the corporations and the politicians sure will. As far as the country is concerned they say it can go to hell, sell it to the Chinese as one of those dodgy foreign "investments" that are never going to make any money for Australia. Burn in hell you politicians. When Australia had less than ten million people there was enough money to build a civilisation. Railways, roads, bridges, electricity networks, sewers, water schemes, you name it. Now we have to sell the furniture and then some to put down some tram tracks...that we had once anyway, but the idiots decided to pull them up. Most of the journalists could be added to the short list of miscreants here as well as none of it could happen except for their brainwashed blindness.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/08/18/prof-brian-cox-gorgeous-lips-lovely-smile-crap-scientist/

In Australia he's called Pauline Hanson...!Dear Representative,

From the time I was able to vote I voted Republican. I am 70 and have a great deal of respect and influence with hundreds of senior ballplayers who also network with thousands of others around the country.

I received your questionnaire and request for money to help support the Republican nominee for the office of the President. Rest assured, I strongly agree with every question as I have since Obama was elected. Unfortunately, an important question that was missing was, “What have the Republicans and their Party done for the American people lately?” While you seem never to have listened to us in the past Forty Years, we gave you a majority in the house and senate two years ago and you have done nothing with the power we provided you. And Now, you want more of our money?

You should be concerned about our votes not our money. You are the “establishment” and it’s apparent all you really want to do is to save your jobs and line your pockets. . . Well, guess what? It’s not going to happen. You can shake in your boots when I tell you our support is for TRUMP and he hasn’t asked for a dime.

You might think we are fools because you feel Trump is on a self-destruct course but you look outside DC and listen to the masses. Few, if any,
have achieved what he has, especially in a state of New York.

If you really want to know how the majority of people feel, and this applies to both democrats and republicans, read on, it says it all.

You've been on vacation for two weeks, you\ come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons. Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately. You call the city, the county and 4 different exterminators. Nobody can handle the job . . . But then you hear of one guy and this one guy guarantees to get rid of them. So you hire him. You don't care if the guy smells, you don't care if he cusses and swears, you don't care if he's an alcoholic, you don't care how many times he's been married, you don't care if he voted for Obama, you don't care if he has plumber's crack, you simply want those raccoons gone! You want your problem fixed! He's the guy. He's the best. Period.

Back to Trump.

Here’s why we want Trump. Yes he's a bit of an ass, yes he's an egomaniac, but we don't care. The country is a mess because its politicians suck.
The Republican Party is two-faced & gutless, and illegals are everywhere. We want it all fixed! We don't care that Trump is crude, we don't care
that he insults people, we don't care that he had been friendly with Hillary, we don't care that he has changed positions, we don't care that he's been married 3 times, we don't care that he fights with Megyn Kelly and Rosie O'Donnell, we don't care that he doesn't know the name of some Muslin terrorist.

This country is bankrupt and appears weak. Our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegal's, we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hasid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don't even recognize the country we were born and raised in. "AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED" and Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want.

We're sick of our politicians, sick of the Republican Party, sick of Democratic Party and sick of illegals. We just want this thing fixed. Trump may not be a saint, but doesn't have lobbyist’s money holding him, he doesn't have political correctness restraining him, all you know is that he has been very successful, a good negotiator. He has built a lot of things. He's also not a politician, not a cowardly politically correct politician. And he not only says he can fix it, he says he will fix it and we believe him.

And we believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar. Also we don't care if the guy has bad hair.

We just want those raccoons gone, out of our house, NOW.

You are welcome to pass this on. I feel this is why hundreds of thousands of people that haven't voted in 25 years are registering to vote this year.
The raccoons have got to go.

Sincerely,
A 70 year old voter

Oh yes, Turdball will be in the history books.

Cinerama had Abbott not been deposed by the traitors the RC would have been used to steer him to victory in the election. In his arrogance Turnbull who knows nothing about Union thuggery has let a golden opportunity go begging and Australia is the poorer

I said at the start sweet FA would happen (a few tiddlers slapped on the wrist) with this union RC as many PP’er were getting a bit over excited.
The minute they counter played with a royal commission into the banks, the union RC went quite.
As we know, there will never be a RC into banks.
All smoke and mirrors to be consumed by the general public.

Underestimated Hockey ? You're damn right, if it wasn't for his fat, taxpayer educated, over entitled, cigar chomping, smirking face. Tony may well have still been PM. Our underestimation knows no bounds, with him smirking off on a fat pension and US Ambassador's pay, crying about having to work on the kiddies' birthdays.. And besides who needs cars, when " poor people don't drive them" and the poor are made poorer, by the "two party tag team".

AND YET ANOTHER ONE: "A County Court judge who released Franco Abad a former Children's Court security guard on a good behaviour bond after he had sex with a 14-year-old has been criticised for his remarks about sex.

Judge Ryan expressed sympathy for the offender, who had believed the girl was over the age of consent, saying she had appeared "worldly" and that the man was "not made of steel"."

Has the RC been stopped? I thought it ended when the report was handed down

The Liberals loyalists certainly kept their mouths shut when Turd stopped the RC into unions ...

Another casualty of Abbotts failure to hold on to power BK

It is about time the Conservative Government investigated the Union controlled Long Service Funds, Union officials are making squillions out of thses funds,which they control by making Building Sites LSF sites by their memebers only

I've been watching News at 5 on CH10 all week. Interesting film footage they have had every night. All from middle east , bombing in Syria, always little kids been bombed , but no injuries just dirty . None of this footage is seen on other networks ?. JUST AS IF IT WAS SUPPLIED BY AN ISIS SYMPATHISER FROM PROPAGANDA FILES FROM THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT OR WORSE. BUT I WONDER WHO ON THE 10 NETWORK WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THIS MUSLIM PROPAGANDA ?????

I dreamt last night that Mike Baird was attacked by a pack of teetotal greyhounds .

But Slater and Gordon have nowhere else to send their lawyers when they are useless as fee generators. They won't fit in with the Lib Party - its overfull with lawyers already.

Bolt: "Reader Matthew is wondering why the ABC is proselytising for Islam."
'A really interesting occurrence on the ABC’s the Drum this week. Every night so far a Muslim leader has appeared as a commentator:
Monday 15th Lebanese Muslim Association’s Mostafa Rachwani
Tuesday 16th Muslim educator Silma Ihram
Wednesday 17th Ali Kadri from the Islamic Council of Queensland
Thursday 18th Maha Abdo from the Muslim Women’s Association
The number of Christian, Jewish, Hindu or any other religious leaders: 0'
'This seems a little odd to me. I think Muslim representation is important on the ABC but this seems a little excessive for one week, don’t you think?'
"Well, yes."
I've noticed the same thing. I usually check out The Drum to see who's on before flicking over to Frasier in disgust.Hijabs ahoy!

blyth, you dont expect idiots like Weatherboard and co to take that common sense idea on board surely? Not 'green' enough for the likes of them ..

Watching Peter Dutton being interviewed on the ABC about Nauru and those in detention, he is right to keep putting up the fact that the previous labour/green mob were entirely responsible for encouraging people to try to enter the country by illegal boats, he keeps hammering the point that he and the gov, are cleaning up labours mistakes,and not giving the leftists at the ABC anything,that is the line Turnbull should have followed , not just on illegals but on labours and Shortens record, Good on peter Dutton, at least one minister with some guts,

If you ever want to see what the "Unions"can do to a country,just look at Detroit.The place is like a ghost town.Even the schools have been closed by the "Unions"

I could read the article but not the replies.