Skip to content Skip to main navigation

News

Avani Terraces - Greenway
Life is looking up

Labor promoting freemasonry (and keeping IR as it is)

By Kerces - 3 October 2005 10

Now I realise that today is a public holiday here in Canberra as well as NSW (and that it’s now after ordinary office hours) so I don’t expect many of you to read this until tomorrow. However, when you do read these words spare a thought for the poor member of Jon Stanhope’s staff who has had to spend at least part of today transcribing his words and making them appear like magic on the internet.

You may remember that today was the day of the great anti-industrial relation reform postcard campaign launch. I managed to miss the launch (which didn’t really matter since I didn’t have a camera on me), but there are great slabs of what I presume to be the accompanying speech in the above-linked press release.

The most interesting thing in all this waffle is that Mr Stanhope, or at least whoever wrote his speech, would appear to be promoting freemasonry (of course, it may just be an attempt to appeal the the Da Vinci Code readers).

“It was the stonemasons who first led the push for a life of balance – a life in which eight hours of work was balanced by eight hours of recreation and eight hours of rest,” Mr Stanhope said.

“Today, that life of balance is under constant threat by the Howard Government. There is practically nothing that is not suddenly up for grabs: paid holidays, sick leave, lunch breaks, overtime, penalty rates, the right not to be made jobless at the whim of the boss.”

What’s Your opinion?


Post a comment
Please login to post your comments, or connect with
10 Responses to
Labor promoting freemasonry (and keeping IR as it is)
bonfire 12:40 pm 05 Oct 05

what about goats ?

Chris S 8:32 am 05 Oct 05

Johnboy, don’t lose that thought. Everyone on the level, square conduct, knocking the rough edges off the stones, upright behaviour – all parts of the old mason’s craft. Many lessons…

johnboy 10:40 pm 04 Oct 05

although the idea that the workplace needs of late medieval stone cutters should be a model for modern offices is certainly interesting.

annie 2:36 pm 04 Oct 05

If the government is free to spend our money on TV ads – which interrupt our entertainment – promoting their IR policy – then the ACTU should be free to use whatever means is at its disposal to conduct its own campaign.

I think they probably chose Floriade because there would be lots of bodies around, and it would get publicity.

I wouldn’t be worried about leaflet distributors scaring off the tourists from Canberra, Samuel. The ACT in general does a great job of keeping them away without those nasty unions getting involved.

Kerces 12:23 pm 04 Oct 05

The ABC has more than me about Centrelink and the CPSU website ban.

bonfire 10:12 am 04 Oct 05

can you just imagine the foaming mouths of the left if howard used floriade to launch his ir reforms.

the hypocrisy of the chief cabbage knows no bounds.

Jey 9:27 am 04 Oct 05

“However, when you do read these words spare a thought for the poor member of Jon Stanhope’s staff who has had to spend at least part of today transcribing his words and making them appear like magic on the internet.”

I was thinking the same thing when I got a press release on Sunday morning with a time stamp of about 4am.

johnboy 11:38 pm 03 Oct 05

I’m all for sam forming his opinion of leafletters.

But I’m also all for leafletters being free to make their own decisions and being judged accordingly.

Kerces 7:21 pm 03 Oct 05

I’ve been to or past Floriade three times this weekend and saw no one giving out postcards or tryig to get people to sign petitions. The only thing anyone tried tog ive me was a map of all Canberra’s tourist attractions, and that was from the volunteers on Floriade’s main gates.

Interesting also that you say “if the unions want to hand out information about IR reforms, let them deliver it to the members at their workplace”, Sam, considering the reports in the news that Centrelink (I’m pretty sure it was them) has banned access from its computers to their union’s website.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 7:03 pm 03 Oct 05

I really think that Floriade is the wrong place for a launch this type of thing. I’m sure the tourists who had postcards shoved under their noses would have been most displeased (or perhaps it would have confirmed their suspicion that we are all political lunatics). I wouldn’t be surprised if a few tourists saw Stanhope’s great nonsense babblings and thought “He’s more loopy than he appeared on the TV.”

Anyway, I would compare this floriade postcard campaign to handing them out at the NRL grand final, the only difference is that more people would have heard about it, and I think the majority of people would not have liked it.

I have no problem with the postacard campaign, but tourist attractions are not an appropriate place to be handing out politically motivated tripe…if the unions want to hand out information about IR reforms, let them deliver it to the members at their workplace or mail the bloody things to them, don’t bombard the tourists, some may never come back now after that experience.

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2017 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
www.the-riotact.com | www.b2bmagazine.com.au | www.thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site