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