Australia’s working poor during time of prosperity

The working poor, and poor in Australia are voiceless. There seems no political will to enable these people to find the security and dignity you would expect in a prosperous first world country such as Australia. It begs the question why the nice and good people of Australia are content to let these unfortunates, usually due to circumstances outside of their control, to remain denigrated within our borders.

My hat is off, my head is bowed to the likes of the now deceased Elizabeth Wynhausen who wrote her remarkable and compelling book ‘Dirt Cheap’ who subjected herself to  Continue reading

LNP Weazel, Christopher Pyne

When there is a job to fly in the face or reason and integrity, Christopher Pyne is your man. I don’t believe I have ever seen him put himself in the firing line for anything that can be interpreted as holding integrity. Here he is again doing what he does best with the the Gonski unity ticket that he and Tony Abbott went to the Federal election with.

Before the election Tony Abbott’s statement was ”As far as school funding is concerned, Kevin Rudd and I are on a unity ticket”. After the election Pyne says ”There is no broken Continue reading

In the Coalition’s hands, the Gonski becomes the Con-ski

The Coalition federal government is ditching the Better Schools Plan “Gonski” funding model. This is undoing work applauded by the majority of states, the majority of education experts and the majority of people in the community.

On this issue, it’s hard to avoid the impression that the Coalition has made a disastrous political miscalculation. This a broken election promise.

Signed agreements between elected governments can’t be simply ignored, nor can legislation. The government will need to rescind signed contracts with angry state Continue reading