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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Marching down the road

What kind of country is Australia becoming? The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

"The Federal Government has warned its workforce of 120,000 not to attend today's mass rallies against its tough industrial relations legislation, circulating memos that public servants will be breaking the law even if they take a day of annual leave to protest."

Looks like tens of thousands of workers care little for government intimidation. Protesting is a right in any democracy and some fly-by-night ideologue that tries to remove that right will justly face the wrath of the people.


Blogger Shabadoo said...

I've never, ever understood how blocking traffic and generally making an annoyance of one's self is supposed to garner sympathy for one's cause. Unless one has the mentality of a spoilt toddler who will happily pitch a tanty in hopes of a result, any result.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:38:00 am  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

What do you do in aid of your cause, apart from treating us to your wit and compassion?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 1:23:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

It's called the marketplace of ideas, mate...seriously, what is to be gained from this sort of silliness? Does Labor really think it's got a winner in fomenting old-school class warfare ("bosses bad! workers oppressed!") and trotting out a bunch of union hacks?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 3:00:00 pm  
Blogger Davo said...

The turn out by media accounts appears to be impressive, although such a small number actually attending.

Athough such a small number of Australian's actually belong to unions.

Friday, November 18, 2005 6:32:00 pm  

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