Rudd’s really after the GST
The trouble with Labor’s health plan is that it is not a plan.
The fact is that Mr Rudd’s health offer to the states is just a series of isolated funding announcements, unsubstantiated, unconnected, and incomplete.
The trade off for giving up 30% of the GST, the growth tax that is mandated to the states, is yet another series of grants dependant on the whim of the Federal government, and does not translate into sound policy to deliver better care for individuals.
What it does translate into is the thin edge of the wedge, a method for Kevin Rudd to claw back more and more of the GST, denying the states the ability to plan with a guaranteed stream of income.
We have already seen that you can’t trust Labor to spend money prudently. Giving schools new infrastructure when it is needed has merit, but squandering money and allowing big developer/building groups to benefit by ripping off huge amounts of money by way of management fees certainly is not.
One talkback caller told the listening audience that trade unions have already pocketed $80 million of the Building the Education Revolution (BER) money – which repaid the $30 million they spent getting Labor elected, and a nice bucket of money to try and keep them there. Sound plausible?
The Union attack was against WorkChoices, which Labor promised to abolish. The Union’s quid pro quo was to get access to the workplace details of employees, and a return to an award based system to the old antiquated arbitration system.
What is the result? Yes unions have returned to positions of power – board appointments and the like.
And they got access to workplaces, the details of employees, and we appear to be headed back to the antiquated arbitration process. But the so called ‘Modern Awards’ system is a contradiction in terms.
The intent was to get federal jurisdiction over all those employees not covered by WorkChoices (except Public Servants and local government). And then blind and merge all state and federal awards – some 4,000 to 5,000 of them into 122 ‘Modern Awards’.
Result, nurses in aged care will get $300 a week less under the new award; in-house call centre workers lose out, airline workers lose out, 340,000 individuals covered by the new ‘modern’ clerks’ award lose out.
The transitional ‘take home pay orders’ have very limited application and a virtual admission of this is contained in the new Fair Work Act, which provides that where an individual employee is to lose pay, it can only be done by the decrease being delivered at 20% a year for 5 years.
The Labor Party, and Ms Gillard in particular, prior to the 2007 election pretended to be concerned about individuals who would lose out under WorkChoices. In fact they promised to repel the WorkChoices legislation, they have not.
Ms Gillard has left much of it in place and her amendments will now see thousands of working Australians worse off, which she promised would never happen under a Labor Government.
Come on Julia, its time to come clean – when are you going to tell the working families that you so vehemently defended during the last campaign that you will be delivering them a pay cut?
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