After many conversations at the checkout, Sue is now my friend and we, as women are wont to do,like sharing views in our many conversations. As a matter of fact, her boss and her friend Poe, concurs.
She's a tired woman too.
Perhaps to people like you and Dan Tehan, the people who "serve" are not like "the rest of us".
Just economic units to be ulitised.
That's not my world. - Wendy Harmer
It seems there are two classes of workers...those who have secure, well-paid 9 to 5 jobs and free weekends which they can spend with their families, do their shopping, dine out etc, and those poorly paid casual workers who have to service those needs.
I am quite happy for those small businesses who don't wish to pay penalty rates and don't wish to work themselves on weekends to close their business on Sundays. Do we really need them open? - Annem
Penalty rates are fine, as long as everyone is happy accept that along with higher pay for weekend workers, it also means fewer jobs for younger people and higher prices for everyone. We already know that many small businesses choose to close (or employ fewer staff) on weekends because they just can't afford the higher rates. And those that do stay open (predominantly in the cities) are going to charge high prices for their (lattes, bagels, etc).
And as far as the comments from Sue at the fruit market goes, I'd be really disappointed if I heard that. Making verbal complaints about your job directly to customers (let alone in front of them) is really un-professional. - Nick
Great piece Wendy. I can't go past the first comment by "Chronos" in the online newspaper. It says it all for me:-
"When I am able to go to the bank and get counter service at 3am. When I can go to a football game that kicks off at midnight. When I can mow my lawn at 6am on a Sunday morning. When I can watch primetime television at 1am. When I can pop into my local for a beer on the way home from work at 6am. When I can talk to my local MP at 2am face to face. When parliament sits on Christmas day. When parliament begins sitting at 10pm on the 31st December for a full 8 hours. When I can visit any small business at anytime of the clock. When I can go to the office and speak to my manager at 4am.
Then and only then, can any politician begin to talk to me about reducing penalty rates. Until then they can go take a flying leap." - Sandy
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Gina's expectation and those like her is that if they don't get a certain return on investment it's the worker's fault for wanting a wage that will sustain and build communities or it's the government's fault for not subsidising them at a rate that will give them that return. And of course if the corporates are on welfare then the rest of us lose out. The diesel fuel subsidy alone is a multibillion loss to taxpayers that could be diverted to the NDIS or to road infrastructure - any number of community building projects. Instead we are expected to not only hold her hand but kiss it.
Her thinking is the antithesis of democracy, prosperity and community. It means domination of society by the wealthy and elites. This is not what we want Australia to become. - RhodaD
Thanks Alistair. - Dianne
Here's to the poor, obviously unemployable woman who is seemingly quite happy with the title Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women. What a girl, willing to sell her soul for and play second fiddle to the man she is besotted with.
Great role model for all the daughters out there. Not. - EmeticMaterial
How dare you sit there Ellen, with your self funding, tax paying superior attitude. I'm sorry to let you know that there are people on this site that have, and are still working hard, paid tax at a rate that would make your hair stand on end and also have inherited substantial estates from dearly departed parents. But unlike Gina Rinehart and it would seem you, those people have helped others also, and instead of sitting, like you, only interested in watching your shares grow in value, they have helped people less fortunate than themselves with their money. Give it a go Ellen, opening up your purse strings to help others really sets you free from that twisted thinking of me me me. - narele
It's the" Mad Monk: our idiot PM, who is behind this stupid "green army" crap.
Instead of creating real jobs, he's going t create a slave army for Gina Reinhart - the $2.00 per day slave driver.
Why is the Mad Monk doing her bidding, I don't remember seeing her name on the Ballot paper. - Ella