Rebecca Barnard (Rebecca's Empire), Billy Miller (Ferrets), Stephen Cummings (Sports), Kevin Borich (KB Express) are all Australian >50 yo artists I have seen perform in the past 12 months who are undoubtedly providing audiences with fantastic music and are nowhere near their use by dates. As for international acts, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is another who is consistently providing new and interesting material. All these artists have resisted relying on the "greatest hits" package and essentially becoming mere cover bands playing songs from early in their careers. - Michael
Will prices, and costs go down with abolition of penalty rates?
Don't think so. Will the circulating amount of money go down, and therefore the purchase of goods and services go down as a result? - Sally
WTF..."we can’t do it all." - who is the 'WE' referred to?
Not Rhinohide, that's certain. - ashnaz
We have "concentrated wealth" and a generation that thrived on "penalty rates"...all calling for the exist of life destroying extra's...fuck them! - Tony Gurnett
I could (almost) understand the strolling bones if they need the money but what really puzzles me is the audience. Not the remnants of the original fans or even their kids, but grandkids, apparently not being prodded with sharp sticks to attend. - ashnaz
Echo.... - nikki
Seriously Karen. I'm not sure how your business operates, but for many wages are one of, if not the largest operating cost. And like any other costs it has to be managed realistically in order for the business to remain viable. Which is why many small business owners (including a few that have posted here) have said that they can't afford to pay penalty rates and therefore they either don't open on weekends / public holidays, or they do the work themselves. Some dare I say it, just end up closing down (such as a café that 'used to' operate in my neighbourhood). It's all well and good to say "higher wages are better for everyone in a society" . . . . but if businesses can't afford to pay them, then clearly they are not. If there's no businesses, there's no jobs, and therefore no wages (high or low). - Nick
Hi Susannah...just posted something but it disappeared. Just wanted to say I'm sorry if you are offended by my rather light, throwaway piece on 'who's hot and who's not'. It was not meant to be ageist...it was just like a fangirl goss session about which rockers still have that certain something. Yes it was about being sexy and mature...a rather great combo.
It was not about who should quit ever playing music again. It was me being a little politically incorrect and pointing out that to my mind Mick Jagger is beginning to resemble Rupert Murdoch and I'm worried about him hurting himself....the guys from Duran Duran admit playing with Botox...I was being cheeky...sure ...but not malicious...It's nice of you to be offended on behalf of Mick and Simon and Meatloaf but it's probably not necessary...As I said...it was a playful discussion about who I think still has the 'sizzle' factor and is heading into middle age or older...like me. I'd still rather throw myself at Sting than Mick. If that's shallow...then I'm soaking in it! - nikki
As noted by other commenters, I was surprised that monica slipped so easily into calling Wilders "racist" and apparently equating that with his party being of the far right.
I'm with RosieM's - a pox on all religions which exist to control the ignorant masses for the benefit of the rich & powerful few.
The current Enquiry into Child Abuse should demonstrate that, whichever sky fairy is invoked, all religion is abuse.
Islam has never had a Reformation and the chances of this occurring are nil.
Bear in mind that the cleansing of Europe didn't start intil the 16thC and people were still being tortured, drawn & quartered in Britain until the 1700s. - ashnaz
No, penalty rates should not be cut. Why would you go to work on Sunday for an ordinary rate of pay. This Government and the knucklheads who support it, think that the ordinary person should be the one to give up their pay and entitlements. Have shop owners etc ever really looked at their lease arrangements etc. or do they just blindly enter into them. I am an employee but also a part business owner so my opinion is formed from both sides of the fence. I hear so many small business owners blaming their staff for their business woes. I am also a bookkeeper and it astounds me how some business owners mismanage their cash flow, but will always try to cut corners on the most lowly paid person in the business. I agree with someone above. Do we really need shops open on Sundays and public holidays? Also,I seem to recall members of this Government getting all of their entitlements and expenses. - Toni