Use The Force, Kevvo
Saturday April 21st 2007, 6:37 am

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No, Kevin- the way to The Lodge is not paved with imitation HoWARd policies.

Labor is mainly depending on the votes of working Australians to win goverment- and none want anything to do with a government which schmoozes non-voting entities like corporations while leaving workers and their families to twist in the wind.

Business will exploit any loophole you give them. There’s got to be proper unfair dismissal laws in place which cover all workers for the entire time they’re working for a certain employer. If Kevvo’s IR plan allows companies with under 15 employees to escape unfair dismissal laws for 6 months, you can bet that there will be a lot of sackings of people who have been on the job 5 months and 29 days.

Labor must use The Force to defeat HoWARd. That force is the numbers of voting workers who don’t want an American-style ‘take-it-or-rack-off’ employment basis… and there’s a lot more of those votes than there are votes from business owners.


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Don’t forget the inevitable…

Comment by theHippy 04.23.07 @ 6:06 pm

Dunno about you mon, but I don’t find Rudd’s shift to the right to be anywhere close to ethical. Howard is holding Australian workers at cannon-point; Rudd’s happy to settle for holding us at gunpoint.

Comment by weez 04.23.07 @ 10:05 pm

I completely agree with you, weez. Rudd’s intelligence and enthusiasm, flattening first Beazely then Howard in the same year, must have required him to make some heavy promises to the ‘Not the Good Guys’ (AKA ‘Core’).

We rubes, who democratically always get the govmint we choose, are non-Core. The things we’ve let Howard get away with are written loud for Kev to see – He’ll save a few tame lefties and a pot of fiscal grease for elections, the rest of the term – well, he only promised to behave marginally better than a rodent.

Ethically this old freak doesn’t like capitalist freedom any more that communist persecution, both sides are minted on the same coin. Like my grandpa-of-Gallipoli used to say “Boy, you can’t play two-up with only one penny.” He was referring to my mental midgetry, of course, but it gives me the opportunity to define Australian politics as a game of One-up.

Sorry ’bout the mess, nice job with the dust buster. [Walks off, egg in beard.]

Comment by theHippy 04.24.07 @ 5:48 am

I must say (and please don’t tell this to the plebs at the ALP lest they revoke my membership) that the so-called (and ridiculous concept) of the “honeymoon” is fast becoming “over” for me.

Still, this weekend’s ALP Conference has Anthony Albanese and ??? (I forget, apologies in advance; it is “anzaceve” after all) promising to veto any nuclear plans Rudd has… and I will be supporting those dissenters any way I can.

However, in the bigger scheme of things, I’ve finally got to the point where I don’t care what Rudd does, or says, or “promises”, because, after 10 years of Howard rule, he is still the lesser of the two evils. Go on, admit it, you know he is!!

Comment by Colours 04.25.07 @ 1:09 am

Hippy, no problem on the tidying up. I’m looking for a WordPress plugin that will make it easier for commenters to add formatting like bold, italic & hyperlinks to mgk comments.

C, the “Rudd honeymoon” is a HoWARd concept. The press and the voters don’t actually subscribe to it much.

Yes- Rudd is most certainly the lesser of two evils, but that’s not the basis under which I want to support a new leadership. I DO care what Rudd does, especially when we’re being held over a barrel by HoWARd’s DorkChoices… and Kevvo simply retorts with the same thing in his own IR proposal, just 5% less draconian.

Comment by weez 04.25.07 @ 9:01 am

I wrote:

Im looking for a WordPress plugin that will make it easier for commenters to add formatting like bold, italic & hyperlinks to mgk comments.

Found one. All you need to do to add a link is highlight the text you want to hyperlink, click the LINK button and enter the URL in the dialogue box which pops up.

Comment by weez 04.25.07 @ 9:21 am

I’m working on integrating Quicktags into the SHAO commenting facility using Montie’s fine plugin just as installed here on mgk.

However, it’s not quite working the way I want it to on SHAO in terms of the appearance of the buttons. The SHAO buttons appear big, lumpy & grey as opposed to the outline buttons as they appear on mgk. The buttons on SHAO are working, they’re just ugly. I’m a bit perplexed as I installed the plugin on SHAO and mgk in just the same way.

Eventually, I want to get a WYSIWYG compositor going for comments on SHAO & mgk, just as appears in the WordPress main post composing window. Clues would be nice if anyone has any. 🙂

Comment by weez 04.25.07 @ 10:28 am

he is still the lesser of the two evils. Go on, admit it, you know he is!!

Colours, we have to agree – and thereby crank the Ratchet. (a better link from UFO)

Got the Hoover warmed up, weez?

Comment by theHippy 04.25.07 @ 6:13 pm

Doesn’t look like any Hoovering is required. 🙂

Comment by weez 04.25.07 @ 6:34 pm

Way cool Admin, Mr Weezil. 🙂

Comment by theHippy 04.25.07 @ 9:23 pm

Well, we aim to please… but don’t for a minute presume that I know what I’m doing. I don’t speak HTML very well at all. Calling myself fairly lucky that I’ve gotten any of this nonsense to work!

Comment by weez 04.26.07 @ 7:55 am

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