Analysis: Does Labor like success?

If bets were placed on the chances of pigs flying over Perth, or a former president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions criticising employers for paying their workers high wages, it's a fair chance that the flying pigs would get shorter odds.


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I suggest if those with similar qualifications don't think its fair for someone to earn $150,000+ super up north, why not offer mining companies $140,000 + super and come on up. The person working there made a sacrifice to live remotely and away from family to earn that money. Labor's policies are clearly divisive and do not, as they say, reward hard work. They threaten to grossly distort resource allocation, and that is a major concern for our economic well-being. Comments such as those Ferguson made reflect comments we got from Rudd, Swan and Gillard, so to my mind nothing has really changed. As Barrack Obama put it, you can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig.

Martin Ferguson actually expressed concern about how governments were going to fund aged pensions in the future, and consequently wanted employeees to have greater amounts going into Super. He implored companies to negotiate to pay less in wages and more in super- say 12 to 15%; by his implication the total package would be the same. Of course this might be expected to lead to a broader set of claims for greater super contributions across the country. Whether employees would accept less current pay in return remains to be seen.

Great article Tim - drives home that a vote for Labor is a vote for taking us closer to socialism - equal this - equal that - grind everybody down to some level approved by some committee of Canberra insiders.

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