No surprises where this is leading, is there?
In the Bulletin today, Laurie Oakes lays it on the line (at bloody last): "Cardinal Pell is right to be concerned. These laws will lead to lower pay and worse conditions for a not insignificant number of workers. The government has known it all along. It lied in claiming otherwise." Oakes also spends a fair bit of time detailing how answers to his questions by the PM on Sunday were obfuscatory, as were responses by Costello to Alan Jones on radio. Oakes uses the Macquarie Dictionary definition of obfuscate - "to confuse or stupefy" and these examples are illuminating - but not as accurate, and to the point, as "lying".
Some more from Howard on IR: "Under no circumstances will a Howard government create a wages system that will cause the take-home pay of Australians to be cut. Under a Howard government, you cannot be worse off." Why doesn't someone call him on this and say "prove it?" What'll we get, the usual macro it will be good for the economy response?
On the other hand, maybe we should take a deep breath and watch this space (bearing in mind that this comes from that red rag The Age, and is by definition untrustworthy).Finally, with the continuing neutering of our system of governance - the
But..some people are still sanguine.