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IR protest – half full or half empty?

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Interesting differences in the perception of the crowd at the MCG to protest Workchoices.

Comedian Corinne Grant told the crowd, which half-filled the stadium, that the struggle against the Federal Government’s new IR laws was “one of the biggest fights we have seen in our lives”. [well she makes a living out of telling jokes].

The ACTU said 60,000 people attended the gathering at the MCG, but police put the crowd at 40,000.

Andrew Norton is not impressed.

The irony is that, even with the lower than expectations turnout for the union IR rally, it has probably done workers’ interests more damage in one day than WorkChoices has in the eight months since it came into force. Many will have lost pay, given up annual leave, or been inconvienced by the the traffic chaos the protests caused.


Written by Admin

November 30, 2006 at 11:45 pm

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  1. A disaster for Beazley. Wayne Swan had been boasting that no anyone can fill the G.

    Well, he didn’t – not by half.


    December 1, 2006 at 12:13 am

  2. Andrew Norton makes a good point. At the moment, it seems there’s a reasonable link between WorkChoices and more unskilled/low skilled people entering the workforce. If that keeps up, the ALP is really rogered federally. We’ll have state Labor and federal Coalition until the crack of doom.

    Bloody Hell, that’s a boring thought.


    December 1, 2006 at 12:21 am

  3. Bloody Hell, that’s a boring thought.



    December 1, 2006 at 12:44 am

  4. In Sydney they told us that public transport might be delayed and that lots of grubby ACTU types would be infesting the streets. But the whole thing was damp squib. I went over to a client in North Sydney and saw nary a protester on the way there or back.

    What a bunch of wankers.

    Rococo Liberal

    December 1, 2006 at 8:04 am

  5. A lot of the angst is driven by fear of the unknown and economic illiteracy. However if they held the protest on a saturday I think the venue might have been almost entirely empty. Go easy on the protesters, most of them will mellow with time.


    December 1, 2006 at 8:53 am

  6. Most of the protesters were paid union officials and ALP staffers. Proof that Labor has no momentum and that people getting all hot and bothered about polls are kidding themselves.

    Andrew Elder

    December 1, 2006 at 9:48 am

  7. The drunken louts in union tee-shirts outside the pubs and train stations didn’t look good when the workers were leaving the office and going home.

    Sinclair Davidson

    December 1, 2006 at 10:04 am

  8. Kim Beazley may be put out to pasture – Rudd is challenging.
    Would this count as a fair dismissal?

    Andrew Reynolds

    December 1, 2006 at 11:26 am

  9. A woman rang up John Laws protesting at the evil of WC, her supervisor “sneakily” approached her to ask if she would work extra time same pay for a stocktake. Offended lady replied no way, wot about my rights, I want to be paid overtime to work overtime.

    She only worked 20 hours a week.

    Quelle horreur!


    December 2, 2006 at 1:23 am

  10. It is good that she realised she has the right to say “no” to requests from other people.


    December 4, 2006 at 1:10 pm

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