Saturday, February 26, 2005

HoWARd happy to cut and run on seriously injured soldiers

As Australia prepares to send more troops to Iraq, tens of thousands of military personnel injured in recent years stand to lose their rights to lump sum compensation.

The Government is changing the definition of "impairment" in a way that could deny lump sum payouts to people with serious back or limb injuries. The compensation overhaul will also affect thousands of other Commonwealth employees.

I do hope we don't follow the US with our number of wounded.
Shame HoWARd Shame.


Blogger Ron said...

And this is just the start of three years of Howard senate-majority rule. It's scary to think what else they may have in their box of tricks.

Chris Sheil in a comment at Troppo: Howard's senate majority is a dead-set fluke, that has scared the bejesus out of the voters, and would have been revoked in a fresh vote, had it been called the day after the last result was known.

11:50 am  
Blogger suki said...

Those of us who did not vote for HoWARd felt doubly sick as we realised we had lost the vibrancy of the Senate as well.

This came after years and years of Australian voters understanding its role in keeping the bastards honest.

I blame (in recency) Latham and his fucked-in-the-head deal with Victoria. With Meg Lees and her fucked-in-the-head deal without her party.

1:56 pm  
Blogger Ron said...

M** L*** are two words I never want to see again.

I will be glad to see/hear the last of her on June 30 (I hope!!).

12:32 pm  
Blogger bogan-A said...

It's not just Meg- those stupid suicidal ingrates then knifed Stott D, who was the, sorry THE shining light and great hope of the party.

But they are now redundant; it is pointless when labor are not that left wing anymore for a party to be pissing around with trying to squeeze in the middle and do deals.

They need to actually embrace a belief in something, attempt to represent something, otherwise they are just a waste of space.

11:33 am  
Blogger gringo said...

I know this is an old post, but I felt compelled to add.

The ALP do need to find an ideological base. They are meaningless and simply react to what the other side proposes. THey have no defining purpose or reason and as a result just drift aimlessly, unable to present a coherent overall policy line.

And their actions regarding Victorian Senate preferences was disgraceful. Was there any fallout over that?

12:30 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Latham's gone, Meg Lee's goes in July, Australians will by and large just accept the changes.
A It's fucked, but what can we do?! mentality.
I predict an increase in Union membership and an increase in dangerous,(outside workcover)cash-in-hand work.

2:18 pm  

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