Sunday, October 28, 2007

Supporting working families

I am all for it! Who would not be?

Kevin Rudd will:

Get wealthy families to support the education of poor children in working families.
Supply subsidised laptops to poor children in working families.
Reintroduce tariffs to protect the livelihoods of working families.
Save working families from capitalism and give Australian working families an industry policy.
Subsidise solar panels and rainwater tanks in the schools of working families.
Reduce the price of urban land for working families.
Reduce the price of groceries and petrol for working families.
Set specific carbon cutbacks and then work out how large they should be to benefit working families.
Promote and improve Australian culinary standards - begun in Britain, now in India and the US - an international commitment to working families.
Win friends in China with his approach to politics – more help for working families.


Slim said...

I'm glad someone's tallying it all up so it's on the record.

Are working families a Ruddian reworking of Ming's forgotten people? Either way, I think it's working.

Stephen Lloyd said...

Surely the CEO of Pepsi has a family? His wife is probably a high-paid lawyer, and they might have 3 kids, and they might do 70-hour weeks and bring home $500k a year.

Surely supporting working families involves supporting these guys too?

It's a stupid phrase, what they really mean is supporting working CLASS families, but they wont ever put it that way because as we all know, Labor don't angage in class war anymore...

robert merkel said...

C'mon Harry, try to find a paragraph of Liberal policy that doesn't mention families...

It's irritating and insulting, but both major parties indulge in this particular tic.

Spiros said...

Harry, Rudd has explicitly ruled out raising tariff, or even slowing down their rate of all, as has industry spokesman, Kim Carr.

If you're going to criticise the Labor Party's policies, use primary sources. They are much more reliable.

And while I've got your attention, check out the Labor candidate for Goldstein, Julia Mason:

"Julia joined the ALP in 1987 and has been active member since then.

Julia holds a MBA from the University of Chicago in 2003, a graduate diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute (now FinSIA) as well as an Arts and Commerce degree from University of Melbourne.

Julia currently holds the position of Group Manager, Corporate Strategy with Sensis. Her role involves strategy development, facilitation, and problem solving. Most recently she was Chairman of the Board of VICSES, and involved in pro – bono work, particularly in the mental health sector. She is also a 2006 Williamson Fellow.

She began her career with BP Australia in Melbourne; spending the majority of her career in Singapore gaining operational experience in Industrial sales, and then in Marketing whilst running a network of retail sites. Julia has experience in commercialisation of new technology and raising finance for start – ups, and helped found a small Corporate Advisory firm in 2001.

Julia has taught Corporate Financial Management as a Masters subject for FinSIA, and now sits on the Subject Advisory Committee. Julia is a FinSIA Fellow and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors."

A Labor candidate with an MBA from Chicago and who is a corporate finance speciliast! Not exactly a union hack, eh H?

On current polling, she will defeat Andrew Robb and represent the good burghers of Brighton and surrounds in the federal parliament.

Anonymous said...

Hearing this "Australian Working Families" phrase repeated ad nauseum is really starting to annoy me. And that the ALP think they know the opinion of "Australian Working Families" as a great big stereotypical group on every issue. What about "Australian Unemployed Singles" or "Australian Pensioners", who are surely having a harder time?
I think the phrase is just designed to make the majority of the population feel like the ALP is targetting them specifically. Or it's some form of suggestion being implanted through repetition (that's what it feels like). Seriously, if they could just get a thesaurus or a dictionary out and change their wording a bit, perhaps even use "Australians" or "Families" or "Working people", I wouldn't feel so manipulated.