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‘Worker’ is now a word of convenience

Posted on: 3 June 2013

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 ‘Worker’ is now a word of convenience

Who are the working men and women politicians keep talking about? And do they know any?

I ask these questions because between now and the polls closing on Federal election day, Saturday, 14 September, it’s almost certain that members of the current government from the Prime Minister to the lowliest back bencher seeking re-election or new candidates seeking  election , will use ‘Workers’  so often that voters will be sick of hearing it.

They will use Worker in a plethora of speeches to groups of people that could be accommodated comfortably in a small to medium size garden shed.  In fact garden sheds might be appropriate places for candidates to deliver election speeches because some people might have had to invest in a garden shed to hold the tools they’ve had to invest in to grow vegetables to keep the wolf from the door because they cannot afford supermarket prices.

At these meetings candidates will make promises to workers that even God might blink at. Indeed speakers will try and transport workers to dreamland. Little wonder that ‘Worker’ has become a word convenience. A warning: dreams are ephemeral.

Not that my opinion applies only to the current Federal government. Should the government change after 14 September, it is more probable than not that I will be writing in the same vein before the 2016 Federal election. On the other hand if a new government is elected perhaps they hope the old saying ‘A change is as good as a rest,’ isn’t true.

Sadly too, in much the same way as during the war troops were called cannon fodder, some political parties’ hierarchy think of working voters as political fodder. Once upon a time that might have been true, but no longer. Today with politics more a business than a vocation, workers are more savvy and cynical about the people who put themselves forward as possible parliamentarians.

Indeed many workers today now wealthier than their bosses are driven by the same ambition of keeping and growing their wealth that drives their bosses. Thus it ill behoves candidates to mouth obsolete shibboleths of animosity against people of wealth, many of whom were their supporters in earlier days.

The truth is that the days of current political parties are numbered. Not only are ideas of new parties lying nascent in the minds of Australia’s future voters but also in the minds of young voters in similar liberal democracies.

I doubt the change will take a long time. Today, people move in even larger numbers from one place to another on the basis that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. This, in turn, quickly changes a country’s social environment.

Already this can be seen in Australia, the US and the UK. That said, it is inevitable there will be resistance to change a resistance that is likely to provoke trouble. And while it will never go away, volcanic like it will subside until something stirs it up.

Such has been the case since man first evolved and such will continue to happen until earth itself disappears although I am of the opinion that by the time this occurs man will already be living elsewhere in the universe.

As this change takes place and old societies disappear, new societies that better fit the new environment will emerge. New Ages will also occur with greater regularity; Politics will remain extant but with new parties whose philosophies better fit the new environment.

In effect what is happening is that man is following the same process of change that he has followed since his evolution. Work will change work as will politics while it is the destiny of politicians who continue in the same style to become the new age dinosaurs

It seems to me that on Saturday 14 September, Australia will have the chance to replace the current dinosaurs of politics.

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7 Responses to "‘Worker’ is now a word of convenience"

You may find this interesting. Though not surprising.

Yes, in the months following Sept 14th, many changes will occur.

Many people will hate them and many will welcome them, but who knows what they will be?

We’ll hear plenty of promises from both sides, but what will a new government actually bring us?

What are the real plans of the new government ?

My cartoon on the post election era is here……….




Thanks for your comment. I suspect the budget will provide you with inspiration for lots of cartoons to come.

It is more interesting than tomorrow’s ACT budget will be surprising.

Thanks Don,
Pollies are always good in providing material to work on, it comes second nature to them (thank God).

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