Australian trade unions say Labor party should keep promises

This video from Australia is called:

Open Letter To John Howard. Charlie Chaplin’s closing speech from ‘The Great Dictator‘.

The text of that final speech is here.

From British daily News Line:

‘BIN HOWARD’S WORKCHOICES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE’ – Australian trade unions tell Rudd

THE Australian trade unions have welcomed the victory of the Labour Party in the general election, but doubts are growing over whether the new Prime Minister Rudd intends to repeal all the anti-union measures brought in by Howard, that proved to be Howard’s undoing.

The 150,000 strong Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) welcomed the election of the Rudd Labour government with optimism for the future for health care, nurses and nursing.

Ged Kearney, ANF Acting Federal Secretary said: ‘The Labour victory is a defining moment for Australia, a moment when voters decided on new leadership and rejected the harsh WorkChoices legislation overwhelmingly.

‘Australians not only rejected AWAs but saw through the Liberal Party’s piecemeal approach to health policy, best demonstrated by the Mersey Hospital debacle.

‘The ANF looks forward to working with the new government to implement the pre-election policies on health reform, primary health care and revitalising the health workforce.

‘But other outstanding areas require immediate attention.

‘For example, a significant wages gap exists between nurses working in aged care and other sectors that make it impossible for aged care providers to attract and retain qualified staff and to ensure quality care.

‘Indigenous and rural and remote health also require fundamental and thoughtful change.

‘There are 250,000 nurses in Australia and our members will hold the ALP to account.

‘We expect Mr Rudd to fulfil his promises to address major systemic problems through health reform, increased public hospital funding and better aged care solutions,’ Ms Kearney said.

See also here.

Election defeat causes meltdown in Australia’s Liberal and National parties: here.

EMPLOYERS TRYING TO FORCE WORKERS ONTO AWAs – say Australian trade unions: here.

2 thoughts on “Australian trade unions say Labor party should keep promises

  1. New survey shows split in Australian attitudes on United States

    By Tim Johnston
    Published: December 9, 2007

    SYDNEY: A new survey shows that Australians are developing a split attitude toward the United States, a key ally: They still value the relationship but are deeply worried about the current political direction of the United States and some of its social trends.

    The results of a poll carried out for the United States Studies Center at the University of Sydney and to be released Monday indicate that the majority of Australians hold favorable views about its political freedoms and the economic opportunities it offers.

    But perceived problems with gun control, race relations, and rising social and economic inequalities had tarnished views of the United States.

    “What I consider quite surprising is a growing disconnect between the United States and Australian values in quite a few areas, including their ability to manage their economic and social institutions” said Alan Dupont, who is the acting head of the U.S. Studies Center.

    “You get a picture of a Australia that increasingly no longer sees the U.S. as an exemplar politically or socially.”

    The results are the second set of data released from a poll conducted by Surveys Australia, part of ACNeilsen, involving telephone interviews with 1,213 people in July. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

    Results released in October showed that 57 percent of Australians had favorable attitudes to the United States in general, 67 percent had unfavorable views of President George W. Bush, and only 37 percent trusted the current administration to deal responsibly with global problems. The results were released separately to give researchers time to analyze the data.

    Dupont said that the key question was whether the attitudes were purely due to disaffection with the current U.S. administration or whether they were part of an underlying trend, but he warned that the first risked creating the second.

    “The image of Bush has affected attitudes to the U.S. more generally,” he said.

    Historically, Australia has been one of America’s closest allies. It is the only country to have fought alongside the United States in all the major conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    The new government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, which was sworn in last month, has said that it will negotiate the withdrawal of Australia’s combat troops in Iraq, part of a contingent of some 1,575 troops committed to that conflict, indicating that the relationship might be entering a more considered phase.

    Documents released over the weekend by the Dutch authorities indicate that Canberra is willing to commit to the deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan at least until 2010.

    The Australian government has declined to confirm the comments, which were part of a Dutch government report. Australian and Dutch troops are serving together as part of a combined operation in the hostile southern Afghan province of Helmand.

    The Dutch government document said The Netherlands would also continue to deploy troops in Afghanistan, in part because of Australia’s continuing commitment.

    The recent survey shows that although some 50 percent of Australians support the deployment in Afghanistan, only a third – 33 percent – support the Iraq mission.

    But Rudd, who leads the center-left Labor Party, has said that the affiliation with Washington was still the country’s most important alliance, and the survey shows that reflects the attitude of a majority of his compatriots.

    Almost 80 percent of those polled said that the Anzus treaty, the military pact that binds Australia, New Zealand and the United States, was important for protecting Australia’s security.

    And social ties were also becoming stronger. Some of the results to be released Monday were contrasted with a poll carried out for the United States Information Service in 1986. They show that more Australians are traveling to the United States, even if there has been a sharp decline in favorable views of American standards of living and system of government.

    But Dupont said that one cause of the apparent disaffection might paradoxically be one of America’s most attractive attributes.

    “One of the reasons the U.S. gets a bad press is that it is a more open society than almost any other and it airs its dirty laundry almost more than any other country, and that draws a lot of criticism,” he said.


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