I normally stay clear of any politics however this time something related to business, the self employed and workers.
For anyone not aware the Labour party is in federal power in Australia, and Labour traditionally leans towards workers ( in any country) and not really focused on business incentives. This has always been evident in watching the last three labour government in power, plus watching labour in three other countries that i operate businesses.
It appears that the labour heartland ( in Australia) now want to be "business owners". This creates a significant change of policy, whereby the party members of a socialist leaning, desire capitalist opportunities. This is like becoming your own targeted opponents withing your own party.
So I am confused, is the socialist party becoming capitalists? Or maybe they are becoming the new conservative party, pro business and growth?Confused? Read for yourself.
Ms Gillard said that for a long period, the labour movement believed lifting incomes and ending poverty would lead to a better life for all, but now understood that for the disadvantaged, welfare of itself was not enough. " Of course, ensuring people have life's basics is necessary, but change only comes by marrying a requirement for personal effort and responsibility with the customised supports that give people a hand up and out of poverty and dysfunction," she said.
" For a long period of time, our great movement believed that the highest aspiration of working people was for a decent job. Now we understand its can be to run a decent small business."
" Protecting rights at work will always be central, but building skills, rewarding enterprise, encouraging the embrace of risk, helping people be their own boss, is part of the dream...too.
This means that the union employees want to be in business and champion business rights? I do not know in depth politics but these statements are becoming very confused on the difference between political parties.
If this is indeed the case, how will the " new labour member small business" appreciate all the new government red tape and additional business costs that come from employment? The policies over the last 5 years are hurting small business, with a result of small business closing at a record pace, so why say these things and encourage members to be in business when it is a negative small business environment?
If you do not see small business hurting, just take a walk around the shops and office space counting the number of spaces available for lease or rent.It is a clear indicator tough times are here right now in 2011-2012.Then check out the " product sales" on offer. While you are in the shop ask the small business shop keeper how business is going.
I find the above comments - Amazing.