The Art of the Australian Insult

“No wonder this country is going down the drain”
September 30, 2008, 6:19 am
Filed under: State of the nation, World of work

“If people want a child, they should pay for it. If they can’t afford it without taxpayer funding, then they shouldn’t have it. Take contraception, wait a few years and save money until they can afford it. No wonder this country is going down the drain.”

Jenny Smith, Concord, letter to the Daily Telegraph in response to the government’s paid maternity leave plan.

Putting the boot in
July 10, 2008, 4:02 am
Filed under: World of work

“Another case of putting the boot into the lower paid and disadvantaged while the rich keep their own selfish snouts in the trough as if nothing happened.”

Jeff Robinson responds to news that Australia’s lowest-paid workers will receive a $21-a-week increase. Roger Lowry agrees that it is a disgrace:

“As usual the fat cats get big pay rises while the lowly worker gets the short end of the stick. Pay rises should have been $21 across the board. Not $1400 for some. Utterly disgusting treatment.”