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It's on--destabilization « Previous | |Next »
September 3, 2005

Whilst the factions in the NSW Liberals continue to eat one another with relish, judging by the "tax debate" or flareup between Howard, Turnbull and Costello of last week, the leadership battle in the federal Liberal Party is now on in earnest. Costello's current campaign to display his breadth is about destabilising the status quo.

The pressure is building and the movement and manoeuvring amongst the leadership group for the deputy leadership is now quite open. Tis countdown time.

Political success and power. It is so seductive. It is like a narcotic. You crave the adrenalin more and more. Why ever more power? For its own sake, not for the good of the country.

Have you noticed that there is very little substantive policy talk about improving the productivity of labour through clever thinking and innovation? A smarter Australia is not on the agenda.

That means that we ordinary citizens observing the political plays in the media, are obliged to continue to work longer and longer hours to ensure economic growth and Australia remaining internationally competitive. We now spend more time getting to and from work, getting ready for work, worrying about work, losing our jobs, and looking for other jobs.

In the global economy leisure is now squeezed around work. Leisure is the time off the job. Often leisure means recovery from work, replenishment for further work, stress management and consumption. Gone are the days of the easy life. Work is a responsibility (a moral duty). We have a moral obligation to work to contribute to the wealth of the nation, and human fulfilment comes from work.

We feel that we are being squeezed for time. And we don't like it. Our increased standard of living has been purchased with a more demanding worklife. Much of what we spend our money is compensation for all the work.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 1:55 PM | | Comments (0)