February 14, 2014
It is now clear that the core of the Abbott Govt's reforms is industrial relations in the form of breaking the power of unions.
That is a prerequisite if Australia is to be be open for business. The ground is being prepared through the Royal Commission headed by Dyson Heydon.
Australia's economy is on a downward trend as companies shed jobs, factories close, domestic demand is flat and economic growth is sluggish. The Abbott Govt's narrative is to lay the blame for the collapsing industries at the feet of the unions. Though job losses continue to increase because of falling Chinese demand, all is not lost say the neo-liberals say that all is not lost. The free market will drive productivity reforms and increase living standards across Australia.
That's their “plan for jobs” -- get-the-economy-moving-and-the-jobs-will-come. It's the traditional ""a rising tide lifts all boats" and it is the global economic forces that will cause the rising tide sometime in the future. This will restructure the economy for enrichment of the few not for the benefit of the many.