Monday, June 20, 2011

The caring Left

The lost jobs and shattered lives of workers and their families are unimportant:
There are about 11.5 million people working in Australia.
About 150 000 of them work in the mining sector.
If half of the miners lost their jobs, Australia wouldn’t notice a thing.
The added bonus would be that we might be able to find a plumber, electrician or mechanic without having to beg.
Yet a carbon tax, which will will make no noticeable reduction to global emissions, is of utmost importance.


Blogger Boy on a bike said...

How loud would the squealing be if anyone proposed culling half the jobs for lawyers?

4:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

75000 jobs wouldn't be noticed? I guess it must be fun living in world where many of your mates are public servants/government funded artists/teachers/academics or mostly work for legalaid or government bodies. No one you know will ever be out of pocket or at risk of losing of their job.

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Roger That said...

But you fail to see the benefits: Plumbers would be fighting amongst themselves over who gets to fix this smug arsehole's leaky toilet, rather than selfishly looking for something more productive to do.
Presumably they would also be OK with working for peanuts, while Jezza sits nearby on his throne singing "It's good to be King".

9:59 AM  
Anonymous PeterB said...

Any one remember when the Left was supposed to support the workers?

Reminds me of one comment that the debate about McMansions was based on the issue that a plumber in Kellyville shouldn't have a nicer house than a solicitor in Paddington.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, he has no idea about basic economics.

If 75,000 jobs disappeared from mining that would lead to losses for all the people who work in industries that supply the mining industry and those industries that rely on the spending of the now unemployed miners.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those 75k jobs pay taxes. At a rough average of $100k per job and 30% overall income tax rate, that's around $2.5 billion dollars in lost tax revenue, and a minimum of 75k new dole recipients. I say minimum as consequential family breakup will be a multiplier.

10:42 AM  

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