The government is stalking me

About 3 weeks ago, I signed a petition against the governments Industrial Relations reforms.
This morning there was a knock at my door and I found a parcel addressed to me. Inside were 10 identical government endorsed booklets on why the Industrial Relations reforms are a good thing.
It freaks me out that they know where I live and that they are prepared to waste so much money mailing me multiple copies of a pamphlet I only need to read once.


26 thoughts on “The government is stalking me

  1. tibbycat

    That is scary.

    I have a book recommendation for you: Not Happy, John by Margo Kingston. It’s a fascinating insight into the corruption of this current government.

  2. dumsum

    It was Cam and Dave. They sent me 10 as well.

    Also, it wouldn’t be terribly difficult for the government to find your address. Not to mention the fact that Centrelink have details of every single citizen, there’s always the electoral roll.

  3. pinhead22886

    Its fantastic how everyone loves to complain and spurt their shit, and yet the government’s been in office for nearly a decade… Evidently the people want the government to be there, they’ve voted for them time and again, so get over it and hack the fact that they’re going to pass legislation, which is what happens when a government is given control of both houses. You don’t like it, dont vote for them, but at the end of the day, the party that the majority wants is going to be in power, so STOP FUCKING COMPLAINING!

    1. pinhead22886

      And I also love all the dipshits on the news who are out there protesting, and they obviously have no freaking idea what the workplace reforms even entail. They interview them on the news and they go “I’m just gonna be so much worser off under these new laws.” Fucking deadheads. Get a brain.

      1. flynonymous

        Well actually the fact that the government is putting so much into advertising and promoting the new reforms is just a reflection of how they are making a lot of workers feel insecure. A lot of people are worried about the lack of job security and the greater powers that go to employers.

        Regardless of where on the social spectrum you put yourself, you can hardly argue against the fact that unionism protects workers through ensuring their fair treatment and provisions, and that this protection is being eroded.

      2. pinhead22886

        If enough people were concerned, then the government wouldnt be the government, and they wont be the government come the next election. I dont think the workplace reforms are perfect. In fact, Im not so sure theyre even a good thing. Id like to see a change of government. But the fact is, the government, with control of both houses of parliament, has never had a stronger mandate to implement the reforms that are on their agenda. Whinging about it is stupid, because the people voted. In fact, even I voted…

      3. flynonymous

        Well the big problem is that enough people are concerned, but the nature of our democracy is that the Howard Government, though the popular support it gained at the last election, now has unchecked power to bring in new legislation. Howard wasn’t elected because of his IR Reforms, and now though so many people oppose them nothing can actually be done. A mandate is a very dangerous thing because it implies that the governing body is generally supported by the voting public in everything that it does, removing scrutiny of individual issues.

        You know where my political allegiances lie, but I think it is a general truth that unchecked power is undemocratic. It doesnt matter that people voted for it. If we had a constitutional referendum tomorrow to establish Australia as a peoples’ republic, just because it was changed through democratic means wouldn’t mean it would still be democratic.

      4. pinhead22886

        You’re pretty much saying that the government should never make any laws, because even though the majority of people voted for them, not everyone agrees with them. Talk about stupid. Their lawmaking powers ARE checked! That’s why we have the Senate (which, it seems, the people wanted controlled by the same party as the lower house), the judiciary and the executive.

      5. josef_stylin

        saying that people should not complain about issues that affect their lives is stupid.

        The current government is trying to bring in a reform that people don’t want. Would they have won the election running on this issue? The majority disagreed with going to war with iraq without UN backing but we went anyway, is this democratic?

        Just because we have elected someone doesn’t mean we have to sit back and take whatever they give us. Anyway, I voted for kodos!

      6. pinhead22886

        People have the right to whinge and complain, which is what democracy is all about, but the go on and on about it and then vote them back in, so deal with it!

      7. josef_stylin

        I didn’t vote for them

        They didn’t say they were going to do this when it was time to vote either.

        Why should we “deal with it” we shouldn’t have to “deal with” anything. I’m not going to disrespect those in authority over me, but I’m not going to lay down and let them walk all over me either.

      8. dumsum

        Both Bush and Howard were re-elected, with an increase in popularity if I recall correctly (although I don’t remember how that went in the US), well after the war had started, which kind of says to me that the majority in both countries DIDN’T disagree with the war on Iraq.

        It’s the same with this. How many people went protesting? a few hundred thousand? Whoop de do, there are many more workers in this country than that. Only the people that disagree are seeking attention.

      9. flynonymous

        Firstly an increase in support for a party isnt necessarily indicative of support on a particular issue – most people will vote for issues closer to their own circumstances such as taxation, health, education, law enforcement etc when it comes down to it, regardless of their opinion of international issues. That certainly happened in Australia with the Howard focus on interest rates and taxation.

        These reforms will affect the workers that are struggling. The ones that are already hard done by. It’s ignorant to say that because there are more workers than protestors hardly anyone cares. For a start a number of employers I know put pressure on their workers not to protest, as happened in many places across the country. Union officials and other important figures – the people that understand the reforms and what they mean for workers – were there in force, and they are genuinely concerned.

        It’s incredibly arrogant and insulting to say that the dissenters are just “seeking attention”. They disagree because REAL PEOPLE all over Australia are going to have their job security, their overtime, even their LUNCH BREAKS taken away.

      10. josef_stylin

        I didn’t say that people here disagreed with the war. I said they disagreed with going to war without UN backing. This statement was based on polls, not numbers who attended protests.

        But speaking of protests, can you name any other issues that have got that many people to a protest? Doesn’t that suggest to you that a lot of people feel passionate about the issue?

      11. dumsum

        The only sure fire way of finding out would be the next election…if this issue is that important to the majority, then assuming Beazley is still around he’ll “tear up the laws.” But I do believe that while a lot of people are against it, the majority either don’t care or are for it.

      12. josef_stylin

        what are you basing your assumptions of what the majority believe on?

        If people are angry enough to protest it is a good sign that people are pretty angry.

        We WILL see what happens at the next election, but in the mean time it looks like the government will just do this anyway. Maybe you feel secure in your job, but a lot of other people don’t.

      13. flynonymous

        Do you actually think I’m saying that the government should never make any laws? I’m saying the government needs to be checked and questioned, so that if we get to a situation where legislative amendments go against the greater good of the population, something can be done. Something better than just sitting back and saying “well everyone voted for him so just take it you’re stupid.”

        And no, their lawmaking powers arent at all checked by a Senate when a government holds an overwhelming majority. Especially not under this regime, with the way the Howard government puts pressure on its backbenchers. We’ve already established that.

    2. flynonymous

      1. Spurting one’s shit is one of the most important aspects of any democracy.

      2. Most people will tell you that it’s not simply a case of the majority wanting the government to be in power, but the lack of any viable opposition.

      3. If you don’t like people complaining you could always move to China.

      1. pinhead22886

        People can complain all they want. But its a democracy, so if you dont like me complaining about all the dickheads complaining, go back to China… 😛 😀

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