Louise Dodson, writing in today’s SMH, claims that the battle for the Catholic vote is not over. Bishop Kevin Manning, Catholic Bishop of Parramatta, had some acerbic and pointed remarks to make about the possibility of changes to the Industrial Relations laws by a coalition unrestrained by the Senate in a recent speech to mark the 90th anniversary of the Industrial Relations Commission:
“Labour market flexibility is not a good in itself. If flexible arrangements undermine the ability of workers to earn a living wage or to plan a family, then the state has a responsibility to intervene in favour of the common good,” he said in the speech… “Low wages, insecure short-term contracts, casual work and seasonal work are frequently the lot of young people, migrants and holders of temporary protection visas, unskilled and semi-skilled workers. These patterns of employment are making inroads into white-collar work. At the same time, top executives are earning preposterous salaries.”
Amen to that from this Armadillo.
And it’s interesting to note that Bishop Manning’s diocese takes in Western Sydney. I wonder if Tony Abbott is contemplating any more visits to Cardinal Pell.