Updated: May 20, 2020
I read The Age today, oh boy. Normally I've read it on my iPhone before getting out of bed, but my darling wife offered me a toasted Reuben so I bounced out and raced into town to gather authentic ingredients. It started with my morning coffee at Baked in Sorrento so I could focus on the shopping list. I then headed across the road to Stringers for Rye Bread, Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut and all the ingredients for the Russian dressing. Whilst checking out, a front page headline grabbed my attention, "Businesses slam bid for minimum wage rise". 35 Roubles later, I headed home, sat down in the kitchen and waited eagerly. It was worth it.
I read the front page and marvelled at the incomprehensible push from unions to up the minimum wage. That's right, smack bang in the eye of an economic tornedo, unions are calling for a pay rise. The best part is the justification by Sally McManus "an increase in the minimum wage represents an injection of direct spending into the economy which will stimulate economic growth." Not if there are no jobs comrade. You need to go back to Plekhanov Russian University of Economics for a refresher course. It was a good article that counter claimed with the reactions of real business groups and proper economists.
Believe it or not, this wasn't the article that got my goat. Such ridiculous claims do more harm to the union movement and relegate their relevance. On page 6, Party Leader DapperDan proudly proclaims a $500m blitz to boost the 'Big V' economy. Where is it going? To the heavily unionised and 'not struggling' construction industry to build social housing. I see red.
DapperDan, social housing is an important issue. Saving the economy is more important right now. When are you going to get the message? You spent $171.4m the other day. We saw nothing. You invested $500m today in an industry which has hardly been affected.
The hospitality industry is a pillar of the Victorian economy. You said so yourself only yesterday. What happens when a pillar collapses? The whole house comes crashing down.
Dapper, 'you don't know how lucky you are' to have the best hospitality in the world in your state. I bet you'll miss us when we're gone.
At least we'll have social housing.