Edited by S W T Read: Feb 24: 10.11am :2011
Reith rallies Coalition to brave labour market reform
PETER Reith, the Howard government "enforcer" on industrial relations and waterfront reform, has challenged the Coalition "not to be afraid" or "spooked" by a Labor scare campaign on Work Choices. He wants to turn the clock back to the good old days of confrontation.
Mr Reith says that rallying calls for vital workplace reform have "fallen on deaf ears in Canberra" with the Coalition afraid to campaign on the issue.
The former industrial relations minister and one-time Liberal leadership aspirant believes labour market reform is Australia's No 1 priority'
This means "Australia will have been going backwards for nearly a decade" by the next election he says.
"The reality today is that the industrial relations system we now have is not good enough. It will get worse.
The shortcomings may have been disguised by the resources boom, and the public may not realise the problems ahead.
Australia still needs a better system," Mr Reith will say in a speech to be delivered today in Melbourne.
He is a dinosaur, his ideas created the greatest industrial disputes in our history.
Australia is already short of skilled workers and yet his answer is to blame the workers, what sort of logic is that.
The industries in Australia haven't invested in training as they should have, it is their life blood just as important as equipment and infrastructure.
They have relied on governments of all colours to do the training, now they have to pick up the ball and run with it.
Even if they do the right thing we will still have to bring in skilled workers to fulfill our needs.
Attacking the workers is a head in the sand attitude, typical of the mentality of Peter Reith.
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