December 17th 2005


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EDITORIAL: The death penalty and Van Tuong Nguyen

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Contenders for the Howard succession

CULTURE WARS: Fighting to defend civilisation

SCHOOLS: Truth and beauty to exchanged for 'relevance'

OPINION: Abortion drug victimises women

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Burma, ASEAN and selective breast-beating / Latham was right / Asia for the Australians / News item

FOREIGN DEBT: Greenspan issues warning over foreign debt

PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE Private funding 'more expensive'

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS: Global significance of China-India relations

IRAQ WAR: Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction

ENVIRONMENT: Ensuring sustainable agriculture

TIMOR LESTE: 'Thanks for helping East Timor'

Compulsory voting a necessity (letter)

Disabled people at risk from euthanasia (letter)

ABC insults Australia's war dead (letter)

Low pay and joblessness (letter)

BOOKS: HOW MUMBO-JUMBO CONQUERED THE WORLD: A Short History of Modern Delusions, by Francis Wheen

BOOKS: FEMALE CHAUVINIST PIGS: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, by Ariel Levy

BOOKS: THE CASE FOR DEMOCRACY: The power of freedom to overcome tyranny and terror, by Natan Sharansky

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Low pay and joblessness (letter)


by Marcus L'Estrange

News Weekly, December 17, 2005
Sir,

Supporters of the Howard Government's recently-passed workplace reform legislation are supporting a race to the bottom as a way out of unemployment and are wrong to blame high minimum wages for causing unemployment.

If workers don't have money in their pockets and consequently spend less, then that will cause more unemployment, not less. Sharing around a miserable amount of money won't change things one iota.

Henry Ford recognised this years ago when he doubled wages and halved the working week. This resulted in a massive increase in production as workers were happy and could also actually afford to buy the Model T Ford.

Marcus L'Estrange,
c/- London, UK




























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