Economics is said

25.04.13

Letter to the Editor

Economics is said to be an uncertain science, however many of the basic principles are clear enough for the average Joe to understand. "Stress for casual workers" (TB 22.04.13) gives us the story concerning job insecurity for an increasing number of Australian workers who are being casualised.

Surely, this practice of casualising the workforce is frowned upon by decent employers who are concerned with the strength of their country and themselves. Rogue employers who operate this way not only deliver insecurity for the employee, but they limit the employee’s ability to purchase a home. This in turn leads to higher unemployment in the building industry, which leads to lower economic growth nationwide.

If anyone doubts this, look at the Newman LNP Government in Queensland which put 14,000 public service jobs to the sword. This has had the multiplier effect of leaving Queensland with the highest unemployment figures on mainland Australia.

The practice of Newmanomics in Queensland does not recognise the reality that when people lose their jobs they no longer buy the newspaper on the way to work, nor do they pull in for a coffee heart-starter at a café or buy their lunch.

This affects trade with small businesses such as the newsagent, the café and the snack bar/food takeaway and causing small businesses to do it tougher or even fold. This causes more unemployment and so the downward spiral continues.

Why can’t they see it? Is it purely a case of ideology over commonsense, with commonsense finishing last?

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

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