[LINK] Helen Coonan and the ACS at fifty paces
pjchen at optusnet.com.au
Tue Mar 15 16:07:06 EST 2005
Good for the goose is good for the gander.
The government would be cautious on principle of the idea spreading through
other sectors (ref. Higher ed and the ACU in ... 2003/4). We're firing on
really crude measures of productivity, with a cultural bent towards longer
hours, and even where the evidence that good policy is to increase
work/family balance (esp. skills shortage, but also productivity per hour),
most governments are resistant. France just scrapped the 35 hour week as a
means out of their hole: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4225139.stm
Its called "flexibility", apparently.
Thus ... question IT professionals - you're pretty underregulated and claim
a skills shortage, supply and demand would indicate you've got capital hog
tied. So, why haven't you systematically negotiated a better deal? Is it
because IT's been so masculanised for so long?
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[mailto:link-bounces at anumail0.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Howard Lowndes
Sent: Tuesday, 15 March 2005 3:30 PM
To: Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Subject: Re: [LINK] Helen Coonan and the ACS at fifty paces
There was a guy from ACS on Seven Sunrise this morning putting the case,
backed by another guy from Access Economics. I think the ACS case is sound
and logical, so does AE.
On Tue, 2005-03-15 at 14:53, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> Looks like a duel has started.
> I wonder what happened to the ACS's patron.
> (I'm being rhetorical and sarcastic)
> Coonan snubs advice on telework
> James Riley
> MARCH 15, 2005
> THE Australian Computer Society has been overlooked by IT Minister
> Helen Coonan for the government's key Telework Advisory Committee,
> even though the ACS has targeted work-life issues as a major policy area
> Computer Society blindsides Treasury with demands for child-care tax
> breaks Julian Bajkowski
> 15/03/2005 12:53:49
> With the Federal Budget only weeks away, the Australian Computer
> (ACS) has bypassed Communications and IT Minister Senator Helen Coonan
> to court the chorus of discontent emanating from the government's back
> bench with a costed demand for widespread tax reform.
> Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than
> efficacious worth.
> --- George Santayana
> Bernard Robertson-Dunn
> Sydney Australia
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