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June 19th, 2006

It’s time, once again for the Monday Message Board. As usual, civilised discussion and absolutely no coarse language, please.

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  1. June 19th, 2006 at 10:18 | #1

    The soceeros played well, so many shots at goal, but luck wasn’t on their side. They deserved at least one.

    Having sat up and watched the game (went to bed @ 3:45am) and subsequently getting up the next morning to work, i wondered what the economic cost to this country is in terms of lost performance as opposed to patriotism and enthusiasm for the beautiful game (instead of those hideous NRL games).

  2. wilful
    June 19th, 2006 at 11:44 | #2

    Ken Davidson has an interesting article today in the Age, discussing the 2‘OECD Employment Outlook 2006 – Boosting Jobs and Incomes’ (editorial pdf here)

    Ken’s summary:

    The document reaches three broad conclusions: unfair dismissal laws and minimum wages were not found to have harmed employment, and collective wage bargaining across companies are strongly related to low unemployment.

    According to the document, co-ordinated wage bargaining “is found to significantly reduce unemployment, lending support to the view that in centralised/co-ordinated bargaining systems, unions and employers are able to internalise the adverse employment consequences of excessive wage claims”.

    The document suggests that the main thrust of WorkChoices is counterproductive if the object of the changes is a more efficient labour market.

    Efficiency requires reaching the right trade-off between rigidity and flexibility, backed up by active labour market programs to ensure the unemployed have relevant skills.

  3. June 19th, 2006 at 11:54 | #3

    Collective bargaining is fine, I don’t see what is the problem with it.

    But Holy Mackerel, it was well & truly time those unfair dismissal laws were bushed.

  4. June 19th, 2006 at 12:04 | #4

    The Australian Army must’ve been watching too many episodes of “The Bill” or “Sopranos” if they really think we’ll cop the dream sequence/self actuating firearm theory.

  5. observa
    June 19th, 2006 at 13:06 | #5

    Miss O (at uni) was shoe shopping at an upmarket shoe shop yesterday and came home all abuzz about being offered a job there starting tomorrow. How’s that dad, I didn’t even have to have an interview? No dear, you just have two arms, two legs, without tatts and piercings, don’t chew gum and can string two sentences together. The world is your oyster my dear.

  6. observa
    June 19th, 2006 at 13:10 | #6

    Now I’m worried about Howard’s extreme unfair dismissal laws. Oh the trials and tribulations of parenthood.

  7. June 19th, 2006 at 14:27 | #7

    Two arms, two legs, no tattoos or piercings, doesn’t chew gum. Dismissal of any sort is unlikely.

  8. James Farrell
    June 19th, 2006 at 18:04 | #8

    That was a great game. It would have been nice to watch one of Bresciano’s thunderbolts go in, or Viduka’s chip over the goalie (what a treasure that man is).

    But it was an exciting, open game, with lots of risk-taking in the midfield. The lads really took it up to them. Brazilian flair and precision finishing in made the difference in the end, as it so often does.

    A draw against Croatia will be enough as long as Japan doesn’t beat Brazil.

  9. Gaby
    June 19th, 2006 at 21:44 | #9

    Yes James agree a great game. The first goal just showed how little time or space you can afford to give these guys on the ball around the box. You’ve got to jump on them asap. A good exponent of this sort of defending is Fabio Carnavaro, the Italian captain. Very little “jockeying” goes on.

    Totally agree about our V Bomber. A really skilful and nuanced player. Scores and sets up goals.

    Croatia will be an interesting game, not the least for Viduka, who was importuned by Franjo Tudjman no less, to play for Croatia. And they have 3 “effective” Aussies in their squad: Simunic, who starts, Seric and Didulica.

    Got a comment in the other thread on “soccer vs football”.

    Croatia didn’t look too assured against a struggling Japan.

    What a wonderful result for us to make it to the 2nd round. Brilliant!!!

  10. June 20th, 2006 at 11:18 | #10

    Prof Q was on the 7:30 report last night talking about clean coal, carbon taxes and emissions trading:
    Can we expect a blog post about this today?

  11. June 20th, 2006 at 14:05 | #11

    Employers regularly go around dismissing their most productive workers. It is all a part of the “let’s cut off our noses to spite our faces” campaign being run by this vicious and evil government of ours. With the large and spiralling unemployment rate, employers can easily get away with it.

  12. June 20th, 2006 at 20:57 | #12

    AR, I’ve suggested before that the exaggerated tendency to downsize and/or outsource is at least partly driven by an externality, one that disconnects Social Security costs from the employment decisions (at the employer end as well as the employee end). These in turn are merely the result of a previous composition for Vagrancy Costs, so just cutting Social Security would not be a cure.

    Sadly, my ISP has mucked up my pages so I cannot give a link to my material just at present.

  13. gordon
    June 25th, 2006 at 12:47 | #13

    Thanks for the OECD link, Wilful.

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