The Voice Of The Voiceless

We hear about them a lot, so I thought it was time that I take a look at some of what many call the “Faceless Men” of politics.

These men would be powerbrokers or factional leaders judging from the opposition spin, and resulting public perception of their supposed dastardly deeds.

With that in mind, I would assume men like, Cory Bernadi, Michael Kroger, David Clarke, and Arthur Sinodinos would fit the bill. I mean they are the behind the scenes types, factional heavyweights, and they have faces that most would not recognise, and that is the point of them being called “Faceless” one would assume…

The only thing is, these men are all from the Liberal Party, so that doesn’t really fit the bill at all. After all, we are led to believe that only Labor has truly “Faceless Men” . Men whose faces nobody would know or recognise.

Men like Bill Shorten, Simon Crean, and Paul Howes we are told. Funny thing is, most people know their faces rather well…

So if everybody knows their faces, what sort of idiot would think of this lame excuse for propaganda? Tony Abbott would apparently…..

So if all this faceless talk is foolish, then instead of worrying about a face for the faceless, maybe we should be worrying about a voice for the voiceless.

Then it occurred to me we would be looking for the same people.

You see, these “Faceless Men” of Labor, came, or come from the Union movement. Men who have spent most of their lives defending the rights of others, those others being most of us, the workers, often considered the voiceless. These men have always acted as a voice for the voiceless.

These are not men to be ashamed of, these are guys we should be bloody proud of.

In fact, arguably the counties favourite Prime Minister, certainly one of the most accomplished, Bob Hawke came directly from the Union movement. They can’t be that bad…

Some of you may remember from back in the Dark Ages under John Howard, there was a thing called “Work Choices”. This policy was despised by the virtually everyone, somebody needed to take up the fight on behalf of the vast majority of the population. Guess who? Labors “Faceless Men” and the Union movement. Now, instead of the public thanking them, we have to put up with them being written off as faceless.

Those in the Coalition, and The Greens would like to take that voice away, we should fight them all the way. Without organisations like these, and without men like these, how does the average worker get a say in how the country is run, and protect their own rights.

It seems to me that the Union movement has become to the public, what the cops are to a teenager. We absolutely despise and hate them until we need them, then they are suddenly our best friends, and the best thing since sliced bread.

This would be OK, except we are not teenagers, we are supposed to be grown up, and we are supposed to know better now. We do, don’t we?

So if we are all grown up now, why do we let the Coalition, the shock jocks, and some members of the press treat us like children?

Now I can understand totally the public fear of the Unions. These Unions clearly have too much power and over the years have got away with some terrible things. They even have the hide to call these catastrophic things that they have forced on us all achievements….

Achievements like the introduction of paid annual leave, maternity leave, equal pay for women, long service leave, paid sick leave, even meal breaks. They were also responsible for the setting up of award rates, and even penalty rates…. There are too many other hideous things to mention. I mean how the hell is the average billionaire supposed to cope with all these things being given away.

If these are the type of things these so called “Faceless Men” spend their lives defending and fighting for, then we should be sending out a cheer squad every time they are mentioned.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really fancy licking the back of any of their heads, but these faces should be on postage stamps, banknotes, coins, medals…. Hell there should be bronze statues of their heads outside libraries and courthouses. Every person in the country should know these faces, these are the faces of friends.

Our Faceless friends, fight for people like us, the workers, the regular Jill’s and Joe’s, the 99% if you like… Those on the other side fight for the big bosses and Billionaires in their struggle to give the average worker less and less, so they make more and more.

I’d take our “Faceless Men” over their heartless bastards any day….

37 comments on “The Voice Of The Voiceless

  1. With that in mind, I would assume men like, Cory Bernardi, Michael Kroger, David Clarke, and Arthur Sinodinos would fit the bill

    Bernardi’s a dog whistling dickhead

    Kroger’s an arrogant dickhead

    Clarke is a complete and utter dickhead

    Sinodinos is an intelligent man who has multiple personalities…one is a dickhead. He also worked for a mega-dickhead.

    Bunch of not so faceless dickheads. Coalition style.
    N’

  2. Well if not a nasty lot, definitely a arrogant mob, that believe their shit does not stink.

    We are supposed to be the country of sportsmanship and a fair go.

    The Opposition do not know the meaning of either.

  3. nas’ @1.37pm, rofl.

    Well if not a nasty lot, definitely a arrogant mob, that believe their shit does not stink.

    But their farts (brain or otherwise) give them away, CU.

  4. What makes me most angry about the ‘faceless men’ description is how these Labor and union organisiers are being depicted as corrupt. I still haven’t worked out just what Kathy Jackson has to gain from her general smearing of all and sundry in the HSU. Her last press conference might have been organised by Tony Abbott himself, the language and phrases she used could have been written by him.

    Whistleblowing is one thing. Treachery is another.

  5. They all have trouble with facts and truth.

    They are all inclined to see what is not there.

    They are all good at twisting words, to give the meaning they want.

    None can be trusted.

    The latest, we cannot have e medical records they might get hacked.

    God help me, if this extended to everything we use the computer for, we would give up and go back to snail mail.

    The doctors problem is that now they cannot claim to own our records as in the past.

    may even show up bad doctor practice. Doctors do not like giving up power.

  6. Patricia, in Kathy’s case, it is pure vengeance. The branches were merged to get Victoria, where Kathy rises from out of financial trouble. NSW, where Mr. Thompson comes from provided the finance.

    Mr. Thompson accused and got money back from Mr. Jackson, who was Kathy’s husband at the time. Funny, the money was spent on prosecution the same charges that Kathy has accused Mr. Thompson of.

    Kathy has moved onto bigger fish in FWA.

    It is still Victoria, as far as I can make out, is where the allegations of corruption are.

    Yes, I believe Kathy is obsessed with getting even. She may even be a little unbalanced.

  7. patricia, Kathy Jackson is now being mentored by the HR Nicholls Society, whose members dream nightly about the return of WorkChoices which causes me to think that Ms Jackson is heading for a fall when they’ve done with her.

    Remember Nick Minchin, now another faceless man, telling the gathering at an HR Nicholls Society that WorkChoices didn’t go far enough!

  8. Here’s another not so faceless Coalition aiding & abetting softly spoken scumbag:

    Grahame Morris

    Which brings us back to Howard advisor Grahame Morris still fudging the truth about his role in the election campaign.
    After we had a go at Grahame for claiming he was simply a former advisor, the disclaimer on his weekly column in the Oz changed, to this:

    Grahame Morris is the former chief of staff for John Howard and a director of Jackson Wells Morris.
    -The Australian, Media Section, 7 October 2004

    http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s1222335.htm

    More here:

    http://www.bartondeakin.com.au/Canberra/Grahame_Morris.html

    There’s nothing more boring than listening to political hacks who have been around as long as most of Abbott’s grey chest hairs defining opposition parties and their policies…and spinning their own parties mistakes and flaws into positives.

    SKY NEWS has an obsession with this type of predictable, monotonous, unenlightening type of interview guest formula.

    Morris is one political geriatric they wheel out on a regular basis. Yawn.

    He’s as softly spoken and crafty as Gerard Hendrson…minus the mean eyes. I do love it when he gets all desperate tho…gets kinda sweaty and flustered. Like someone who’s taken too many pep pills.

    N’

  9. One of my (many) pet hates used to be that proud individualist who always derided Unionism, saying it was just for CommiePinkoLefties & no use to HIM as a free thinking independent who was quite capable of looking after his own interests thank you. Right up until the boss shat all over him. Whereupon he’d say to you enthusiastically “I’ve joined the Union now!” That’s great mate, all my & other people’s dues to keep the organisation going while you slagged it off, now I know why we did it all, so it would benefit an ungrateful bastard such as yourself. People seem to think all these benefits they currently enjoy came out of an egg, or something.

  10. Nasking
    I put this up here a week or three back, but since you’ve mentioned Grahame Morris I’ll say again there’s a line from a song in My Fair Lady that sums him up;

    “Oozing charm from every pore,
    he oiled his way around the floor…”

  11. Pip, I believe anyone that deal with her are more unhinged and show lack of judgement.

    Migs, bosses will have to manage. Putting the worker in his or her place will only lead to disaster.

    What percentage would the wages bills be of those great mining companies. Very small percentage, I would guess.

  12. Cu, you mention the word ‘manage’. I believe there is a big difference between being able to ‘manage’ and to ‘lead’.

    Not many bosses know how to lead.

  13. Cu, wasn’t it that Australia saw the biggest increase in productivity during the Hawke era and the consensus. Many bosses seem to have forgotten the lessons learned from this time and have reverted to stick with precious little carrot.

    Interesting that which John Alexander said recently that WorkChoices will be revisited in order to increase productivity. Yet every efficient and well-read manager knows that productivity does not increase with employee resentment. Longer hours, fewer work breaks mean a decrease in overall productivity. Hence the reason many workplaces reinstated employees access to social networks such as Facebook – morale went down and naturally so did productivity.

  14. Min at 6.32
    You could probably quote more than me. I don’t know a great deal about their musicals, but always liked MFL.

  15. “Oozing charm from every pore,
    he oiled his way around the floor…”

    LOL…Bob,
    an apt description of Morris.

    N’

  16. Migs, I fear that they know how to do either. All they know is putting the blame onto their workers, for their failures.

    There are just as many dill in charge in the private sector as the public. Sometimes I believe there are more.

    At least in the public system, they can be moved on.

    The Hawke/Keating years proved what can be done, when the boss and the employee works together.

    What the right forget, the worker and the unions want to see the industry prosper as much as the boss.

  17. What about the faceless men, always men. that are pulling the strings in the back ground of the new Coalition governments.

    We have Griener and Max Wilton Moore in NSW. Costello in Queensland. I am sure there are a couple in Victoria.

  18. I would also add to those wonderful empathetic liberals Alexander downer, Peter Reith and Hugh Morgan all trying to speed us back to a dickensian future.

  19. Her last press conference might have been organised by Tony Abbott himself, the language and phrases she used could have been written by him.

    Or his puppet master, Peta Credlin, patricia Now there’s a faceless er thing for you.

    Jackson’s not a whistle blower, imo. I reckon she’s trying to deflect attention from her own actions by pointing the finger all over the place. I think she’ll end up being a major embarrassment for the LIars Party and will quickly vanish from view.

    However, she’s also spiteful and vindictive enough to refuse to obediently vanish. It could get very interesting as time goes on.

    Bob @5.45pm, or the slimy bastards who continually slagged off unions but were first in line to get their grimy paws on any hard fought wage increases or benefits, while still loudly denouncing unions.

    Perfect description of Morris, btw. Who woulda thunk that all those years ago the prescient lyricist for MFL, penned that description of Morris.

    Russell, Reith’s probably angling for another phone card.

  20. BSA BOB,April 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm, exactly, we have a few of those on council, but they still take what us non scabs have provided (scabs is what scabs does) oh but thats not PC…. SCAB IS A SCAB IS A SCAB… (not sure if Forrest Gump said that or not) 🙂

  21. If the selfish traits of infancy are allowed to persist into adulthood, then one becomes a conservative.

    It’s the only explanation I can come up with when I worry about where the bastards come from…why some of us are concerned for our fellow man and some just see her as a factor of production, like a pick or a shovel.

  22. Jack, that is an excellent way of putting it, and pretty much sums up the attitude of too many…
    There are some genuinely good ones out there I have to say, but they are the exception….

  23. Wixxy, on your topic. Why is it that Faceless men are the call against Labor. To me the fundamentalist Christian lobby which entered the scene prior to the ’07 election are far more dangerous – their ethics pretend to be mainstream, of an Upper Level to we mere mortals, yet their impact on issues for example contraception, attitude towards non-Christians can only cause further divisions in our multi-cultural society.

  24. Far too many wixxy…unfortunately wars and events like 9/11 bring out the fanatics and the worst in people…often based on fear and political/religious connection…and links via past abused families…think Holocaust, Soviets etc. The past is what often connects the Neo-cons. Drives them. They have allied themselves with Christian fanatics, prosperity evangelism, Saudis and other Arabs terrified of Shia uprising…and corporate profiteers. We are in dangerous times…if one large bomb gets thru to Jerusalem this pressure cooker will explode…and even good peacenik Jews could be lost to the War on Terrorism. A war I fear that still has the potential for a chain reaction ending civilisation as we know it.

  25. Wixxy,
    This is worth reading:

    Colin Powell’s New Book: War With Iraq Never Debated

    WASHINGTON — In his new book, former Secretary of State Colin Powell provides what may be the most authoritative confirmation yet that there was never a considered debate in the George W. Bush White House about whether going to war in Iraq was really a good idea.

    In a chapter discussing what he calls his “infamous” February 2003 speech to the United Nations where he authoritatively presented what was later exposed as gross misinformation about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Powell notes that by that time, war “was approaching.”

    “By then, the President did not think war could be avoided,” Powell writes. “He had crossed the line in his own mind, even though the NSC [National Security Council] had never met — and never would meet — to discuss the decision.”

    The National Security Council, which was at the time led by Condoleezza Rice, is the president’s foremost advisory body for national security and foreign policy.

    The book, “It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership,” which will be released May 22, is largely a series of leadership parables from Powell, who now spends a lot of time on the lecture circuit. The Huffington Post obtained an advance copy.

    Bush insisted in his own 2010 memoir, “Decision Points,” that the invasion was something he came to support only reluctantly and after a long period of reflection. During his book tour, he even cast himself as “a dissenting voice” in the run-up to war. “I didn’t wanna use force,” he said.

    But Powell supports the increasingly well-documented conclusion that there was actually no decision-making point — or decision-making process — during the events between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, which had nothing to do with those attacks.

    Former CIA Director George Tenet made an admission similar to Powell’s in his own 2007 memoir. “There was never a serious debate that I know of within the administration about the imminence of the Iraqi threat,” he wrote. Nor “was there ever a significant discussion” about the possibility of containing Iraq without an invasion.

    Indeed, history shows that Bush had long wanted to strike out at Saddam Hussein and was trying to link Iraq to 9/11 within a day of the terrorist attacks.

    The first concrete evidence was the Downing Street Memos first published in 2005, which documented the conclusions of British officials after high-level talks in Washington in July 2002 that “[m]ilitary action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

    An analysis of the historical record by the National Security Archives in 2010 concluded that, “In contrast to an extensive record of planning for actual military operations, there is no record that President George W. Bush ever made a considered decision for war. All of the numerous White House and Pentagon meetings concerned moving the project forward, not whether a march into conflict was a proper course for the United States and its allies. Deliberations were instrumental to furthering the war project, not considerations of the basic course.”

    The war, which President Barack Obama officially brought to an end Dec. 31, cost the U.S. government around $3 trilllion, left 4,487 U.S. servicemembers dead and killed more than 100,000 Iraqis. The Pentagon counts 32,226 U.S. servicemembers wounded, but the toll, including cumulative psychological and physiological damage, may be as high as half a million.

    In Powell’s explanation of how he came to provide the misleading and inaccurate account of Iraq’s WMD capability at the UN, the former secretary of state points an incriminating finger at Vice President Dick Cheney’s office — confirming previous reports such as the one by Karen DeYoung, in her Powell biography.

    In the new book, Powell describes his reaction to the initial “WMD case” from the White House. “It was a disaster. It was incoherent,” he writes. “I learned later that Scooter Libby, Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, had authored the unusable presentation, not the NSC staff. And several years after that, I learned from Dr. Rice that the idea of using Libby had come from the Vice President, who had persuaded the President to have Libby, a lawyer, write the ‘case’ as a lawyer’s brief and not as an intelligence assessment.”

    Powell gives himself credit for rejecting continued appeals from Cheney to add “assertions that had been rejected months earlier to links between Iraq and 9/11 and other terrorist acts.”

    All in all, Powell acknowledges that the speech was “one of my most momentous failures, the one with the widest-ranging impact.” But he also concludes that “every senior U.S. official would have made the exact same case,”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/09/colin-powell-book_n_1503592.html

    Cheney should go down big time.

    He helped create one of the worst strategic disasters in history.

    The Neo-cons have alot to answer for. Here in Australia too.

    N’

  26. Nas and unfortunately wars and events like 9/11 bring out the fanatics and the worst in people Or is it that those with an eye for power, use things such as religion to bring out the worst in people. Religion is but a tool to be used.

  27. Crikey Min!
    I was replying to a message from Wixxy, didn’t realise it would show up on the blog.

    Been having a nice break…just skimmed thru a few online news stories…most of the day listening to my sci-fi e-book and doing domestic duties. Relaxing my mind from the usual 18 hrs a day of taking in and writing about news…and thought I’d catchup on messages. Didn’t realise would pop up here.

    BTW,
    I agree.

    And religion can be the opium of the masses.

    Have you read this?:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Israel

    And:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_the_Israel_Defense_Forces

    Gets ya thinking.

    Anyway, I’m off again to continue my break.

    Have a goodie Min.

    N’

  28. Nas, I didn’t know you were into sci- fi. Great stuff.

    I also loves me flying saucer stories, Bigfoot, cryptozoology.

  29. Migs,
    big sci-fi fan.

    Have hundreds of books.

    Can’t get enuff shows. And movies.

    Star trek, Stargate, X-Files, Outcasts, Twilight Zone, recent Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, Alphas, Futurama, Fringe, Heroes, Lost in Space (needs updating), Quatermass, Thunderbirds, Dr. Who, Torchwood, Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, Space 1999, Primeval, Sanctuary, Taken, Farscape, Warehouse 13 are some faves.

    N’

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