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SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT CLASS IN AUSTRALIA BY TIM WINTON August 18, 2014

An interesting and very contemporary essay written by Tim Winton about the C word in Australia.

Posted on Facebook via my friend Kirsten who wrote;

“But if ever there was a truly “forgotten people” in our time it must be the working poor. These folk, the cleaners and carers and hospitality workers, excite no media outrage. They labour in the shadows in increasingly contingent working situations. Described as “casuals”, the only casual element of their existence is the attitude of the entities that employ them. Often on perpetual call or split shifts, their working lives are unstable. Many of them women, a significant proportion of them migrants, they have little bargaining power and low rates of union representation.”

http://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2013/december/1385816400/tim-winton/c-word?utm_content=buffer68eaf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=buffer

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2 Responses to “SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT CLASS IN AUSTRALIA BY TIM WINTON”

  1. tubularsock Says:

    Great post PV! Tubularsock just has to say that here in Amerika we only have “the middle class” and none other! Everyone believes they are in the “middle class” or at least say they are when asked. However, Amerikans are so ingrained with horse shit that they still believe they live in a democracy too. Poor bastards!

    “Concerns about the distribution of wealth, education and health are difficult to raise in a public forum without needing to beat off the ghost of Stalin.” This is so true here as well. The old adage of “lifting one up by their own boot straps” is still in play here as is “everyone can be President”. These ingrown statements are seldom questioned and any mention of “economic equality” is met with “… they just need to work harder and not expect a hand out”. Like somehow on gutter wages could feed a family.

    AND if they “all went back where they came from” they’d be a happy drum circle in the Native American community!

    Thanks PV ……..

  2. New Zealand has a very strong working class consciousness because it really has no middle class. This is because most of our trained professionals emigrate to Australia (salaries are so low here this is the only way they can pay their student loans). You’re welcome to them. We don’t really want them back.


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