Liberal Vs Labor – 2010 Australian Federal Election Ramblings

The 2010 Australian Federal Election is going to be an interesting one. Both leaders are new to the lead post and although they have years of political experience under their belt, it could go either way. Gillard vs Abbott. Well, for the sake of the nation, i wish it was Gillard vs Turnball or even Gillard vs Hockey. But the Liberals decided to go into the election and now there are two fairly unappealing choices. I don’t particularly want either Gillard or Abbott as the Prime Minister and representative of this country. The politicians always say “you vote for the party, not the person” but it has seemed that was not the case in Kevin Rudd’s situation, or so Labor would make you think.

I really hope Australian’s don’t get ‘girl power’ and vote Gillard just because she is female – it seems more of a popularity contest than an actually political debate. Liberals have followed Labor in tactics in this 2010 election with high profile Australian tennis champion John Alexander who is contesting John Howard’s old seat of Bennelong. This follows high profile Labor Federal politicians Peter Garrett (lead singer of Midnight Oil and high profile environmentalist and indigenous rights activist), Maxine McKew (former newsreader), Justine Madden (former AFL star) and Kirsty Marshall (ski jumper). Is it a good move the Liberals are following; only time will tell, but in the previous names mentioned, there have been some large blunders such as Garrett and the pink batts. I hope people vote on policies based on who they were in their past life and whether they were/are famous or not.

So, Abbot or Gillard. Well, I really don’t like how Abbott brings religion into his politics. Australia is a multicultural society and politics based on religion should not exist. Abortion is one topic where he has lost a lot of votes. My housemate (female) said to me today that she was voting Gillard because she heard at work that Abbott was against abortion. No other reason. She actually didn’t know anything about either of their policies. Why on earth did Liberal get rid of Turnball – it is the biggest mistake they could have made. Turnball is contrary to so much of what Labor voters dislike about the Liberal party. He cares about the environment, he cares about the workers, he is honest and good with the camera, but most importantly he gets respect from most people who listen.

Gillard to me is a bad choice. As Deputy Prime Minister, she fully supported Rudd and Swan in many of their decisions but somehow it has become all Kevin Rudd’s fault. Just like Mark Latham, Labor has managed to have the public believe it was entirely their leaders fault and no one else was to blame. It is ironic really, Rudd was one of those who was so quick to dismiss Latham as a person and take the leadership off him, had a dose of his own medicine with Swan and Gillard stabbing him in the back and taking over. I just don’t trust Gillard and although Australia fared well during the GFC, I don’t put any of it down to Swan and think he couldn’t run a small office let along the finances of the whole country. I actually think that Liberals best chance of winning this election is to bait Swan into such a financial blunder that no Australian could vote liberal. Something like what happened in the famous interview with John Hewson when he stumbled around trying to explain how much GST would be involved in the sale of a birthday cake. If you haven’t seen it, go youtube it, its is an absolute classic. It will go down as one of the greatest election blunders in Australian history. He lost the unlosable election. Ask him the calculation for simple interest or something like that.

It would be great to have a decent third party in Australian politics to, as they say, “keep the bastards honest”. The Greens would be better without Bob Brown but who is going to do that, he is to the Greens what Colonel Sanders is to KFC. I reckon that if he wasn’t head of the Greens then they would have won a few Federal lower house seats. His policies are poorly thought out and his rebuttals are weak. The Greens need a revolution. If It were my choice, I would have Turnball as head of the Greens and make it a conservative greens party.

So where does that leave us for the 2010 election. With 20 days to go, I have Labor winning but as they say in Politics – anything can happen.

Dub Johnston loves his politics and is a journalist for several Australian websites. He has his own web development business and manages OzInsure, a car insurance comparison and a payment gateway comparison website.

Labor Day Fun Facts And Stats

Ah, Labor Day – a day to relax and savor the end of summer and the last long weekend of sunshine and fun, right? This may be how most Americans see Labor Day today, but it is far from its true meaning which dates back to the height of the industrial revolution.

Labor Day was originally established as a day to honor those who toiled twelve hours a day, seven days a week to keep American running in the late 1800’s.

Recognizing the history of Labor Day may enhance the holiday’s meaning for you and your family. Here are a few facts you may not have known about this day that is dedicated to America’s workers.

There are two versions of who created Labor Day – Peter J. McGuire, secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, suggested the day be put aside to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all grandeur we behold.”

The second Labor Day creation version involves Matthew Maguire, secretary of the Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, NJ, who proposed the holiday while acting as secretary of the Central Labor Union in 1882. Maguire planned to have a picnic and demonstration in honor of American laborers.

Tuesday, September 5th, 1882 marked the first Labor Day celebration in New York City when 10,000 workers took an unpaid holiday and marched in Union Square, marking the first Labor Day parade. These participants vocalized grievances with employers as well as celebrated the American workers’ accomplishments. The next year a similar demonstration was held on the same day.

Oregon, Colorado, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey were the first states to declare Labor Day a state holiday.

On June 28th, 1894 the first Monday in September was declared Labor Day by President Grover Cleveland.

Labor Day celebrations have shifted from parades and demonstrations to speeches and picnics.

Labor Day in now celebrated, not only in the United States, but also in Canada and other industrialized nations.

Although Labor Day traditions have evolved, the American labor force still deserves celebration. Here are some things you should know about America’s current labor force:

Only 4.5% of Americans in the labor force are unemployed, a figure that is down from 5.8% five years earlier.

Average hourly pay has increased $ 0.06 since May 2007 and productivity has jumped up 1% since the first quarter in 2007.

All in all, the American labor force has a 66.1% participation rate and 63.1% of the U.S. population is currently employed.

In June, 146.1 million people were said to be employed from the 153.1 million strong labor force. These workers were on the job an average of 33.9 hours a week in private jobs, 41.3 in manufacturing, and went over time an average of 4.3 hours a week.

The American Labor force today is a far cry for where it began in the 1800s. Although an eight hour work day and a minimum wage may seem standard today, this was not so when Labor was first celebrated:

What became known as “Haymarket Square’ occurred on May 4th, 1886 when police broke up a riot in which seven policemen and four people were killed along with 100 wounded. The attention gathered from this gave steam to the labor reform movement, causing the work day to change from twelve to eight hours.

In 1938, Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act making the minimum wage $ 0.25 an hour and a maximum of 44 hours in a work week. The Act has been revised multiple times, eventually raising the minimum wage and cutting down work weeks.

In 1962, the Work Hours Act provided time and a half pay for days worked over eight hours or weeks worked over 40 hours.

The changes made due to Labor Day and the American labor force in the 1880s proves there is much to be appreciated. Without this day and those who created it, eight hour work days and a minimum wage would not be possible. Weekends also came to be because of these fearless fighters, and most notably the last long weekend that rounds out the summer. So turn on the sprinkler and sip some lemonade, but don’t forget to give a toast to those who made it possible.

Charlotte Buelow is a contributing business writer for Goliath. Goliath is one of the Internet’s largest collections of business research, news and information. Learn more about
Goliath .

Find More Labor Articles

The Difference Between the True Labor and False Labor

When your due date is pass approaching you might asked how will I know that it is a real labor? Many women experience false labor during in their late pregnancy. Every woman has unique experience in labor and of course almost undergo false labor. False labor is a natural to be experience among women when the labor due is pass approaching. Women may feel painless and infrequent contractions.

However, in the next few weeks the contractions become more frequent and painful this is the period of true labor. False labor can be easily recognize if you change your position and the pain is gone this is consider false labor, but when the pain is still going on this is an indication of true labor.

Moreover, even mother who experience birth before still cannot recognize the difference between the false labor and true labor and still afraid during the labor day.

In false labor the contractions are infrequent and the pain can be easily gone when you change your position or just by standing or few steps of walking. The true labor is so strong and gradual contractions.

False labor prolong the labor, but this is one of the process of giving birth. Just monitor your contractions and when you feel it is stronger compare than before you better called your physician so that you will know whether you are in false or in true labor.

Women can experience different changes in her body when labor day come. These changes is a signs or indication that your labor is come. For the first time mother and had experience before to differentiate the true labor from false labor is so hard. Thus information on how to know the true labor is very important so that you can prepare things needed in the labor. Yes knowledge is a power to overcome any fears especially during the giving birth.

When you experience a false labor you don’t need to be alarmed instead you can sleep and relax so you can have a lot of strength during your true labor.

Prelabor is determine by examining the cervix. In prelabor mother can feel mild contractions Lightening is the first sign of labor a woman feels that the head of a baby setting deeper into pelvis. The baby change its position that mothers feel they are running after their breath, discomfort in their pelvis. The lightening may occur weeks or days before the labor or vary in a woman.

When you feel any contractions the doctor will examine your cervix by internal examination. When the contractions happen, just change your position when the contractions is still there and become strong it is true labor because in false labor the contractions will gone if you change your position.

Visit and get your FREE report about labor and your labor day written by Annelie Karlsson, provide you with great information about pregnancy.

The Need to Make Changes in Labor Law Posters by Employers

Labor laws are important for both employers as well as employees. Labor laws furnish the framework of the law that employers need to comply with and bring clarity on employees’ rights and obligations. The goal is to equalize the bargaining power between employers and employees. Thus, these laws are aimed to serve for the welfare of employers as well as employees.

In this article, we’ll discuss the need to make changes in labor law posters by employers as mandated by the government.

Specific poster requirements
Employers need to comply with specific requirements concerning the posters such as dimension, size, etc.

* The size of labor law posters varies depending upon the specific Act. For example, OSHA posters need to have a minimum size of 8.5 inches by 14 inches (with 10 point type); and for the Executive Order 13496 i.e. Notification of Employee Rights Under Federal Labor Laws, the posters must be 11 inches by 17 inches.

* On the other hand, there is no specific size requirement for some posters like the EEO poster, the EPPA poster, Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) poster, etc.

Font style and size
With respect to style and size of font in labor law posters, there are certain norms to be adhered to by employers.

* The text of the message displayed in the poster should be large enough to enable employees as well as job applicants to read it easily.

* The posters must contain the laws, rules, etc. in full and not in part or an abridged version.

Need of labor law posters

* Mandate by the government
Unless specified, employers must comply with labor laws. Displaying labor law posters is part of being in compliance with these laws.

* Informational
Labor law posters serve the purpose of informing employees of their rights and obligations. For employers, these posters are the tools that help them ensure optimal compliance by properly informing employers about the labor laws.

Reasons to make changes in labor law posters

* Changes in labor laws
Governments can bring amendments in labor laws as and when required. This could be because of changing business situations and consequent demands for new rules and regulations. Employers must have labor law posters displayed at the workplace as required under the new rules.

* Creating awareness
Making changes in the existing laws is helpful for all employers, employees and job applicants. This will ensure timely and accurate compliance from employers, and create awareness among employees of the laws applicable to them. This ensures clarity with regard to the new rules.

Consequences of not making changes

* Imprisonment and fines.
Employers not making the changes regardless of whether it’s willful or inadvertent are likely to attract risks of heavy fines, penalties and in some cases imprisonment.

Need for third parties in making labor law posters
Considering the possible timely changes in the labor law posters, a third-party vendor is a sensible option for overcoming the multiple challenges that business owners face. Choosing accredited third-party service providers bring benefits such as:

* Saves time, money and manpower
As an employer, you are preoccupied with business affairs and you can seldom focus on compliance with labor laws. Accredited third-parties could play an important role in this case.

* Third-party service providers take care of ordering, procuring and making changes to labor law posters as per requirement. Employers do not have to devote any of their employees for this purpose.

* Prices of third-party labor law poster providers are affordable as well. Thus, they help you save money and manpower.

Intimation regarding change in laws by the government

In the event of any change in the laws made by the government, third-party service providers make sure appropriate changes are made in the labor law posters.

Services offered by third parties

* Poster designing
Accredited third-party service providers design labor law posters as per government rules-with respect to size, text, language and appearance.

* Regularly updating the changes
Third-party service providers make sure that you comply with the Federal and State labor laws. They keep a track of the changes in labor laws brought out by governments (Federal and State) and find which laws would apply to your company.

* Poster placement services
Service providers can determine which labor law posters apply to your business and provide them in a timely manner. Third-party sellers make sure that labor law posters are displayed in the correct places at the workplace.

Making changes in labor law posters according to ammendments to the law is mandatory for employers. Not doing so can be tantamount to noncompliance, and could attract fines, penalties or imprisonment.

Labor Law Center provides compliance labor law poster solutions across US since 1999 to all stake holders. We provide wide selection of Federal, State and OSHA labor law posters, safety products and employment related kits. If you’re looking for our services using the keywords PA labor law posters or NJ labor law posters, is the right option.

Using Acupressure To Induce Labor

Use Acupressure to induce labor? Generally people think of powerful and toxic drugs when it comes to being induced. Hence, no one ever wants to induce labor. But the best and most satisfying way is to employ acupressure to induce labor.

But acupressure is not just for inducing labor. It is a brilliant technique for relieving contraction pains, for relieving back pain, for relaxation, for calming and for nausea and vomiting.

Labor acupressure should be recommended to all women during birth precisely because of the above benefits. It is so much more than a way to induce labor.

Using acupressure to induce labor is an ancient system which has been used for thousands of years in the East. The West has been studying it for decades now too and the World Health organization (WHO) and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have proven it to be safe.

Acupressure induced labor is used more than you imagine and is a well established system used by many pregnancy professionals and mothers.

Acupressure points for inducing labor help the cervix dilate, speed up slow early labor, help your baby to go down, and motivate labor contractions.

Scientific evidence has proven that natural labor induction with acupressure is tremendously effective. Stimulation of specific acupressure points induces labor in up to 83% of women within 48 hours, sometimes in 25 minutes.

Inducing using labor acupressure is a very uncomplicated hands-on practice. It is just about putting pressure on points on your body. You don’t need any experience or specific qualification in order to do it. You don’t need a professional acupressure’ist!

The techniques require merely putting firm pressure on the acupressure points for a moment. If you can PRESS A SPOT on your skin with your thumb, you can do labor acupressure!

You can massage the acupressure points yourself or get your partner or someone else to do it.

Medical intervention is not necessary if you utilize labor acupressure. Plus, research shows that using labor acupressure stops the baby from becoming stressed and it makes your labor easier and shorter.

With no side effects and no drugs the benefits of labor acupressure are very obvious. Acupressure is a natural way to induce labor; it speeds up a slow labor, gives you pain relief and is safe for both you and the baby.

Women who use labor acupressure have a delivery time of 2 hours less than those who don’t. Research has shown this.

So, where do you get all the information you need. You could spend days researching it yourself. But I would recommend you just buy the book entitled “Maternity Acupressure”. It has been the no.1 selling online resource for acupressure since 2005.

The great things is that you can download it right away. No waiting for shipping or post. “Maternity Acupressure” is comprehensive and tells you everything you need to know.

It comprises 25 techniques and 52 pages of clear step-by-step instructions, photos, and charts that you will not find anywhere else.

Locating and treating the labor acupressure points are described step-by-step, and demonstrated with plenty of photographs.

It shows you how to;

1) Start labor naturally at home

2) Turn a posterior baby

3) Get effective labor pain relief

4) Calm anxiety and nervousness

5) Remove tensions and relax

6) Stop nausea and vomiting

7) Strengthen contractions

8) Dilate better

Plus it gives you;

– 7 acupressure techniques that produce a pleasing anaesthetizing effect on contraction pains – WITHOUT medication

– the remarkable acupressure points that help your cervix dilate and considerably decrease your chances of a Cesarean delivery

– techniques to stimulate onset of labor contractions to start and to strengthen contractions during labor when needed

Prime your body for labor and delivery by using these labor acupressure techniques.

I totally recommend this book for all women looking for a a safe and effective induction.

For the ultimate in a safe, natural and effective birth use acupressure. Especially for inducing, labor acupressure is the most effective.

Click below to get your copy of “Maternity Acupressure”.

“Maternity Acupressure” is the no.1 book for those looking to induce labor naturally. This article about inducing labor naturally was written by, a Natural Parenting Blog.