24 August 2011
POLITICS, WINE, TOURISM & DEVELOPMENT
1. Click on "Godfather" Farrell
2. Click On The Discount Booze
3. Consider These Questions:
a. If you were Prime Minister, how would you consider changing the wine tax system to remove the unfair advantage given bladder packs when you were aware that the trade union which gave you power and contributes so much money to your party contains so many members who work in cheap liquor outlets or for supermarket chains which own those outlets?
b. If you were a country parliamentarian in a wine district, and you were faced with a community opposed to a huge new supermarket or hardware development in the central village, how would you consider it, when you were aware that your party holds power only with the support of the workers employed by such businesses?
c. If you were on an independent planning authority whose role it was to advise the planning minister on tricky issues like approving fast food outlets in premium wine regions, how would approach these decisions when you were aware that the politicians who gave you power depend upon the money and support of the union representing the workers in those retail businesses?
d. If you were a politician facing the dread reality of reducing irrigation allocations for grape growers in the dying Murray-Darling Basin in order to save the river system, how would you handle the notion that the retailers which sell the wine whose manufacture is helping to destroy the river employ the people whose union membership and money got you into power and keeps you there?
e. If you were a politician whose electoral boundaries were about to change in a way which would disadvantage your re-election chances, how would you approach planning approvals you knew would guarantee you more fast food and supermarket outlets which would employ more members of the union which holds your party in power?
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