Kim Beazley provides ample evidence why he will probably never become prime minister.
What's "fair" to him are the award rates that effectively price low-skilled migrant workers out of the job market.
The unions love minimum wages because they prevent other workers from taking the jobs of their members. It has nothing to do with helping the poor, because the poor can be helped through welfare payments.
If Labor denies the evidence in favour of higher minimum wages causing increased unemployment, then it needs a crash course in basic economics.
Mr Beazley prides himself on standing up to bullies. Why not stand up to the unions for a change?
(Letter to the editor, The Age, 16 September 2006)