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Public Sector Informant : PSI - September
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E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 6268 8421 For information about more than 70 courses visit: www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/ads/psi Cricos Provider Code: 00100G 10-01337/1 99 london circuit. tel 6257 9995 call us now for expert information and advice on your employment issues. Visit our new website www.nicholasdibb.com Feeling like Fair Work is passing you by?.... An informal, trimmed-down guide to voting [NOTES FOR FILE] The public circus Charlie's 'hair stylist' explains how he took real action on election day By Charles Augustus Dent 'If you have two journalists writing about the same thing, as though they are experts on everything, you finish up not knowing what was actually said.' 'Ah, if it isn't Mr 3-2-1 himself,'' my barber greeted me cheerily as I walked into his empty salon, observing that he had changed his sign from ''Gentlemen's Hairdressing'' to ''Hair stylist''. ''Like it?'' he asked. ''My new image. Gets the young ones in. Yes, I can see you obviously need a cut.'' He had already begun pumping up the chair and flapping the apron to put around my neck, anxious to proceed. ''You're lucky,'' he continued, observing himself in the mirror, ''business is not as brisk as it should be. Not to worry. You know the old saying: 'What grows up must eventu- ally come off.' '' He opened the drawer and spent a few moments brushing and oiling the selected clipper. ''Now, as I recall, it's No 3 across the top, No 2 along the sides and No 1 . . .now,whydoweneedNo1?Ah yes, up the back for a final trim. Have you considered using a No 2 all over?'' He had vigorously begun the full sweep of No 3 across the top of my head. ''Guess you've recovered from the election?'' he said. ''My son -- he's in the public circus like you -- said it reminded him of Julia Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days in a hot-air balloon. Around Australia in 30 hours the modern way, but no less hot air.'' He continued: ''It certainly was an up-and-down election. Can you imagine how the average worker must feel about going forward when they don't know where we are headed? They keep talking about this lack of 'vision' thing. Now, I know about vision. I want to get by without glasses. I'm told I still have 20-20 vision, with possibly a cataract form- ing. If we can sort out this health crisis thing, I might feel more confident about having someone fid- dle with my eyes. Do they take the eye out to extract a cataract? I wouldn't like to be one-eyed during the operation. ''Now, coming back to the elec- tion. I tried to keep up with what was going on by reading the newspapers and watching this new 24-hour news channel, but that didn't help much. All I got was repeats of the same thing. The way I saw it, the candidate would come out and say, 'Today, I want to promise you that the sun will come up tomorrow.' And then the commentator would come on and say, 'The leader promised that the sun will come up tomorrow.' And then there would be a debate about whether the sun would come up tomorrow. After awhile, I wasn't sure whether the sun would come up tomorrow. It was all over the moon stuff. ''The newspapers had more com- ment than news. Who's got the time to read all that stuff and understand it? If you have two journalists writing about the same thing, as though they are experts on everything, you finish up not knowing what was actually said. Jeez, I'm sorry, I think I've taken too much off the top. Never mind. The difference between a good and a bad haircut is two weeks. Now that'll save you some money in the long run. ''So when it comes time to vote, you really don't know what to do. They give you this green paper and white paper and you've got to fill in every square with the right numbers in order. That's enough to make anyone scared of making a mistake if you lose count. ''Now I heard this bloke on television saying that because the candidates had left us with a blank sheet of ideas, we should leave them with a blank vote sheet. I worked out for myself that what he wanted us to do was to drop our ballot paper in the box without marking it. When I rolled up to the booth and had my name crossed off I saw this polling officer put some kind of a tick on my ballot paper. That's when I got suspicious. ''Now I said to myself, this is supposed to be a secret ballot, and she's marking my ballot paper. I had already decided I was not going to fill it in, just like this guy on television said. So I had cut out the sample green ballot paper from the official electoral office guide which told me how to make my vote count and dropped it in the ballot box. I felt very confident I had voted the way this guy said. See that on the wall: I've framed the ballot paper for historical purposes. The words are all mine: 'How I took real action on voting day.' There, your haircut's finished. Hope I haven't trimmed too much. You're very quiet. Are you happy with the result?'' Help bring magic and joy to children with a life- threatening illness 1800 032 260 www.makeawish.org.au 09-00199/1
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