We frequently see pictures and videos of John Howard going for his morning walk. We've seen him in Washington and London and other junketing venues around the world. A seldom talked about matter are his other forms of exercise - his flexibility gained by twisting and turning and backflipping on the policy front.
Looks like more exercise is being gained with his 'promise' to give $4,000 to workers who wish to pursue a case for unfair dismissal. The facts are this promise is similar to many promises of funds by the Howard Government - few will qualify and few will collect. The only significant thing to come from this promise - which will probably turn out to be non-core - is that it is a tiny chink in the government's armour. It is a small but de facto recognition of the sheer injustice of the government's proposed changes to industrial relations law and, in particular, the proposal to rule out unfair dismissal claims for those who work for firms employing under 100 people.