It has made me wonder though. The shops here have been open for last 24 hours straight. That's a boon for all of those who worked the graveyard shift - the award rates must be excellent. However come next year when Howards Industrial Relations reform legislation comes into effect those rates will evaporate. Now can you imagine being told you're working from 12am through to 8am on Christmas eve for the basic award rate with no penalties? It's gonna happen, and if those poor bastards refuse then they'll be out of work.
That's going to be the PM's Christmas present to us all - a return to the bad old days when his idol, Menzies, ran the country, complete with the appropriate xenophobia. Only instead of communists we now have Muslims under the bed.
Oh well, another drinking session today, tomorrow and possibly the day after. It could be worse, I mean, we have New Years Eve coming up too.
Roll on 2006.
Have a very merry christmas kiddies, and a safe and excellent new year.