Currently throughout regional and rural NSW there are hundreds of teaching positions being advertised in the public sector.
Many of these positions will go unfilled into next year.
In any other sector, such a shortage would be called a 'tight labour market' and it will generate a signal that wage growth needs to be higher than it currently stands to provide incentive to workers to fill vacancies.
However, as we know here in Griffith, no such wage incentives are provided to attract and retain teachers.
We continue to see shortages and our children are continually impacted as a teacher here in Griffith receives the same pay as a teacher in Wollongong or any other metropolitan area.
There are no significant measures taken to address issues around the tight labour market.
If we look further at the 'lack of casual teachers,' as is so often reported in the local media, again you will note that there are no incentives to work in Griffith.
Classes have remained uncovered because a casual teacher's maximum income isn't much more than $50,000 per annum.
By accepting a temporary teaching position, a teacher will earn up to $100,000 per year.
In addition, they avoid the financial disincentive of having to live without an income from early December until March.
Having worked the casual teacher role for some years while restoring a house, maintaining farms and running small businesses, it comes as no surprise to me that without additional incentives we will continue to see teacher shortages and classes uncovered into the future.
What a sad it was recently when "free speech", as our birth right here in our nation, was quashed as being no longer allowable even with "letters to editors".
This evidently is to make sure that our people don't have a chance to publicly object to anything they may feel is in any improper and dishonest.
This allows the powers that be of whatever persuasion to run amok and force the people into submission on every issue contrary to their previous way of life.
Such dominance over them is evident and ongoing.
Under this code of "silence" the people watch their previous values, under our constitutional laws that server them well, being now eroded and downgraded to suit when it suits.
Such values have now become a dictatorship allowed to flourish under the guise of "inclusion".
Now inclusion is favourable if exercised in proper propriety but when it is used a reasoning to accommodate anything and everything just to appease it becomes another convenience that does not necessarily apply.
What we are witnessing are those who have been strategically placed in positions of authority "in high places" so as to allow them to reinforce a particular "cause".
We sure do have numerous "causes" being promoted out there in abundance aided and abetted at the people's ongoing expense of their constitutional laws.
The crafty silencing has been deliberate so as not to allow the people to challenge these changes - "so un-Australian".
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