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The Manager, Workforce & Development will lead a team in developing
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management of a range of workforce planning initiatives for both the clinical
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recruitment and retention, induction, training, and providing organisational
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are key features of this role. Managing the administration for the workforce
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key human resource decision making also features.
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9The Independent Weekly
July 23 - 29, 2010
Everyone likes to think they re
important. Voters, politicians,
even (dare I say it) journalists
like to think they have an influence
on the way the country is run.
I m spending some time in
Canberra, home of some of
the most important (and self-
important) people in Australia.
But arriving in the national
capital to cover this federal
campaign, I ve been struck by
a cold, brutal reality: we South
Australians matter far less than we
think we do.
Look at the campaign so far. At
the time of writing, neither leader
has ventured to Adelaide. Julia
Gillard has been to Canberra,
Brisbane, Townsville, Sydney and
Melbourne. Tony Abbott has been
to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and
Both have spent an inordinate
amount of time in western
Sydney. And as inviting as the
Blue Mountains can be, neither
is making the regular trek down
Parramatta Road because they
enjoy the journey.
Winning elections is all about
holding onto marginal seats.
There s plenty of them north of the
Murray, and it s there where both
major parties think voters are the
The party machines aren t
particularly keen to tell voters that
some parts of the country are more
important than others. Opposition
Leader Tony Abbott, however, has
no such qualms.
"I think the federal election
will be won or lost here in
Queensland," he said, during a visit
to Toowoomba last Friday.
At least he s honest. But where
does that leave South Australia?
This is a vastly different election
to 2007. Back then, the Howard
government had worn out its wel-
come. Seats were falling to Labor.
One minister, Christopher Pyne,
was pushed to the wire by Labor
up-and-comer Mia Handshin. A
neighbouring Liberal MP, Andrew
Southcott, managed to hang on,
thanks largely to a major pre-
selection gaffe by his opponents.
Remember Nicole Cornes, anyone?
This time around, things are far
less exciting. There s much less
potential for the sitting govern-
ment to be embarrassed in South
Here s why. To guarantee victory,
the Coalition must pick up 17 seats.
According to the ABC s election
pendulum, Labor s most marginal
seat in South Australia, Kingston, is
the 25th most marginal ALP elector-
ate in the country. In other words,
if local MP Amanda Rishworth is
heading for defeat, Julia Gillard
will already be well on her way to a
Eventually, we will see the Prime
Minister and Opposition Leader
make their obligatory campaign
stops to Adelaide. But in the
meantime, it seems the relevance
deprivation is having an effect on
South Australian candidates.
Liberal MP for Mayo Jamie
Briggs appears to have removed any
reference to Tony Abbott from his
website and campaign handouts.
Come to think of it, there s barely
any reference to the Liberal Party!
Those on the Labor side appear to
be having some trouble referencing
their leader, too.
On day one of the campaign,
Labor MP for Hindmarsh Steve
Georganas delivered this delight-
fully mixed message: "Look, I think
Julia Rudd s the Prime Minister. I
think people are moving forward."
Glad we ve got that one straight.
Maybe the absence of leaders in
South Australia will do us good. For
one, babies and shopping centre
managers will be able to rest a lot
easier over the next month. But
it also presents an opportunity to
circumvent the presidential style
of election campaigns which have
become the norm here.
Perhaps it will focus our
attention on the individuals we re
electing in individual seats. Maybe
a host of local issues will get the
airing they normally wouldn t.
Perhaps candidates will have to
fight harder for our vote. Instead
of parroting their leaders lines,
standing silently nodding in the
back of a TV shot, they might be
forced to share their opinions to tell
us what they really think.
I know that as we re bombarded
by television ads telling us to stand
up or move forward, the prospect of
hearing original thoughts sounds
like a very long shot. But who
knows? It might just work.
And if it does, we really would
become the most powerful voters in
The most powerful voters
It is hard not to don the cynic s cap
and join the chorus of dismay at
the new PM s distaste for debate.
Last election, then-Opposition
leader Kevin Rudd sensibly
made the case for more than one
debate and, given Gillard s lack of
exposure as PM, the prospect of
more than one debate looked good.
But no, instead we are served
the banality that "I ve debated
Tony Abbott plenty of times on
Hardly the point, and certainly
not likely to help the vast majority
of voters -- who hardly know
the values, policy differences
and personalities of Gillard and
Abbott -- to make a choice come
Campaign 2010 is pitched
against the background of voter
puzzlement regarding Gillard
and Abbott, the least-known
candidates for PM in our history.
So far, I see little hope of
much enlightenment as to why
either potential prime minister
deserves voter support. Not a
grand democratic outcome when
it looks more a case of who voters
don t like, rather than who they
might feel confident with leading
One of the few
Julia Gillard s
prime ministership has been her
rejection of a "big Australia".
This week, she has spoken pas-
sionately about the concerns of
her constituents in Melbourne s
west about infrastructure, while
stopping short of matching
the Opposition s pledge to cap
Regardless of the fine print in
Labor s platform, a lot of voters
will feel they have been misled
if Gillard doesn t deliver a lower
overall immigration intake.
With voters in the Brisbane and
Sydney mortgage belts taking
centre stage, the immigration
concerns of the rest of the
country -- such as the skills
shortages in the South Australian
mining, wine and agricultural
regions, retraining workers and
attracting foreign students -- are
set to be ignored.
Outside the handful of seats
that will decide this election,
South Australia is looking very
One week in and
my letterbox is
under the weight
of the major
parties election material, and
like their TV ads, it s been all too
I was hopeful a rigorous live
debate would shed real light on
what is at stake, but that hope was
answered in only a minor way
with just one debate announced
between Julia Gillard and Tony
What could have been an oppor-
tunity for some deeper insight,
by including Greens leader Bob
Brown, has been dashed.
In a radio interview this week
Mr Brown told me he wouldn t get
a spot because Gillard and Abbott
don t want him raising issues they
don t want to touch -- things like
same-sex marriage or a price on
carbon. These issues are being
discussed in the community, so it s
a shame this first week has been so
stage-managed with nothing but
kissing babies and shaking hands.
money is on
Australia s first
Prime Minister in just over four
Sportbet told FIVEaa this week
the dollars have been pouring in
for a Labor win, with one punter
even putting $800,000 where his
Despite a Labor-friendly
Newspoll and the fact the punters
have rarely, if ever, been wrong,
the Gillard camp must have been
... well, seeing red, when Kevin
Rudd surfaced to campaign in his
seat of Griffith.
Sky News was broadcasting
J-Gil speaking live at a Nursing
Federation function when
coverage switched mid-sentence
to a media scrum at a school in
Mr Rudd s electorate, where
the former PM made his first
After a 10-minute explanation
on the workings of the new school
hall by the over-excited principal,
we had to wait another 30 minutes
to find out Mr Rudd endorses
Labor s re-election, but noticeably
didn t mention his former deputy
On the subject, I felt for the
Member for Hindmarsh Steve
Georganas, who tried to say her
name but failed, telling journal-
ists Julia Rudd is our Prime
I m not friends with pollies on
Facebook but I ll re-consider his
long-standing invitation; he might
have needed a friend or two after
making the campaign s first gaffe!
As they see it
Arriving in the
national capital to
cover this federal
campaign, I've been
struck by a cold, brutal
reality: we South
far less than we think
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