Like a lemming over the proverbial cliff, Federal Agricultural Minister Tony Burke went to the defence of his leader Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on the weekend.
"VOTERS don't want Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to slow down, a senior minister says.
Mr Rudd has been urged to ease his workaholic ways or face a political backlash from exhausted public servants.
Medical experts have also warned that Mr Rudd could be putting his own health and that of his staff at risk by expecting them to work long and demanding hours."
Poor Tony is flunking tips on media presentation and aligning himself with a the very un-Labor position that 'bosses' can ask for an unreasonable level of work hours per day or an unreasonable range of hours (with or without overtime) simply because they are the boss.
The Agriculture Minister would do well to remember that Australia's disgust with the arrogant and unreasonable expectations of employers under WorkChoices was a large factor in last year's 'regime change'.
He should be very careful when treading on voter toes in this way. Especially when his leader has taken to publicly preening himself for being a hard boss.