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Share A Secret Reviewed

Share A Secret Reviewed looks at the weekly Share A Secret column in Australia's biggest-selling magazine, Woman's Day. We at Gusworld love it, and we hope you will too. We don't give away the plot (that would be unfair and a possible breach of copyright); we just tell you what the headline is and describe the stunning artwork that goes with it.

Woman's Day dated February 10th, 1997

SECRET PAY RISE

The bills were mounting, then her boss put her in charge of the payroll


Frankly, we expected more. A decent secret involves sex rather than money (actually, sex and money might be the perfecto combination). Here we have the simple tale of a "young and silly" girl who secretly ups her pay as the boss gives her increased responsibilities. I suppose it does qualify as a genuine secret. And at least the girl has the decency to wear a red business suit.

What's more disturbing is how this story, in a roundabout way, supports the sicko industrial relations reforms of the Howard era. The implication is clear: you should be grateful to have a job at all, even if your boss keeps increasing your workload without acknowledging that by paying you for what you actually do. Frankly, you should be paying him (and under Howard, it would be a him) for the mere privilege of being allowed to assist in his corporate goal of bathing in $100 bills. Any divergence from this is the work of commies, bludgers, thieves and lepers. It's not like it's a shock to see this coming from Woman's Day, whose letters page is the spiritual home of outraged old biddies yearning for the good old days, but you have to remember that it is the most read magazine in Australia.

Suggested Replacement Headline: I STOLE FROM MY BOSS AND I HOPE JOHN HOWARD PERSONALLY COMES AROUND AND CANES ME


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