Nurses are frantic as they rush from patient to patient, working under increased patient-to-nurse ratios.
Despite this increased pressure, they try not to compromise the quality of their nursing care.
This is an excerpt from Land of the Long Weekend, a Film Australia National Interest Program produced in 1994.
Land of the Long Weekend examines the concept of leisure and Australia as the first country in the world to institute a 40-hour working week and a fair and reasonable wage. Conditions like these helped win Australia its reputation as the mythical land of the long weekend.
Yet today, for those with work, overtime has increased and penalty rates are disappearing. The nation’s population is increasingly divided between the over-worked and the under-employed.
Now that Australia is more the land of the level playing field than the land of the long weekend, have we abandoned the idea of the 'fair go'?
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