Police on dodgy platforms

POLICE are sharing speaking platforms with activists campaigning to drive unions out of Canberra workplaces. At least one AFP officer, attached to Tony Abbott’s royal commission against trade unions, has spoken at a gathering organised by the ACT branch of the Master Builders Association. And, … [Read more...]

Death company drives anti-union campaign

EXTREMISTS are using a construction company convicted over a “tragic” but “preventable” workplace death to spearhead their campaign to de-unionise ACT workplaces. Canberra Contractors was convicted and fined $82,500 in the ACT Supreme Court in January over the 2011 death of experienced … [Read more...]

Low bar, no bar to AFR hack

HOLD THE PRESSES - a new contender, from right-field, has slipped into contention for worst media story from Tony Abbott’s royal commission against trade unions. For nearly two years, it seemed the race would be fought out by runaway leaders Naughty Nick McKenzie and Slippery Stephen … [Read more...]

Libs push terror down the agenda

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FIFTY SEVEN fulltime police officers have been diverted from combatting terrorism and organised crime to help drive the Liberal Party’s anti-union campaign. AFP Commander Mark Ney underlined the gap between the Federal Government’s tough terror talk and its actions, in October evidence to the … [Read more...]

Nobody expects the Heydon Royal Commission

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“OUR two weapons are fear and surprise... and ruthless efficiency. Our three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency ... and an almost fanatical devotion ....” Cardinal Jiminez, 1970 A BRISBANE mum is teaching her kids how to contact lawyers in case she is suddenly arrested and taken … [Read more...]

Lomax beats cheap shot

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  JOHNNY LOMAX will walk free, unstained by attempts to criminalise him and his union work, the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions has decided. Twenty one years, almost to the day, since a rugby league judicial committee rubbed him out of the 1994 grand final for a high shot, Lomax has beaten a … [Read more...]

Union members on a winner, MBA admits

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Union fees are the best investment construction workers will ever make, according to MBA figures. Startling Master Builders Association numbers published in the Australian Financial Review suggest labourers could buy an average Melbourne home, freehold, every 15 years with “profits” from their … [Read more...]

Oh really – the damage is done

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"It is fundamental to the administration of justice that the judge be neutral.  "It is for this reason that the appearance of departure from neutrality is a ground of disqualification … because the rule is concerned with the appearance of bias, and not the actuality, it is the perception of the … [Read more...]

Ouch – Right’s million dollar baby exposed

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RORTING the trade union royal commission tried to kick into touch has been laid bare at the Federal Court in Melbourne. And the numbers are mind-blowing. In August, the court ordered Liberal Party favourite Kathy Jackson to pay $1.4m in compensation to the Health Services Union and its … [Read more...]

Red faces for Kathy’s clowns

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KATHY JACKSON nicked at least $1m off health workers the Federal Court has found in another devastating blow to the credibility of Tony Abbott’s royal commission against trade unions. The timing of the decision could hardly have been worse for the Prime Minister or his hand-picked … [Read more...]