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...]

Chill out – it’s only safety

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“Dean, if you look hard enough, you will find some safety risk because it’s a construction site, but that doesn’t mean there is an issue.”  These 25 words undermine the rationale behind a three-year government campaign to turn around the worst construction industry safety statistics in … [Read more...]

All about the bias, no trouble

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One sentence, used to protect right wing poster girl Kathy Jackson, lays bare the bias driving Tony Abbott’s royal commission against trade unions. Jackson, feted as a hero by Prime Minister Abbott, Education Minister Christopher Pyne and right wing shock jock, Michael Smith, now faces charges that … [Read more...]

Big lift for skills

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Commuters on Melbourne’s Westgate Bridge can often see the jib of a luffing crane, stretching and flexing through morning exercises, in the business park below them. The 38m Leibherr tower crane is state-of-the-art, the only one of its kind in Australia and the centrepiece of the Victorian … [Read more...]

CFMEU care delivers for youngsters

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As apprentice numbers tumble across Australia, Tony Abbott’s trade union royal commission is taking aim at successful skills programs. It will be interesting to see if its recommendations take account of industry needs. Brisbane’s RNA convention centre hosts some flash gigs but not many … [Read more...]

“I was wrong,” expert witness recants

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Victoria Police is backing the most extreme elements of Tony Abbott’s anti-union agenda, according to a top Melbourne cop. In extraordinary evidence to Abbott’s trade union royal commission, Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana, outlined a legislative wish list that could have been lifted … [Read more...]

Seven years without a collar

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Tony Abbott’s special building industry police force failed to uncover enough evidence for a single criminal conviction in seven years of operation. Officers from Victoria Police and the Federal Police lowered the boom on the Australian Building and Construction Commission at Senate … [Read more...]

Who Let The Dogs Out?

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Tony Abbott’s “tough cop on the beat” records union meetings and fixates on swearing while murder, thuggery and corruption go unchecked, the trade union royal commission has heard. In sensational evidence, a businessmen from the George Alex group of companies said  fellow director, Joe … [Read more...]

Bastardry swirls around Planet Stoljar

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Apprentice training is just another form of trade union bastardry, according to submissions of the man driving Tony Abbott’s trade union royal commission. Counsel Assisting Jeremy Stoljar, alleges programs that train hundreds of young building workers enrich the CFMEU, at the expense of its … [Read more...]

Play it again – Smith’s top 10 hits

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Star anti-union witness, Albert Smith, has a radical plan to rewrite building industry employment conditions. Giving evidence to Tony Abbott’s trade union royal commission, the owner of Universal Cranes and Smithbridge Construction set out a hit list of 10 conditions and protections he wants … [Read more...]