Libs push terror down the agenda


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


“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


  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...]

Taxpayers bankroll employer militants


Taxpayers are underwriting attempts to sabotage building industry employment and training standards, Tony Abbott’s trade union royal commission has learned. It heard the federal government’s Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) Inspectorate was backing a Queensland company seeking to break down … [Read more...]

Boom, Boom, Boom – they all fall down


Inconvenient facts keep mucking up the trade union royal commission’s anti-CFMEU storyline. Tony Abbott’s royal commission tried to build five anti-CFMEU narratives in four days of explosive hearings in Sydney and Melbourne but the foundations were crumbling within hours. Real-world events, … [Read more...]

Big Returns on Corporate Donations


The Abbott Government is slashing the budgets of business watchdog ASIC and the ATO as its corporate backers cheat consumers and dodge taxes on an industrial scale. At the same time, it proposes doubling the budget of its anti-union building industry taskforce and spending more than $50 million … [Read more...]