Like what you've read?

On Line Opinion is the only Australian site where you get all sides of the story. We don't
charge, but we need your support. HereÔŅĹs how you can help.

  • Advertise

    We have a monthly audience of 70,000 and advertising packages from $200 a month.

  • Volunteer

    We always need commissioning editors and sub-editors.

  • Contribute

    Got something to say? Submit an essay.


 The National Forum   Donate   Your Account   On Line Opinion   Forum   Blogs   Polling   About   
On Line Opinion logo ON LINE OPINION - Australia's e-journal of social and political debate

Subscribe!
Subscribe





On Line Opinion is a not-for-profit publication and relies on the generosity of its sponsors, editors and contributors. If you would like to help, contact us.
___________

Syndicate
RSS/XML


RSS 2.0

Itís time to cut union influence over government in Queensland

By Deb Frecklington - posted Monday, 4 June 2018


In any self-respecting democracy, the CFMEU would be treated as an outcast by politicians on all sides.

But not in Queensland. Here it
has unfettered access to the Palaszczuk Government, and its ministers go in to bat for the union whenever its appalling behaviour hits the headlines.

What does Labor get out of it?

Advertisement

Well, the CFMEU has given $598,000 to Queensland Labor since 2014. The union also lends the party a massive hand by running pro-Labor advertising campaigns, and even
puts the party's election candidates on its payroll.

This grubby deal has to stop, and I'm pleased that former Labor leaders such as Peter Beattie and Kevin Rudd have called for the party to distance itself from the CFMEU.

But in Brisbane, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) keeps cashing the cheques.

Labor argues that because it's been openly bought by the union, there is no problem. After all, it is the "workers' party" and workers support unions, right?

Wrong. Less than 10 per cent of people in the construction industry, which is routinely held to ransom by the CFMEU, belong to any union.

And how many of the CFMEU's members were pressured to join by its strongarm tactics in the first place?

Advertisement

I have no objection to responsible trade unions. They have won many rights for Australian workers and still have an important role to play in our society. They have a right to be heard – just as employers do.

But no union or employer has the right to bully others and break the law with impunity.

The CFMEU is a rogue organisation and it should be cut loose by Labor. Its ugly leadership will never mend its ways until
this happens.

Annastacia Palaszczuk has to
stop excusing criminality and intimidation, and stop accepting donations from this union.

It's time for Labor to stop selling its soul to the CFMEU – for its own sake and for the sake of Queensland.

  1. Pages:
  2. 1
  3. Page 2
  4. All

This article was first published in the Courier Mail.



Discuss in our Forums

See what other readers are saying about this article!

Click here to read & post comments.

5 posts so far.

Share this:
reddit this reddit thisbookmark with del.icio.us Del.icio.usdigg thisseed newsvineSeed NewsvineStumbleUpon StumbleUponsubmit to propellerkwoff it

About the Author

Deb Frecklington is Opposition Leader and Leader of the LNP in Queensland.

Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Photo of Deb Frecklington
Article Tools
Comment 5 comments
Print Printable version
Subscribe Subscribe
Email Email a friend
Advertisement

About Us Search Discuss Feedback Legals Privacy