I have already mentioned this, but I am amazed at just how slack journalists are in terms of checking facts. This is particularly inexcusable because the source documents are so readily available.
Here’s a clanger from Ben Sandilands in today’s The Australian (note he is a Crikey writer):
If Joyce’s greatest PR stunt of all – the 2011 grounding of the carrier to underscore an application to Fair Work Australia to suspend protected industrial action that would always have been granted on its merits – had not happened, its accounts would have been spared a cost of almost $200m, and intangible damage to the brand.
Actually, no, Ben. Had he bothered to go to the Full Bench decision of Fair Work Australia, he would have been able to ascertain that the tribunal did not take the view that the grounds to order industrial action to cease on the grounds of significant economic harm (section 423 of the Fair Work Act) had been met. In other words, the application to Fair Work Australia to suspend protected industrial action would not have been granted.
On this issue, Joyce was absolutely right to bring it on by locking out the workers.
Now, I am happy to go along with the argument that Joyce has made other mistakes, including taking Jetstar into Asia (hey, but we are told that it’s the Asian Century), but on this industrial relations issue, Joyce was completely on the money.