Labor Style Governance – thanks Mal

Let’s just set the scene.

The Hon. Bill Shorten MP is the leader of the opposition. Prior to entering parliament in 2007, Mr Shorten was (principally) the national secretary of the AWU (Australian Workers Union).

The recently established Registered Organisations Commission earlier this week obtained the necessary warrants to allow the Federal Police to forcible enter the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the AWU. They were seeking documents and files around the allegation that the AWU, while under Mr Shorten’s leadership, donated $100,000 to GetUp! and $25,000 to Mr Shorten’s 2007 campaign.

It does not seem disputed that the payments to GetUp! or Mr Shorten’s campaign were actually made. What appears in questions is whether these payments were made within the “rules” of the AWU. In other words, whether the person/persons making the payments did so with the appropriate authority of the Union and further whether the donations contravened civil penalty provisions of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission Act 1996, the predecessor to the Fair Work Registered Organisations Act 2009.

To put this in another way, were such payments made by government, were they properly authorised and appropriated.  Similarly, were such payments made by business, were they made within the terms of the constitution of the company and the delegations from shareholders to directors to management.

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP is the deputy leader of the opposition. Prior to entering parliament in 1998 at the age of 29, Ms Plibersek was:

  • Women’s Officer, University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Domestic Violence Unit, NSW Ministry for the Status of Women.
  • Electorate officer.

On current trajectory, come next election, Mr Shorten will be Australia’s next Prime Minister and Ms Plibersek will be Australia’s next Deputy Prime Minister. In the event Mr Shorten is travelling, on holidays or unwell, Ms Plibersek will be Australia’s Acting Prime Minister.

Both Mr Shorten and Ms Plibersek were members of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd governments, and held executive positions during parts of same.  Mr Shorten was also a key agitator for the NDIS when he was Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services.

In response to the Federal Police “raids” on the offices of the AWU investigating the above, Ms Plibersek said:

the government was hypocritical to instigate an investigation into AWU donations when Bill Shorten was national secretary given the Prime Minister’s $1.75 million to the Coalition’s 2016 campaign.

You talk about transparency of donations, which is what this whole thing is about. We’ve got a Prime Minister who donated $1.75m to his own campaign.

The first point to note is that this is not a discussion around the transparency of donations.  This is a question of whether the donations were legally and properly authorised.  But more to the point, does not Ms Plibersek understand the difference between Mr Turnbull spending his own money and the AWU spending other people’s money?

To Ms Plibersek, there seems to appear no difference between spending one’s own money versus spending other people’s money?  Possible how Australia got pink bats, NBN, $900 cheques and the rest.

Breathtaking isn’t it.    What’s mine is mine.  What’s your’s is mine.  What’s their’s is mine.  It’s all mine mine mine.

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9 Responses to Labor Style Governance – thanks Mal

  1. BrettW

    The problem is Union leaders have frequently treated Union money as their own.

  2. stackja

    BrettW
    #2533560, posted on October 26, 2017 at 1:12 pm
    The problem is Union leaders have frequently treated Union money as their own.

    Union bosses have their entitlements to care for.

  3. Roger

    Plibersek could yet be our own Jacinda Ardern…minus the supposed charisma, that is.

  4. John Constantine

    Making shorten and plibblefilth electable.

    Who else except the turnbullites election winning team could have done it,?.

  5. cui bono

    Bill and Tanya will say whatever, and the meeja will let them.
    Only Team Turnbull seem unaware of these truths.

  6. stackja

    cui bono
    #2533660, posted on October 26, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    Bill and Tanya will say whatever, and the meeja will let them.
    Only Team Turnbull seem unaware of these truths.

    MT lives in Point Piper!

  7. [sarc]If you can’t control it, it’s not your money.[/sarc]

  8. Dr Fred Lenin

    The alp has a history of picking dishonest failures as leaders. Rudd was a failed dfat aparatchik who had reached the limit of his career there
    ,giliard was a known thief lawyer who actually got the bullet from the lowest of the low lawtrade firm ,some CV both of them had .still the Libs aren’t much better ,they are led by a failed barrister, servant of the greedy goldman sachs thieves another loser . You get the politicians you deserve .? “I dun nothin yer onner ,not guilty “.

  9. GerardO

    This article is just a series of random anecdotes, and whining. I would write a better article than this.

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