CFMEU thugs emboldened by Bill Shorten’s embrace

Today in The Australian

Bill Shorten has a plan for dealing with union thuggery: he will make it legal. Addressing members of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union last October at Queensland’s Oaky North coalmine, where CFMEU protesters allegedly threatened to rape the children of non-striking workers, the Opposition Leader promised to tear up Australia’s industrial relations law.

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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16 Responses to CFMEU thugs emboldened by Bill Shorten’s embrace

  1. Peter

    Well we know that it is a time tested method of the Left to deal with lawlessness by redefining the relevant acts as lawful – or by refusing to uphold the law or by trying to make excuses for the perpetrator and inverting blame. This is but another example of their twisted morality. Time and again they try this and not just in relation to union behaviour. Criminals rob a store at knife point. Well you must not blame the criminals they are are the real victims (especially if young, “disadvantaged” poor etc). It is no wonder I am disgusted by the Left.

  2. stackja

    And of course ALP/MSM are busy going after MC.

  3. Jo Smyth

    Get used to it. It will happen because, after all, who is going to stop it ?

  4. yarpos

    I once had lunch next to a table of CFMEU honchos in a moderately expensive seafood place in North Melbourne. The language and the level of the discussion was most illuminating and sounded more like a bikie club vendetta meeting than a work lunch. I assume all the people out on building having a pie and a can of coke for lunch were picking up their tab.

  5. Y

    Orwell pointed out that leftism in all its forms is never motivated by compassion for poor people, but rather by hatred of the “rich” (however defined).

    All we have now between these people and absolute power is Potential Greatness. What could possibly go wrong?

  6. “There was a problem with union thugs threatening to rape the children of workers who were not on strike, but since we legalised threatening to rape children of scabs, there is no more problem!”

  7. egg_

    Hence, the incessant ROWM ‘rich old white men’ meme played out on Their Q&A.

  8. egg_

    Rich… old men:

    A MAN who was accused of pushing into the priority boarding line because of his skin colour had the perfect takedown for the racist woman who believed he didn’t belong there.

    African-American music executive Emmit Eclass Walker claims he was waiting to board his flight at Ronald Reagan Washington Airport with his first-class ticket when the white, blonde woman behind him refused to believe he could have been a first-class passenger.

    “Excuse me, I believe you may be in the wrong place you need to let us thru (sic). This line is for priority boarding,” the woman said. Mr Walker posted the exchange on Facebook, where it has gone viral.

    After explaining to her that he knew exactly where he was and showing her his first-class ticket, she then refused to believe he paid for the ticket.

    “He must be military or something, but we paid for our seats so he still should have to wait,” she said.

    What Mr Walker said next had the entire gate clapping.

    “Nope to big to ever be in anybodies military (sic). I’m just a n**** with money.”

  9. BrettW

    I was recently talking to an small business tradie who had the contract to do some work on a major building site in Brisbane. He was non Union. After arriving on site he was approached by the CFMEU delegates for the site and told the cost of him working trouble free at the site. The sum involved was more than the profit he was going to make on the work. They did not care. He approached main contractor he was working for who basically laughed at the small amount involved. He said the main company had paid multiple x that amount. He re-imbursed the tradie. We are talking well over $100,000 between main company and that one tradie just for one site. The tradie mentioned was just one small business working on the site.

    There were similar stories involving multiple small shops during the extension to the Indooroopilly Westfield a few years ago. Naturally the Police just regard such stand over tactics as “industrial relations” matters and would not recognise a blackmail case staring them in the face.

    Some may recall the TURC evidence about ACT CFMEU guy (Fijian) who went around multiple sites in ACT offering peace in return for cash. Subsequently pleaded guilty. No way he did that without some approval as could not guarantee peace on his own. Lucky he pleaded guilty as would not want the witnesses telling their stories in open court.

    There is no way these lower down guys are doing this without the knowledge of those higher up the chain.

    They are scum aided by the Police who don’t dare take them on.

    Come on investigative journalists the CFMEU is a crime gang that needs more scrutiny.

  10. NB

    My goodness, I think this blog post qualifies as hate speech.
    Particularly the special clause that allows the issue to be resolved with baseball bats.

  11. Dr Fred Lenin

    Aha!the new red guard ? The socialist fascist Hitler militarised the SA and SS to enforce socialist fascism . Just as Ulyanov and bronsteen formed the red guard and Cheka to enforce socialist fascism in Russia . Mao,pol pot ,Castro all followed suit ,no doubt it exists in Venezuela, now here in Australia . I used to joke about the gangrenes “Klimate Guardian Bureau “or KGB looks like they are picking up on it ,they always recruit them from the shit of human society , looks like they are doing it here . Be carefull joining this comrades , when the Counter Revolution wins the punishments are draconian ,you won’t like it up yez !

  12. Dan Dare

    That’s more like it Fred. Winner.

  13. Once again the dismal failure of the Abbott Government to deal with the corrupt Unions means they will hold the country to ransom yet again. The TURC was a waste of time & money, threw the book at a couple of low-level crooks and ignored the rest, including the Rancid Ranga.
    Fat, lazy crooked slobs will be living it large in multi-million dollar mansions all paid for by taxpayer mugs via boondoggle rorts like $4 billion trams and demolishing and rebuilding perfectly good stadiums. This ontop of their regular income streams from desal plants and other crony Socialist rorting.
    This country will be so bent under Labor that they’ll even scare off the Indians.
    Oh hang on, they already did.

  14. overburdened

    Having had dealings with these mullet headed, muscle cartooned bogans (note- a bogan getting $100G+ in the mines is the same as the bogan getting $70G+ on the coast), I can say-
    They shout and swear and brace up to intimidate.
    They have hearts the size of caraway seeds when you put the acid on them.
    You wouldn’t feed the majority of them.

  15. overburdened

    btw they would think nothing of terrorizing or worse your loved ones because they are easier targets.
    My advice fwiw is be more fierce and show no mercy

  16. egg_

    Adani must be pussies – Short Willy hasn’t found a finger of one of the bruvvas in his pie?
    /NADT

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