You gotta love it – updated

Is there a mirror anywhere in Canberra?

According to today’s AFR, Bill Shorten risks rift with unions as election nears.

You see:

Labor leader Bill Shorten has slapped down union bosses for seeking to use their influence on industry superannuation fund boards to coerce employers into offering better wages and conditions.

Mr Shorten said superannuation law was unequivocal in that it required trustees to forgo all other allegiances to act in the best interests of fund members.

Interesting.  But it seems quite ok to coerce the Fair Work Commission to coerce employers into offering better wages and conditions.  Recalling of course that the Fair Work Commission is a product of legislation shepherded by Bill Shorten.  After all, Section 577 of the Fair Work Act says:

The FWC must perform its functions and exercise its powers in a manner that:

  1. is fair and just; and
  2. is quick, informal and avoids unnecessary technicalities; and
  3. is open and transparent; and
  4. promotes harmonious and cooperative workplace relations.

Within this same AFR piece, Mr Shorten also said:

When I, as a trustee for 10 years on Australia’s biggest superannuation fund [AustralianSuper] … I always understood when you were in that boardroom, you’re handling people’s money and you invest it in the best interest of the members, not whatever particular cause or affiliation you have outside the room.

One must wonder whether Mr Shorten will apply the same practice when he is in the Cabinet room, as Chairman, and handling other-other people’s money?

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16 Responses to You gotta love it – updated

  1. John A

    Well, there be a set of wonderful aspirations, wot?

  2. Percy Popinjay

    exercise its powers in a manner that:

    is fair and just; and
    is quick, informal and avoids unnecessary technicalities; and
    is open and transparent; and
    promotes harmonious and cooperative workplace relations.

    Any resemblance of the FWC’s actions to any of the above, even unintentionally, is entirely coincidental.

  3. Snoopy

    Mr Shorten said superannuation law was unequivocal in that it required trustees to forgo all other allegiances to act in the best interests of fund members.

    It took him two weeks to get the approval to make this statement?

  4. Leo G

    … I always understood when you were in that boardroom, you’re handling people’s money and you invest it in the best interest of the members, not whatever particular cause or affiliation you have outside the room.

    Is Bill admitting that as a trustee he made AustralianSuper investment decisions when he had conflicts of interest? The idea that boardroom walls can act as a conflict-of-interest firewall is bizarre.

  5. stackja

    ALP follows its own rules. ALP changes rules to suit ALP. ALP approves of these rules. Voters seemingly approve of the ALP.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    Is there a mirror anywhere in Canberra?

    Parliament is a house of mirrors.

  7. Dr Fred Lenin

    Wasnt the FWC stacked with union crims and slater and gordon rejects by giliard when she wass cheif commisar of the alp ? Some of them knew where giliards crimes were buried . The whole system needs scrapping and replacement with a different form of true fairness for workers and employees .

  8. Rohan

    One must wonder whether Mr Shorten will apply the same practice when he is in the Cabinet room, as Chairman, and handling other-other people’s money?

    That’s a rhetorical question right?

  9. Rohan

    It took him two weeks to get the approval to make this statement?

    I reckon it will take 24 hours for Plibersek to contradict it.

  10. ArthurB

    In this morning’s Oz there is an article by Janet Albrechtsen in which she explains why she thinks a Shorten government would be good for Australia, she uses the same logic as numerous commentators on this site, namely that one term of Shorten would cure the voters of any illusions about Labor. I can see her logic, but three years of Tits and Sally could inflict irreparable damage on the nation. Besides, there is no guarantee that the Liberals would rise, phoenix-like, from the ashes of the defeat that faces them in May.

    I am not optimistic about the future of this country.

  11. Bruce

    “Is there a mirror anywhere in Canberra?”

    Why would there be?

    Not many of the denizens would get a reflection.

  12. Rob MW

    I can just see m/s Bill doing a tits up protest over this.

  13. Dr Fred Lenin

    Must be disconcerting to look in a mirror and see nothing there , put you off your latte that would .
    If I cant see me can , anyone else see me ? Shades of the invisible person (not man you will notice).
    Arent I nice and PC ?

  14. Diogenes

    Besides, there is no guarantee that the Liberals would rise, phoenix-like, from the ashes of the defeat that faces them in May.

    It is not writ in stone that the two parties have to be ALP & LNP. It would be certainly create an opportunity for another party to replace the Libs in much the same way as the libs replaced the UAP & Nationalist

  15. Tintarella di Luna

    Why would there be?

    Not many of the denizens would get a reflection.

    Bloodsuckers all

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