The gospel according to Bill: do as I say, not as I do

Senator Lisa Singh, pictured during an estimates hearing at Parliament House, has been dropped to the fourth spot on Labor's Senate ticket in Tasmania.All that guff about Emily’s List and having half of all Labor parliamentarians women within a decade – and Bill Shorten has a chance to step up to the plate and he trips over. This is what happens when you are running a wholly owned subsidiary of the trade union movement – the trade union bosses call the shots and you just suck it up.

So here is the story: Tasmanian Labor Senator, Lisa Singh, has been dropped to an unwinnable spot on the ticket because AMWU official, John Short, requires a retirement job in the Senate and the unions dominate the voting.

We should not think that this is the only example of jobs for males dictated by the union bosses.  We had the unseemly arrangement whereby David Feeney – aligned with the HSU (pause for laughter) – had to be found a safe seat after his Senate position looked perilous.  And so he was given one – Batman, Marn Ferguson’s old seat (a bit of irony there).

And then we had Conroy’s man imposed on the good burghers of Gellibrand, Tim Watts, replacing Nanny Roxon.  That makes sense – a man replacing a woman.  That really helps make up the 50 per cent.

And then Penny Wong was dropped down the Senate list – by a man, no less (remember the Godfather, Don Farrell of the Shoppies), but there was such a hullabaloo that there was a last minute switcheroo.

And then there was Joe Bullock, also of Shoppies fame, who made Senator Louise Pratt shove over (and lose her position) – because the unions said so.  Woman replaced by man. That makes sense.

And we should not forget the unseemly unseating of sitting members by Bill Shorten himself and Richard Marles, with union backing.

What’s good for the goose is clearly not good for the gander when it comes to handing out the jobs for the (mainly) boys.

Here’s the story:

Dumped Labor senator Lisa Singh was the preferred choice of her party’s rank and file in a pre-selection race but lost her spot on the Senate ticket in a factional power-play to a little-known union official.

The Tasmanian result, which has some within Labor calling for federal intervention to protect a sitting female senator, is another example of how union and factional bosses are able to use their superior voting strength to overwhelm party members’ preferences in the allocation of prized parliamentary positions within the ALP.

A tally of the votes cast in the June Senate pre-selection race obtained by Fairfax Media reveals, Ms Singh received the strong backing of ordinary Tasmanian ALP branch members, and would have been retained at the winnable third spot were it not for a weighted union component of the ballot.

This part of the vote saw the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union secretary, John Short, leapfrog Senator Singh into the third place behind the two other incumbent senators, the left’s Ann Urquhart and the right’s Helen Polley.

Of the 542 votes cast by members, senators Urquhart and Polley received 221 and 123 respectively, with the unaligned Senator Singh close behind on 110. Mr Short was some way back with 74 votes, with the remaining 14 going to others.

However, that tally made up only half of the final result because under state ALP rules the 100 union votes are then combined with another 100 conference delegates – both of which are factionally organised – and their combined total of 200 is weighted to make them equivalent to the 542 rank-and-file votes.

Based on a loading formula in which each union-conference vote is worth 2.72 rank-and-file votes, the two halves resulted in Mr Short jumping ahead by a wafer-thin four votes, on 158 to Senator Singh on 154.

That meant he won the third and final winnable position, relegating her to the unelectable fourth spot.

Disquiet within the party over the outcome continues as Labor MPs note the inconsistency of the leader Bill Shorten pledging half of Labor’s parliamentarians will be made up by women within a decade, while union power continues to be deployed to find sinecures for officials – most of whom are male.

Last week Fairfax Media reported that the former Hawke government minister Margaret Reynolds backed intervention to rectify the situation by the party’s powerful National Executive.

“When factions just divide up the spoils between themselves, to the detriment of the image of the party and the potential for government and the potential for maintaining numbers in the Senate, it becomes a federal responsibility,” she had said.

Attending the Apple Isle’s state Labor conference last weekend, Mr Shorten appeared impervious to the grievance, telling reporters, the rank and file had “spoken”.

“It is inevitable in any engagement that not everyone is successful in being able to get the spots they want to do to be able to represent Labor,” he said.

“Lisa Singh has served Labor well in the Senate and our new Senate team will also do the same thing.

“Labor’s had its processes, the rank and file have spoken. It is always a difficult matter but the rank and file have spoken, according to the rules of the Tasmanian branch.”

However sources in the Tasmanian party and within the federal parliamentary sphere, say the problem is that the rank and file had spoken and then been ignored.

Last week, former ACTU boss and Rudd government minister, Martin Ferguson, said union power within the ALP was now so excessive that individual MPs could not act without union say-so.

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59 Responses to The gospel according to Bill: do as I say, not as I do

  1. Rabz says:

    Dumped Labor senator Lisa Singh was the preferred choice of her party’s rank and file in a pre-selection race but lost her spot on the Senate ticket in a factional power-play to a little-known union official.

    Good.

    I love seeing labor tearing at itself.

  2. Rabz says:

    Love those Gillardesque earlobes, BTW.

  3. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    I love seeing labor tearing at itself.

    Make3s a change from watching the Liberal Party tear itself to pieces…..

  4. candy says:

    Bill Shorten is untouchable while his polls are so excellent. It’s the numbers that count, not the ethics, to Labor.

  5. Gab says:

    Last week, former ACTU boss and Rudd government minister, Martin Ferguson, said union power within the ALP was now so excessive that individual MPs could not act without union say-so.

    I don’t believe him. It is not just “now”, it’s been like that for decades. Labor has always been in debt to the unions and run by the unions; an historically symbiotic relationship right from day one. You cannot have Labor without the unions. Why people have never understood that, or have chosen to ignore it, is beyond belief.

  6. H B Bear says:

    Attending the Apple Isle’s state Labor conference last weekend, Mr Shorten appeared impervious to the grievance, telling reporters, the rank and file had “spoken”.

    … but the 17% bruvvers still have the final say.

  7. 1. Blossom – go to specsavers those glasses are hideous

    2. Lay with dogs and expect to get up with fleas

    3. Note to ALP members, you are there to hand out how to vote cards to the welfare herd that infests Tasmaniastan.

    4. Corruptocrats doing favours for maaaates, what TF did the mouth breathing ALP cretins expect.

  8. WhaleHunt Fun says:

    You write as if Wong was a woman rather than a bloke who pretends to be the father of children that are another bloke’s. Your points are elsewhise valid.

  9. Rabz says:

    go to specsavers those glasses are hideous

    Carpes – the specs are known as “Erkos” after the suburb Erskinville (aka Erko) which in Sydney, is hipster central.

    They all wear them. Ironically, of course, whether they need them or not – and no, I’m not joking, they are that insufferably vain.

    It is interesting and unusual to see a pair of Erkos that are more than one colour, though. The parliamentary salary might be kicking in there.

    Presumably a defining indicator of the inner Nomenklatura.

  10. Baldrick says:

    As usual with Leftards, its never the cause but the side.

    Like the Communist manifesto that everyone will have shoes to wear. As long as your size 8.

  11. Rabz says:

    As long as you’re size 8.

    Cool, I’m in. Presumably they provide free, quality Erkos as well?

  12. Andrew says:

    David Feeney – aligned with the HSU

    Feeney is aligned with the SDA.

  13. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    They all wear them. Ironically, of course, whether they need them or not – and no, I’m not joking, they are that insufferably vain.

    Said glasses are mean to convey an air of gravity and dignity. Wasn’t La Gilliard sprung, having a pair made in plain glass?

  14. blogstrop says:

    And the women are better or different?

  15. Ubique says:

    It’s remains a mystery why the very large proportion of the electorate who aren’t members of a union and have no intention of joining one would ever want to vote for the Labor Party which remains the political wing of the union movement. Why reject one as poisonous, corrupt and anachronistic but accept the other?

  16. Ubique says:

    It’s = It.

  17. a reader says:

    only 542 members of the tasmanian labor party bothered to vote? no wonder the unions have the power

  18. Gab says:

    Why reject one as poisonous, corrupt and anachronistic but accept the other?

    As I said above, some Labor voters don’t really understand the historical link between Labor and the unions. Same as many black voters in America don’t understand the Link between the Democrats and their enforcers, the KKK. Most Labor voters do know the link, do understand the unions are corrupt, do know the unions run Labor, but vote for them anyway becuase to the Left it’s not about morals and principles, it’s about the side.

    The Left is evil.

  19. Another Emily’s Lister bites the dust! How does it feel to be cut out of a nice safe warm place, Lisa?

    Go you good thing Billy Boy and keep those Union hacks coming

  20. Rob MW says:

    “And then Penny Wong was dropped down the Senate list………”

    Given that Wong always bats for the opposition there is the potential that (?) could be an addition to the liberal party bench after the next election.

    “Dumped Labor senator Lisa Singh…………”

    Does it really matter in party politics whether it’s a cock or a hen ?

  21. Entropy says:

    So anyone know what kind of job this lass was doing in the senate anyway? Or just a time server?

  22. ella says:

    Well Judith,

    Shorten’s women can always root around in their dusty basements and resurrect the posters their predecessors used to persuade men during the Vietnam war. These posters read:

    “Women say yes to men who say no.”

    Hahahaha

  23. Carpes – the specs are known as “Erkos” after the suburb Erskinville (aka Erko) which in Sydney, is hipster central.

    You have got to be shitting me Rabz – i wear glasses full time (Cataract surgury) and it is a pain in the keister, Why would any sane human wear glasses if they don’t have to

  24. candy says:

    She has an attractive face, but the hairstyle and glasses age her terribly; particularly the hairstyle, it’s like something grandma would do.

  25. Rabz says:

    Why would any sane human wear glasses if they don’t have to

    Simples, Carpes – to try and appear more intelligent than they actually are.

    BTW – I’ve worn contacts for two and half decades. I hate prescription glasses with a passion.

    The only glasses I’ll willingly wear are sunnies.

  26. Rabz says:

    Actually – prescription glasses have been the cause of many a death.

    The khmer rouge apparently used to identify the bourgeoisie on the basis of spectacle wearing. That is, if you wore them, it was assumed you could read and therefore were a threat to the implementation of the Agrarian Proletariat Paradise.

    Thusly, you’d be rounded up and then duly despatched to the killing fields.

  27. Fred Lenin says:

    Hey Rabz you got the green/ alp / communist / union mafia spot on ,Nomenklatura describes them perfectly incestuous ,inbred ,Tossers ,all shagging each other ,and that includes the ” men” . At least most of the Sobiets were not poofters .

  28. Rabz says:

    Freddo – I’ve been referring to them as the would be if they could be Nomenklatura, for many moons.

    They are truly evil, fascist deadshits – and unfortunately, I can’t see us being rid of them any time soon.

  29. 2dogs says:

    inconsistency of the leader Bill Shorten pledging half of Labor’s parliamentarians will be made up by women within a decade, while union power continues to be deployed to find sinecures for officials – most of whom are male.

    So, for them to win this one, Emily’s List would need to demand 50% of union official positions as well.

    That will be an interesting outcome when it reaches the CFMEU.

  30. Talleyrand says:

    Emily ‘s Pist , apparently .
    Ah well, given it’s Tasmania AND the Labir Party, it’s quite likely that Ms Singh is some sort of step-step Sister / wife/ blood relative of Mr Short.

  31. Iggie says:

    ‘This part of the vote saw the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union secretary, John Short, leapfrog Senator Singh into the third place behind the two other incumbent senators, the left’s Ann Urquhart and the right’s Helen Polley.’

    Hey, the boys are just redressing the obvious female bias – you can’t have 3 female Senators and no men from Tassie.

  32. handjive says:

    I was working in the health industry during the time of Michael Williamson, Craig Thomson.

    The pressure to join the HSU was a minor factor in me leaving.

    I am so glad none of my hard earned went to those crooks, especially Electricity Bill’s secret squirrel handshake deals.

  33. johno says:

    And the Emily Lister wannabes of the misnamed Liberal Party want their Party to go down the same path.
    As David Conquest has warned, any organisation that isn’t explicitly anti-left wing will eventually become left wing. Guess that confirms the misnamed Liberal Party’s status.

  34. gary says:

    Speaking of female politicians here is a PM in Malaysia getting bad press for having a slush fund. I would expect Australia to have a freer media more likely to report and vigorously question unusual behaviour from politicians, but instead Australia has an insipid, weak media that refuses to report on a female Australian PM’s slush fund, and in fact a national broadcaster that sacks people who do report on the female Australian PM’s slush fund.

  35. egg_ says:

    Akin to fighting for a front seat on the shortbus?

  36. sabrina says:

    For all his shortcomings, Kevin Rudd tried to negate the union influence………and he has landed at CNN.

  37. Robbo says:

    Martin Ferguson is spot on regarding the excessive power wielded by the unions on the ALP but no one should expect that piss weak little toady Shorten to stand up and confront the unions. After all he owes everything to the union movement and they will not allow him to forget that even if he wanted. Just imagine what would happen if the voters of Australia elected the Shorten led Labor Party into government? Little Billy would sit in the Lodge taking calls from his union bosses telling him what to do and the ineffectual little creep would obey every single time.

  38. nfw says:

    Don’t forget the “captain’s pick” (not that Ms Gillard would know what a captain is or does as she was just a lowly envelope addressing secretary of the rent-a-crowd socialist alliance) in the NT for Nova Tim Tam Peris. Long time-serving Trish Crossin, who actually was liked in the NT and may not have made any disparaging remarks about biscuits or told her lover it was okay to abuse Australian taxpayer funds for travel etc… I wonder what taxpayer funded perk job Ms Crossin was able to find for herself?

  39. Fred Lenin says:

    MIZojennee? And not Abbott? This is another good reason to get rid of the useless sennitn,the only reason we have one usthe “founding fathers” didnt have enough jobs for the boys so sone Yank suggsested tgey create a sennit .Simple political manipulation by a gang of lower middle class aspiring political rulers. Things have not changed that much ,the people are always the losers with these shifty deals ,no wonder the law trade is involved in politics ,dishonesty and lying are stock intrade to them .

  40. Come on guys get with the programme.

    Blame Abbott, even though he doesn’t seem to have a spine or will of his own.

  41. How anyone actually believes that unions represent the wukkas after this and Shorten’s deal with Cleanevent makes my head spin.

  42. ET, you are no Hammy.
    Give up.
    Go away.

  43. The easiest way to check if a pair of specs are prescription or fashion is to check the match up when looking through the lens: hers appear to be contiguous at the upper and lower borders.
    Hers specs are there for looks, not looking.

  44. Lutz says:

    Not wanting to be pedantic, but goose and gander should be reversed in the sentence.

  45. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC says:

    2dogs:

    So, for them to win this one, Emily’s List would need to demand 50% of union official positions as well.

    That will be an interesting outcome when it reaches the CFMEU.

    They’ll just rape any of them who get so uppity.

    It’s not like The Accused Rapist Bill Shorten and the CFMEU ‘leadership’ are not accused of having form in THAT area, is it?

  46. Memoryvault says:

    The unions have done a lot for this country. Leave them alone.

    ET, if unions had their way folks would work one day a month, get paid $5,000 a week, and accrue five year’s long service leave per month on the job. Conversely, if big business had their way people would work 25 hours a day, eight days a week, and pay a fee for the privilege.

    Truth be told, neither attitude has been much chop for this country.

  47. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC says:

    Winston, where did all these dullard noobs come from?

    Too many of them appear to be (can’t) Get(it)Up internet vermin.

  48. stackja says:

    Unions/ALP make and break rules as they see fit. MSM agrees.

  49. Gab says:

    Unions/ALP make and break rules as they see fit. MSM agrees.

    True and the Leftards keep voting in the union puppets, despite all the corruption and damage done to the wukkas in the name of the union “cause”, which is to feather their own nest and don’t give a fuck about the wukkas. The Left will just continue to support and vote in union-based corruption becuase they have no principles or morals. It’s all about the side.

  50. Tel says:

    This is what happens when you are running a wholly owned subsidiary of the trade union movement – the trade union bosses call the shots and you just suck it up.

    While the voters keep sucking it up, what else would you expect?

  51. Tintarella di Luna says:

    This is par for the course, anyone remember what the good ol’ boys did to Dorothy Tagney, the first Labor woman elected to the Senate in 1943 (along with the other first – Enid Lyons in the House of Reps) Dorothy had the Senate representative for Western Australia doing a great job for 25 years then they dumped her to an unwinnable position on the Senate ballot paper — by the good ol’ boys of the State executive.

  52. cuckoo says:

    Frank Walker, from National Tiiiillles, if that is really is you can you please stop making those annoying radio ads?

  53. Stimpson J. Cat says:

    E.T. phone home.

  54. candy says:

    Seems a disrespectful comment from EternallyTriggered. Perhaps he/she doesn’t mean it, it’s quite unkind.

  55. Fred says:

    Lisa Singh can’t complain. She only got her seat because of identity politics.

    From the first paragraph of her website “She is considered the first woman of South Asian descent to be elected to the Australian Parliament.”

    In modern Australia, its all about identity politics which victim group you belong to.

  56. No I’m not really me….and helllloooo….

  57. Roger says:

    Another Emily’s Lister bites the dust! How does it feel to be cut out of a nice safe warm place, Lisa?

    And with that Grigory Potemkin wins the internet today!

  58. Winston, where did all these dullard noobs come from?

    Too many of them appear to be (can’t) Get(it)Up internet vermin.

    If you look carefully, Mk50, (which I haven’t) you’ll notice they come in cycles. And if memory serves me correctly, the cycles are Lunar Cycles.

  59. If you look carefully, Mk50, (which I haven’t) you’ll notice they come in cycles. And if memory serves me correctly, the cycles are Lunar Cycles.

    Well, there is a full moon so it makes sense

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