Is there a mirror anywhere in Canberra?
According to today’s AFR, Bill Shorten risks rift with unions as election nears.
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:
- is fair and just; and
- is quick, informal and avoids unnecessary technicalities; and
- is open and transparent; and
- 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?