McCrann on October 20:

It’s the Federal government that’s the real culprit. It’s
casually, arrogantly, ineptly and most of all unacceptably, abused what
might be termed the ‘corporations law relationship’ between Canberra
and the states. By sneakily trying to use the Federal Government’s
‘corporations power’ under the Constitution to snatch control of
industrial relations.

The states are challenging the constitutionality of the Fed’s IR rort.
Sorry, rules. But whatever the outcome of that, Costello can hardly
complain when the states aim to beat him, or rather the government, at
its own game. Canberra wants to use the corporations power for an end
intended neither by the constitution not the states, so the states have
every right to withdraw their referral of elements of that power.

Peter Fray

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