Politics

Sep 27, 2007

Dick Pratt, Macquarie Bank and Bill Shorten…join the dots

The Sunday program’s Ross Coulthart has been in touch to debunk my story in Monday’s Crikey and stress that the only source of information for his cover-story attack on the Transport Workers Union came from within the union itself – and mostly from serving officials, writes Stephen Mayne.

The Sunday program’s Ross Coulthart has been in touch to debunk my story in Monday’s Crikey (item 28) and stress that the only source of information for his cover-story attack on the Transport Workers Union came from within the union itself – and mostly from serving officials.

Ross says that there was absolutely no influence from either PBL or Qantas and that Sunday would have gone equally hard against Bill Shorten’s AWU, even though PBL Media does have a printing deal for the AWU magazine. I accept that completely, but there is an interesting juxtaposition between Shorten, who is quite chummy with James Packer, and claims the TWU was receiving benefits from employers that might have coloured their judgment during industrial negotiations.

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