Jul 30, 2009

ACTU bites its tongue, retreats to attic

What trade-off has the ACTU received for biting its tongue about the building industry? So far, just some half hearted words of encouragement about 'buying Australian'.

Jeff Sparrow

Writer, editor, broadcaster, and an Honorary Fellow at Victoria University.

For Labor strategists, the trade union movement has always been the madwoman in the attic. If the unions ever escape their keeper, well, they’ll burn the house down, beat up the guests and prevent Kevin Rudd, the Rochester of Australian politics, consummating his love for the Australian public (“Reader, I voted for him”).

In the past, the Labor argument for silencing the ACTU at national conference time went like this: with John Howard in power and the ALP nowhere in the polls, it would be fatal for the unions to take the spotlight.

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2 thoughts on “ACTU bites its tongue, retreats to attic

  1. Edward Thompson

    Do you ever have anything useful to say Jeff?

  2. Edward Thompson

    Also Jeff, you may want to brush up a touch on your economics (and/or game theory). The problem with protectionism is it most definitely isn’t a zero-sum game. If it was it wouldn’t be such a problem.

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