New South Wales

Nov 22, 2016

Labor responds quickly to union leader’s domestic violence claims

The union movement can't demand "zero tolerance" for domestic violence and not take action against leaders involved in it.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The labour movement and Labor’s federal parliamentary leadership have responded quickly to yesterday’s revelations of police accounts of domestic violence by the head of the New South Wales Postal & Telecommunications division of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of Australia, Jim Metcher. Metcher has been kicked out of the Labor Party at the instigation of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Deputy (and NSW MP) Tanya Plibersek, the latter revealed this morning.

Yesterday Aaron Patrick and David Marin-Guzman of The Australian Financial Review revealed an extensive series of assaults by Metcher on his family in 2007. Metcher pleaded guilty to six counts of assault, but the magistrate dismissed the matter on medical grounds. Metcher was, according to the Fin, ordered to have six months of psychiatric counselling.

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2 thoughts on “Labor responds quickly to union leader’s domestic violence claims

  1. Shaun

    Really disappointed to hear this ‘refusing to sack = trivialising and normalising’ line repeated uncritically. Domestic violence is a problem that must be taken seriously by our legal system and society as a whole, but systematically removing abusers from public positions isn’t helpful. People, including FV perpetrators, need to work; virtue-signalling ‘resignations’ may sate moral outrage, but it does nothing to help survivors or aid in the rehabilitation of abusers. Let’s start talking more seriously about prevention.

  2. zut alors

    In Question Time Shorten invited Turnbull to support end of cross-examination of victims legislation but received the usual run-around & weasel words.

    Of course the silver-tongued Turnbull made the Coalition seem sympathetic & supportive but managed to avoid a simple ‘yes.’

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