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May 17, 2018

Demonisation campaign against unions comes a cropper — yet again

Yet another trade union royal commission prosecution has spectacularly collapsed. Anyone seeing a pattern here?

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Who you going to believe, me or your own lying justice system?

That's the response of the enraged editors of the Financial Review today to the remarkable abandonment of the prosecution case against the CFMEU's John Setka and Shaun Reardon for blackmail. The Victorian DPP dropped the charges yesterday, after it became obvious from the committal hearing that the claims of Boral executives being threatened by Setka and Reardon had been invented a year after the meeting and heavily massaged by Boral's lawyers.

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  1. Vlad the Impala

    “In that context, a successful prosecution would have meant any aggressive industrial disputation could be criminalised.”
    As if that wasn’t the plan all along.

  2. Marcus Hicks

    I bet we won’t see even a single prosecution of Bank CEO’s though…..or Energy Industry CEO’s now that their price gouging has been revealed. Yet the LibNats continue to spout the lie that “Unions are Evil”.

    1. Rais

      Certainly not criminal prosecutions. You don’t do that to the better class of people.

  3. Arky

    “Meanwhile, construction continues to be the third most lethal industry for workers after transport and agriculture, with ten deaths already this year.

    The relentless demonisation of the CFMEU by the Coalition and the AFR has a broader purpose: to tar all unions, but particularly unions that strongly stand up for their members, as in effect criminal organisations and illegitimate participants in Australian public life. Coalition-created institutions — a royal commission, the Registered Organisations Commission, the ABCC — are then specifically employed to attack them.

    Meanwhile, over at the banking royal commission, the failure of an underfunded regulator to do anything about regular misconduct and criminality by the nation’s biggest and most influential companies is on regular display.”

    A tremendously pithy summing up of the whole thing.

    This government has tried police-state tactics against an organization which, at the end of the day, is trying to increase wages and conditions for working-class people, while they ran interference for multibillion dollar banks which have had to admit to charging people money for no service (where I come from, demanding money on false pretences is a CRIME, but apparently when you do it on behalf of a bank it is just a “cultural problem”) and dozens of other misdeameanours which suck money out of working peoples’ pockets and into those of bank shareholders.

  4. Lee Tinson

    And yet we see Michaelia Crash out there hours after this news was broadcast, still accusing the CFMEU (albeit with a little more circumspection than her usual bald-faced lies) of all the things they’ve not been found guilty of, or even been tried for. And all with the simpering support of our very own prime minister Trumble.

    What a fool she is!

    1. Bill Hilliger

      Oh dear, potential LNP prime minister Michaelia Cash will have to go into hiding once again. We hard working Aussies will miss her animated ramblings of: “da union thugs, bad unions, unions bad, Beel Shortin bad, da Labor Party bad”. Millions of hard working Australians will be looking forward to the next round of Doug Cameron vs Michaelia Cash confrontation. Fun to be had by all!

  5. Junter

    With black lung in Queensland, the only party that acted to protect miners’ health was the CFMEU. All other parties: governments, departments, professions – all were corrupted.

    1. leon knight

      Don’t forget how the LNP abused proper Workcover process with the pink batts RC as well, industrial deaths are just a political opportunity for scum like Abbott and his cronies.

  6. Bill Hilliger

    What a sick joke the AFR has become. No wonder hardly anyone buys or reads that rag.

  7. Bill Hilliger

    What a sick joke the AFR has become. No wonder hardly anyone buys or reads that rag.

  8. CML

    Very well said, Bernard!
    Of course there will be NO further action taken on these crooks in the various financial institutions/banks…a tiny slap on the wrist perhaps?
    We are rapidly heading for a corporate/police state…in so many ways!!

  9. AR

    One law for the workers, another, ie none, for the toffs.
    Nobody believes that a single banker/financier will even be charged in a criminal court just as the unionists are being subjected to the Kafkaesque principle -“the process is the punishment”.

  10. Marcus Hicks

    ….and now we have Laundy telling us that only a few Union Officials get off……yet the evidence suggests that only a few Union Officials actually get prosecuted, usually due to the charges being entirely trumped up. What a joke.

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