At a time when unions should be on the front foot and pushing for structural changes to address wage stagnation, figures like John Setka play into right-wing campaigns to demonise the union movement.
The Productivity Commission warns Australia is continuing its drift into lazy protectionism when it should be standing up for free and rules-based international trade.
Voters in other states should cross their fingers and hope that Gladys Berejiklian's NSW Liberal Party is returned to government for the sake of the national economy.
Yet another trade union royal commission prosecution has spectacularly collapsed. Anyone seeing a pattern here?
Unusually, the Turnbull government has presided over policies that have driven strong growth in female employment. We should get used to it.
We now know that Michaelia Cash appointed Nigel Hadgkiss to head the ABCC even though she knew he had broken the law.
It's building industry thugs running wild and taxpayers being ripped off as the CFMEU negotiates a pay rise for its members ... or a union doing the job its members pay it to do. You be the judge.
One of Australia's most important industries is a quiet blood bank for other, lazier industries propped up by politicians.
Pretty much the only area of the economy that has improved under Malcolm Turnbull (and, earlier, Tony Abbott) is company profits -- but even then, only for a select few companies. And those working in construction haven't been so lucky.