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Union in Labor Party Policy-making

Union in Labor Party Policy-making

Friday 11 November, 2016
Bill expresses his concern to Ged and Dave about the bid by the CFMEU to take over Labor policy-making but they reassure him that even if that happened it would still be preferable to leaving it to the politicians.
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the-actu-our-brother-bills-keeper-heading“Look” began Bill “I don’t want you to feel as though I’m being overly sensitive but how come Joe McDonald is claiming that the CFMEU of all people are going to take responsibility for developing Labor party policy?”

“Well of course” said Ged reassuringly “I’m sure we all welcome contributions from any union designed to enhance our ongoing pursuit of a great cause”

“That’s not what he said though” argued Bill “he made it quite clear that the CFMEU plans to take over party policy-making”

“Relax Bill” said Dave soothingly “Joe is just as aware as the rest of us that the ACTU is the official policy-making body for the Labor Party, he was just offering to lend a hand”

“Well frankly” asserted Bill “I believe Bob and Paul were right, the Labor Party would be in better shape if the shadow cabinet took over responsibility for policy-making and the union movement butted out”

“Do we really have to revisit all those tired old arguments?” said Ged wearily “If it wasn’t for the union movement and our inspirational policies there wouldn’t be a Labor Party”

“The fact is” persisted Bill “if the public realised that the ACTU developed Labor Party policies and there was a threat that Joe McDonald could take over we’d have buckley’s chance of ever forming another government”

“Well of course” said Dave sympathetically “that’s why we’re happy to go along with the pretence that you and the shadow cabinet are responsible because it encourages people other than union members to vote for you”

“So it’s not helpful to any of us” pointed out Bill “when Joe McDonald makes a public bid to run the show. It’s like Punch trying to take over a Punch and Judy Show”

“It’s a bit of a worry” admitted Dave “but we’re looking at ways to address the problem”

“Well I hate to say this but the reintroduction of the ABCC would certainly help” suggested Bill “and the CFMEU have got so many officials appearing before the courts it’s a wonder they’ve got time to run themselves let alone the country”

“The reintroduction of the ABCC” declared Ged “would be a blight on Australian democracy just like the Royal Commission into the union movement”

“Surely” remarked Bill ‘the true sign of democracy was when Kevin kicked Joe out of the party”

“Oh no” exclaimed Dave “that happened when we kicked Kevin out”

 

 

 

 

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This series reveals the nature of the special relationship between the ACTU and Bill and in the event of him becoming Prime Minister how much power they’d be prepared to delegate to him.

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