Friday 3rd of April 2020

bad friendless legislations from a smart-arse legalisator...


Is the CFMMEU the most unlawful organisation in the history of Australia's industrial laws, as Christian Porter says?

As part of the Federal Government's efforts to draw support for tougher union penalties under its proposed Ensuring Integrity Bill, Attorney-General Christian Porter has repeatedly criticised the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU).

Mr Porter, who is also the Minister for Industrial Relations, told Parliament in July that the CFMMEU was "the most unlawful organisation in the history of Australia's industrial laws — the most, including the BLF [Builders' Labourers Federation]."


A few days earlier, he told Radio National: "[Y]ou've got one particular union which everyone clearly believes has a history of unlawfulness which is completely unprecedented … The point is there has never been … an organisation in the union movement more unlawful than the CFMEU [sic]."

Is the CFMMEU the most unlawful union Australia has ever seen? RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.

The verdict

Mr Porter's claim doesn't check out.

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Legislation aimed at preventing religious discrimination will not be introduced to Federal Parliament this year as planned, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced.

Key points:

The draft legislation aimed at protecting religious freedoms attracted around 6,000 submissions, mostly critical

The Prime Minister expects a second draft of the bill to be released before the end of the year

The Opposition says neither religious nor equality groups give the bill their "wholehearted" support

The proposed laws, described as "friendless" by the Opposition, have been widely criticised by religious groups and equality advocates.

The announcement caps off a difficult week for the Morrison Government, which lost a Senate vote on its union-busting bill and faced sustained questions over a police investigation involving Energy Minister Angus Taylor.

In a statement, Mr Morrison said the Government had given further consideration to hundreds of submissions made to the draft bill and would issue a second version, with changes.

"This second and final exposure draft will be released before the end of the year, and will take account of issues raised and provide the opportunity to respond to the revisions made and fine-tune the bill before it is introduced next year," he said.

"We made a commitment to Australians to address this issue at the last election and we are keeping faith with that commitment in a calm and considered process. We're about listening and getting this right."

The draft legislation attracted about 6,000 submissions, many of which were critical.

"I have yet to see any wholehearted or enthusiastic support coming from either religious organisations, equality groups or the business community," Labor frontbencher Kristina Keneally said shortly before Mr Morrison's announcement.

"It is currently, as a draft bill, a friendless piece of legislation."


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meanwhile in new orleans...

A Honduran construction worker injured during the Hard Rock hotel collapse in New Orleans was deported by US immigration authorities on Friday, his lawyers confirmed.

Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma had reported potentially dangerous lapses in construction safety to his supervisors before the collapse, according to lawyers working on his immigration case and a civil complaint filed by Ramirez Palma and several other workers against hotel developers.

The collapse on 12 October killed three people and injured dozens. The bodies of two victims are still inside the half-crumbled remains of the 18-storey structure in downtown New Orleans. Developers are working with city officials to finalise plans to demolish the rest of the building.

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a sensible victory for the workers...

It was only a matter of weeks after the Morrison government secured its shock election victory that it got down to work on reintroducing its union-busting bill.

On 4 July the Coalition reintroduced the Ensuring Integrity legislation and by August employer groups had the distinct impression from One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts – who normally takes the lead on industrial relations issues – that his party was solidly behind it.

With One Nation’s two votes seemingly in the bag, along with those of Cory Bernardi, the government only needed independent Jacqui Lambie or Centre Alliance’s two votes to give it the victory which would see new powers to deregister unions and disqualify their officials.

Either or both seemed viable – Lambie suggested the bill would pass if militant construction unionist John Setka did not quit and Centre Alliance began to pursue amendments.

But behind the scenes something was happening.

A lengthy three-month Senate committee process bought the Australian Council of Trade Unions time to fight a rearguard action against the bill, which culminated in a stunning victory on Thursday when Lambie, Roberts and One Nation leader Pauline Hanson voted against the bill.

In her Senate contribution on Wednesday Hanson credited her interest in the bill to an “early dialogue with the unions … initiated by central Queensland union member Chris Brodsky”, which led to “worthwhile discussions” with 10 union bodies in total.

Brodsky, a Queensland official from the mining and energy branch of the Construction Forestry Mining Maritime and Energy Union, tells Guardian Australia he first met Hanson in late August or early September in Rockhampton and put her in touch with state secretary Michael Ravbar, among others.



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"rorts are very austrayan for paper members" says AG...

Christian Porter has defended Bridget McKenzie after the revelation she approved a $36,000 grant to a shooting club of which she is a member, claiming being a “paper member” of a club raises no probity issue.

The attorney general made the comment to 6PR Radio on Wednesday, continuing the government’s defence of the Nationals deputy leader and former sport minister after a scathing auditor general’s report found she had skewed the $100m sports grant program towards marginal seats.

Porter also clarified that he is “not investigating or reviewing” the community sport infrastructure grant program, but rather has sought legal advice from the Australian Government Solicitor about McKenzie’s authority to approve grants.


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Read from top. Porter is as amusing and useful as sitting on a box of tacks...