…from the quill of Antisthenes
A senior Labor apparatchik, Member of the House of Representatives until the next Federal elections, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, in his unforgettable turn of phrase called, in effect, the ordinary people of Australia of “no consequence” . Of course, for comrade Albanese only people of consequence are his puppet masters in the trade union factions, in his case the left factions. A week ago he applied his searing wit and incisive intellect to Qantas industrial dispute. Naturally no politician, certainly no Labor politician would consider $15 million loss a week to be of any consequence. In fact, the way they do the “business” a profit would be unusual. So when Qantas grounded its fleet last Saturday, somebody in Canberra suddenly remembered section 431 of The Fair Work Act under which the Government can terminate any industrial action “threatening … to cause significant damage to the Australian economy or an important part of it”, and ordered the arbitration. My suggestion that the CHOGM parasites stuck in Perth, Western Australia can go home on those Indonesian boats which, after discharging the economic refugees, motor back empty to collect a next batch, came too late.
The air-planes sat on the tarmac and passengers sat on their backsides for two days. The Prime Minister said she could not have acted earlier, because she couldn’t be sure section 431 would work: “That section has never been used in Australian industrial history, not once, not ever, and if we had used that section we would have ended up in a circumstance of legal uncertainty where the minister’s declaration could have been taken to the courts . . .” Astonishingly, Julia Gillard shows the (entirely justifiable) lack of confidence in her legal drafting ability and also astonishingly, but more encouragingly her doubts that the High Court has been sufficiently tamed. Also, she probably never envisaged the possibility of the section 431 being used against unions, hence her reluctance to apply it.
The Fair Work Act 2009 is a signature achievement of our Government by the Unions, for the Unions and was allegedly drafted by PM(temp) Julia Gillard herself in her happier and perhaps less carefree days. Beside the obvious but understandable deceit already in the title, (presumably nobody wanted to call it The No Work Act) it is achieving its purpose in reducing our productivity and thus assisting the economy – the Chinese economy.