Qantas of No Consequence

…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.




About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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2 Responses to Qantas of No Consequence

  1. rosencrantz says:

    Andrew Bolt – Tuesday, November 08, 11 (01:57 pm)


    JULIA Gillard says she didn’t intervene in the Qantas dispute because she didn’t want to test a provision in her own Fair Work Act which she drafted as Labor’s former workplace minister. The Prime Minister said section 431 of the Act, allowing ministerial termination of industrial disputes, was included in the Act to prevent industrial action that threatened the national economy. But she said the government would have faced a “world of legal uncertainty” if it had elected to use the provision in the Qantas case.


    UNIONS are poised to challenge the tribunal decision that terminated their industrial action against Qantas following legal advice claiming the airline acted improperly and broke the law. Transport Workers Union national secretary Tony Sheldon yesterday said advice showed the unions had grounds to lodge an appeal against the Fair Work Australia ruling.

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