…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
From Vexnews: “Greensparty Workplace Relations spokesman and deputy leader Adam Bandt, whose rising inflection is considered in Marxist circles to be representative of the class struggle, has been busted in a dodgy unpaid employment scheme in his own electorate office.
Ironically, Bandt is a former labour relations lawyer who has boasted of representing trade unions when briefly employed at law firm Slater & Gordon. He left the firm to complete a Doctorate of Philosophy in Soviet jurisprudence, as you do.
It’s not the first time Bandt’s commitment to the proletariat has been questioned with claims he betrayed coal-workers he had previously represented at the law firm, falsely claiming at an eco-rally the CFMEU had surveyed them indicating they were essentially all happy to give up their jobs and work in “renewable energy.” The union denounced his claim as deceitful and he has never adequately explained himself.
Parliamentary sources familiar with Adam Bandt’s office head-count suggest he has had as many as 9 registered volunteers at any one time registered with parliamentary authorities for the purposes of allocating aph.gov.au email addresses.
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Bandt’s advertisement makes it clear that the ‘intern’ would be involved in a range of work that would normally be performed by paid electorate office staff:
Communications and media support eg research and analysis, web content, drafting articles.
Constituent Liaison eg responding to constituent concerns, researching advocacy options.
Community Outreach eg making contact with Melbourne community groups, organising meetings.
Community Organising eg supporting community campaigns on issues of concern to constituents.
Policy and Research eg researching various policy areas, drafting speaking notes
Indeed, those duties cover practically all of the duties of electorate officers, allowing well-connected Greensparty hacks like failed Greens preselection candidate Rose Iser and former student Marxist and Bandt spin-doctor Damien Lawson plenty of time for intriguing, latte sipping and fighting preselection contests against apostate state party leader (and Bandt power rival) Greg Barber.
Our legal eagle advises:
If the internship does not meet all of these requirements, it may be that these ‘interns’ are employees and are entitled to the relevant pay, entitlements and conditions etc. While this can be a grey area, at no point in Bandt’s advertisement does it require that the internship be ‘undertaken as a requirement of an education or training course’ as is required by law.“
But surely, in Gillard’s Australia, the law does not apply to the Left. [Ghost of Heiner] If it did, even the Prime Minister, not to mention the Governor-General, would be in jail.
The entire Vex article is here, and, in any case, you can find Vexnews on our sidebar. Sometimes they are a bit on a silly side, but on the whole… I approve.