Another Slater Gordon alumni

…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.

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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9 Responses to Another Slater Gordon alumni

  1. shade says:

    Workplace laws should apply to him. Let’s see if ALP can figure it out.

  2. Keystone says:

    This is not an ordinary trade unions/Labor malaise. It is all pervading cancer. It ought to be operated upon before it takes over everything.

  3. Homer says:

    If you want to get screwed, trust socialists’ promises.

  4. Alistair says:

    Royal commission into Slater&Gordon?

  5. Mantin says:

    You do not know the half of it.

  6. teemster says:

    Disgrace!

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  9. Sorry Kid says:

    No surprise there; they are all same.

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