SHORTEN A DEAD MAN WALKING
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Leaving rape allegations aside (and I have been assured there is much more to come on that little issue) the extension to Dyson Heydon’s Royal Commission into Unions by another 12 months seals Shorten’s fate.
The sheer extent to which unions have operated as a corrupt arm of the ALP is gobsmacking, and Shorten has been up to his man boobs in it.
Having worked for the Australian Railways Union I have an in-depth knowledge how exactly unions work and it’s very un-Australian and very ugly.
I also worked at Port Melbourne as a shunter and what transpired there was even uglier. Waterside workers ran the port and pilfered whatever they wanted from shipments and freight, all to be sold on the black market.
The union hired and fired and blackmailed management for whatever they wanted.
Later, years later, I commissioned a Taiwan family to build me a boat. I waited anxiously on Sydney docks at 4am for its arrival on a ship’s deck.
I waited and waited for the crane to drop it in the water. By 2pm they had unloaded everything except for my boat when a dock worker approached me and asked if the boat was mine. “Yes” I replied. “That will cost you ten grand to get it offloaded”, said the docker.
“Christ, I’ve already paid for the shipping costs”, I explained. “Well, unless you’ve got ten grand it stays right where it is and goes straight back to Taiwan.” I knew I was stuffed and ten grand was a lot of money then... 25% of the cost of building the boat.
I took out my cheque book. “No, buddy, no cheques, cash”, he said.
I just made it to the bank in time and returned to hand the ten grand in cash to the docker who immediately signalled to the crane driver and inside a minute my boat was afloat in the harbour.
I knew it was a bluff but I wasn’t about to risk seeing my new boat disappear into the sunset.
This practice was commonplace with unions running the rorts and for the first time we are about to discover just how much it has cost our economy. “This RC is just a witch hunt”, says Shorten. Really, Bill?
If the Royal Commission sits until the end of 2015, Commissioner Heydon’s report will be out just in time for the 2016 election leaving Abbott with a similar or increased majority in the House and half the Senate given over to Conservatives.
The Green’s and Labor’s stranglehold on the Senate will be broken for at least six years and the Coalition can get on with the job of fixing Labor’s mess, a mess that was only made possible via its corrupt financial link to the unions.
Never mind Bill, I’m sure Slater & Gordon will find something for you to do and I’m sure Julia will write you a ripper reference.
Or, hang on, is she another of your many contract hits?