Iain Hall's SANDPIT

Home » Posts tagged 'Fair Work Australia'

Tag Archives: Fair Work Australia

Who polished Craig Thomson’s Knob?

click for source

click for source

The deliberate ineptitude of the Labor government over the Craig Thomson affair is as amazing as it is unsurprising and I am rather darkly amused that it is only now that someone has decided to try to find evidence that it was actually Thomson’s knob that got polished in those brothel transactions that were made on his union credit card. Talking about an obvious path to the truth that has been deliberately avoided for political reasons would not be unfair  in this case.

The roller-coaster ride is far from over for Labor on this issue and aren’t we conservatives enjoying seeing them scream as the  car dives over yet another  precipice?

Cheers Comrades


Front row Julia and Wayne
Second row Chris and Penny
Third row Peter and Greg

“Please Leave Me Alone:” Craig Thomson Just Doesn’t Get It

Another insightful and exhaustive argument Yale, well done that man!

Where is Craig Thomson when you need him?

click for source

Now if only Craig Thomson and his credit card had visited Brisbane more often this business may just have survived ….

Cheers Comrades

And the condemned man drank lots of water.

Like a lot of politics junkies I watched Craig Thompson’s address to the parliament and I must say that I found his rambling speech anything but convincing and his consumption of water was to say the least extraordinary and clearly a significant tell of just how fearful and nervous he clearly was about delivering his explanation to the house.

  Anyway what did everyone else think of this piece of tragic political theatre ?

Cheers Comrades


Tony Abbott doing what Labor should have done in the firstplace

There is much to praise in this announcement from Tony Abbott…

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott addresses the Institute of Public Affairs at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne. Picture: Stuart Mcevoy Source: The Australian

Citing the adverse findings made by Fair Work Australia against the HSU’s Victorian branch, Mr Abbott says if the offences had occurred in a company with directors, the offenders would have been exposed to criminal penalties including personal fines of up to $200,000 and up to five years’ imprisonment.

Under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, individuals face lesser civil penalties of up to $2200.

In an address to the Victorian Liberal state council, Mr Abbott will assert his plan is about greater transparency, accountability and “protecting the interests of low-paid union members”.

“Australian workers who join trade unions deserve to know that their membership fees are being used for proper purposes,” he will tell Liberal Party delegates.

“The worst aspect of the HSU scandal is that 70,000 low-paid workers have had their hard-earned money misspent by union officials on political campaigns and escort services. Why shouldn’t the low-paid members of unions be afforded the same protections as shareholders?”

Under the Coalition proposal, the penalties i8n the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 would be the same as those in the Corporations Act 2001.

The Coalition intends to change the guidelines on financial disclosure and reporting so “they align more closely with those applicable to companies and that required by the ASX corporate governance rules”.


Sadly there is also good reason to be sad that it takes the coalition to do what the Labor party should have done to protect the interests of workers when it comes to the misuse of union funds as exemplified by the allegations against Craig Thompson

Cheers Comrades

Richo,the gangrenous limb and members of the the rub and tug profession.

The Craig Thompson affair must go down in history as one of the lowest of the many low points for Labor under the Gillard regime and it may yet prove to be the gangrenous limb that kills that governemnt, In today’s Oz Richo does very good job of explaining why the necrotic tissue is giving of a very foul stench and why it is so toxic to the body of the Labor party and the Union movement  :

click for source

When will this scandal ever end? Its so obvious that every man and his dog have been given the “Go slow” order on this and I have no doubt that we will be still talking about the scandal next April as the governemnt holds power entirely because of Thompson’s vote. But I can’t help wondering if one of the tarts who were paid with a HSU credit card might just come forward and tell the nation just who it was she serviced in those incriminating transactions on Thompson’s HSU credit card…
Now wouldn’t that be a feeding frenzy for the tabloid TV and newspapers? I don’t usually support chequebook journalism but for this scandal I think I could make an exception after all after admitting being with Thompson what working girl could expect to be well paid in the the rub and tug profession?
Cheers Comrades

Bolshie teachers and league tables

What is it with the socialists in the teaching unions when it comes to empirical measurement of their students abilities to read or to add up?

Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has refused to rule out supporting action against teachers if they go through with their threat to boycott the tests, saying industrial action taken outside the enterprise bargaining period is not lawful.

Teachers covered by federal laws in Victoria, the ACT and the Northern Territory could have their pay docked by a minimum of four hours if Fair Work Australia deemed the boycott unlawful. Teachers in other state jurisdictions also face penalties, although these would probably apply to the union rather than individuals.

“Action that’s taken not within the context of bargaining is unprotected and there are sanctions and penalties under the workplace relations law to deal with unprotected industrial action,” Ms Gillard, who is also Education and Workplace Relations Minister, told ABC radio.


The Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry said it strongly supported the national tests in numeracy and literacy.

Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne said the Coalition did not support the boycott, but also did not think the website would be useful.

“The government is creating the information publicly that will allow schools to be criticised and allow school communities to feel bad about their particular school but they are not giving principals the autonomy to act to change those bad results,” he told ABC radio.

Anyone would think that the chalkface warriors are afraid that they will be judged upon the results that they manage to achieve in the classroom, you know that they will actually have to successfully teach our children trivialities like mathematics and English, rather than focusing on the issues that really matter  like the green religion (praise be to Gaia), “progressive” sexual morality (buggery 101) and how to praise Brother Number One for all that is good in the land…

Personally though I think that Chris Pyne has a point that the government website does not provide much help when it comes to principals improving their school’s performance, but then this government has always feared ceding  control of  indoctination education  to either parents or school principals who don’t follow their  approved ideology….

Cheers Comrades


%d bloggers like this: