Labor slams union-busting bill 'hypocrisy'
Labor has focused on a double standard with the corporate sector as it fights to defeat laws cracking down on unions and their officials.Opposition Senator Tim Ayres is the latest to seize on a money laundering scandal engulfing the Westpac board, accusing the government of unfairly targeting trade unions and their officials.
One Nation has shocked the government by voting with Labor, the Greens and Jacqui Lambie to reject the Coalition’s Attorney general Christian Porter said he was “very disappointed” by the result and suggested the government may reintroduce bill – but the Australian Council of Trade Unions
But the union is concerned that the bill would allow anyone with a “sufficient interest” to apply to the A spokesperson for One Nation said that the party had “fruitful but robust” discussions with the union but When introducing the legislation, Porter said Labor had voted in the last parliament against “The militant CFMMEU , for instance, has been penalised more than m by the courts for over 2,000
By voting down the Ensuring Integrity Bill, One Nation has sided with CFMMEU "thugs" over hard-working Australians, according to Attorney-General Christian Porter.
On Thursday, One Nation sided with the Greens and Labor against the bill, ensuring it would not pass parliament.
Senator Hanson told Sky News on Friday she did not vote for the government’s bill to crack down on unions because it needed to shift its focus to white collar crime.
'Union busting' bill will 'save the taxpayer a lot of money'
Liberal Senator Eric Abetz says the government’s proposed Ensuring Integrity Bill, if passed, will “get rid of the rip offs, the rorts and the rackets that are costing the taxpayer a lot of money”. The Coalition is confident its 'union busting' bill - set to make it easier to de-register law-breaking unions and officials - will pass through upper house with the support of the Centre Alliance and One Nation. Senator Abetz said the bill would “put downward pressure on housing and on civil construction works”. “Everyone will be a winner and law and order will be restored,” he said.
The Morrison government's union - busting legislation appears set to pass in the Senate with One Nation 's support, but further union concessions He pointed to Senator Lambie's promise to support the bill if John Setka remained in his position, saying Mr Setka "is still running the CFMMEU in Victoria".
Morrison government renews push for union - busting bill to fight CFMMEU . On Wednesday, Mr Setka refused to step down from his position as secretary of the CFMMEU 's Victorian Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi and One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who controls two
“I want the government to address white collar crime. Don’t go after the unions if you’re not going to deal with the banks,” Senator Hanson said.
The Ensuring Integrity Bill - which was fiercely opposed by Labor and the Greens, would have made it easier to de-register law-breaking unions and officials.
Mr Porter told reporters on Friday it's "curious" Ms Hanson agreed to 11 amendments to the bill but decided to vote against it anyway.
"Pauline Hanson and One Nation proposed multiple, I think 11 different amendments that we negotiated with them, all of them which we accepted."
"Why would you propose 11 amendments to a bill, ensure the entirety of the week in the Senate was devoted to debating the very amendments One Nation put up, and then ultimately have them all accepted and not support the bill."
Mr Porter vowed he will put the bill to parliament again in the coming months.
'I won't sell my soul': Pauline Hanson swears as she reveals why she refused to back union-busting bill in a move that left Scott Morrison's government reeling .
The Ensuring Integrity union laws would make it easier to deregister law-breaking unions and disqualify officials throughout Australia.The One Nation leader's move last week has left her relationship with the federal government on the rocks.