What’s kept Australia going through the financial crisis is all the policies she opposed - paying off government debt, the GST, the Future Fund, deregulation of the labour market.”“The Prime Minister is a socialist at home and free marketeer in Mexico,” jokes Costello. “She crosses the International Date Line and has a cathartic experience.” Gillard’s championing of labour market flexibility was what Costello found most “hilarious” in her G20 pronouncements at Mexico’s Los Cabos. “She, of course, is the person who introduced Fair Work Australia, the whole essence of which was to reduce flexibility… How she could lecture anyone on that is weird.
The FWA investigation into Williamson and Thomson is in its third year. Last week, Jackson criticised the delay, alleging government interference. Gillard has defended Thomson, saying he does “a good job”. She has never defended Jackson, who has been subjected to intimidation so ruthless she was hospitalised with a nervous breakdown. The story only hit the front pages because Thomson’s seat was crucial to the minority government. But it is a rare opportunity to look into the union oligarchy, awash with cash and largely unaccountable, except to Fair Work Australia, which is stacked with ex-union apparatchiks. The Putinesque alliance between unions and Labor is welded by money - $230 billion from the cash cow of union-controlled super funds, with their secret fee structures.
“Ms Jackson is also subject to a Fair Work Australia investigation.”
“Heading the mining donors was Queensland magnate Clive Palmer, whose companies sent $959,000 to the Liberal and National parties. Queensland Nickel was the largest individual donor to the Liberal Party with $500,000. The commission’s figures appear to show no mining dollars going to Labor.
The tobacco industry was similarly one-sided, although in its case that was because Labor has stopped accepting its donations.
British American Tobacco and Philip Morris sent a combined $264,000 to Coalition parties, much of it in small parcels, the most intriguing of which was a donation of $999 to the South Australian Liberal Party.”
“Clubs and hotels also pulled out the cheque books, after the Independent MP Andrew Wilkie struck a now-defunct pokies deal to help Labor form government. Clubs New South Wales has disclosed it spent around $1 million last financial year on campaigns and more than $400,000 on donations. The New South Wales division of the Australian Hotels Association told the commission it gave nearly $860,000 in donations, mainly to the Liberal and National parties.”