I understand that the Labor party and the unions have a close relationship but who exactly is the “we” in this statement form Paul Howes:
“I thought we were actually attacking these guys at the moment,” Mr Howes said.
“Whose side are we on? This is a big win for Gina Rinehart, it’s a big win for Clive Palmer and it’s a big win for Twiggy Forrest.”
It would be much healthier for our democracy, and for the Labor party, if there were more distance between organised labour and the ALP. Trade unions have their place but they are a vested interest. As such, they should at arms-length from government decisions and strategy.
The government should represent all Australians not the 18-odd per cent in a union.