Labour and union united

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

WHY would it come as any sur­prise to the Bul­letin that Co­ralie O’Rourke re­ceived fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from a trade union to seek elec­tion to the Queens­land Par­lia­ment? This red her­ring gets trot­ted out ev­ery so of­ten as if there is some­thing sin­is­ter about it.

The La­bor Party is the po­lit­i­cal arm of the union move­ment – al­ways has been and al­ways will be.

If my mem­ory serves me cor­rectly the de­ci­sion to seek Par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tion was taken at a meet­ing in Char­ters Tow­ers and led to the elec­tion of the first demo­cratic so­cial­ist gov­ern­ment in the world. It is there­fore en­tirely ap­pro­pri­ate that union funds be used to sup­port La­bor can­di­dates at all lev­els. Per­haps you might di­vulge the source of funds avail­able to LNP can­di­dates at the same elec­tion.

KEN MCEL­LIG­OTT,

Townsville.

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