Inquiry on unions just a cash cow
THERE would have been very few of your readers who would have watched the royal commission into trade unions.
Those who did watch it, as I did, would have concluded that it is an enormous waste of some $ 80 million, which would have been better spent in North Queensland on a stadium, for example.
It was very clear that Bill Shorten’s appearance was designed only to smear. The counsel assisting became heated when he couldn’t deliver on this objective and the commissioner himself actually threatened Shorten unless he gave the answers they sought.
For his part, Shorten was always in control with one or two exceptions which were embarrassing but not damaging.
There are several matters, on the other hand, that should damage the integrity of those who ordered the inquiry.
It has been reported that the commissioner is to receive $ 3.2 million for two years’ work, while the former law firm of Industrial Relations Minister Abetz will rake in $ 17 million for its involvement.
These figures, if correct, make Shorten’s failure to register a $ 40,000 campaign donation seem small fry indeed.