Lam­bie re­turns serve af­ter union ad blitz

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - CLAIRE BICKERS Fed­eral Bureau Chief

JAC­QUI Lam­bie has hit back at a union ad­ver­tis­ing blitz pres­sur­ing her to block the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s union-bust­ing laws.

The Tas­ma­nian cross­bench se­na­tor was tar­geted yes­ter­day along with Cen­tre Alliance sen­a­tors in a full-page ad run in ev­ery ma­jor news­pa­per in the coun­try by the Elec­tri­cal Trades Union’s Vic­to­rian branch. It urged the three sen­a­tors not to vote for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s En­sur­ing In­tegrity Bill to dereg­is­ter law­break­ing unions. Se­na­tor Lam­bie re­sponded by thank­ing the ETU for their “free ad”.

“Just a heads up, we are get­ting a few phone calls but 75 per cent are fum­ing about the CFMMEU and the ETU not hav­ing the courage to get rid of John [Setka],” Se­na­tor Lam­bie wrote to a Con­struc­tion Forestry Mar­itime Min­ing and En­ergy Union of­fi­cial.

Cen­tre Alliance in­di­cated sup­port for the Bill with “sub­stan­tial amend­ments”. ACTU Pres­i­dent Michele O’Neil said there were “no amend­ments which will make this Bill fair”.

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