Lambie returns serve after union ad blitz
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”.