Bogle’s swing to the left For­mer One Na­tion branch pres­i­dent now union man

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - JILL POULSEN

A FOR­MER One Na­tion party branch pres­i­dent is work­ing for a group of North­ern Ter­ri­tory unions as a “po­lit­i­cal co-or­di­na­tor”.

The NT News un­der­stands Bren­dan Bogle was em­ployed by the Con­struc­tion, Forestry, Min­ing and En­ergy Union, the Elec­tri­cal Trades Union, the Mar­itime Union of Aus­tralia and the Aus­tralian Man­u­fac- tur­ing Work­ers’ Union ear­lier this year to help in­crease their po­lit­i­cal pull.

The Aus­tralian La­bor Party is split into two fac­tions, the left and the right.

The CFMEU, ETU, MUA and AMWU are all af­fil­i­ated with the left fac­tion.

In 1998, Mr Bogle was one of three mem­bers of the One Na­tion Petrie branch who were sacked from the party over a plan to stage a mass de­fec­tion to the Na­tion­als.

Mr Bogle had warned he would de­fect and ex­pected up to 200 oth­ers to fol­low him, af­ter con­cerns about the ap­par­ent in­fil­tra­tion of Pauline Han­son’s One Na­tion by rightwing groups.

In an in­ter­view with the ABC’s 7.30 Re­port he de­scribed the party as hav­ing “good whole­some val­ues”.

It ap­pears as though Mr Bogle’s po­lit­i­cal ide­olo­gies took a sharp turn and in the years fol­low­ing his sack­ing he started work­ing for the Trans­port Work­ers Union.

The unions in­volved and Mr Bogle re­fused to com­ment on the ap­point­ment.

The NT’s left fac­tion con­vener, Erina Early, also re­fused to com­ment on the de­ci­sion to in­stall Mr Bogle as a po­lit­i­cal co-or­di­na­tor for the four left­wing unions.

Ms Han­son was booted out of the Lib­eral Party af­ter com­ments she made about indi- genous Aus­tralians, but then as an in­de­pen­dent.

In 1997, Ms Han­son co­founded Pauline Han­son’s One Na­tion, a right-wing po­lit­i­cal party op­posed to im­mi­gra­tion and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism.

She lost her seat at the 1998 fed­eral elec­tion.

At the 2016 fed­eral elec­tion she was elected to the Se­nate, rep­re­sent­ing Queens­land, to­gether with three other sen­a­tors of her party.

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