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Having read MP Craig Thomson’s address to the parliament concerning allegations of his having used union funds to visit prostitutes, it must be evident to any fair-thinking person that his accusations of having been set up ring true.

It is also an indictment of the way the ALP and the unions have allowed the labour movement in Australia to become debased and corrupted by self-seeking individuals and their cronies. The extent of this debasement can be seen all around us. We see certain unions whose membership does very well out of their representation while others languish in minimum-wage hell. Contrast the massive wages enjoyed by mining employees with those of people in human services like nursing, policing and other employment.

Also see how the governments of both major parties sidle up with big corporations and ignore their own constituents when big wads of money are lashed around. The current debacle with the CSG industry is a case in point as ALP members fall over each to allow this toxic industry to come here and poison our futures. It must surely be evident to anyone with any brains that the major political parties are corrupt to the core and represent no-one other than themselves and their industry mates.

I saw this firsthand many years ago as a union rep fighting for the retention of the award minimums against a company owned by a man whose media interests in the UK are now under scrutiny and investigation for phone hacking. The union organiser who was responsible for helping to negotiate our dispute was often seen having expensive lunches with the executives of this company during negotiation periods and, having been confronted with this fact, soon left me to do the hard yards as no-one on the shop floor trusted him.

This is not unusual in Australia and has been the major reason that people have abandoned unions in this nation in droves. It seems to me that Craig Thomson has been stitched up like a rag doll and – like a rag doll – the stitches are coming undone and the contents are creating quite a mess for the stitchers. And rightly so.

This saga has not ended yet and we may yet see some justice coming to those who deserve it and spilling over onto those who seek to make political mileage out of it in the parliament. Needless to say the major parties have once again shown the public that they do not deserve our votes and their tawdry and meaningless drivel has polluted our ears long enough. There is an alternative – and let me give you a clue: it is a colour.

M Mizzi, Tabulam

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  1. spot on M. Mizzi. I have been a life long union member & activist . I saw Thompson give his speach & to my mind there was sufficient doubt in the allegations against him for the issue to be left in the hands of the proper authorities not the Mad Monks lynch mob egged on that awful
    indevidual Poodles Pyne


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