“The Federal Court may cancel the registration of an organisation” upon application by anyone with a sufficient interest. – s28C Fair Work (Ensuring Integrity) Bill.
“The unlawful behaviour by the CFMMEU and their members … all the fines they’ve accumulated since 2004 … (are) $16.4 million” – David GILLESPIE Liberal M.P. (Lyne) speaking in federal house of representatives Wednesday, July 31 2019, quoting Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) statistics.
An Australian Prime Minister has declared he is banning Secondary Boycotts. Governments have done this in the past. They have used laws like this against unions. This time, there’s a twist. Anti-secondary boycotts laws are to be used against environmentalists as well as unions.
“October also saw yet more illegal protests disrupting people’s lives in Brisbane CBD. While it’s been happening all over the country, none have been quite so chaotic as Brisbane. I was among the first to call for these illegal protesters to pick up the bill for the Emergency Services call-out, deterring them from acting unlawfully, and making sure Queenslanders weren’t footing the bill for their behaviour. My speech in Parliament exposed Labor’s ‘weak on crime’ attitude, and called on the Government to ‘Make the Protestor Pay!'”
“When I hear a school principal stand up at school assembly and say, ‘If this government doesn’t do anything about climate change, the world will end in 2030,’ I get angry, because we should not indoctrinate our kids with fearmongering … Our voters don’t glue themselves to city streets. Instead, we go about our business quietly and efficiently. I love that we don’t talk about getting things done; we just get things done. – Terry Young, Liberal, Longman, Queensland.
Secondary boycotts normally occur when one group of trade unions, not directly involved in a dispute, take industrial action in support of other trade unionists. This action can take the form of strikes, go slows, picketing, bans etc.
Fraser banned secondary boycotts under s45D & E of the Trade Practices Act 1976 to prevent solidarity between wharfies and meatworkers stopping live trade in cattle and sheep.
The laws against secondary boycotts, so effective against the meatworkers and the MUA, were retained on the statute books under successive Labor governments.
Howard/Costello tried to bring in stronger anti-secondary boycott laws through Workplace Relations Act amendments of 2005.
The Gillard government included a ban on secondary boycotts in the Fairwork Act despite strong opposition from unions at the ACTU conference.
Live cattle exports
In Queensland the state government placed 600 police on Brisbane’s Hamilton wharf to remove meatworkers and their supporters picketing against live export of cattle. Under orders from the then Premier of Queensland, Bjelke-Petersen, police aided by the special branch arrested 45 picketing meatworkers while truckloads of cattle were driven onto the wharves. Pickets were arrested while farmers stood ready to load cattle on that grey, wet day in 1978. In that case meatworkers and their union took direct action against the loading of the live cattle. One meatworker had his head broken open when he was batoned by Senior Constable John Watt.
It has come to this.
“Officers who deliberately flout the law who are found not to be fit and proper will risk losing the privilege of representing their members. The schedule also makes it an offence for anyone who has been disqualified to continue to act and interfere in the industrial scene. Even influencing the organisation that you’ve been dismissed from is captured by that amendment.” – Dr Gillespie, Member for Lyne.
“If John Setka (CFMMEU) doesn’t resign then those laws will pass.” – Jacqui Lambie, Senator from Tasmania.
1 Nov 2019