Bill Shorten’s weak and cautious distancing from Sally McManus this morning is welcome, but anyone who has watched Mr Shorten knows it’s hollow.
As Workplace Relations Minister in 2013, Mr Shorten flew to Western Australia and took the stage following MUA boss Christy Cain who had said “laws need to be broken” in the pursuit of industrial aims. Instead of repudiating the comments, Mr Shorten said:
"I wish we could bottle a bit of the spirit here and spread it on perhaps some of the members in the Labor caucus”
Despite clear breaches of the Fair Work Laws which Bill Shorten administered, Mr Shorten accepted the tainted vote of Craig Thomson right up until the 2013 election.
Despite the militant CFMEU being found by courts, time after time, to be guilty of breaking industrial, civil and criminal laws, Labor has continued to take millions in donations. Indeed last year the Federal Court found the CFMEU had an “egregious record of repeated and wilful contraventions of all manner of industrial laws”.
Despite workers being attacked, bullied and harassed by the MUA with scab posters again Labor has continued to take donations.
And if all this wasn’t bad enough, we know that if Mr Shorten is ever elected as Prime Minister, according to his own book:
Bill Shorten and Labor can’t be trusted.