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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 5 May 2016) . . Page.. 1599 ..

The CFMEU are direct beneficiaries of this document; of that there is no doubt. Industry has said that very clearly. That is well understood. Even Jon Stanhope has railed against the conduct of the unions. But what is in it for the Labor Party and the Greens? I will tell you what is in it: money and power. What we are seeing is the CFMEU directly bankrolling the Greens and the Labor Party. The CFMEU are able to make millions of dollars because they are supported in their thuggery by the Greens and the Labor Party, and they then donate tens of thousands of dollars to Mr Rattenbury’s party and Mr Barr’s party.

And they give power, because out there in our community the unions are campaigning on behalf of their benefactors: the Labor Party and the Greens. If you doubt what I am saying, just have a look through the media where they will proudly say it. We know the unions have been campaigning in my electorate, deliberately trying to target me with robocalls. We know UnionsACT have put advertising on buses to try to prop up the Labor Party’s support and the Greens’ agenda for light rail. They are literally out there campaigning on buses with a political campaign to try to prop up the Labor Party.

If you think that this “I pledge” campaign where the unions are out there knocking on doors dressed up as firies and nurses is anything about fairness in the workplace for some of them, let us see what they are pledging. Have a look at the Unions ACT Twitter account and see what they are saying. There are a lot of tweets re-tweeting the CFMEU. But let us see what the pledge says. It says to put the Liberals last. That is the pledge. So UnionsACT and the CFMEU, who are the beneficiaries of the MOU who donate to the Labor Party and the Greens, are then out there saying with their pledge to put the Liberals last. And well they would because they want this MOU to continue because it supports their thuggery, their intimidation and their coercive behaviour. There is a whole pretence that this is some sort of campaign to explore what people are thinking. But have a look at it. “I pledge at this election to stand up for a bunch of things. Put the Liberals last.”

Let’s have a look at some of the tweets they have put. UnionsACT, what have they said? “Let’s make sure Peter Hendy gets out and stays out.” So they are actively out there campaigning on behalf of the Labor Party and the Greens. They are the beneficiaries of the MOU and they donate to the Labor Party and the Greens. Here is another one: a picture of two unionists, “What cuties! Union members standing together to put the Liberals last.” UnionsACT is a signatory of the MOU with the Chief Minister—both Labor Party acolytes—and is out their campaigning against—

It being 45 minutes after the commencement of Assembly business, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 77. Ordered that the time allotted to Assembly business be extended by 30 minutes.

MR HANSON: Here is another one from Unions ACT. There is a party at the Wig & Pen with unionists from around the country, “We’re ready to take Hendy down.” This is from a signatory to this supposed government document—or is it a Labor Party document? Who knows? Mr Rattenbury did not even know of the existence of this document. He supports it because he has been told to. His cheques to the party possibly rely on it.

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