Ross Greenwood speaks to Minister for Workplace and Deregulation Craig Laundy, about A secret recording of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s speech at the Oaky North coal mine last October has been leaked. He told striking CFMEU workers he would rewrite labour laws if he wins office. Laundy says what he thinks this says about Shorten.
Introduction: The dangers with Bill Shorten becoming PM
Ross Greenwood: Great to have your company here on Monday news going right around Australia. You may have seen reports in the past day or so in regards to the opposition leader Bill Shorten. Now as they say you may not like Malcolm Turnbull. You may not like the coalition and what they might stand for at the moment. You might even be a supporter who’s disenfranchised with them or whatever reason but just bear in mind that come the next election be very careful who you vote for. That’s all I can say to you. The reason for that is a secret recording of Bill Shorten speech at the Oaky North coal mine on October 6th last year, told striking CFMEU workers he would rewrite labor laws if he wins office. He said “We now have a situation where the laws of this land are being distorted where they’re being mutated. Let’s actually just go to a little of what Bill Shorten said to that particular group the CFMEU Oaky Creek coal mine. They’re on strike. This is what he said.
Bill Shorten: -but we now have a situation where the laws of this land are being distorted. Where they’re being mutated, where they’re being metastasized like a cancer to undermine your existing conditions. I deeply understand the inherently unfair nature of what is transpiring here. We will change laws if we form a government or when we form a government.
Ross Greenwood: That, remember is your alternative Prime Minister saying that. Effectively telling striking workers who had been locked out legally by their company that he would change the laws. That they were wrong and that union power would become greater under Bill Shorten in power. Now you go to, say, for example, the Prime Minister talking about Bill Shorten and that rant to the CFMEU.
Prime Minister: In October last year, he told striking CFMEU workers that Australia’s industrial relation laws were and I use his terms ‘like a cancer.’ Which is a remarkable description given that these laws the Fair Work Commission in particular and the Fair Work Act were introduced by labor.
Ross Greenwood: Yes. Union power and remember that the consolidation of that if labor gets into power. So what did Shorten said today? He said this.
Bill Shorten: What I said to workers at Oaky is that the Industrial Relations system is being abused and distorted to disadvantage workers to undermine collective bargaining and to weaken workplace safety. I make no apologies for saying that. A future Labor government will deliver better wages and conditions for working Australians.
Ross Greenwood: Bear in mind this is the same person who said that he would stick by the Fair Work Commission. The independent umpire created by Labor, if it suddenly overturned or changed weekend penalty rates. When it didn’t give the answer that he wanted, he suddenly said “No I changed my mind on that.” all of a sudden I’ll make a different view. As I say you must be very careful. Let’s go now to the Minister to the Small and Family Business Workplace and Deregulation Craig Laundy who is on the line. Many thanks for your time Craig.
Interview with: Craig Laundy, Minister for Workplace and Deregulation.
Craig Laundy: Good day Ross.
Ross Greenwood: All right so let’s go to Union power in this country. We held a Royal Commission into the abuse of union power in this country. Whereby there were recommendations for and ultimately charges laid against some members and indeed CFMEU members amongst those. For Bill Shorten even to be addressing this group of the CFMEU and then claiming he’s going to roll back some of the industrial relations changes that they’ve been made really should send shudders down the spines of people in Australia.
Craig Laundy: Absolutely and this is the thing. He wanted to make last year a contest on jobs. That’s what he said. He actually said at it thrice. Jobs, jobs, jobs. We have delivered 12 months under the Turnbull government 403,100 jobs. A record 75% full-time and not only he did he not have a policy that is will create AUD1 of investment or one job he is now– The kicker here when he thought he was safe amongst the picket line outside a lockout mine in Queensland in far North Queensland he build the cat. Fortunately there was a rat in the rank obviously who’s taken a video of it and leaked it because you hear his real agenda and this sadly Ross isn’t becoming peculiar it is really because he’s so weak internally he has had to lurch to the left to get the support of the ACTU and the more militant unions and they want their pound of flesh. The loser here will be workers Australia-wide and ultimately our economy and you just can’t risk it.
Ross Greenwood: Okay so let’s not pretend as though the Coalition is in a cozy place right now, let’s not pretend that the public doesn’t think that your government is on the nose because clearly, you can tell from the polls, you can tell from what’s been taking place that it does, the problem is that the alternative isn’t that palatable either.
Craig Laundy: Ross look you heard in that read the second quote friend where he tried to correct what Malcolm had said, he’s saying the system’s broken we’re going to restore the balance. There’s this term that selling McManus started using and surprisingly she starts saying something Brendan O’Connor parrots within 48 hours and within a month it becomes Labor Party policy through Bill Shorten but they called it nuclear option which is terminating enterprise agreements. They say this is happening that’s the nuclear option companies are taking it, the system’s broken, we’re going to fix it. That’s the premise of what they are basing what they’re arguing for. Ross here the facts, in the last 12 months of the terminations of enterprise agreements, 3% were contested. 97% were not contested by either side of the termination. They are making stuff up. Then they’re using the poor miners at this mine. They’re using this mine as their poster. Their pin-up for why the system needs to change. The problem you’ve got is the system’s working perfectly and that here’s the ultimate irony Ross you said what Bill Shorten said about the system. In 2009, when they introduced the Act, this is the quote he had this is from the Flora Parliament. The Fair Work bill proposes to restore fairness in the workplace. This legislation aims to create workplaces where our children will be better not worse than we used to do and in which prosperity expands and embraces us all. The problem here is he’s beholden to his union mates for his grip on power and we’ve now heard what he’s telling them behind the scenes. We’ve had some dribs and drabs like the brain explosion on the minimum wage increase of 28% but this is an agenda and if it is implemented don’t worry he’s the kicker for your listeners Ross. If they’re elected in the lower house and form government everything they want to do will get through the Senate with the help of the Greens. This country will be cactus.
Ross Greenwood: I’ll tell you what the Minister for Smaller and Family Business Workplace and Deregulation Craig Laundy. I want you to join us next week if that’s okay Craig because I want to talk to you about payroll tax which I think also is key South Australia. The opposition they’re saying that they’ll make some changes if they come to power in this forthcoming election Craig Laundy many thanks to your time.
Craig Laundy: Any time Ross.
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