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Joe McDonald confirms the CFMEU's ownership of Bill Shorten



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Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT MINISTER FOR WOMEN MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE

SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

1 November 2016

Joe McDonald confirms the CFMEU’s ownership of Bill Shorten

Notorious CFMEU boss Joe McDonald has today confirmed the CFMEU’s ownership and control of Bill Shorten’s leadership.

Responding to reports of the CFMEU’s plans to buy up the Labor party through membership and money and its demands for supporting Bill Shorten in the leadership ballot in 2013, Mr McDonald said:

“We were encouraging people to join the Labor Party…The aim of the meeting was to encourage people to join the ALP, to get the Labor Party in and to change from within.”

When asked about his relationship with Bill Shorten, Mr McDonald boasted:

“He is going all right. We supported Shorten getting in. When he came over to Perth I shook hands with him and I said ‘we’ll give you a run but don’t f.. k it up’.”

When it comes to dealing with militant or corrupt unions, Bill Shorten is the weakest Labor leader in decades. He simply refuses to stand up to union thugs. He refuses to stand up for the small businesses and taxpayers who are the victims of CFMEU thuggery.

In 2007, Kevin Rudd had Joe McDonald expelled from the ALP for his workplace bullying while his deputy, Julia Gillard, supported the expulsion and pledged “zero tolerance” for such behaviour.

In 2013, Joe McDonald was welcomed back into the Labor Party and under Bill Shorten, is calling the shots. This is despite Mr McDonald being found guilty for 40 breaches industrial law, incurring fines of $170,580. Under Mr Shorten, “zero tolerance” for thuggery has become open encouragement.

Mr Shorten’s subservience to the CFMEU is part of a long-term strategy to secure his leadership of the ALP. As Workplace Relations Minister, Bill Shorten:

 abolished the Australian Building and Construction Commission;  reduced penalties for law-breaking by two-thirds;  abolished the successful Construction Code, which had ensured that taxpayers received value for money on Government-funded building projects.

After the 2013 election, Mr Shorten signed up to the CFMEU’s log of claims in order to receive its support in the leadership ballot against Anthony Albanese. He has since:

 accepted millions of dollars in donations from the union;  welcomed figures such as Joe McDonald and John Setka into the fold, despite their notorious history of law-breaking;  turned a blind eye to the shocking revelations of CFMEU corruption and thuggery in

the Heydon Royal Commission; and  turned a blind eye to the fact that there are now 113 CFMEU officials before the courts facing over 1,000 allegations of unlawful conduct.

The problems in the construction sector are clear and costly for all Australians. It is time for Mr Shorten to put the national interest ahead of his political interests, by voting to bring back the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

Please find below the chronology of Joe McDonald’s involvement with the Australian Labor Party.

Media contact Office of Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash: (02) 6277 7320 David De Garis 0427 019 692 / Brooke Vitnell 0447 743 835

Chronology - Joe McDonald and the Australian Labor Party

2007: Kevin Rudd on Joe McDonald

Mr Rudd described his kind of workplace behaviour as "inappropriate, incendiary and unacceptable” and instructed the National Executive of the ALP to urgently remove Mr McDonald from the party.

2007: Julia Gillard on Joe McDonald

“Kevin Rudd and I have made it clear that under our leadership of the Labor Party there will be zero tolerance for unlawful behaviour or thuggish behaviour in Australian workplaces.”

2013-2016: Joe McDonald on Bill Shorten

“He is going all right. We supported Shorten getting in. When he came over to Perth I shook hands with him and I said ‘we’ll give you a run but don’t f.. k it up’.”