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McDonald appeal should be considered

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- MEDIA RELEASE - SENATOR THE HON. ERIC ABETZ Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Minister for Employment & Workplace Relations

Liberal Senator for Tasmania 7TH October 2011

McDonald Appeal Should be Considered

Yesterday, despite being a repeat offender, despite having Federal and State Right of Entry permits revoked, and having a string of convictions for trespass, serial CFMEU union pest Joe McDonald was fined just $500 for trespass resulting from his union activities.

“I join with the Master Builders of Western Australia calling on the West Australian Police, who laid the original charges, to consider seeking advice on appealing this decision,” Senator Abetz said today.

“It is difficult to understand the penalty given Mr McDonald’s history and as such I would encourage authorities to seek senior advice from the Western Australian DPP as to the possibility of a successful appeal.”

“The unions were emboldened by Julia Gillard when she was the Workplace Relations Minister and now, with Julia Gillard at the helm as Prime Minister, Labor is gearing up to dispose of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, the very body which was set up to stamp out this sort of militant behaviour.”

“That is why other law enforcement agencies need to treat this illegal behaviour seriously, Senator Abetz said.

“What’s also concerning is that, despite Mr McDonald having once again been found guilty of breaking the law, he also has the audacity to apply to have his State Right of Entry permit reinstated.”

“Earlier this week I called on Labor and the ACTU to come out and publicly condemn reports of death threats and violence being levelled against Qantas staff. Instead Qantas were accused of fabricating these reports.”

“This is totally unacceptable.”

“It was Julia Gillard who unleashed this beast, it’s up to her to sort it out,” Senator Abetz concluded.

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