The CFMMEU is to Australia’s industrial relations system what China is to the West: a bully with too much money and power but not enough attention to the rule of law. Last week, Pauline Hanson stood with the union and endorsed its swaggering message by voting against the Government’s “ensuring integrity” bill. Some may well see this as her Sam Dastyari moment — his infamous support of China’s policy on the South China Sea — turning off many of her supporters.
Speculation about Hanson’s motives for the abrupt about face on the bill — after winning Government acceptance of 11 amendments — suggests that she was motivated by union arguments that she would gain workers’ votes.
But remember: not all union members are fans of the CFMMEU, Pauline.
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