Meet new ACTU boss Sally McManus—authorised scofflaw
Winner of MM’s brain-dead award
Millions of Australians, if that many across the land watch the ABC, were left gobsmacked last night wondering what they heard from the very loose-mouthed ACTU boss Sally McManus. A very stern-faced and bland Sally, the first female ACTU boss and maybe the last, has immediately assumed the role of sole, chief high justice and arbitrary law maker who believes statutory laws are hers to disobey. A jolly good start as a Labor Union boss.
In an interview with 7.30, Ms McManus defended law-breaking by the construction union, the CFMEU, and said some industrial laws should be disregarded. “I believe in the rule of law, when the law is fair and the law is right,” she said. “But when it’s unjust, I don’t think there’s a problem with breaking it.”
ACTU boss Sally McManus slammed by Federal Government over union law-breaking comments
The Federal Government has savaged comments from the new head of Australia’s union movement, who says she supports breaking the law in some cases.
Bill Shorten needs to reject comments, and if he doesn’t, “he supports them”
Sally McManus was yesterday elected secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).
Ms McManus said many CFMEU fines were for unlawful industrial action following workplace deaths.
“It might be illegal industrial action according to our current laws, and our current laws are wrong,” she said.
“It shouldn’t be so hard for workers in our country to be able to take industrial action when they need to.”
Bill Shorten urged to reject McManus’s comments
LNP frontbencher James McGrath said the comments were outrageous.
“The rule of law is not a smorgasbord to be picked at will,” Senator McGrath said.
“It’s the entire underpinning of our legal system, indeed of our society.
“I’m sure people disagree with the speed limit on certain roads, but they obey the speed limit.
“Taken to the extreme, what she is saying is that the union movement and the unions are not going to obey the rule of law in this country and that is a disgrace.”
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash called on Labor Leader Bill Shorten to repudiate the remarks.
“This is an extraordinary admission by a newly minted union leader that she believes she is above the law and that unions can pick and choose when they obey the law and when they do not,” Senator Cash said in a statement.
“If [Mr Shorten] does not immediately and unequivocally reject Ms McManus’s comments, he supports them.”
The Federal Opposition has been contacted for comment.