Senate debates

Thursday, 18 June 2020


Registered Organisations

12:02 pm

Photo of Katy GallagherKaty Gallagher (ACT, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Finance) Share this | Hansard source

Labor will be opposing the motion. We were quite surprised that, in this new environment where the government has been embracing Sally McManus and the ACTU, we'd have a rogue senator like Senator Rennick come and place a motion which sought to demean and devalue the role that trade unions play and have played. They have played an extraordinary role. Trade unions have played a leadership role—your motion does not say that, Senator Rennick—through the COVID-19 crisis. I think it's very disappointing. It speaks to this government, on the one hand, embracing the trade union movement and asking it to work with them in the national interests and, on the other, moving petty motions like this during formal business in this place.


Andrew Jackson
Posted on 28 Jun 2020 3:33 pm

FIrstly we all need to support Trade Unionism
TO describe Senator Rennick as a Rogue Senator is an insult to the Senate.

THe motion does not demean Trade Unions it just shows up that they at times they have a double standard like the ALP. IF motion had substituted Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for trade unions ALP would have been happy to support it.

If motion had substituted landlords for TRade Unions ALP would have been happy to support motion.

In effect SEnator GAllagher just shows that she has double standards.