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7:22 pm, January 25th, 2015 - 13 comments
Categories: australian politics, climate change, International, making shit up, science, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: australian labor, campbell newman
From the party that brought you attacks on freedom of expression at the time that Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonists were assassinated because they exercised their right of free speech comes a new low in a political campaign, making shit up.
In particular the Liberal National Party is now alleging that Queensland Labor is being funded by bikie gangs. From the ABC:
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said criminal motorcycle gangs were backing Labor because Labor had opposed to the state’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws.
At the leaders’ debate on Friday night, Mr Newman suggested “dirty” money from criminal gangs could be financing Labor’s election campaign though its union donors, specifically naming the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).
What evidence are the Liberals relying on in making this claim? Well a trade union boss said something nice to gang members a few years ago.
The LNP’s new 40-second advertisement titled “The Labor movement links to bikie gangs” featured Peter Simpson from the Electrical Trade Union (ETU) addressing a rally outside State Parliament, was posted on the LNP’s Facebook and YouTube accounts on Sunday morning.
The advertisement claimed unions were proud associates of bikie gangs, who brought “wads of cash” to support them.
“Some people are a bit nervous about being associated with bikies, I’m proud to say the Electrical Trade Union aren’t,” Mr Simpson said in the video, which was originally posted online in full in 2013.
“So stand tall, do more of this s**t and let’s get out on the streets and show them.”
What is the claim of financial support being based on? People told Queensland Premier Campbell Newman so.
At a press conference on Sunday, Mr Newman said he was basing his claims on conversations with the general public.
“As I go around the state, people say to me ‘Campbell, we know that the unions and criminal gangs have a close association’,” Mr Newman said on Sunday.
“They’ve seen that and they know that and they also know that bikies are backing the Labor Party and they’re saying to me, ‘be strong’.”
It is a shame that he does not show such a robust approach to climate change policies. It appears that he is still waiting for absolute proof before committing to doing anything let alone shutting down Queensland’s coal industry.
Campbell Newman you really are a pillock.
Update: The ETU has issued the following response:
“The Electrical Trades Union has never: –
We will not be conducting any further media on this most ridiculous of issues, it is a sign of sheer desperation from an out of touch, out of time Government.
Now that that’s been clarified, let us get back to the job of ensuring that this Government is kicked out on the 31st January 2015.”