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Where have all the unions gone? …long time passing ……CMFEU members in Melbourne again revolt over alleged $20M sellout by union boss
Mainstream media targeted (about time)
Tue, 21 September 2021, 7:24 am
A second violent clash outside Melbourne’s construction union headquarters has been avoided but hundreds of protesters are now marching towards state parliament.
Just before 11.30am protesters wearing hi-vis gear started moving up Victoria Street and away from the CFMEU offices, following a warning from the riot squad.
They let off a flare and fireworks as they marched up Swanston Street and a news crew was assaulted.
Seven Network reporter Paul Dowsley was grabbed by the throat and a cameraman was thrown to the ground.
“There was a group there who certainly targeted us a few minutes ago, we were standing on a seat trying to get an elevated view as the protest group walked past. A few in the crowd had it in for mainstream media,” Dowsley said in a live cross following the assault.
More than 100 officers were walking up Swanston Street in pursuit of the crowd, which turned down La Trobe Street and appeared to be heading for the front steps of parliament.
Not long before they started marching, police had told them to back down and leave.
“Attention, this is a police public order warning. You have previously been directed to leave,” an officer inside a line of riot police and officers on horseback told the crowd.
“Leave now or force may be used. No further warnings will be given.”
Protesters at the intersection of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets in Melbourne’s CBD near the CFMEU responded with chants of “every day”.
They are opposing a Victorian government mandate requiring all construction workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The group, clad in hi-vis are chanting “f*** the jab”, “f*** off (Premier) Dan Andrews” and other expletives, were blocked from accessing the CFMEU by a line of Victoria Police officers.
On Monday, riot police were called in to disperse a group of about 500 protesters, who threw bottles at Victorian CFMEU construction secretary John Setka and smashed the office’s door down.
Some union members allege Secretary John Setka sold them out for a $20M backhander.
By TONY MOBILIFONITIS
IT’S no secret that the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the so-called champions of Australian working people, have long sold out to the global corporate mafia of the World Economic Forum, which has been attended by at least two ACTU presidents.
It’s also no surprise therefore, that the ACTU is up to its eyeballs in the global push to vaccinate on behalf of these same corporate cretins – big pharma, the WHO, the Gates and Rockefeller foundations and the central/private banking apparatus – all working to keep the bank accounts of WEF affiliates very nicely oiled.
But rank and file unionists are waking up to the global plandemic organisers and their grab for control of humanity. On Monday, September 20, some CFMEU members turned violently on their union leaders over their compromised stance on illegal mandatory vaccination at their workplaces and smashed up the front of the CFMEU offices in central Melbourne.
A few days before these same union members set up tables on a Melbourne street when their lunch rooms were closed down. The response on Monday of Dictator Dan and his “health” chieftains was swift. With the mere wave of his hand, he shut down the entire building industry in Victoria for two weeks.
But more and more union members are joining the pro-freedom movement against lockdowns and forced vaccination. Talk around the union protesters in Melbourne is that there are plenty of other union members who will join the protest – teachers, paramedics and hospitality workers and even the bikers who run security at pubs and other venues. Cops themselves are said to be joining the movement.
Andrews’ big building shutdown prompted Sally McManus, the boy-girl secretary of the ACTU, to go running to Leigh Sales at the ABC to defend the dictator’s action as being about “making workplaces safe”. This same leftist dimwit is all for masks, social distancing and vaccines because she thinks they are all about safety too. “If the decisions of the public health officials are that you can’t keep construction sites safe, then unfortunately that’s going to be the decision and one that we’re gonna have to accept.” Brilliant…not.
Then the equally dimwitted Sales chimed in with this question: “Aside from vaccination, is the construction industry sector in Victoria doing enough to create Covid-safe workplaces, because the message from the state government is they’re not quite happy?”
McManus didn’t let the clown show down, responding that there was “some fatigue in the community” and “we really can’t allow that to happen”. Her solution? “Like they gotta wear masks, they gotta make sure they’re socially distancing. Safety has gotta come first. This is a matter of life and death.”
The union chief went on to explain that “having an industry open is important” (oh brilliant!) and in the case of construction industry “if you can keep it open it’s great for the economy but not at the expense of safety”. And the clown show got worse from there.
“Is there any particular resistance to vaccination in the construction industry or is it just visible for some reason,” asked Sales, apparently blissfully unaware that the CFMEU guys had been chanting “f…. the vax” in loud unison outside their union offices a few hours before.
McManus then went on to float a conspiracy theory that the CFMEU members had been “infiltrated by extremists groups – the same people who are organising those rallies on the weekend” and whose “conspiracy theories will make people sick and die”.
It was truly infantile stuff from the woman supposedly running the entire Australian union movement. The last time we counted there were at least a dozen community-based groups and political parties organising national protests against lockdowns, health orders and forced vaccination.
McManus needs to get out of her union cave for a day or two and look at how many anti-vax/lockdown Australian groups there are just on Telegram. Here’s a list: Concerned Lawyers Network, AdvocateMe (lawyers), Peaceful March Videos Australia, The People’s Revolution, The Freedom Collective, Millions United Australia Resources, Guardian Angel – Melbourne Anti-Lockdown Protest Livefeed, Australian Freedom Fighters Call to Assembly, One Nation, United Australia Party, Great Australian Party, IMOP (Informed Medical Options Party), The Australia Project, Common Law Australia etc.
Wake up Sally McManus and Leigh Sales. You are making complete fools of yourselves and your out-of-touch organisations.
by Robert J Lee
Labor branch stacking comes hand-in-hand with false electoral roll entries but the Murdoch media and the ABC have not included this corruption in their reporting of branch-stacking imperator and Victorian MP Adem Somyurek.
For decades the ALP has perfected the art of branch and electoral roll stacking. Evidence the inquiry into Queensland voting fraud when Labor imprimatur Mike Kaiser had been caught out fiddling with the electoral roll which sparked the Shepherdson Inquiry into Electoral Fraud.
An April 2001 report presented the results of the independent Inquiry by the Honourable Tom Shepherdson, QC, into allegations of electoral fraud.
The Inquiry was prompted when a member of the Australian Labor Party, Karen Lynn Ehrmann, made serious public allegations about the possibility of electoral fraud by members of the Queensland branch of the ALP.
Allegations examined by the Inquiry related to two main categories of false enrollment, forgery and consensual false enrollment. The information gathered during the Inquiry clearly established that the practice of making consensual false enrollments to bolster the chances of specific candidates in pre-selections was regarded by some Party members as a legitimate campaign tactic.
The Inquiry uncovered evidence of forgery, but there was significant difficulty in obtaining evidence to establish who was responsible.
There was no evidence indicating that the tactic had been generally used to influence the outcome of public elections.
This was due to the limited scope of the Inquiry reviewing illegal activities only between 1993 to 1997. This paper was tabled in Parliament on 1 May 2001.
ALP Member for Woodridge in 2001 Mike Kaiser quit parliament after being outed by the Inquiry, taking the hit for numerous other ALP and union identities involved in voting fraud.
Two other Labor MP’s were forced to resign. Kaiser’s indiscretions were rewarded in 2010 by slotting him into the NBN Board on $450,000 a year.
In essence, to enable ALP branch members a vote for election candidates they have to be on the electoral roll.
In larger branches factional interests wanting a particular candidate to be endorsed simply pad the electoral roll with names of people literally off the street. These names, real or not, end up on the roll.
The proxies of these ‘voters’ are used to stack the numbers for a candidate’s endorsement. What the major media did not mention in the Victorian affair is that in marginal electorates these fictitious names are then given to unionists or Labor members and supporters to vote with at general elections.
If there are sufficient bogus numbers on the roll the election result can be swayed in the ALP’s or LNP’s favour.
In tight electorates just 50 false entries can change the result.
The Federal seat of Herbert in Townsville was taken by the ALP with just 37 votes after a recount in 2016. This result was without doubt enabled by voting fraud utilising false enrollments and those voting more than once.
The losing Liberal candidate stated he would seek a remedy in the Court of Disputed Returns but soon dropped the action after LNP backroomers realised court action would expose their voting fraud activities.
It is of note that the very first piece of legislation enacted by the incoming Queensland Labor Government in 2015 was to repeal the previous Liberal government law requiring identification before voting.
In 2018 the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral matters staunchly recommended the Federal Government enact an identification requirement before the 2019 federal election. Prime Minister Scott Morrison steadfastly refused to implement any ID requirement for voters. He won the election in 2019 by just two seats.
Since the Australian Electoral Commission stopped checking the accuracy of the rolls nearly 25 years ago by conducting physical habitation checks going door-to-door verifying occupants, election results have been manipulated to choose a government.
The AEC and the Queensland Electoral Commission will howl that their rolls are accurate but in 2004 the AEC Commissioner admitted to then Senator Len Harris there were more than 400,000 entries on the roll whose identity could not be verified.
Recent investigations by Vote Australia revealed the rolls remained in a mess, in fact former President of the organisation Lex Stewart said the roll was full of bogus entries certainly sufficient to change the course of a federal or state election.
Readers should realise the Liberal Party too has been renown for branch stacking but to our knowledge is not involved in stacking the roll with large numbers.
Cairnsnews has been leading the charge nationally to expose widespread voting fraud which has changed the outcome of past elections.
The mail-out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct the same-sex marriage survey in 2017 resulted in more than 248,000 individual envelopes marked ‘return to sender not known at this address’ being returned to their office unopened.
The ABS used addresses from the AEC electoral roll to mail out ballot forms to voters.
Here are a few stories about electoral fraud published over the past six years:
by Jim O’Toole
“The mail-out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct the same-sex marriage survey in 2017 resulted in more than 248,000 individual envelopes marked ‘return to sender’ being returned to their office unopened.”
Turning up to vote at a state or federal election is the cornerstone of the democratic process, some politicians declare, but what if your vote no longer counts?
If you live in a marginal electorate where the result of an election hinges on just a few votes, each ballot paper is critical usually for either a Liberal or Labor candidate to decide their individual fate or perhaps who actually forms government.
What if there are more than 248,000 names on the Australian electoral roll which have been confirmed as unknown?
The mail-out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct the same-sex marriage survey in 2017 resulted in more than 248,000 individual envelopes marked ‘return to sender’ being returned to their office unopened.
The ABS has confirmed this incredible figure some of which it says could comprise those who did not wish to take part in the survey. It could also include those who had recently moved house or other names which simply are fictitious.
More worrying is the admission by the ABS that a quarter of a million envelopes marked ‘return to sender’ were destroyed.
The ABS advised it did not give names of the unknown addressees to the AEC to enable it to update the roll before shredding the envelopes.
The ABS used Australian Electoral Commission data direct from the electoral roll to address the 12,727,920 envelopes mailed through Australia Post.
This means as of December 22, 2018 there were 248,000 names on the roll whose identity has not been confirmed.
In the federal seat of Herbert in Townsville at the 2016 election just 37 votes after a recount separated the ALP winner from the Liberal loser.
Having 248,000 votes up their sleeve will dictate the result of every election. But who would do that?
Correspondence in 2017 between Chairman of Vote Australia Lex Stewart and the ABS reveals that … “during survey operations, letters which were marked return to sender (RTS) were sent via Australia Post to our processing contractor Fuji Xerox’s Sydney site. This material was then kept separate from the millions of completed and returned surveys.
The letter continued, “Note that some envelopes may have been marked RTS because the recipient did not wish to participate in the survey and was returning the material.
“Once the completed surveys were scanned and processed, Fuji Xerox scanned the RTS mail held and sent this barcode data back to the ABS.
“All materials from the AMLPS has now been destroyed in accordance with industry best practice, Government secured document certification standards, and all relevant requirements of the Australian Governments Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF)
“As at 24 November there had been 248,000 RTS mail items received. We are unable to provide an exact final figure of RTS material from the AMLPS as we continue to receive RTS material. This is because RTS is low priority mail for Australia Post, and we expect to keep receiving this especially from remote areas, for the next few months.
“The ABS will provide some aggregate metrics to the AEC on the volume of returned mail by area in order to assist with electoral maintenance or other future AEC activities. The ABS will not provide name or address information from the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey to the AEC.”
After the 2016 federal election the AEC confirmed there were 18,000 voters who voted more than once.
Embedded in ALP-union genes, the motto for polling day is ‘vote early and often comrade’.
It is no secret in union circles that moles within the AEC supply bogus names and address lists to unionists and others complicit in voting fraud to use at polling booths across a given electorate.
Booth workers from all parties have reported busloads of voters converging on a polling place to vote with lists of fictitious names at correct addresses.
Senator Len Harris’ office in 2004 was given 16 AEC envelopes addressed with false names at a single legitimate address in St Lucia, a Brisbane suburb not far from Queensland University.
Compulsory ID will prevent much of this fraud but what of previous elections which have been won by dud votes?
Vote Australia Chairman Lex Stewart said he and his organisation had been warning the AEC and the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for more than 15 years that the roll contained hundreds of thousands of fictitious entries.
Finally the JSCEM in a 2018 review recommended the federal government introduce voter ID at federal elections to be produced by a voter before applying for a ballot paper at a polling booth.
In 2014 the JSCEM held its usual post-election inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 election.
Then Acting AEC Electoral Commissioner, Thomas Rogers observed there were startling differences between the NSW state roll and the federal roll.
“Yesterday the committee asked the New South Wales state manager, Mr Orr, for information on roll divergence in New South Wales. I have with me information by State on the divergence, and I am happy to discuss this with this committee,” Mr Rogers said.
“But, as an example, in New South Wales as at 30 September 2014 there were 139,898 more electors on the New South Wales state roll than the federal roll.
“And there were also 102,427 electors enrolled at different addresses. As you can see from this example, the divergence is a very significant issue …. ”
Mr Stewart said the cessation of physical habitation checks by the AEC of every Australian household some years ago has resulted in a completely inaccurate roll which has a sufficient number of fictitious entries to change the result of an election.
“The NSW Electoral Roll for the 28/3/15 election contained 5,040,662 entries.
“This ‘divergence’ between the two Rolls of 139,898 was therefore 2.8%,
‘very significant’ is a euphemism for ‘disgraceful !
“The AEC also admitted that this ‘divergence’ was higher than it had ever been!
“The discrepancy of 102,427 on both Rolls but at different addresses was 2.0%
“The divergence plus the discrepancy add up to 242,325 or 4.8% of the roll !
“Is it suspicious that such a record amount of divergence-plus-discrepancy occurred only a short time before the NSW State election ?
“How reliable could the result of the 2015 NSW State election have been, based on such deficient electoral rolls ?
“The total of 242,325 is an average of 2,594 per 93 state electorates
“Many seats are won or lost by margins of less than 1,000 votes
How many seats were swung by bogus votes from bogus enrolments?” Mr Stewart asked.
ALP suggests college infrastructure should be converted to camps for illegal immigrants
Milk does not originate in a bottle from Coles or Woolies Mr Furner!
from Viv Forbes
The enemies of the bush (resident in green-and-pleasant Brisbane) want to close the Queensland pastoral colleges in droughty Longreach and Emerald.
It’s time for the Feds to act – slash spending on the climate alarm and climate tourism industries and use the money to save these threatened colleges.
For too long tax payers have watched federal agencies like CSIRO waste money on climate models that do not work, on carbon accounting that is not needed, on never-ending climate jamborees, and on re-invention of “carbon farming”.
Our great pastoral industries need trade-skilled people with relevant academic knowledge. They do not need lectures from city academics in green uniforms who are often hostile to rural industry.
Farming parents would prefer their taxes were spent on local colleges educating their sons and daughters in practical skills rather than sending them to the coast to learn how to smoke pot, drink beer, buy ice and follow the green religion.
Our rural food bowl is far more important to Australia than all the tax-supported climateers with their dodgy science, biased forecasts and green propaganda.
The Marxist Queensland Labor Party intends to close the famous Longreach Pastoral College and the Emerald Agricultural College after receiving a negative report on the future of rural training from the notorious ALP stooge and socialist, Professor Peter Coaldrake. The dumb Minister Mark Furner sat on it until early December, hoping its release would get caught up in Christmas madness and pass unnoticed.
Furner further suggests the college buildings be used for accommodating illegal immigrants and refugees, including Muslims. This slap in the face for the hard-pressed rural sector struggling to find trained recruits after enduring years of drought comes from an totally urbanised, socialist, Marxist Labor Party Government which prefers to pass laws allowing doctors to kill unborn babies.
It also heralds the ALP plan to flood the country with unwanted and often subversive immigrants from Muslim countries, at the instruction of the United Nations.
The agricultural sector could die out completely which would suit the Labor traitors.
Katters Australian Party Queensland leader Robbie Katter has foreshadowed legislation to counter the ALP closure plan.
filed by Jim O’Toole in Sydney
Melburnians can thank former Labor and Liberal Prime Ministers for allowing Muslim gangs to terrorise Melbourne and often Sydney after a hand grenade attack two days ago in Lalor wrecked property but did not harm any occupants of the targeted unit.
Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Juliar Gillard and Malcolm Turnbull can share the blame for allowing tens of thousands of mad Islamic immigrants to come to our country then live in enclaves in all capital cities.
Muslim bikie gangs terrorise suburbia with drive by shootings. The NSW firearms registry has been infiltrated by gang supporters as attested by a number of targeted homes being burgled where only concealable firearms were stolen.
The homes belonged to registered members of pistol clubs in Western Sydney.
Now the emerging fascist, NSW Liberal government is calling for unregistered firearms to be handed in at an amnesty.
Only honest but foolish citizens would give up their guns. The stupid Cabinet must believe in the tooth fairy if they think the Muslims will give up their Chinese military SKK semi-auto rifles or now hand grenades and other military armaments.
The Islamists prey on the welfare system stripping money from worthy Australian pensioners and the needy.
Last week it was reported a Muslim with four wives and a heap of kids was earning $360,000 a year from welfare payments. Imagine what type of guns he could afford on the burgeoning black market.
He is better paid than all our politicians except the Prime Minister. Divisive mosques are sprouting up throughout the neighbourhoods of every major city worrying the life out of Australians.
How much longer brainless voters will support the party duopoly is unknown but the terrorised citizens of Melbourne where the police swear there are no black African gangs again will vote for the derelict Labor Party run by union hacks and frothing-mad communist academics, none of which has had a real job in their lives.
Former union official and upstanding Australian Bob Kernohan got it right when he said he couldn’t get far enough away from Labor and its entrenched corruption after Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s union the AWU had Bob bashed mercilessly then he received live bullets in the mail.
Queensland has not been immune from the same generational malfeasance when the entire Ipswich City Council recently was sacked for being caught by the independent Crime and Misconduct Commission with all of their fingers in the till.
The Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was told of the corrupt Labor Ipswich Council by the local State MP Joanne Miller four years ago but ignored it.
How is it the Premier and Cabinet are immune from prosecution for protecting a bent Labor council?
Cairns News asks those who would support the unscrupulous Labor and Liberal parties why they keep doing the same thing election after election but expect a different result?
22 November 2017: Bob Katter MP, Federal Member for Kennedy, is furious former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce took part in selling Adani to China after news the Adani Group is close to securing finance for its coal mine and railway track in coming weeks with Chinese state-owned enterprises, banks, and export credit agencies backing the venture.
Media reports a director of Adani Mining said just days ago they would no longer need funding from Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) and a formal announcement of a financial close was imminent. It was reported in The Australian on Nov 14th Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Trade Minister Steven Ciobo wrote to top Chinese officials to vouch for Indian giant Adani. The report said they sent a letter to the chairman of China’s powerful National Development and Reform Commission saying they welcomed “foreign lending to support the development of major projects in Australia”.
“If you sell your country out, then you’re a traitor,” Mr Katter said.
It was also reported Chinese enterprises and export credit agencies invariably require that materials for key infrastructure are sourced from China, effectively shifting work out of Australia and undermining Adani’s claims its project will create many thousands of additional jobs for Queensland.
“Half Australia’s coal reserves will be controlled by whoever owns that railway line. It was not good enough for the ALP and LNP to sell our coal seam gas, now worth $25b a year. This is enough money to restore our outpatients at our hospitals, and give every pensioner and young families 10 grand each and every year.
“We sold the gas for 6 cents a unit we are now buying it back for $16 a unit – our own Australian gas. And now we are going to do the same thing with coal.
“Does anyone think a spineless Government in Canberra are going to stand up to the Chinese Government when they take over all of our unexploited coal reserves? The Greenies think they will stand up to that? Do they think the spineless ALP Government will stand up against the Chinese Government? No, they won’t.
“This will go down as the biggest sell out in our country in Australian history, and will let all the world know that Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and LNP PM Malcolm Turnbull will go down in the history of Australia in infamy,” Mr Katter said.
A determined display of solidarity among a large number of Mareeba residents who want jobs at the local Steggles chicken factory was the outcome of a packed public meeting on Monday night.
More than 160 previous and prospective employees demanded they be employed in preference to the large number of 417 Holiday Visa and 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) workers employed at the factory.
Organised by the Australian Meat Industry Employees Union Assistant Secretary Ian McLauchlan and Mareeba AMIEU delegate Fred Brunjes the rally was addressed by the General Secretary of the Queensland Council of Unions, Ros McLennan.
Steggles, owned by Sydney company Baiada, was accused by workers of employing temporary visa workers in preference to locals.
Mr McLauchlan told the meeting that the large roll-up at the racecourse venue was ample proof Mareeba people wanted to work.
More than 50 potential employees lined up to fill out Steggles work application forms which would be handed to the company’s HR department at the Mareeba plant.
“We are fair dinkum, we want to work but local people who hand in applications at the security gate say the forms never make it to the office,” Mr McLauchlan claimed.
“Somehow they get lost between the gate and the HR department.”
The Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter said he has been long opposed to the 200,000 overseas workers arriving in Australia every year on 457 visas.
“‘They are taking our jobs and undermining our pay and conditions,” Mr Katter said, apologising for not attending, due to commitments in Parliament.
Addressing the Steggles situation, he asked: “Who will you take as a worker, the bloke overseas used to working for $5 a day and 60 hour week and has a deportation order at your discretion?; or would you take an Australian who you have to pay a fair days pay for a fair days work?”
Member for Cook Billy Gordon told the meeting he remembered the problems of getting a job when he was a young man growing up in the Mareeba area.
“I picked mangoes at local farms and did other farm jobs years ago working around the area and being a young Blackfella in those days it was hard to get work when I was just out of school,” Mr Gordon said.
“It inspires me at the turnout here tonight with people standing up for families.
“There is 25 per cent youth unemployment here and it irks me there are companies out there not prepared to do the right thing by the community.”
Mr McLauchlan said Steggles job application forms were available at Mr Gordon’s office and urged applicants to fill them out then hand them to AMIEU delegate Fred Brunjes.
Mareeba Shire Council had been invited to the meeting, but Mr McLauchlan said he was unaware of any representatives in attendance.
He said Baiada senior management had agreed to meet with the union in Brisbane on Thursday to sort out the issues.
What a political gift for Turnbull, thanks in no small way to Tony Abbott. I caught a glimpse of Shorten’s press conference earlier today. Shorten is showing definite signs of election campaign fatigue.
He is very uncomfortable when asked questions about his mate Andrews (Vic premier} deal that will see the hard left wing secretary of the united firefighters union, Peter Marshall, a self confessed communist gain absolute control over the 60,000 volunteer firefighters in Victoria.
It is time for Turnbull to up the anti and expose Shortens well documented corrupt union past exposed by Tony Abbott’s trade union royal commission. I wait in hope…
Please share, particularly if you live, or have family/friends that live in Victoria.
Quoted from Andrews Mein Kampf II .. “This dispute ends today,’’ Mr Andrews said, brushing aside criticism from lawyers, the CFA, volunteers and the opposition of the government’s boots-and-all approach.
This story was posted on News Ltd web site May 13, 2016:
Unions will step up their election campaigning this weekend, making 20,000 telephone calls to swinging voters in marginal seats.
The two-day telethon will involve 600 ACTU volunteers asking voters about their issues of concern and urging them to put the Liberals last on July 2.
“We want to see Australians elect a government that will put their interests first, create jobs, and fund health and education with revenue from a fair and equitable tax system,” ACTU secretary Dave Oliver said in a statement.
This excerpt from a letter to Cairns News places a different slant on the story above:
“At the risk of exposing my ignorance, I am not sure how the unions could reliably know who is and isn’t currently a swinging voter in a marginal seat sufficient to “telephone” them.
The sceptic in me immediately wondered if this was a cover story (above)for a secret plan that relies on the telephone campaign to identify occupancy at addresses known to have changed hands sufficiently recently. Real estate activity here in Forest Hill (Melbourne) has been epic in the past two years thanks to Chinese interest in Australian property. It must have generated hundreds of title transfers per electorate only recently, potentially representing thousands of electors who have died or moved away while their names remain on the roll.
Could the union telephone campaign be exploiting the latency arising from transfers of titles in the marginal seats to validate name of electors for impersonation at polling places on 2 July? With electoral laws as fraud-friendly as they are and contests so nail-bitingly close, anyone not constrained by law would have to think themselves fools not to try.”