Read between the lines

September 28th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Kate Chapman at Stuff reports:

Trade do not want to be exempted from a potential lobbying register, despite Labour’s attempts to have them excluded.

Green MP Holly Walker has a member’s bill that would create a register of and require them to follow a code of ethics.

The bill passed its first reading with unanimous support, but Labour has since suggested an amendment that would exempt trade unions.

Fairfax Media can now reveal that the unions have not asked for that and say it would not be practical.

In a draft submission, the Council of Trade Unions expressed concern about the proposed regime.

“Lobbying is a core activity of trade unions, but the consequences on trade unions and NGOs from this bill if it were to proceed have not been sufficiently considered.”

There were practical difficulties in establishing which staff within a union would have to be registered and the reporting requirements and penalties were “particularly burdensome”.

But it did not ask to be exempted from the scheme “on the basis of being unions”.

Rather, the CTU sought different reporting requirements for unions and non-governmental organisations.

Effectively they are still asking for an exemption, or at least reduced requirements. They’re just saying all non-businesses should be exempt or have reduced transparency requirements.

“The CTU has concerns about the increasing influence of corporate lobbying and the influential impact of professional and secret lobbying.”

Translation: Lobbying by businesses is bad and evil, and lobbying by unions and NGOs is good and lovely.

“The bill in its current form treats all lobbyists as if they are equal when lobbyists’ power and influence is very unequal.”

Unions are very powerful lobbyists. If Labour MPs get offside with unions, they risk losing selection battles or being demoted down the list. The next Leader will be 20% elevated by unions, and unions are a primary source of funds and campaign activists for Labour.

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7 Responses to “Read between the lines”

  1. Mighty_Kites (81 comments) says:

    Master scaremonger and drama queen David Farrar is at it again

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  2. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    Don’t worry, Campbell Live help explain all this and reveal the truth behind the headlines.

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  3. hmmokrightitis (1,516 comments) says:

    So, which bit of what DPF posted do you disagree with MK, or are you just in full blow Friday fucktard mode, waving your red flag?

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  4. alex (301 comments) says:

    This was an excellent and very needed bill, and Labour have gone and blown it. Our democracy needs more transparency, and unions do have some influence on Labour policy. Perhaps not as much as the trucking lobby has on National policy, but it is there.

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  5. Grendel (959 comments) says:

    Really Alex?

    name me one bill the ‘trucking lobby’ have written for National, how much money they have donated to National and how many MPS come from the ‘trucking lobby’.

    now do the same for labour and the unions.

    it will be a very one sided analysis, labour is the unions. they do not have ‘some’ influence, they have a shitload!

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  6. Harriet (4,534 comments) says:

    “….Rather, the CTU sought different reporting requirements for unions and non-governmental organisations….”

    What the NZ & Aus Unions DON’T WON’T is what was proposed in Australia -

    That unions operate under the corporations Act so that they CANNOT mislead the public.

    Currently unions are under ‘organisations’ and unlike executives from the companies that unions wage war with, unionists CAN SAY WHAT THEY FUCKEN LIKE.

    And that folks is why wage disputes drag on and on and on. The unionists simply lead the public astray with emotions and lies. Company executives would be charged, fired & sued if they did the same.

    Productivity from unions ? Like fuck jack! :cool:

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  7. Reid (15,981 comments) says:

    Unions are very powerful lobbyists. If Labour MPs get offside with unions, they risk losing selection battles or being demoted down the list.

    So unions behave exactly like AIPAC does in America. Isn’t that interesting. I wonder if anyone’s ever pointed out that precise exact parallel to the unions. I imagine most unionists don’t like AIPAC at all. So how come they use AIPAC’s tactics?

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