Aussie unions meddling in NZ Politics

The Labour party makes a lot of noise about overseas donations. Trevor Mallard famously described one donor to the National party as an American bag-man but didn’t have the guts to name him outright.

Labour even passed a law to specifically prevent overseas donors despite the fact they were given $500,000 from Owen Glenn who at the time resided in Monaco. They even wrote a special exemption for him so they could continue to get funds.

Now that the candidate donations are in we can see that once again labour, and in particular Andrew Little have been caught pants down with their hypocrisy.

Andrew Little has received two donations from Australian unions. He received $1500 each from the Australian Workers Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union.

The head of the AWU is Paul Howes who is self-described as one of the faceless men of the Labor party, exerting power and influence in the smoke filled rooms. He even wrote a book called Confessions of a Faceless Man, which was his autobiographical analyses of the last election and 18 months in Australian politics.

Paul Bastian is the head of the AMWU and has spoken out in favour of retain subsidies in the Australian automotive industry in contrast tot he Productivity Commission highlighting this as a concern. He would rather protect outdated industry than embrace change. presumably this is why his union also backed Andrew Little.

Quite apart from the fact that New Zealand unions spent up large supporting Labour, it seems now that the Aussie unions are wanting to flex a little bit of muscle in New Zealand elections.

You have to wonder whether the teachers of the NZEI and the civil servants who are members of the PSA are happy with 6 figure sums being spent of their membership cash in the form of political lobbying. I wonder too whether or not either of those unions enjoys tax-free status registered with the Charities and Societies Commission.


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