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The Coalition government is pushing Labor back up its criticism of John Setka’s behaviour by supporting its Ensuring Integrity Bill. Julian Smith/AAP

Fall-out from Setka affair could give Coalition easier passage of union bill

The government is relishing the difficulties the John Setka controversy has created for Labor leader Anthony Albanese, who remains opposed to tighter restrictions on unions.
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) President Michele O'Neil (left) stands next to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus. Peter Rae/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: ACTU president Michele O'Neil on John Setka and the government’s anti-union legislation

ACTU president Michele O'Neil on John Setka and the government’s anti-union legislation. CC BY33.4 MB (download)
ACTU President Michele O'Neil says that the decision over Setka's leadership lies with the union membership, and denounces the government's plans to bring back anti-union legislation.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will lay out economic policies “to get Australians off the economic sidelines and on the field again” on Monday. Dean Lewins/AAP

Morrison wants to unleash economy’s ‘animal spirits’ and foreshadows new look at industrial relations

In his first major domestic speech since the election, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will lay out economic policies "to get Australians off the economic sidelines and on the field again".
On industrial relations policy, the Coalition and Labor offer starkly different choices this election. AAP/Nic Ellis

How the major parties stack up on industrial relations policy

At this election there is a stark choice between the two major parties on industrial relations: the "small target" approach of the Coalition and the ALP's more ambitious and detailed plan.
The area of greater uncertainty under Labor is a very different one – that is, how much of the unions’ agenda a Shorten government would be willing to embrace. Daniel Pockett/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Unions likely to be more challenging for a Shorten government than boats

In the lead up to next week's ALP national conference, which Shorten needs to run smoothly, the government has been trying to exploit what it sees as a Labor weak point – border protection.

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