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.
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ACTU president Michele O'Neil on John Setka and the government’s anti-union legislation.
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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.
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".
Setka has been backed by the Victorian branch of his union who this week called for the national executive to issue a statement of support.
Albanese last week had Setka suspended from the party and will move for his expulsion when its national executive meets on July 5.
John Setka says he won't resign, and he has the backing of Victorian branch delegates, making it uncertain how things will play out.
The Setka affair is now dominating discussion at the highest level of the union movement.
The opposition leader will move to have Setka expelled from the ALP after Setka reportedly told a union meeting that Batty's work had led to men having fewer rights.
The stand-off between the Morrison government and one of the country's largest unions, the CFMMEU, should be seen as a contest of politics and ideology rather than simply one of industrial relations.
Super unions allow for more resources to be put into building union membership and other union activities.