Did McCarten drop Little down a hole?

I’m starting to wonder if Andrew Little has been set up over his non-payment of an invoice from journalist David Cohen.

I’m starting to think that Matt McCarten, who doesn’t exactly have a stellar record for paying things like tax, has set him up.

Patrick Gower reported last night:

3 News has obtained emails that further embarrass Labour leader Andrew Little over his failure to pay a contractor.

The emails show Mr Little’s closest adviser and fellow unionist, Matt McCarten, knew about the outstanding debt before Christmas. Despite promises, Mr McCarten did nothing about it.

Mr Little failed to pay the bill for the worker for almost four months. The exchange is all in the emails from freelance journalist David Cohen?and?show Mr Little’s chief of staff, Mr McCarten,?promised?to fix up the debt before Christmas.

But?referring to Mr Cohen as “a worker” has made Mr Little grumpy.

“Your commentary talked about a worker,” says Mr Little. “He was a contractor.”

Mr Little’s a former union boss, and Mr McCarten was too. But this was one worker whose rights they failed to defend.

That is dreadful positioning by Andrew Little, a former union boss. If an employer tried that on him he would have had the brothers out on strike…in fact he would have had the brothers out on strike for less.

Andrew Little and Matt McCarten were dancing with the devil in asking an ostensibly conservative journalist and wordsmith to take one in the chook.

The emails are pure artistry in framing Little up (and McCarten) as double dealing, double speaking ratbags.

The debt of $950 goes back to October last year when Mr Little got Mr Cohen’s help on his leadership bid. On December 22, Mr Cohen went to Mr McCarten, Mr Little’s closest adviser, who promised, “I will take this up with Andrew.”

After the Christmas break Mr Cohen wrote again: “I may also need to add in a charge for hours spent chasing the payment.”

This time Mr McCarten said: “I’ll make it a priority. Every worker must be paid for work they are asked to do.”

Mr Cohen tried again in late January, asking for closure, and there was still nothing.

Mr McCarten then let Mr Little give a major speech about helping small business, prompting Mr Cohen to ask: “What in God’s name is happening?”

The email trail is online too…and it isn’t good reading for Little or McCarten.

Surely they aren’t this inept…wasn’t Matt McCarten the game-changer?

If McCarten has set up Andrew Little then cui bono?

 

 

– 3News

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