Another barbed wire fence for two-faced Shifty Bill to fall on

Caption: Bill Shorten, two-faced monster. Pic: Luis Enrique Ascui/AAP

Labor?s extraordinary decision to commit electoral seppuku last week, by caving to the gaggle of squawking old lefty biddies on the cross-benches is entirely the result of Bill Shorten?s wobbly efforts to pander to both the union bovver-boys and the watermelons in his party. Shorten has been trying to straddle a series of barbed-wire fences on everything from boats to coal. Last week, he got his nuts well and truly ripped. Now he?s about to cop another ball-tearing.

Unions are still Labor?s power base. Like Shorten himself, most of the parliamentary party greased their path into politics by going from university to a cosy sinecure at a union head office, or a union-affiliated law firm. Unions are also Labor?s cash-cow. Industry pension funds are the rivers of gold watering Labor?s electioneering. Shorten pisses the bruvvas off at his peril. Quote:

The CFMEU will demand Bill Shorten?s candidates across Queensland pledge support for the coalmining industry ? including Adani?s controversial Carmichael mine ? or face the wrath of union campaigners in their seats at the federal election. End of quote.

Shorten?s torn and bloodied nether regions must be already smarting in anticipation. Labor?s looney left are 100% indoctrinated with climate change orthodoxy. Coal in particular is a totemic issue for the inner-city watermelons Labor have to try and keep on side, if they?re to stop their votes leaking to the Greens.

On the other hand, Labor?s blue-collar heartland is fed up with being taken for granted and sold out to inner-city elites. This is especially true in the key battleground state of Queensland. Mining is a huge employer in that state. If Labor sides with the greenies, the workers will desert them. Quote:

Amid warnings that five other coal projects totalling $30 billion of investment would be threatened if activists succeeded in thwarting Adani?s project, the mining union has revealed it will endorse individual candidates in the battleground state rather than give blanket support to Labor.

The move comes after Queensland?s Labor government stalled the proposed mine by outsourcing an 11th-hour review of the company?s plan to protect an endangered finch to a Melbourne academic attacked by the union as biased against coal.

The CFMEU?s initiative puts the left-wing union on a collision course with the faction?s leader in the Queensland parliament, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, whose inner-city seat is targeted by the Greens. End of quote.

Jackie Trad is typical of the squawking gynarchy dragging Labor to the far green-left of the political spectrum. Like all watermelon activists, giving in never shuts them up, it only emboldens them. Quote:

CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland president Steve Smyth warned that allowing activists to stop Adani would encourage the same tactics against other mines?In a region plagued by high unemployment, the six proposed Galilee Basin coalmines would collectively provide 24,100 jobs ? including 11,200 ongoing positions ? and produce up to 165 million tonnes each year. End of quote.

As they did with Labor?s border backdown, the government are ready to pounce on another strategic weakness for Labor, and give Shorten a well-deserved wedgie. Quote:

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan predicted the Galilee Basin?s development would be set back by at least a decade if the Adani coalmine were scuttled.

?There?s no one else willing at this stage to put up the billions of dollars of funding that would be required to connect the basin to port,? Senator Canavan said.

?If Adani can?t proceed, it?s hard to see anyone on the horizon that would do that.?

?Queensland looms large in the federal election as the Coalition holds 21 of the state?s 30 seats, including eight that would fall on a swing of 4 per cent. End of quote.


Of course, there?s little likelihood of the militant CFMEU actually endorsing the Coalition, although it has happened before: in 2004, CFMEU forestry workers in Tasmania clapped and cheered and delivered John Howard an extraordinary moral boost. But if the union even just withdraws support for Labor candidates, that may well be a hammer-blow in a state Shorten desperately needs to win.