Craig Thomson is back in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court today - in company with a brothel owner. Again.
I dedicate this year to Australia asking the question - "Why aren't these people in gaol?"

Wilson's protection racket did $35 million in 1991/2 dollar damage to Western Mining Corp - Hugh Morgan, former CEO

The excerpt is from "The great survivor: Hugh Morgan", by Alan Kohler, published in The Australian on 11 March 2000 at page 30.

On his IR campaigns of the '80s, he says, "I don't resile from it" - but he can't really have any complaints about the way things have turned out. The system put in place by the Labor Government, following Morgan's campaign and arguably partly because of it, which was then modified by the Coalition in 1996, has enabled him to move WMC to being an entirely individual-contract company.

 

He says he doesn't know, or care, whether WMC's workers are in unions, as long as they are all on staff contracts. He disagrees, though, with the proposition that CRA/Rio Tinto moved to individual contracts with more fuss than WMC.

 

"We had a lot of fuss. Let me tell you, we were headlocked in Western Australia, during the time of Dr Lawrence, Carmen Lawrence . . . And they had Bruce Wilson, who was the sort of Pied Piper leader of the AWU [Australian Workers Union] at the time over there, and he was a vigorous confrontationist, very skilled at it.

 

"We lost a lot of time. Lost time cost us at that time, I think, about $35 million. They were real dollars - much bigger dollars than they are now."

The excerpt is from "The great survivor: Hugh Morgan", by Alan Kohler, published in The Australian on 11 March 2000 at page 30.

Thank God for men of courage and backbone like Hugh Morgan who stand on principle and stare down cheap hoodlums like Wilson.   Every time an industrialist bends to the will of a standover man like Wilson the country's spirit dies a little bit.

Wilson and Gillard weren't doing it for the revolution.   They were doing it for themselves.

Greedy two-bob hooligans who've learned how to game the system.   Well no more!

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