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No, this isn't one of those newspaper articles from 1993 - it's from today!

The more things change, the more they stay the same.   How does one bloke come up with the sort of money to run full page ads in the paper for a union official election.   The prize must be pretty glittering to get a return on that sort of investment.   This is fron the West Australian today.

Tensions mount in union poll

Kim Macdonald, The West AustralianOctober 23, 2012, 5:08 am

Tensions in the construction union have hit a high with State secretary Mick Buchan taking out a full page newspaper advertisement to support firebrand Joe McDonald ahead of the union's election next month.

Mr Buchan has called on members to support his controversial assistant secretary, who is being challenged by union colleague,  organiser Mark Hudston.

The advertisement, endorsed by the State and national leadership of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, urges members to put Mr Hudston last on the ballot, claiming "splitters" would divide and weaken the union.

Mr Hudston said last night he was not concerned about the advertisement because he was confident he had a lot of support from  members.

He was confident of being able to work with the State and Federal leadership if he won the position. "I'm not a splitter, I'm part of the team," Mr Hudston said.

He recently told  _The West  _ _Australian  _he was challenging Mr McDonald because members were fed up with his "embarrassing antics", such as dressing up and acting like a "gangster".

The advertisement, in  _The West  _today was authorised by union president Cam McCullough.

It carries a disclaimer that "no union funds were used in the production of this material".

Mr McDonald and Mr Buchan did not return calls last night.