A few weeks ago the ACTU boss Sally McManus gave this speech to commemorate the anniversary of the great strike by trade unions in Sydney during the height of World War one.
— Australian Unions (@unionsaustralia) August 5, 2017
She was speaking in front of a "Build Socialism" mural.
But I thought the most important thing she said was "the harder you fight us, the more you teach us".
That's the lesson lawmakers and enforcement agencies need to learn.
Unions don't see the law as something to be complied with.
They see it as an obstacle course to be overcome.
The more we prosecute them, the more we teach them.
And this is what Ms McManus was there to celebrate. The Great Strike by unions during World War One, while my family was off fighting.