Malcolm Turnbull declared he wouldn't go to war with the unions.
It was amongst this greatest blunders.
Shorten was resuscitated because the Turnbull Coalition took its foot off his throat.
Even though it was incompetent and manifestly incomplete, the Haydon Royal Commission provided ample evidence of evil in senior union ranks.
And that means in the Labor Party.
Later today I'll announce the publication of a new book by Melbourne lawyer Julian Lucas.
"Unrequited Justice - Julia Gillard and the Royal Commission" shows how Gillard worked with senior executives of Thiess to funnel and conceal secret commission payments she shared with her boyfriend, union chief Bruce Wilson.
For all the deficiencies of the Haydon Royal Commission, Commission Haydon saw enough to give us this snapshot, this finding about a yet untreated sickness at the heart of our body politic:
This conduct has taken place among a wide variety of unions and industries …. you can look at any unionised industry. You can look at any type of industrial union. You can select any period of time. You can take any rank of officeholder, from Secretaries down to very junior employees. You can search for any type of misbehaviour. You will find rich examples over the last 23 years in the Australian trade union movement.
These aberrations cannot be regarded as isolated. They are not the work of a few rogue officials. The misconduct exhibits great variety. It is widespread. It is deep-seated.
…It would be utterly naïve to think that what has been uncovered is anything other than the small tip of an enormous iceberg. It is inherently very hard to identify most types of misconduct by union officials. It is …hard core corruption…the parties to the corruption have a strong incentive to keep it secret. Whistleblowers are unlikely to be found … (due to) … a well-founded fear of reprisal. ….
--- it is clear that in many parts of the world constituted by Australian trade union officials, there is room for louts, thugs, bullies, perjurers, those who threaten violence, errant fiduciaries and organisers of boycotts.”
Hard core corruption.
Louts, thugs, bullies, perjurers, those who threaten violence, errant fiduciaries and organisers of boycotts.
This work isn't finished.
Every touch leaves its trace.