John Setka really is a piece of work - here's The Australian from August 2012 shortly before Setka become CFMEU state secretary in Victoria:
THE extraordinary police record of John Setka, one of the nation's most powerful unionists, finally has been laid bare, with 60 charges leading to dozens of convictions and fines including for theft, assault by kicking, criminal damage and assaulting police.
By the end of the year, Mr Setka is expected to be placed in charge of the construction division of the Victorian branch of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.
The Australian can reveal that Mr Setka, 48 next month, was charged 60 times with serious offences between 1982 and 1991 in a violent battle with the law during unprecedented turmoil in the construction industry.
He was convicted or fined in relation to 40 of those offences (one of which was dropped after an appeal). That still makes it an extraordinary rap sheet for one of the nation's most influential members of the construction industry.
Mr Setka said yesterday the majority of the charges came from heated exchanges on picket lines and in the name of defending union members.
And Setka defends his criminality by saying the charges arose in relation to the way he does his job with the union. What a shocking admission - even before he got the gig as state secretary he had breached the criminal law dozens of times while acting in the CFMEU's name.
Speaks volumes about Labor that it's taken until now to flick him.