|Issue No 89||23 March 2001|
McGauchie Appointment Draws MUA Fire
The Howard Government appointment of union busting P&C Stevedores director and former NFF president Donald McGauchie to the board of the Reserve Bank is just another example of jobs for the boys, according to the MUA.
"The PM made no attempt to hide his delight when the NFF set up at Webb Dock, Melbourne three years back," said MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin.
"At the time McGauchie claimed it was a legitimate business enterprise, but before long it came to light it was all about training people to take over the waterfront after the failed Dubai debacle and the mass sackings. We believe the NFF enterprise was part of the conspiracy to do away with the MUA, just another sorry chapter in the Australian industrial mercenary saga. This appointment looks very much like the government rewarding them for their contribution."
The MUA National Secretary said of most concern for the wider Australian community was the implication of political appointments at a time when the Australian economy was on the brink.
"The P&C Group was never a viable business," said Mr Crumlin. "It folded within months of being set up. Yet one of its three directors is now being appointed to a crucial economic portfolio because he is a political mate. No wonder the joint is in a mess. The Australian people deserve better."
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