What are the arguments against trade union influence in Australian politics?
March 4, 2012 10:58 PM Subscribe
Could someone please explain to me the arguments against and counter-arguments for the role of unions in the Australian Labor Party?
posted by teem to law & government (3 answers total)
I've been taking in a lot of Australian politics lately, including news, opinion pieces, and (regrettably) online comments and message boards. One common argument against the ALP regards the influence of trade unions and "union power brokers". Unfortunately it's such an old argument that no one ever really bothers to explain why the unions are a bad thing. I suspect that in some cases the slur is a reflexive anti-ALP talking point with no specific meaning in the context of whatever is being debated, but there may be some valid points behind the sentiment and I'd like to understand what they are.