The Age newspaper has continued to taint itself through sometimes insanely biased reporting, compounding the scandal of its hacking scandal where two of its reporters were caught out illegally accessing the ALPâ€™s computers and could potentially be jailed.
Its absurdist attack on Australiaâ€™s fastest growing the Australian Workers Union (which is to say one of the nationâ€™s few unions growing at all and probably the only â€œblue collarâ€ union thatâ€™s grown in recent decades) was a typically fact-light rhetoric-heavy sneak attack.
In recent times under the leadership of former national secretary Bill Shorten and his successor Paul Howes, the union has grown dramatically as Paul Howes pointed out today:
â€œIt is because of a consistent drive to ensure the AWU continues to be the biggest blue-collar union that weâ€™ve recorded an amazing growth rate since 2007. The AWUâ€™s membership figures are audited by independent, external auditors and are publicly available in accordance with the Fair Work Act. Reports in the Fairfax media today are demonstrably wrong. Fairfax did not provide a reasonable capacity to the AWU to respond to the allegations printed today.â€
The Age was desperately keen to hatchet the nationâ€™s best-performing union that it used publicly filed data to make adverse and false claims about the union having â€œphantomâ€ members :
The union naturally has a number unfinancial members, this is due to the itinerant nature of many parts of the AWUâ€™s coverage particularly in construction, sugar, agriculture and the services sector.
Sugar-cane workers work for three months a year, for example. They come and they go, a little bit like The Ageâ€™s commitment to journalistic ethics which is strong on the rhetoric but a little lacking when making fateful decisions about, for example, hacking the ALP computers, in violation of federal and state law.
Sources tell VEXNEWS that there is more to come on The Ageâ€™s ugly hacking scandal with rumours circulating that there are records of the searches conducted by Royce Millar and his sidekick Nick McKenzie. We understand there are several hundred of them, all potential nightmares for Melbourneâ€™s preachiest and sleaziest newspaper.