Federal MP Jamie Briggs â€“ and former Howard staffer who championed occasionally unpopular workplace relations reforms â€“ has confided in parliamentary colleagues that he is especially happy with the new, nameless electronic Qantas baggage tags because he says he was targeted by merciless TWU baggage handlers for unimaginable acts of cruelty against his luggage.
Briggs reckons that the unionist baggage handlers would â€“ during the height of tensions involving Workchoices â€“ look for the bags of those involved in senior levels of government. Rather than pick on the the obviously powerful â€“ which could get them into bother with supervisors â€“ Briggs is convinced he and a number of other advisers were singled out for rough justice at the Canberra Airport.
His remarks were overheard recently in the cosseted, occasionally slap-happy, confines of Chairmanâ€™s Lounge.
They arose in the context of international disgust at claims by an airline passenger on Youtube who claimed airline workers had urinated in his baggage and stolen from him.
It isnâ€™t known whether Briggs has had anything to fear on that front.
He has also specifically complained that his bags have been delayed or lost more times than is statistically likely or possible with innocent explanation. Baggage handlers with a grudge could have sent Briggsâ€™ smalls to all manner of exotic locations, from Pago Pago to Dallas/Fort Worth.
Life can be cruel.