PRIME MINISTER BROWNE: The Unions threatening to destabilize the country because we introduced vaccine mandates.
How about if we cease the automatic deduction of dues and force them to collect directly from their members ?
SENATOR GAIL CHRISTIAN SAID:
This statement published by the Union advising its members who are unvaccinated to attend work in the face of a stated government policy, is utterly irresponsible and confrontational.
What does the Union expect to achieve by this?
Section 70 of the Constitution gives unto the Cabinet the general control and direction of government and makes Cabinet responsible to Parliament.
The very Constitution in Section 3 acknowledges that the public interest trumps individual rights. It is a sacred and Constitutionally based responsibility held by the the Executive ( Cabinet) to determine what is in the best interest of the public. It is in exercising this responsibility that Cabinet Decisions are made.
The Court exists for a reason. If the Union thinks the rights of its membership are being infringed upon then it can seek redress from the court.
We compromise the very system upon which our democracy is built when we seek to subvert that which exists for our own benefit and protection.
I hasten to add that Cabinet decisions are only reviewable by the Court in limited circumstances and only on the basis that the decision is procedurally irregular, irrational or illegal.
If the Union feels it can satisfy any of these thresholds move the Court!
Chaos and Disharmony will get us nowhere!