Michael Duffy hates the ABC. He's run campaigns against it for years. Yesterday's whinge about the ABC's co-venture bastard boys was just typical.
See it here.
I particularly love how Duffy complains how Corrigan - the man who sacked people without notice and bought in dogs and masked men to the wharf - is depicted. "He's shown as a cold meanie and not the loveable scamp he is in real life! Meanwhile the unionists have families!"
I also particularly love this para.
For balance, Bastard Boys might have replaced one of its main union characters with one of the workers who briefly replaced the wharfies. These were often farmers driven off the land by economic reforms. Some sold their houses in the country and moved to the city to work on the wharves, then found themselves unemployed again when the courts ordered Patrick to reinstate the members of the MUA. These men and women, portrayed in the series as "scabs", suffered more than anyone else in this conflict.
Boo fucking hoo. They knew exactly what they were getting in for. They agreed to be a part of the greatest government fuck you to workers since since the lockouts of the early 80s'. So sad they lost their jobs ... because Patrick was found to have illegally sacked its workforce. Not because the MUA were big meanies themselves.
Of course under Workchoices the Operational reasons - with the crane rates etc (which were slow by modern port standards) - the MUA would have lost today.
Poor old Michael Duffy. I tell you what, try and find some Liberal party hacks who have done something news worthy where they can be depicted in a loving fashion and lets see if the ABC can go co-venture with that? How about a mini series about how the Libs hired 12 law firms to write 1200 pages of worker fucking over legislation then bought it in without taking it to the voters first. That would be some classy stuff.
DISCLAIMER: Mikey is a union member and a member of the ALP.