Prime Minister Julia Gillard has addressed the National Conference of the Australian Workers’ Union in Brisbane.
The AWU is an important component of Gillard’s power base. The support of Bill Shorten, the former National Secretary of the AWU, and Paul Howes, the current National Secretary, was crucial to Gillard’s overthrow of Kevin Rudd. Treasurer Wayne Swan is supported by the AWU and its National President, Bill Ludwig. The AWU is an important component of the right-wing faction of the ALP.
- Listen to Gillard’s speech (23m)
Text of Julia Gillard’s speech to the AWU National Conference.
Thank you very much. Thank you to Paul for that very kind introduction.
Paul, a man of so few words that you really value it when he breaks his silence.
Paul, accused perhaps in the past of being a faceless man, but no one’s ever accused him of being a voiceless man.
That is a good thing, that is a good thing for the members of the Australian the Workers Union because what that means is that Paul raises a passionate voice to put your causes, your concerns at the centre of the national debate so I congratulate him on his leadership of this great union. [Read more...]