Prime Minister Scott Morrison has used the NRL’s State of Origin match in Perth as a backdrop to announce his plans to introduce new anti-union laws in a previously unheralded overhaul of the nation’s industrial relations system.
A relaxed Mr Morrison was this morning still participating in victory celebrations after NSW thrashed Queensland by 38-6 in the second match of the NRL’s 2019 State of Origin series played in the WA capital in a bid to raise the code’s profile in the west.
“How good are the Blues?” Mr Morrison said at a crowded post-match celebration in the NRL’s corporate suite a few hours ago after staying up all night partying.
“It shows if you have a go you get a go. Which reminds me how badly we need to implement new IR laws to smash militant unions, and by that I mean the CFMMEU and any other industrial organisation like them who are reckless enough to include the word ‘union’ in their name in such a lawless and provocative way.
“I didn’t want to bother voters during the campaign with these plans, they had enough to worry about. But we will be using the mandate we were given on 18 May to bring in changes to IR laws.”
Mr Morrison would not expand on his plans for new anti-union laws and returned to skolling beers for the cameras in the NRL private box.
“Last night’s win was a great and hard-fought victory for my team, NSW and I’m sure everyone in our great state will still be celebrating hard this morning.
“Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up for work today has my and my government’s full support,” Mr Morrison said. “I’ll be guarding their bum.”