Richard Di Natale: [bash; fundraiser; ploy; union movement] Look, the Royal commission was set up as a union bashing exercise. It was pretty transparent at the time. You've got the fellow who is heading the Royal Commission now attending Liberal Party fundraisers. If it's not a bias, it's just really poor judgement and that should disqualify him in and of itself. It was deliberate ploy by the government. This government does this sort of stuff. It plays politics all the time with these sorts of issues. If there is criminality within the union movement, well, charge them. You know, that's why we have laws. So, if somebody is guilty of a criminal offence, they should be charged and they should prosecuted.
Richard Di Natale: [allegation; float around; mockery; get in the way; play it for all it's worth; try;] It is typical. But what we know is that there are all these sorts of allegations floating around. We've got a royal commissioner who's got - who has links to the Liberal Party. He's now been found out accepting fundraisers to Liberal Party events. I mean, it makes a mockery of the independence of the process, and that's the problem with this stuff. The politics always gets in the way of getting a decent outcome, and so you end up with, if there is an issue within the union at the moment, I think obviously that current government play that for all it's worth. Well find those people who are guilty of it, charge them and have them tried before the law.
words or actions that are carefully planned to get an advantage over sb else.
to be the subject of frequent discussion or attention.