Comments in March by Sally McManus, Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), about breaking unjust laws (ABC’s 7:30 Report, 15/3/17) stirred quite a reaction. Here is what she said:
I believe in the rule of law where the law is fair and the law is right. But when it’s unjust, I don’t think there’s a problem with breaking it.
Christopher Pyne, Liberal frontbencher and Leader of the House, responded by saying that McManus’s comments were ‘the kind of anarcho-Marxist claptrap we used to hear from anarchists at Adelaide University in the 1980s’.