Therese don’t sell your baby!

There has been some trouble today about Kevin Rudd’s wife, Therese Rein. She apparently discovered something dodgy about the way her company was paying staff and then fixed it. How ridiculous!

Therese Rein apparently built her business from nothing, into a multi-million dollar company. The problem is that one of Ms Rein’s clients is the executive government.

Ms Rein’s company, Ingeus, has lucrative contracts with the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations worth about $58 million a year… (The Age)

Bugger. What a conundrum!
Don’t sell your baby Therese; I couldn’t. You both have to find a way to make it work…

If Rudd wins, and you are able to keep the company, it would be almost as inspirational as having a female Prime Minister.

Update 28 May 2007:

Democrats Senator, Andrew Bartlett writes:

“I’m appalled at the precedent set here. Right now women portfolioholders in all political parties in the federal parliament have husbands and partners with extensive business interests. The same goes for the male portfolioholders, in all political parties, whose wives and partners have businesses. In the recent past we’ve had Deputy Prime Ministers with farming businesses. These are not bad things, they are good things.”

“The last thing we should discourage is politicians being connected into the business world. Conflicts of interest can be managed. The important thing is that conflicts of interest are openly ethically and transparently managed under proper processes.”

"The cold reality is this - the job of businesspeople is to maximise the profit share. That always holds the potential for exploiting employees. Thats why you need fair workplace laws that are enforced."
I don't want people to think that I am part of the Democrats PR team, but Senator Bartlett does agree with me on this issue. The second point about business is so true. Ms Rein's company has every right to use the unfair IR laws to be unfair toward her employees. I'm sure a lot of businesses feel that the laws are unfair, but are they really going to turn up at the AGM and say, "Well we could have reduced labour costs this year by $500,000 but we thought it would be unfair".