For the September quarter building and construction work is down 11 per cent compared to last year. This release is a memory-jerker reminding us what we confront in terms of the monopoly boosted costs of this essential component of capital investment. On the Bolt Report of 21 November, Kimberley Kitching refused to criticise the CMFEU, arguing that the union had been good for its members. John Slater of the H.R. Nicholls Society takes a contrary view arguing that the winners are the union chiefs and ordinary members lose out. Unless John Slater was addressing a broader definition of worker, Senator Kitching is likely to be closer to the mark, just as the 1980s highly protected car assembly industry or the worker controlled postal and electricity monopolies were good for their workers. They were, of course, especially bad for their customers and bad for the economy as a whole.