David Marler

David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs
David is a full time Queensland carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to NoFibs.
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Born in Dalby, Queensland, Australia actress and producer Margot Robbie is also a world renowned supporter of the union movement.

Seven West Media’s masthead may have missed the mark in its attack on the Australian government’s new industrial relations laws by using the Barbie (2023) star’s image above the headline, “They’re A Dud”.

ABC News reported on Thursday, “First responders will have easier access to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compensation and contractors will receive the same pay as full-time employees in the same role within weeks, after the government agreed to crossbench demands to split its massive industrial relations bill.” Same pay for same work to become law under Labor-crossbench industrial relations deal.

Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Tony Burke said the changes now made wage theft a crime.

The image used by The West Australian of Ms Robbie in a bubble bath sipping champagne is from a cameo in the film, The Big Short (2015) in which she explains the Wall Street stock market in relation to subprime mortgages and short selling. The scene makes no reference to IR laws and the film explores the corruption in the United States (US) mortgage market.

Many social media commentators were quick to point out the bizarre choice made by the paper.

Ms Robbie was quoted earlier this year expressing strong support for the strike action in the US by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). The two organisations are now known collectively as the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

“I’m very much in support of all of the unions and I’m a part of SAG so I would absolutely stand by that.”

Margot Robbie, Margot Robbie says she is ‘absolutely’ prepared to join actors’ strike

She has also advocated for workers rights in the industry over many years.

Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) has confirmed Ms Robbie remains a member of the union.

PEDESTRIAN.TV covered the story late this afternoon.

NoFibs reached out to Ms Robbie through her agent to see if she was aware of her image being used by The West Australian and to see if she had any comment to make.