Amusing or a relic of the past? Wharfies’ public definition of a scab worker

6. THE SCAB
After God made the rattlesnake, the toad and the vampire, he had some awful substance left over, with which he made a SCAB.
A SCAB is a two legged animal with a corkscrew soul, water logged brain and a combination backbone made of jelly and glue. Where other people have their hearts, a SCAB has a tumour of rotten principles.
When a SCAB comes down the street, honest men turn their backs, the angels weep tears in heaven and the devil closes the gates of hell to keep them out. No-one has a right to SCAB, as long as there is a pool of water deep enough to drown their body, or a rope long enough to hang their carcass with.
Judas Iscariot is a gentlemen compared with the SCAB for after betraying his mater, he had enough character to hang himself and a SCAB has not. There is no word in the English language that carries so much hatred, scorn, loathing and contempt as the word SCAB.
Once so branded a SCAB, they are marked for life. There is no escape. It is infinitely worse than the brand placed upon Cain. It goes with them everywhere, it shadows their every footstep. It never dies, and no wonder, for it is synonym of all that is mean, contemptible and unmanly. It signifies that it is impossible for its owner to descend to lower depths.
The SCAB has tried to undermine people who are battling for the bread and butter of their partners and chil-dren. They have sought to defeat their fellows and rivet the chains of oppression around them. Judas would not have sunk so low.
The criminal for the penitentiary may, to some degree, rehabilitate their character, but the SCAB is an external fixture, a living monument of self inflicted shame, a reproach to honest people, something that bares the outer resemblance of a person, but from whom the dignity of humanity has departed for ever. As people shun the leper for fear of the physical contamination, so they shun the SCAB for fear of spiritual contamination.

From evidence produced in Maritime Union of Australia v Fair Work Ombudsman [2016] FCAFC 102 delivered11 August 2016 per TRACEY, BUCHANAN AND BROMBERG JJ