Nothing to see here, move along: ACTU

The ACTU’s so-called consideration of the alleged independent review of union governance was a predictable flop according to the Opposition.

“When you have a handpicked reviewer making voluntary recommendations, you’ve got to wonder if it was something prepared in anticipation of the Melbourne Comedy Festival,” Senator Abetz said today.

“We’ve had revelation after revelation about union bosses doing the wrong thing with union members’ money in recent years and it’s time that the ACTU took the matter seriously and stopped treating its membership with contempt regarding this important issue.”

“Union members deserve the right to know that their union fees will be spent on activities genuinely in the interests of them and fellow workers.”

“If the ACTU wants to be taken seriously in relation to malfeasance and illegality, it should condemn affiliate union bosses who have called on members to break the law or indeed engaging in illegal activity,” Senator Abetz said.

The Fair Work Commission’s decision to refuse a right of entry permit to CFMEU Victoria President Ralph Edwards due to being "knowingly in contempt" of a Federal Court order and a National Union of Workers organiser who was imprisoned for inflicting grievous bodily harm as it could pose a potential risk to the safety of others is a step in the right direction.

“The Fair Work Commission’s tough stance against union boss militancy is welcome but it’s high time for Bill Shorten to come out in support of the actions of his own agency. Instead, last week Mr Shorten was standing shoulder to shoulder with union bosses who were calling for union members to break the law.”

“It’s important that union bosses who are given the privileged status of being a right of entry permit holder recognise the important responsibilities that they have including acting in a proper manner and well within the law.”

“The only way to restore integrity into the way that registered organisations conduct themselves is with a Coalition Government implementing our Better Plan for Accountability and Transparency of Registered Organisations,” Senator Abetz said.

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Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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