Pressure mounts on Shorten to allow document release

Later today, Labor Senators will face an important test: will they allow documents to be released that relate to the appointment of Ms Nicole Wells to the Fair Work Commission.

Bill Shorten, as Workplace Relations Minister, appointed Ms Nicole Wells to the Fair Work Commission in 2012. Since then, Ms Wells has been caught up in a redundancy issue that caught the ire of the Federal Court and is now under investigation by the Registered Organisations Commission.

Further, the Tasmanian Integrity Commission is inquiring into her dual appointment to the Tasmanian Industrial Commission following suggestions under oath in the Federal Court that it was an inducement.

“These are serious matters that go to Bill Shorten’s integrity and decision making as a Minister,” Senator Abetz said.

“The Australian people have a right to know whether Mr Shorten knew of these allegations when making the appointment and the extent of discussions he had with the former Tasmanian Minister who is under investigation by the Integrity Commission.”

“If Bill Shorten has nothing to hide, Labor Senators will allow the full release of these documents today,” Senator Abetz said.

About Eric

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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