Probe needed into union funding

1 Dec 2010 2:55 PMJann Stuckey

1 December 2010

SERIOUS allegations of dodgy campaign funding in the Transport Workers Union elections deserved a full and transparent investigation, the State Opposition said today.

LNP Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations Jann Stuckey called on Attorney-General Cameron Dick to put aside any prejudices and order an inquiry into the sordid allegations.

Ms Stuckey said the public admission by incoming TWU state secretary Peter Biagini (made on 4BC radio) that other unions had (financially) backed his campaign should be ringing alarm bells with all financial members of the TWU and the wider community.

“It’s all a bit smelly and Mr Dick needs to act,” Ms Stuckey said.

“He should request an investigation by the Queensland Electoral Commission with recommendations to the CMC if the allegations of outside funding are substantiated.”

Ms Stuckey said it appeared from Mr Biagini’s admission the outcome of the TWU elections had been compromised.

“There needs to be openness and accountability with all union members’ monies. Vote-rigging and dodgy deals should be totally outlawed.”

Ms Stuckey said if it was good enough for all political parties to publicly disclose financial backers, it should be the same for unions.

“This is all about the dirty deals and rorts in the ALP and the manoeuvrings by the backers of contenders to replace Anna Bligh as Labor leader.

“It would be very interesting to see the result of a fresh plebiscite of TWU financial members on their support or otherwise for the use of outside union funds in their elections, especially if, as claimed, the support from outsiders amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
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