House debates

Wednesday, 25 June 2014


Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014; Second Reading

7:12 pm

Photo of Natasha GriggsNatasha Griggs (Solomon, Country Liberal Party) Share this | Hansard source

The article continues:

But Mr Lawler found the offer was “arguably unreasonable ... and would be susceptible to challenge before the Supreme Court on that basis”.

“Minister McCarthy’s conduct was not accountable, responsible or in the public interest,” Mr Lawler said.

Further, the NT News reported:

Ms Lawrie, a former lands minister, treasurer and deputy chief minister, was found to have “acted with bias over many years, forming a view in 2009 that Unions NT should be exclusively granted a lease over the site without an expression of interest process”.

“Minister Lawrie may have genuinely believed that granting the site exclusively to Unions NT was in the public interest (but) the way she involved herself in the process was not proper and was unfair to the public and other community groups.”

Where there is a Labor Party politician, there is a union crony lurking in the shadows.

Now back to the federal sphere. As I said earlier, the aim of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill is to provide the certainty and a basis for higher operating standards that members of registered organisations, such as unions, are entitled to expect. The amendments will dovetail with the findings of the ongoing royal commission into registered organisations, which is currently casting a judicial eye over the activities of unions and other organisations around the country.


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