Senate debates

Monday, 20 August 2012


Health Services Union

3:46 pm

Photo of Eric AbetzEric Abetz (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations) Share this | Hansard source

Even the ACTU have condemned Mr Williamson. At present the penalty is a $6,600 fine for a possible $21 million fraud. Company directors in a similar circumstance face $220,000 fines and a potential five-year period of imprisonment. But, if you are a union official, under this government and with the Greens $6,600 will be the maximum penalty. We know that three-quarters of Labor senators are former union bosses, and one wonders whether that has any influence in relation to the way they vote given that Mr Temby and Mr Robertson have made these devastating findings against the former National President of the Australian Labor Party. (Time expired)


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