Coalition to reintroduce 'union-busting' Bill to parliament
The Coalition has vowed to push ahead with the proposal of new laws aimed at deregistering and banning union officials who break the law.
Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor has today confirmed Scott Morrison’s government will reintroduce the “Ensuring Integrity Bill” to parliament in a bid to pass the tough new laws.
The Bill has previously failed to pass through the parliament after the Greens and Labor Party opposed it and a lack of crossbencher support saw it voted down.
The move comes amid the recent controversy surrounding Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) leader John Setka.
Mr Setka had been reported to have made comments about anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty, saying her advocacy meant men had fewer rights.
Mr Setka yesterday said the claims are “completely false” and confirmed he will remain in his position, despite being suspended from the Labor Party and facing expulsion.
"I have always been a huge supporter of Rosie Batty and admired her tireless work she has done and what she has achieved," Mr Setka told reporters.
"Everyone at that meeting knows that what has been reported is not what I said and the member who leaked these false allegations, for nothing more than political gain, should be the one who hangs their head in shame.
"There's no reason for me to resign.”
Maritime Union of Australia's WA secretary Christy Cain was at the meeting from which reports of Mr Setka's comments emerged, and supports his account.
“He certainly did not, under no circumstances, and I reiterate that - under no circumstances - denigrate Rosie Batty," Mr Cain told ABC.
I've been down the wharf. Our membership are fully behind John Setka, and that's the maritime division.”
Mr Setka will have a chance to defend himself when an expulsion motion is put forward by Labor leader Anthony Albanese at a meeting of the ALP national executive on July 5.
The move could have major implications for the Labor Party, which has received at least $11 million in donations from the CFMMEU since 2000.
He is also expected to meet with ACTU secretary Sally McManus.
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