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TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION – CASH MISLEADS AUSTRALIANS ABOUT DOUBLE DISSOLUTION TRIGGER

March 10, 2016

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash confirmed that this is a Government in search of a double dissolution trigger, and that she is willing to mislead Australians to deliver it.

At the National Press Club on Tuesday Michaelia Cash said:

The Government already has a trigger in relation to the registered organisations commission legislation… the trigger is an incredibly important one when you look at the outcomes of the Heydon Royal Commission and in particular in relation to corrupting benefits.

The Trade Union Royal Commission report deals with corrupting benefits, yet there is nothing in the Registered Organisations Bill that deals with this.

The Registered Organisations Bill had been defeated twice by the Senate before the Royal Commission had even concluded its report.

In fact the Government has taken no steps to implement the recommendations of its $80 million taxpayer funded royal commission.  

In contrast, Labor has announced a package of governance changes aimed at deterring and detecting corruption in unions, including doubling the maximum penalties for all criminal offences under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act.

 

Labor has also released a strong plan to protect workers from exploitation from unscrupulous employers.

The Abbott-Turnbull Government has consistently said that they would resort to a double dissolution election if they could not pass the ABCC Bill.

Now, the Employment Minister has abandoned that pretext, saying that the Registered Organisations Bill will do, if the Government wants a double dissolution election.

This is a Government that is desperately searching for a reason to go to a double dissolution election. 

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