There are fresh calls for the Palaszczuk Labor Government to shed links with the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) as the organisation fast approaches outlaw status.
Dr Christian Rowan MP, the State Member for Moggill, said the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption had exposed the questionable practices of union heavyweights who had close ties with the new Labor Government.
“The Premier has made no secret of the fact that her government owes its election win to union bosses and as a result there are Labor Ministers who owe their existence to the CFMEU,” Dr Rowan said.
“Now that explosive evidence has emerged that union bosses Michael Ravbar and Dave Hanna have allegedly destroyed documents, been involved in cover-ups and received free building work from developers, the Premier has no choice but to act.”
Dr Rowan said the allegations not only raise questions about the conduct of these union officials, but also about the Palaszczuk Government and the nine Labor Members who thanked the CFMEU for its help in getting them elected to parliament.
“The CFMEU has secured thirteen meetings with six cabinet ministers in just seven months and also given almost $750,000 in the form of donations to Labor’s coffers last two years,” he said.
“Is it any wonder Labor wants to shut down the Royal Commission and exclude unions from its own inquiry into political donations? The CFMEU has been bank rolling and string pulling the Palaszczuk Labor Government from day one.
“I’m calling on Annastacia Palaszczuk and Queensland Labor to cut ties with the CFMEU immediately and pay back the donations.
“The credibility of the Queensland Government depends on it.”