JOINT PRESS RELEASE
THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITIONSENATOR THE HON. GEORGE BRANDIS SC, SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERALINDEPENDENT JUDICIAL INQUIRY INTO THE AUSTRALIAN WORKERS
UNION WORKPLACE REFORM ASSOCIATION
Today, on behalf of the Coalition, I called on the Government to establish an independent judicial inquiry.Only an independent judicial inquiry will provide Australians with true and complete answers in relation tothe formation and actions of the
Australian Workers’ Union Workplace Reform Association.
The Coalition has repeatedly asked Julia Gillard to give a full account of her actions during this time and shehas consistently refused to do so.We have wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt but Julia Gillard has not provided the Parliament withfull and complete answers.We believe that the misuse of union funds is a serious matter. The hard working men and women who aremembers of trade unions expect their unions to act honestly in the interests of members.The Prime Minister has repeatedly refused to directly answer the questions asked of her in the Parliamentthis week. Australians expect better from the Prime Minister.If Julia Gillard has nothing to hide, why is she refusing to agree to a judicial inquiry that would allow thefull and complete facts to be known?The Coalition believes a judicial inquiry into these matters is warranted and that the judicial inquiry shouldcanvass the following matters.
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR AN INQUIRY INTO THE AUSTRALIAN WORKERS’ UNION
WORKPLACE REFORM ASSOCIATION INC. AND RELATED MATTERS
To inquire into and report on:1.
The incorporation of the Australian Workers’ Union Workplace Reform Association Inc. (“theAssociation”) in 1992, and in particular whether misleading statements were made to the
Corporate Affairs Commission of Western Australia in relation to the constitution, objects andpurposes of the Association.2.
The conduct and activities of the Association and of its officers.3.
The operation of all bank accounts held in the name of the Association or operated on behalf of the Association or its office bearers, and in particular the payment from such bank accounts of monies for unlawful or improper purposes and the subsequent use of such monies.