The ACT Labor/Green government should suspend all financial and political links with the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), pending the outcome of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance, Shadow Minister for Small Business Andrew Wall said today.
“As a result of evidence provided to the Royal Commission by Canberra businesses, a number of former CFMEU and former ALP members are now facing charges. Given the very close political relationship between the ACT Labor Party and the CFMEU it would be prudent for the ACT Labor/Green government to distance themselves until criminal charges are investigated,” Mr Wall said.
“The ACT Branch of the CFMEU has made significant contributions to both ACT Labor and the ACT Greens election campaigns, both financially and by way of supportive third party campaigns.
“The CFMEU has donated almost $215,000 to the ALP in cold hard cash since Labor came to power in the ACT, and in addition to this, the ACT Greens have received $92,500 from the CFMEU since 2006.
“Serious allegations have been levelled at the CFMEU in the Royal Commission and it is incumbent upon members of the Labor/Green government to suspend their relationship with the CFMEU in order to maintain the integrity of the government,” Mr Wall concluded.