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Monday, 26 February 2018
Page: 2003

Mr WALLACE (Fisher) (19:02): I seek leave to continue the debate on the motion.

Mr Perrett interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Mr Coulton ): Member for Moreton, leave is granted?

Mr Perrett: In the interests of freedom of expression, leave is granted.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you.

Honourable members interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Before I call the member for Fisher, I want to remind honourable members that I have the ability to vacate the chair and close this chamber down if the discussion becomes unruly. I'm sure everyone wants to have a chance at this, so I call the member for Fisher.

Mr WALLACE: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, and I'm indebted to my friend the member for Moreton. CFMEU president Dave Hanna, on the previous matter that I was talking about—

An opposition member: Former.

Mr WALLACE: the former president of the CFMEU—was fined $10,500 in May last year for illegally entering a worksite and threatening to bury an innocent bystander's mobile phone down their throat. Now, at the worksite of Glencore's Oaky North mine last year, the situation was even more appalling. I can't read some of the quotes that came out of this atrocious and long-running campaign of personal threats, but reports from the picket line—a picket line that the Leader of the Opposition visited—stated—

Honourable members interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for Fisher.

Mr WALLACE: You're eating into my time.

Honourable members interjecting

Mr WALLACE: The Leader of the Opposition visited this picket line and stated that workers who were simply going about their business were told that union members were going to attack them with a crowbar and even do inexplicable things to their children. How about freedom from simple abuse? Once again the examples of abuse from Oakey Creek are unrepeatable in parliament. But there are many more. At Sydney's Barangaroo building site a lone CFMEU official has called Lend Lease employees and even a female police officer 'dogs', 'scum', 'lower than a paedophile grub' and much worse. Before the union movement and its political lackeys in the Labor Party come into this place and lecture us in long motions on the attack of freedom represented by a simple regulation on flags, they should look at themselves and the attacks that their officials are perpetrating in this country every single day. I ask the question of those opposite: who of those opposite have actually worked on a building site?

Honourable members interjecting

Mr WALLACE: Great, so you've all worked on building sites, excellent, terrific. Member for Moreton, come on, you are a solicitor.

An honourable member: So are you!

Mr WALLACE: I am a barrister and I have worked on a building site.

An honourable member: Do you have a ticket?

Mr WALLACE: No, I don't have a ticket. But the problem with those opposite, the CFMEU and its predecessor, the BLF, is they consistently believe in this concept of no ticket, no start.

An honourable member: Hear hear!

Mr WALLACE: 'Hear hear', the honourable member says over here.

An honourable member: Safety first, mate.

Mr WALLACE: It has nothing to do with safety. No ticket no start is an absolute attack on freedom of association, an attack that the CFMEU continues to perpetrate time and time again—the same organisation that constantly is criticised by the Federal Court for consistent breaches of the industrial laws of this country. There are 77 CFMEU representatives before the courts facing a total of 865 alleged contraventions.

Mr Rob Mitchell interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Member for McEwen, your time will come.

Mr WALLACE: The CFMEU now holds the very dubious honour of having received $12 million in fines. Just the week before last, the High Court ruled that it is permissible for a court to order that the CFMEU cannot pay fines imposed upon its elected officials. So we are hopefully now going to see a change in the culture of the CFMEU, badges that those opposite proudly wear despite having received millions of dollars in fines, despite having given millions of dollars in political donations that the Labor Party continue to gladly receive. Shame on you.