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ADMINISTRATION—HEALTH SERVICES UNION—MR MICHAEL WILLIAMSON

Senator Kroger, at the request of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 853—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) Mr Michael Williamson's recent roles as President of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), member of the ALP Industrial Committee, Executive Member of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Vice President of Unions NSW, Vice President of the ALP New South Wales Branch and Trustee of First State Super, and

  (ii) findings by Mr Ian Temby, QC and Mr Dennis Robertson, FCA that, while Mr Williamson was General Secretary of the Health Services Union (HSU) East Branch, he, his family, his company and his close associates benefitted from $20 million in union members' funds which was spent without proper financial control;

 (b) condemns this use of union members' funds at the HSU by Mr Williamson as found by Mr Temby and Mr Robertson; and

 (c) calls for stronger penalties under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 than the present $6 600 monetary penalty and to include penalties under the Corporations Act 2001.

Statements by leave: The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations (Senator Collins), Senator Abetz and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,31


Senators—
AbetzColbeckJoyceRonaldson
BackCormannKroger (Teller)Ryan
BernardiEdwardsMacdonaldScullion
BirminghamEgglestonMadiganSinodinos
BoyceFawcettMasonSmith
BrandisFierravanti-WellsNashWilliams
BushbyFifieldParryXenophon
CashHumphriesPayne

NOES, 35


Senators—
BishopFaulknerMarshallStephens
BrownFeeneyMcEwen (Teller)Sterle
CameronFurnerMilneThistlethwaite
Carr, BobGallacherMooreThorp
Carr, KimHanson-YoungPolleyUrquhart
CollinsHoggPrattWaters
CrossinLudlamRhiannonWhish-Wilson
Di NataleLudwigSiewertWright
FarrellLundySingh

Question negatived.