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Senator Eric Abetz Liberal Senator for Tasmania Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

CEPU Allegations Must be Investigated Monday, 03 September 2012 09:48

Allegations that the boss of one of Australia’s biggest unions, the Communications, Electrical and

Plumbing Union (CEPU) has spent tens of thousands of dollars without explanation requires an

immediate investigation by Fair Work Australia.

“When other union bosses are pointing the finger and saying that one of their comrades is ‘engaging

in self-indulgence’, you know there’s a problem,” Senator Abetz said.

“Fair Work Australia must fully investigate these latest allegations, but that won’t fix the problem.”

“The only way to stop the union boss gravy train is to implement the Coalition’s Better Plan for

Accountability and Transparency of Registered Organisations which creates a new tough cop on the

beat and ensures tough penalties for those who do the wrong thing.”

“It is now becoming clear that the Health Services Union was just the tip of the iceberg, in fact it was

Julia Gillard herself who belled the cat while working at Slater and Gordon when she said, ''It is

common practice, indeed every union has what it refers to as a re-election fund, slush fund,


“Only the Coalition can ensure the rorts stop and that union members can have confidence in their

representative organisations,” Senator Abetz said.

Authorised by Senator Eric Abetz, 136 Davey Street, Hobart TAS 7000

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