Australian Workers Union

Builders expected to say former prime minister Julia Gillard paid for renovations

Anna Patty Questions of whether union money was used to pay for renovations at the house of former prime minister Julia Gillard in the early 1990s could be answered by the words of two builders and a former...

Wilson denies giving wads of cash to ex-PM

Bruce Wilson

Anna Patty The former Australian Workers Union official Bruce Wilson took to the stand at the royal commission into trade unions and denied a slush fund he established had issued sham invoices or that he gave...

Royal Commission: Kathy Jackson unable to explain how slush fund payments were spent

Jackson defends use of 'slush fun': Whistleblower Kathy Jackson.

Anna Patty and Ben Schneiders Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson was unable to explain how a string of large withdrawals totalling tens of thousands of dollars from a union slush fund were spent.

Kathy Jackson slush fund supported political allies

Kathy Jackson

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker Health Services Union boss turned whistleblower Kathy Jackson ran a secretive union slush fund that used up to $300,000 in members’ money to help support the political and factional campaigns of her...

Australia's unions warned to get paperwork in order for royal commission

Anna Patty Australia's peak union body has warned its affiliates to be prepared to provide documents at short notice showing any payments they have made to officials, relatives or political campaigns.

Slush fund money helped fund TWU official's campaign, Ralph Blewitt tells royal commission

Ralph Blewitt.

Anna Patty Money from a secret ''slush fund'' controlled by two former officials from the Australian Workers Union was used to help fund an election campaign for an official from the Transport Workers Union,...

Union insiders helping slush fund investigation

Senator Eric Abetz

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar Senior labour movement insiders have broken ranks to offer unprecedented co-operation to the Abbott government ahead of its royal commission on union slush funds and corruption.

Paul Howes expected to stand down from union movement

Paul Howes

Australia's highest profile unionist, Paul Howes, is expected to announce his resignation from the union movement on Monday.

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Kathy Jackson wants more than $300,000 from HSU

Kathy Jackson

Heath Aston Whistleblower Kathy Jackson is demanding more than $300,000 from the Health Services Union.

Slush fund royal commission: the labour movement faces its demons

March starting at the Parliament House in Perth by Western Australian Unions.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders The Royal Commission into union corruption could fatally wound Bill Shorten’s leadership. Or so Tony Abbott hopes. But the PM should be careful what he wishes for.

Job fears as Qantas scrutinises engineers

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Clay Lucas Qantas has announced it will ''review'' the work done by 300 remaining engineers, maintenance staff and contractors at Avalon Airport in Victoria, a move that will likely lead to most of them being...

Shorten calmed the madding crowd once, can he do it again?

Tony Wright dinkus.

Tony Wright It was just another night in a pub in the tough little town of Beaconsfield when things turned ugly. It was to become a peculiar test for a union chief named Bill Shorten.

The rise and fall of Julia Gillard

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Peter Hartcher In the fourth part of a five-part investigation, Peter Harcher reveals that factors that led to the downfall of Australia's first female prime minister,

Game changer

warren mundine

He switched allegiances from the Labor Party to the Liberals and has the ear of Tony Abbott. Welcome to Warren Mundine's new world.

'Showbag' to showpiece, a journey facing 'PM-to-be'

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Bill Shorten's enemies - and he made a few on his journey through the union movement, becoming invested with the prediction that he would be a prime minister one day - used to call him ''Showbag...

PM signals powerful union probe

Peter Cosgrove is announced as the next Governor-General by Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 28 January 2014.
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James Massola Josh Gordon Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to announce a royal commission with sweeping powers to examine corruption and other crime in the union movement.

Abbott swoops on union graft

Abbott

James Massola, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to announce a royal commission with sweeping powers to examine slush funds, corruption and malfeasance in the union movement.

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CFMEU corruption and bribery allegations play into government's hands

Senator Eric Abetz

James Massola Evidence of bribery and links between the powerful construction union, bikies, organised crime and companies seeking work on large private and government building projects could not have come at a...

The union movement is facing tough times

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Anne Davies Sex on the union credit card. Bribery, kickbacks, bikies and stand-over tactics. Slush funds and favours for mates.