Former CFMEU official Brian Fitzpatrick called triple-0 after death threats, inquiry told

Anna Patty Former union official Brian Fitzpatrick has told a royal commission that he called triple-0 moments after he received death threats.


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...

CFMEU veteran received death threats after blowing whistle

Brian Fitzpatrick

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker A building union stalwart says he received death threats after he tried to stop his union's dealings with a Sydney crime figure.

Criminal links claims against CFMEU NSW boss

Brian Parker

Rachel Olding The NSW secretary of the building union could be forced to fight for his job next week amid accusations he gave favourable treatment to labour hire firms with criminals ties.

The trials and tribulations of the CFMEU

Ben Schneiders The CFMEU slogan 'If provoked, we will strike' works both ways, as the union discovered last week.

Boral 'black banned' by union because of Grocon link


Nick Toscano Concrete giant Boral will allege that Australia's biggest building union has instituted a "black ban" on its products due to the company's association with developer Grocon.

Bald Hill wind farm builder threatened by union, say court papers


Nick Toscano Construction union bosses allegedly warned a builder that "we will f--- you over" and that it was "going to get ugly" if the company did not sign a pay deal, according to court documents.

Whistleblower blasts union's own corruption probe

Mathew Dunckley A construction union whistleblower has blasted an ''independent'' investigation into the allegations of corruption he raised describing it as an outrageous whitewash.

Union corruption: Death threats in building industry


Nick McKenzie Richard Baker A death threat to NSW construction union veteran Brian Fitzpatrick after he blew the whistle on the union's links to an organised crime figure is being examined by the royal commission on union...

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.

2014 Press freedom Australia address

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker, Investigative journalists for The Age

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker NICK McKENZIE:

Privacy commissioner investigates superannuation company CBUS

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Nick McKenzie Richard Baker Matthew Dunkley The Australian Privacy Commissioner is investigating superannuation giant CBUS for a second alleged large-scale leak of workers personal details.

On the march

A member of Golden Dawn Australia joins the white nationalists.

When far-right and anti-racist groups came eye-to-eye on a Brisbane street, the result was always going to be ugly. By John Safran.

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.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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


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.

Revealed: National network of dirty deals


Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Ben Schneiders Officials from Australia's powerful building unions are being bribed by corrupt companies that need their support to win multi-million-dollar contracts.

Bikie Amin Fakhri takes up an enterprising pursuit

Amin Fakhri

Standing nearly two metres tall and weighing more than 150 kilograms, Amin Fakhri makes an impression wherever he goes.

Bikies, crooks and Barangaroo

George Alex

Marcus Strom, Nick McKenzie A company controlled by crime figure George Alex has been supplying contract labour to the building site at Barangaroo with the knowledge and support of senior figures within the NSW branch of the...

Crime-linked companies win work on Victorian state projects

Tune Hotel in Swanston Street.

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker Contracts for government projects in Victoria and NSW have been awarded to crooked companies - including those with organised crime links - as part of rackets involving corrupt union officials.

Union veteran received death threats

Brian Fitzpatrick

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and James Massola A building union stalwart says he received death threats after he tried to stop his union's dealings with a Sydney crime figure, as mounting revelations see Prime Minister Tony Abbott poised to...