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Ben Schneiders

Ben is a senior writer at The Age with a focus on industrial relations, the building industry and social affairs. He was previously the workplace editor at The Age and has also worked as a business reporter at The Australian Financial Review and The Independent on Sunday.

Kathy Jackson seeks delay in $1.4m case because of mental health problems

Ben Schneiders and Nick Toscano Controversial unionist Kathy Jackson has sought a delay in a $1.4 million lawsuit brought against her for alleged widespread fraud and theft citing her serious mental health problems.

Labor MP Cesar Melhem faces fresh slush fund query

State Labor MP Cesar Melhem.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Royce Millar, Ben Schneiders The royal commission into union corruption has ordered state Labor MP Cesar Melhem to reappear amid new revelations he sought to secretly donate $9600 to a think tank just days before his first...

MP Cesar Melhem put slush fund money towards winning Labor faction fights

State MP Cesar Melhem.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Embattled state MP Cesar Melhem doled out more than $100,000 from a controversial slush fund to a string of community and sporting groups linked to Labor factional dogfights and branch-stacking, and...

On the slush fund trail, from respectable business lunch to grubby Labor dogfights

Parliament press conference

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar It was a lunch that attracted executives from some of Australia’s most powerful businesses with one of country’s most influential politicians, Bill Shorten, the drawcard.

Labor retains lead over Napthine government as job woes hurt Coalition

generic thumbnail, state parliament, Victoria, Spring Street, Denis Napthine, Daniel Andrews

Ben Schneiders State Labor retains an election-winning lead over the Napthine government with a new poll showing voters marking the Coalition government hard on its record on jobs and public transport.

HSU head Diana Asmar denies getting slush fund cash from now state MP Cesar Melhem

HSU head Diana Asmar.

Ben Schneiders The head of a conflict-plagued HSU branch in Victoria, Diana Asmar, has denied receiving tens of thousands of dollars in support from a slush fund run by current state MP, Cesar Melhem.

Corruption whistleblower accused of pulling gun on union official, Royal Commission told

A pistol revolver.

Ben Schneiders and Nick Toscano A building industry figure who accused construction union leader John Setka of corruption was alleged to have pulled a gun on a union official in the 1990s, the Royal Commission into union corruption...

MP Cesar Melhem's future unclear after royal commission slush fund revelations

Victorian Labor MP Cesar Melhem.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Victorian Labor MP faces an uncertain political future with Labor leader refusing to fully back the embattled MP over his handling of union slush fund.

CFMEU's sweet Coca-Cola deal adds cash to slush fund

Pricing pressure in the big supermarkets and weaker sales in convenience stores and petrol stations weighed on Coca-Cola Amatil's profit margins.

Ben Schneiders A militant construction union’s slush fund booked more than $300,000 in revenue over five years under a deal struck with Coca-Cola to take a cut of the sale of soft drinks and chips on building...

Sparkies threaten strikes over draft building code

Ben Schneiders The Victorian construction industry is heading for strife with a powerful building union warning that talks with employers are at stalemate with industrial action possible.

Workers 'amazed' that Kathy Jackson's HSU got $250,000 payment

Dr Ian Radford.

Ben Schneiders A former research scientist at Peter MacCallum cancer hospital said he was ‘’amazed’’ to read that controversial unionist Kathy Jackson had struck a secretive $250,000 deal...

Warrnambool land sold to close friend of Premier

Midfield Group managing director Colin McKenna with Premier Denis Napthine.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar The Warrnambool meat company at the centre of conflict of interest claims involving Premier Denis Napthine will benefit from an additional $600,000 in state government money that will see funding...

Shop union slush fund linked to vote

Kathy Jackson

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders A mysterious slush fund linked to the shop assistants' union - a dominant player in the Labor Party - was used to back a ticket aligned with whistleblower Kathy Jackson and federal Labor frontbencher...

Napthine failed to reveal stake in numerous horses

Premier of Victoria, Denis Napthine poses with former Melbourne Cup-winning horse Subzero.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar Premier Denis Napthine has failed to disclose to Parliament his financial stake in multiple racehorses, raising questions about possible breaches of MP disclosure laws and contempt of Parliament.

Chicken man blocks office to crow about CFMEU leaders

Ben Schneiders The CFMEU's tactics have been turned on itself.

Premier Denis Napthine had 'direct involvement' in Midfield Meat expansion

<i>Illustration: Ron Tandberg</i>

Royce Millar, Ben Schneiders and Henrietta Cook Premier Denis Napthine had a ''direct involvement'' in helping pave the way for the expansion of the food processing operation led by wealthy businessman Colin McKenna, who co-owns a racehorse with...

Premier silent on horse at racing event

Ben Schneiders Premier Denis Napthine was able to talk about other people's racehorses, not his own, at a Liberal Party fundraiser on Wednesday night.

Premier Denis Napthine's department linked directly to $1.5m grant

Denis Napthine.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Denis Napthine's own department was directly involved in recommending grant to assist expansion plans by a wealthy businessman who co-owns a racehorse with the Premier.

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Premier's office in the loop

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Premier Denis Napthine's private office and department appear to have played an active role in the transfer of Crown land.

Victoria's Premier Napthine faces 'grants for mates' conflict

Midfield Group managing director Colin McKenna with Premier Denis Napthine.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Premier and racing minister Denis Napthine faces major conflict of interest questions over a $1.5 million government grant to a leading Warrnambool business and racing figure.