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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.

Royal commission takes aim at CFMEU, recommends charges against senior officials

The Age News Picture by Wayne Taylor 18th May 2014.  CFMEU official John Setka at the ALP State conference at Mooney Valley racecourse today.

Ben Schneiders and Anna Patty The head of Victoria’s militant construction union, John Setka, should be considered for charges of blackmail and coercion while the construction union acts in ‘‘wilful defiance of...

Napthine in new grant row over former horse race partner's apartment project

Neoh and Napthine

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Premier Denis Napthine is embroiled in a new regional grants row in his Warrnambool-based electorate after announcing hundreds of thousands of dollars for street works that could benefit an apartment...

Warning on regional grants used to help Denis Napthine's horse-racing partner's business expansion ignored

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar The state government approved regional grants to help the expansion of a business run by a wealthy horse-racing partner of Premier Denis Napthine despite advice that use of the funds was...

East West Link cost to taxpayers should be released: experts

Artists impression of East West link western gateway.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Why shouldn't the public know? It is the public paying for it after all, says an associate professor.

MP Cesar Melhem denies using slush fund to buy his way into Parliament

Cesar Melhem

Nick Toscano and Ben Schneiders Embattled state Labor MP Cesar Melham has strongly denied claims he bought his way into parliament through his use of a controversial slush fund

Universities' analysis shows East West link bill to reach $17.8 billion

An artist's impression of Melbourne's East West Link.

Royce Millar, Ben Schneiders and Josh Gordon The Coalition's signature infrastructure project will be a drain on the public purse until the mid-2040s, an analysis shows.

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Labor MP Cesar Melhem acted ''improperly'' with slush fund, trade union royal commission told

State Labor MP Cesar Melhem.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar Embattled state Labor MP Cesar Melhem ‘‘improperly’’ used his position and breached the duties he owed his former union by raising more than $500,000 for a slush fund that was...

The forgotten people, Victoria's 1 million renters

A rental property

Ben Schneiders Renters pay a hefty part of their income for shelter in a system that gives them few rights and little security, writes Ben Schneiders.

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ACTU slams Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption

Tim Lyons from the ACTU

Ben Schneiders and Nick Toscano The Royal Commission into trade unions has failed to properly investigate employer misconduct and the inquiry is a ‘‘deeply, irrevocably political exercise’’, a top ACTU...

Victoria's birth rate falls to lowest in Australia

Ellen Kwek with baby Zoe at home in Carlton North.

Ben Schneiders Victoria has the lowest birth rate in Australia and is well below the level needed to sustain the state's population without migration.

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

Jackson

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.