Palaszczuk must co-operate after Hanna's conviction

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LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has called for the Palaszczuk Labor Government to rejoin the national taskforce investigating high-level union corruption after today's conviction of her CFMEU comrade Dave Hanna.

Hanna, former state president of the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union, was unanimously convicted at the District Court of destroying documents needed by a royal commission (pictured with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk).

"Annastacia Palaszczuk faces a leadership test after one of her biggest supporters was found guilty of destroying hundreds of documents that may have been needed for the royal commission into alleged corruption in trade unions," Ms Frecklington said.

"In January last year, Labor pulled out of a successful joint national taskforce investigating high-level union corruption crippling parts of the state's building industry.

"The CFMMEU has been accused of using ruthless intimidation to force individuals and firms to use its workers and its favoured contractors.

"In any self-respecting democracy, the CFMMEU would be treated as an outcast by politicians on all sides.

"But in Queensland, the CFMMEU has unfettered access to the Palaszczuk Government and its Ministers go into bat for the union whenever its appalling behaviour hits the headlines.

"The CFMMEU is a rogue organisation and it should be cut loose by Labor. Its ugly leadership will never mend its ways until this happens.

"At the very least, today's guilty verdict must surely be the catalyst for the Premier to recommit Queensland to the joint taskforce once again."

 
Deb Frecklington : Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) of Queensland :
PO Box 940, Spring Hill Qld 4004, Queensland Wide
07 3844 0666
Deb Frecklington : Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) of Queensland
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