Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk must follow the advice of her predecessor Peter Beattie and refuse all further donations from the CFMEU, LNP leader Deb Frecklington said today.
Ms Frecklington spoke out after it was revealed the union has been fined $2.4 million in Queensland in the past 18 months and after CFMEU secretary John Setka admitted the union fought ‘outside the law’.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s integrity is on the line,” Ms Frecklington said.
“It is simply politically and morally unacceptable for any government to be bankrolled by a union that openly boasts about its criminal activity.
“Peter Beattie has said Labor should walk away from the CFMEU. At least someone in Queensland Labor has some integrity – it’s a shame the Premier doesn’t.
“Whether it’s the CFMEU or Labor-run Ipswich City Council, this Premier keeps turning a blind eye to corruption and criminal activity in her own ranks.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk has no right to lecture anyone on integrity while she continues to accept money from lawless unions.
“The Premier has repeatedly failed the character test on the CFMEU, including when she failed to condemn a CFMEU picket line for threatening to rape the children of non-union workers.”
The CFMEU’s influence on Queensland Labor is set to grow through its merger with the MUA.
Between 2014 and the 2017 state election, the two unions donated a combined $758,000 to Queensland Labor.