Police taskforce set up to investigate union corruption
THE Federal Government is establishing a police taskforce to investigate evidence of criminal conduct uncovered by the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Victorian Premier Denis Napthine announced the joint taskforce between the Australian Federal Police and Victorian Police in Melbourne this morning, with Mr Abbott saying he expected to be making announcements about agreements with other states "within days, certainly within weeks".
The Coalition maintains the Royal Commission has received significant evidence of criminal conduct, including widespread instances of physical and verbal violence, cartel conduct, secondary boycotts, contempt of court and other institutional orders.
Mr Abbott said the police were best placed to deal with this type of criminal activity.
"The [Victorian] Premier and I have established a joint police task force to deal firmly, decisively and swiftly with widespread corruption, violence and organised crime connections inside the construction industry," he said.