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Unions hit out at new law on balloting to fund campaigns

QUEENSLAND Council of Unions Rockhampton secretary Craig Allen believes the Newman Government is trying to stop Queenslanders knowing the effects of the Peter Costello audit.

Mr Allen said the audit was designed to privatise, outsource, franchise and divest government assets.

His claims came a day after the State Government's Industrial Relations Bill was passed by parliament.

From July 1, unions will be required to ballot members for expenditure of more than $10,000 on political campaigns.

Mr Allen said he believed the legislation was designed to stop unions from speaking out against bad State Government decisions and would prevent democracy in Queensland.

"If a union wishes to spend $10,000 or more on a campaign against any government, the larger unions are now forced to spend more than $50,000 to ballot all members to seek endorsement of expenditure over $10,000," he said.

The Queensland Council of Unions will launch a High Court challenge against Liberal National Party anti-democracy laws.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleije said the legislation would give power back to grassroots union members.



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