The Courier-Mail

SHORTEN’S ‘SE­CRET’ $5K FUND

- SI­MON BEN­SON

BILL Shorten’s cam­paign to be­come Op­po­si­tion Leader in 2013 re­ceived undis­closed do­na­tions from an al­legedly dodgy, se­cret mil­lion-dol­lar union slush fund.

On the day union cor­rup­tion royal com­mis­sioner Dyson Hey­don will de­cide whether he should step down, it can be re­vealed one of the largest in­dus­try su­per funds – con­trolled by the same union – used mem­bers’ cash to do­nate to the slush fund.

Mr Shorten re­ceived $5000 in undis­closed do­na­tions from the slush fund called IR21, a re­serve as­so­ci­ated with the Na­tional Union of Work­ers al­legedly set up to dodge rules pro­hibit­ing unions from us­ing mem­bers’ money to fund in­ter­nal elec­tion cam­paigns.

The money was paid to the ALP na­tional sec­re­tar­iat un­der the “Shorten Lead­er­ship Cam­paign” on Septem­ber 26, 2013.

Mr Shorten’s spokes­woman said the do­na­tion did not need to be dis­closed un­der the “rules that ap­ply to do­na­tions made ... to en­sure trans­parency”. RE­PORT P2

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