The Courier-Mail

How the unions gave Bill a hand

Slush fund al­le­ga­tions over Shorten’s lead­er­ship

- EX­CLU­SIVE SI­MON BEN­SON

BILL Shorten’s cam­paign to be­come La­bor leader in 2013 was partly funded by undis­closed do­na­tions from an al­legedly dodgy se­cret mil­lion­dol­lar union slush fund.

And in fur­ther rev­e­la­tions ions on crunch day for the royal oyal com­mis­sion into trade union­nion cor­rup­tion, it has also been dis­cov­ered that one of Aus­tralia’s lia’s largest in­dus­try su­per funds,nds, con­trolled by the same union,ion, used thou­sands of dol­larss of mem­bers’ money to regularly arly do­nate to the slush fund.

The dis­cov­ery of links be­tween the slush fund, a $4.5 bil­lion su­per fund with 180,000000 union and non-union memem­bers and Mr Shorten’s bid d to be­come La­bor leader come­ses as the head of the royal com­mis­mis­sion, Jus­tice Dyson Hey­don, don, to­day hands down his de­ci­sion­sion on whether he will step down own amid ac­cu­sa­tions of bias by the unions and the La­bor Party. y.

The Courier-Mail can re­veal veal that Mr Shorten re­ceive­dived $5000 in undis­closed donaona­tions from a slush fund called alled IR21 as­so­ci­ated with the Na­tional Union of Work­ers.

The money was paid to the ALP na­tional sec­re­tar­iat un­der­n­der the “Shorten Lead­er­ship hip Cam­paign” on Septem­berer 26, 2013.

It was al­leged that IR211 was set up to dodge rules pro­hibit­ing unions from us­ing mem­bers’ money to fund in­ter­nal elec­tion cam­paigns.

Mr Shorten at the time was con­test­ing the in­ter­nal lead­er­ship of the ALP against An­thony Al­banese.

One of the ma­jor donors rs to the IR21 slush fund was in­dus­dus­try su­per fund LUCRF (Labour­bour Union Co-op­er­a­tive Re­tire­ment Fund), whose board was dom­i­nated by NUW of­fi­cials.

The for­mer sec­re­tary of the NUW Char­lie Don­nelly, who was named in the in­terim re­port as be­ing re­spon­si­ble for set­ting up IR21, re­signed from the NUW and be­came the CEO of LUCRF in 2014.

The dam­ag­ing rev­e­la­tions of al­leged links be­tween the en­ti­ties are con­tained within var­i­ous chap­ters of the royal com­mis­sion’s in­terim re­port of De­cem­ber last year.

But those links to Mr Shorten’s own bid to be­come La­bor leader had not been es­tab­lished un­til now.

A se­nior Gov­ern­ment source, aware of the tim­ing of the rev­e­la­tions, ar­gued that the dots had not been pre­vi­ously drawn.

“These alarm­ing rev­e­la­tions from the Trade Union Royal Com­mis­sion In­terim Re­port high­light the se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions heard by the com­mis­sion and the im­por­tance of it con­tin­u­ing its work,” they said.

“With union of­fi­cials im­pli- cated in al­leged crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, it’s no won­der that La­bor has sought from day one to un­der­mine the in­tegrity of the com­mis­sioner and the royal com­mis­sion it­self.”

Events held by IR21, set up by Mr Don­nelly in 2003, are al­leged to have raised upu to $300,000 a year.

NUW gen­eral secr sec­re­tary Tim Kennedy claimed no find­ings had been made by the com­mis­sion against the N NUW.

He said he could not speaks di­rectly for LUCRF but thatth it was rou­tine for com­panie com­pa­nies, in­di­vid­u­als and su­per­annu su­per­an­nu­a­tion funds to buy tick­ets to event­sev such as those by IR21.

The Courier-Mail was last night await­ing a re­sponse from

Mr Shorten’s of­fice.

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HELP­ING HAND: La­bor leader Bill Shorten in Bris­bane yesterday.

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