Union Bill busted by rebel Se­na­tors

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has suf­fered an em­bar­rass­ing loss after its union-bust­ing En­sur­ing In­tegrity Bill was blocked by the Se­nate. The vote was locked at 34-34, mean­ing it failed to pass, with One Na­tion and in­de­pen­dent Sen­a­tor Jac­qui Lam­bie sid­ing with La­bor and the Greens. Gov­ern­ment power­bro­kers had be­lieved they had se­cured sup­port for the Bill from One Na­tion and Cen­tre Al­liance cross­benchers. But One Na­tion’s se­na­tors Pauline Han­son and Mal­colm Roberts blind­sided the Coali­tion and voted against the Bill with La­bor. It would have em­pow­ered the Reg­is­tered Or­gan­i­sa­tions Com­mis­sion to dereg­is­ter unions and dis­qual­ify of­fi­cials. La­bor and the Greens de­nounced the Bill, say­ing it was dra­co­nian and would al­low unions to be dereg­is­tered for “pa­per­work breaches’’.

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