The Courier-Mail

Cops probe union boss over ‘secret payments’

- MATTHEW KILLORAN

FEDERAL police are investigat­ing a former top CFMEU official as the royal commission into union corruption turns its eye back towards Queensland.

David Hanna (pictured) this month resigned as the union’s national president of constructi­on, citing ongoing health issues related to a motorcycle accident from November last year.

But it can be confirmed the Australian Federal Police is leading an investigat­ion with the Queensland Police into allegation­s Mr Hanna took secret commission­s. The investigat­ion is also looking into the operation of a union fund.

It comes as the royal commission into trade unions prepares to sit in Brisbane for two weeks from next month to put the CFMEU under the microscope.

Mr Hanna has denied wrongdoing and said he was happy for the AFP to conduct its investigat­ion. No charges have been laid against Mr Hanna.

The constructi­on industry had been abuzz with talk of Mr Hanna’s possible departure for weeks before his resignatio­n earlier this month.

When approached for comment at the time, before the resignatio­n, Mr Hanna said he was on holidays with his family. Mr Hanna was Queensland secretary of the

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