Push for union boss to face perjury charges
THE lawyer leading the trade unions royal commission has urged Commissioner Dyson Heydon to find that construction union boss Brian Parker gave false evidence to the inquiry and should face charges.
Counsel assisting the royal commission, Jeremy Stoljar SC, has released submissions recommending a finding against Mr Parker over his evidence about an alleged leak of confidential member information from a superannuation fund.
Mr Parker, the secretary of the NSW construction branch of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has denied seeking or receiving information from construction industry fund Cbus to use in an industrial campaign against a Queensland building company.
Mr Stoljar described Mr Parker’s evidence to the commission, delivered in June, as “unimpressive” and improbable.
Perjury charges have been recommended previously against two Cbus officers allegedly involved in the delivery of the member data to the CFMEU’s Sydney head office.
Lawyers for parties before the commission have been given until Friday to make written submissions in reply to the claims.