The Courier-Mail

Push for union boss to face perjury charges

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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.

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