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Legislative Assembly—sub judice convention

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call the Clerk for item No 2, I wish to make some statements concerning the application of the sub judice continuing resolution of the Assembly. The sub judice convention, as described in the sixth edition of House of Representatives practice is:

… subject to the right of the House to legislate on any matter, matters awaiting adjudication in a court of law should not be brought forward in debate, motions or questions.

Continuing resolution 10 of the Assembly provides that the Assembly shall apply certain rules where sub judice matters arise.

I note that in Mr Wall’s notice No 2, mention is made of “the multiple arms of the CFMEU that have been uncovered as a result of the Royal Commission” and “the number of special land deals struck between the ACT Government and CFMEU affiliated entities”.

I am aware that there are matters before the court between the CFMEU and a member of this Assembly, so I ask that when you are addressing this motion, you avoid canvassing issues that may be affected by that case. It is also a timely reminder to committees: following discussions of matters that have been raised with me, committees are also covered by this continuing resolution.

Trade unions—relationship with government

MR WALL (Brindabella) (10.41): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the unwavering political affiliation between ACT Labor and the Union movement;

(b) the financial contribution made by various Unions in the ACT to the ACT Labor Party and individual Labor MLAs;

(c) the influence UnionsACT have over ACT Government procurement for goods and services as prescribed by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the ACT Government and UnionsACT;

(d) the influence that UnionsACT have over which organisations Labor MLAs can and can’t meet with;

(e) in 2016, the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption found evidence of union bullying, intimidation and exclusion on worksites across Australia and in the ACT;

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