Australian Chamber welcomes the reintroduction of the Ensuring Integrity Bill

04 Jul 2019 |

Australia’s largest and most representative business network, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the Federal Government’s reintroduction of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2017.

“This Bill is needed to deal with persistent, entrenched, and unacceptable conduct by some unions and their officials which continues to grab headlines,” Australian Chamber CEO James Pearson, said today.

“Registered organisations including unions and employer associations have significant rights and privileges. In return, Australians expect that these rights are not abused.

“This Bill will hold to account the organisations and officials who are doing the wrong thing. It will protect employees, businesses and the wider community.

“By passing this Bill, the Parliament can send a strong signal to organisations and their officials who repeatedly flout the law, misappropriate funds and put their own interests before members, that this behaviour is outside of community expectations and won’t be tolerated. This is why the Australian Chamber has strongly and consistently backed this Bill and is hopeful that Parliament will take the sensible approach in passing this common-sense reform.”

The Australian Chamber is Australia’s largest network of employers, speaking for over 300,000 businesses employing millions of Australians in every sector of the economy, in every corner of Australia. Our Small Business is a Big Deal campaign gives voice to what small businesses need from the federal government, and our Getting on with Business recommends ways to make Australia the best place in the world to do business, so that Australians have the jobs, living standards and opportunities to which they aspire.

Emily Kennelly

Senior Adviser – Public Affairs and Advocacy

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