This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Documents about Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019.'.

From:
S22
To:
ENRIGHT,Chris
Subject:
RE: EI Bill S22
 Bill summaries of Senate submissions [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Date:
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 5:44:19 PM
Hi Chris,
 
Here is a very rough summary of the themes from the EI Bill submissions. Apologies but we don’t
seem to have one for S22
 
·         Scope of grounds and designated findings – potential offences against designated laws
are broad in range. At the minor end, they can capture inconsequential or inadvertent
contraventions. This stands out when the penalties under the Bill are considered severe.
This goes to a lack of faith that the Courts would find that the proposed sanction is
unjust. Some grounds have no relation to the ability of an officer to perform their duty.
·         Double punishment – disqualifying an officer for one of the conditions of the fit and
proper test amounts to double punishment
·         Standing – Standing is too broad. This leaves the system open to abuse by bad actors
who want to engage in lawfare with unions which would tie up union resources. Giving
individual members standing opens the possibility of people using the laws to settle
internal disputes.
·         International law – The Bill contravenes ILO Convention No. 87.
·         The bill is still retrospective – The matters identified vary from submission to submission
·         The bill still puts the onus of proof on officers and ROs
·         Too much responsibility is placed on officers in relation to their members and their
organisation – Officers can be punished for things they had no functional control over,
such as members taking industrial action or another officer engaging in corrupt
behaviour.
·         Scope of deregistration is too broad – An entire union can be deregistered if one of its
branches provides grounds
·         Lack of corporate comparators – Most of the functions of the bill don’t have a direct
Corporations Act comparator. A salient example is employees and unions not having
standing to wind up a company of disqualify a company director. Another example is the
public interest test for amalgamations taking into account legal compliance.
·         Unpaid officers will discouraged – Union members who volunteer for the Committee of
Management or other such position will be discouraged by the penalties they may
potentially incur for some of the abovementioned issues.
 
S22
 
From: S22
 
Sent: Tuesday, 17 September 2019 3:57 PM
To: ENRIGHT,Chris <[email address]>
Subject: EI Bill S22
 Bill summaries of Senate submissions [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
 
Hi Chris,
 
Attached are the summaries of the EI S22
 Bill Senate submissions that we’ve completed to

date.  
 
Below are a list of summaries not included.
 
Ensuring Integrity Bill summaries not included in the table:
Australian Council of Trade Unions
Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union
International Trade Union Confederation
Professor Bradon Ellem
Victorian Trades Hall Council 
Public Services International
United Voice 
Queensland Government
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation NSW Branch
 
S22
 
 
A list of themes for you is still on my list.
 
Kind regards,
 
S22