Statement on John Setka’s referral to Senate Privileges Committee

We welcome the opportunity to appear before the Senate Standing Committee of Privileges.

Australian Construction Unions have run targeted political campaigns in support of workers safety and conditions for more than one hundred years.
When politicians contemplate supporting draconian industrial relations laws that will threaten workers’ rights – our members expect us to stand up and campaign against them.
The suggestion that campaigning against legislation which undermines the human rights of workers and their representatives is in any way in contempt of the Senate is anti-democratic and sets a dangerous precedent.
The use of illegally obtained recordings of a private meeting against CFMEU officials also raises serious ethical questions.
We look forward to attending the Privileges committee and will happily answer any questions from senators.
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