Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie Tom Huntley

Jarrod Bleijie in late night law changes to block unions

THE Attorney-General has made the latest move in the battle of wills between the government and the unions.

Parliament passed the Criminal Law Amendment no 2 Bill just before 11pm on Tuesday night. 

Included among the higher penalties for drug traffickers and graffiti offenders was an "anti-avoidance" amendment to the union transparency legislation which was passed in June.

The Together Union had attempted to circumvent the government's legislation, which would have required the organisation to hold a ballot each time it wanted to run a political campaign over $10,000, by establishing a separate company to deal with the union's finances and campaigns.

On Tuesday night, Jarrod Bleijie amended the Industrial Relations Transparency and Accountability Act, to include "anti-avoidance" provisions "to cover entities associated with an industrial organisation".

The move means any corporations or companies established by unions will be subject to the same rules and laws as the union itself.

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