CFMEU to help construction corruption probe

AUSTRALIA'S biggest union will co-operate with the Federal Government's hunt for criminals in the construction industry.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has pledged its support to wipe out corrupt behaviour, unlawful kickbacks and standover tactics.

The Federal Government yesterday revealed Victoria was the first state to join the Commonwealth's Joint Police Taskforce into Industrial Criminality and Corruption.

The taskforce will investigate evidence of criminal conduct uncovered by the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

The corruption fighter will be made up of officers from the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said other states were expected to come to the party soon.

"The rule of law must operate everywhere," Mr Abbott said at the announcement.

"It particularly must operate on building sites which for too long have been places of violence and lawlessness."

The CFMEU said the union was happy to work with the taskforce.

"The CFMEU has no tolerance for corruption and has consistently said it will co-operate with any police investigation into criminal activity in the construction industry," it said in a media release.

National secretary Dave Noonan said the taskforce was an attempt to woo voters.

"I think it's also important that the police be allowed to do their job with their own priorities and not being directed politically," Mr Noonan told ABC radio.

"Quite frankly, I think what we're seeing today has some of the hallmarks of a political stunt."

- APN NEWSDESK



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