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No interest in Shorten's links to donations: Cash

Former Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has told the Federal Court that it was "not of interest" to her that alleged union donations she referred to the Registered Organisations Commission involved the Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten.

George Polites remembered

A gathering in Melbourne yesterday to celebrate the life of employer advocate George Polites heard tributes from IR Minister Kelly O'Dwyer and Hancock committee chair Keith Hancock.

"Palpable distrust" doesn't arrest police shift proposal: FWC

The Police Federation has failed to convince the FWC that Victoria Police's plans to introduce afternoon shifts breach their agreement, or that the potential for frontline officers to "bear the brunt" of community dissatisfaction made the change unreasonable.

Vale George Polites

George Polites, one of the nation's longest-serving and most prominent advocates for Australian industry, has passed away peacefully at his home in Melbourne, aged 100.

Employer bodies spared costs for failed CFMMEU merger appeal

An FWC full bench has dismissed the CFMMEU's application for costs against the AMMA and MBA for their unsuccessful appeal against last March's merger creating the mega-union, finding the employer bodies' case "not unworthy of consideration".

Former ministerial advisor facing squeeze on AWU raid questions

The Federal Court will rule this morning on whether a former senior media advisor to ex-Employment Minister Michaelia Cash will be required to answer questions in the AWU raids case, despite claiming privilege on the grounds of self-incrimination.

ROC aware of Minister's interest in donations: AWU

The Registered Organisations Commission knew that Employment Minister Michaelia Cash had a "keen political interest" in the AWU's past donations and this influenced its decision to start investigating the matter in October 2017, the union told the Federal Court today.

Axing dredging deals no drag on workers or projects: FWC

Maritime unions have failed to convince the FWC terminating two nominally-expired agreements that, in one case, had covered no workers since 2013 would sabotage the timetables of new dredging projects.

Pre-trial order for AFP to give statements to AWU

The Federal Court has ordered that the AFP produce statements made by former Employment Minister Michaelia Cash and three other witnesses during the police inquiry into media leaks about raids on the union's offices in 2017.

Get more FWO "boots on the ground": ACCI

ACCI has called on the federal government to fund 50 additional FWO inspectors to address the "serious problem" of underpayments, while also recommending an increase in the FWC's budget to hasten agreement approvals.