Commission calls for submissions on HSU inquiry

23 September 2015

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption today called for submissions relating to its inquiry into the HSU matters involving Kathy Jackson and Craig Thomson.

The Commission is inquiring in to the Health Services Union under terms of reference:

  • (f) which relate to the conduct in relation to a relevant entity which may amount to a breach by any officer of an employee association; and
  • (g) any conduct by an officer in order to procure an advantage for them or another person or cause detriment to a person or organisation.

Ms Jackson and Mr Thomson have been the subject of legal proceedings in other jurisdictions.

The Commissioner indicated in his Interim Report in December 2014 that he would wait until the Final Report to report on certain matters. These include the remaining HSU matters.

Given that Federal Court trials involving Ms Jackson and Mr Thomson have concluded, affected parties are now being given the opportunity to provide further submissions on these matters.

Ms Jackson appeared before the Commission in June, July and August 2014. 

Timetables for submissions are outlined in Practice Directions 10 and 11 which are available on the Commission’s website.