Counsel releases submissions on CBUS Superannuation fund

7 September 2015

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption has released submissions relating to its inquiry into the CBUS Superannuation fund.

The submissions by Counsel Assisting the Commission relate to hearings conducted in July, September, October 2014 and June 2015, which have now been finalised.

The hearings concerned two main matters:

  • disclosure of the personal information of members of the CBUS Superannuation fund; and
  • the conduct of CBUS and CFMEU officers in facilitating this disclosure.

The issues for the Commission include:

  • whether Mr Parker, state secretary of the CFMEU Construction and General Division NSW, engaged in unlawful conduct and 'gross misbehaviour' in the context of his role as an officer of the CFMEU;
  • the extent to which Mr Parker sought to encourage Ms Zanatta, Ms Butera or Mr Atkin to conceal the truth about the leak; and
  • whether, and if so, to what extent Mr Atkin, the CEO of CBUS, participated in the leak of private member information by Ms Zanatta to Mr Parker.

Affected parties have until Friday 11 September 2015 to lodge their submissions in reply.


  • Introduction and Overview (Paragraphs 1 to 6)
  • Mr Atkin and Mr Parker's involvement in the matter (paras 7 to 21)
  • Behaviour of Zanatta and Butera (paras 22 onwards)
  • Conclusions and Recommendations (paras 68 onwards)