Fair Work Australia (FWA) has agreed to release in four to six weeks the report of its investigation into the Health Services Union’s national office.
But the report will not be tabled in the Senate until FWA general manager Bernadette O’Neill has finished considering which of 181 contraventions of workplace laws found by investigators should be taken to the Federal Court for civil action.
In correspondence to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee, Ms O’Neill said it would “prejudice” her consideration of the report and action she might take if the committee were given a copy while she was still examining the document.
“I propose to provide a copy of the report to the committee … as soon as I have completed my consideration which I presently anticipate to be within four to six weeks from today,” she said.
The report has made findings against three former or serving HSU officials, and one other individual.
One of the former officials is believed to be former HSU general secretary and now federal Labor MP Craig Thomson, on whom the Labor minority government relies to stay in power.
The NSW MP maintains his innocence and Prime Minister Julia Gillard has expressed confidence in him