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Union raids to be referred to prosecutor

Michaelia Cash
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash. Photo: ABC
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A federal police investigation into raids on the Australian Workers’ Union is set to be referred to the commonwealth prosecutor.

It is understood the Australian Federal Police has confirmed to the union it will have material with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in the next two weeks.

Australian Federal Police officers raided AWU headquarters in Melbourne and Sydney last October as part of an investigation by the Registered Organisations Commission.

The raids drew scrutiny because journalists arrived at the offices before police, thanks to a tip-off from the office of federal Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash.

AWU national secretary Daniel Walton said it was troubling but not surprising the AFP had moved to refer the investigation to the commonwealth prosecutor.

“From the information in the public domain, it seems abundantly clear that Senator Cash and her office were abusing their power by using taxpayer-funded institutions to go after their political enemies,” Mr Walton said in a statement on Monday.

“Senator Cash and her government are obsessed with harming unions and their members.”

Mr Walton said the developments were “more trouble” for Senator Cash and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“Clearly the AFP have learned enough here to believe it warrants the attention of the prosecutor,” he said.

The case was in court on Monday, with the next administrative proceeding set down for August 21 ahead of September’s hearing.

-AAP