Registered Organisations Bill sits for now

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Registered Organisations Bill sits for now

The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014 passed through the House of Representatives yesterday, only for the Senate to vote for it not to proceed in the current session.

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The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill (No 2) 2014 passed through the House of Representatives yesterday, only for the Senate to vote for it not to proceed in the current session.

The Bill is the third time the government has sought to impose requirements on the financial management of unions and employer associations, including a new Commissioner to oversee their operation. It was introduced into Parliament in March this year in amended form, only two weeks after being voted down by the Senate. 

Other major proposals in the Bill include increasing civil penalties and introducing criminal penalties for officers who seriously breach their duties, similar to those already contained in the Corporations Act. The Government argues that union officials receive lesser penalties for breaching their duties than do officers of corporations.

The Senate is now in recess.
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