Work site intimidation included in any Royal Commission
ATTORNEY-GENERAL Jarrod Bleijie is calling for work site intimidation in Queensland to be included in any royal commission into unions.
He said he had spoken to Federal Attorney-General George Brandis and offered to fully co-operate with expanding any terms of reference to include Queensland work sites.
His comments follow allegations kickbacks and bribery is rife within the commercial construction industry.
"Although we have seen it focussed on Victoria and NSW, there are elements of intimidation, we've got whistleblowers in Queensland that are too scared to come forward," he said.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is preparing to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission to rid the industry of corruption.
He has also considering an inquiry into union funds but would not be drawn on whether it would be a Royal Commission.
"This is something that we have been talking about for about a year now, hence why we set up the Queensland Building Construction Compliance branch which is the equivalent of the ABCC," Mr Bleijie said.
"We've set up a branch in Brisbane, we've also announced that we are changing the laws so unions don't have immediate right of access because it is all about this fear and intimidation that people, particularly some of these unions, put into some of these work sites in Queensland."