CFMEU Queensland secretary Michael Ravbar. Photo: Glenn HuntUnion heavyweight and Royal Commission into Trade Union target Michael Ravbar’s future in the Labor Party is safe – unless he faces charges.
The CFMEU Queensland secretary has been accused by the TURC prosecution of destroying information ahead of the Royal Commission.
Former national CFMEU president and Queensland Labor power broker Dave Hanna is also accused of destroying information.
Mr Hanna resigned from the Labor Party last month after Annastacia Palaszczuk announced she had ordered the party state secretary to begin disciplinary proceedings against Mr Hanna, following allegations he had billed a shopping centre developer for work on his property.
But Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said she believed that until Mr Ravbar was “actually charged with something”, the discussion about his future at the Labor Party could wait.
“My understanding in relation to the royal commission prosecution is that the prosecution has made a case for criminal charges to be laid,” she said on Thursday.
“It is up to the defence to make a counter case. It’s going through the normal legal processes.
“All of the allegations have got to be tested through the legal process so let’s let that legal process unfold.”
Speaking from Mackay, Ms Palaszczuk said it was important to remember Mr Ravbar did not hold any positions within Labor.
“I think it has been very clear what has happened in relation with Mr Hanna, and in relation to Mr Ravbar, that is going to be an issue for his members,” she said.
“I am going to make it very clear that Mr Ravbar does not hold any positions in the Queensland ALP branch of the Labor Party.”
The defence is yet to put its case forward. The royal commission continues.
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