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Opposition on Right Track with Increased Penalties

The HR Nicholls Society supports the move by the federal opposition to reform the Registered Organisations Act to bring its penalities into line with the Corporations Act 2001.

 The reform would increase penalties to $340,000 to provide for criminal as well as civil sanctions including imprisonment of up to five years.

 The government in response to the HSU scandal derisorily increased the penalties on individuals to $6,600 and on organisations to $33,000 and they are under the Government’s increases still simply civil penalties.

 This was a manifestly inappropriate response to the HSU scandal.

 The HR Nicholls Society recommends that the government support the reform in an effort to stamp out corruption.

Further information: Ian Hanke 0407 841 957

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