A court has imposed the maximum possible penalty on former Queensland CFMEU President David Hanna for breaching right of entry laws during a heated site visit in Brisbane.
Mr Hanna has been ordered to pay the maximum penalty of $10,200 for his conduct on a construction site at Fortitude Valley on 10 February 2015.
He admitted in the Federal Circuit Court that when he was asked for his right of entry permit he raised his middle finger and said he didn't need one.
When a site manager attempted to record the incident, Mr Hanna admitted saying:
“Take that phone away or I'll f***ing bury it down your throat.”
He then squirted water at the person which struck him in the face, shirt and mobile phone.
When another site manager asked Mr Hanna words to the effect:
"What are you doing here, you are here illegally, why didn't you go through the right channels?”
Mr Hanna replied: “I can do what I like.”
In the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane yesterday, Judge Vasta applied the maximum $10,200 penalty applicable at the time of the contravention in February 2015.
ABCC Commissioner Nigel Hadgkiss welcomed the decision:
“The Court imposing the maximum penalty available demonstrates the seriousness of this unlawful conduct,” Mr Hadgkiss said.
“There is no place for threatening physical violence on Australian construction sites.
“CFMEU officials cannot treat compliance with right of entry laws as optional.
“The ABCC will continue to ensure the law is respected by all participants, including the CFMEU.”
More details can be found at the ABCC legal summary