CFMEU Mackay district president Stephen Smyth at a rally.
CFMEU Mackay district president Stephen Smyth at a rally. Emily Smith

CFMEU official under fire for corporate spending

CFMEU Queensland branch president Stephen Smyth has come under fire for his corporate spending habits.

An article in The Sunday Mail claimed Mr Smyth "racked up thousands of dollars on his corporate credit card on charges including fancy restaurants in Las Vegas and Whitsunday cruises".

The card details obtained by The Sunday Mail indicated he paid dentist, plumbing and butcher shop bills with his Union Master Card, the report said.

Many of the transactions listed in the report were with Mackay businesses, including Porters, Bunnings, Fresco's Quality Meats, Angelo's on the Marina and Sorbellos, as well as charges from McDonald's, Red Rooster, Donut Land and Cactus Jack's.

Last week the paper revealed an independent auditor, SRJ Walker Wayland, had raised questions over the use of credit cards by executives in the branch. The auditor said credit card expenses for the 2016 financial year totalled $721,116.

The Sunday Mail said Mr Smyth had declined repeated requests for interviews. He was overseas and would not return to work until February 1, the report said.

In the final parliamentary sitting week in December 2016, the Palaszczuk Government reverse a Newman government edict that union bosses must publish credit-card statements.


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