Tougher penalties and a central role for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission are key parts of Labor's policy to crack down on union corruption.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten failed until the last few days to declare that a labour hire company paid for his full-time campaign director in the run-up to his election to parliament in 2007.
Bill Shorten's July 8 appearance before the royal commission into union corruption is crucial for his credibility and has major implications for his leadership.
In an effort to deal with the political fallout of his union past, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has asked the royal commission into union corruption to bring forward his appearance to July.
Bill Shorten will give evidence at the royal commission into union corruption, which is probing the conduct of the Australian Workers Union, of which he is a former Victorian and national secretary.
The government has always seen Bill Shorten's union past as a prime target, and now it is starting to take serious aim.
The royal commission into union corruption has been extended for a year and given wider terms of reference, after finding…