A former Queensland union boss has been convicted of destroying tonnes of documents that could have been evidence in a royal commission just days after the Federal Court rejected an employer group's attempt to break up the merged and very powerful Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says the growing influence of the CFMMEU in the Labor Party is a worrying development given the union's history.
The Brisbane times reports, David Arthur Hanna, a former Queensland president of the CFMMEU, dumped dozens of boxes of documents in April 2014 after being told the trade union royal commission would focus on the union.
A Brisbane District Court jury on Monday found Hanna guilty of a single count of destroying, concealing or mutilating documents.
His week-long trial heard that Hanna instructed colleagues to take dozens of boxes of documents from the union's Brisbane office to his home, where he asked staff to try to burn files.
Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News it's all a bit suspect.
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