The Queensland government is amending union spending laws which require unions to ballot members before spending $10,000 on a political campaign.
Union spending laws in Queensland will be relaxed in amendments introduced by the Newman government.
The laws, which came into effect in July last year, require unions to ballot members before spending $10,000 on a political campaign, a move they say delays and puts a price on free speech.
Since the laws were introduced, the High Court upheld a union challenge to similar laws in NSW and the federal government also established a Royal Commission into trade union governance and corruption.
The Queensland Council of Unions also initiated a High Court challenge.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie originally introduced the laws to give grassroots union members a say on how their money is spent.
But he concedes the amendments are necessary for now.
“We’ve had to take the balloting provision off the books for the moment following the High Court decision between the New South Wales government and unions in December,” he said.
“Our commitment to transparency in industrial organisations remains the same and we will await the decision of the federal government’s Royal Commission into trade union corruption.”
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said Mr Bleijie had made another bungle.
“Enough is enough,” she said.
“He should resign or the premier should sack him if he has any standards for his ministers.”
Queensland Council of Unions spokeswoman Ros McLennan says unions can hold the LNP government to account without fear.
“Unions refused to be shut up or shut down,” she said.
“Now at the 11th hour, the government has sneakily repealed certain provisions.”
The amendments were expected to pass on Wednesday night.