Rudd dodges union's admission on funds | The Australian
KEVIN Rudd has again sidestepped questions about a union slush fund allegedly used to bankroll Labor's election campaign, as the head of the Transport Workers Union conceded that the fund could have been used for this purpose.
Tony Sheldon, the TWU's NSW secretary, confirmed for the first time yesterday that his union's Industrial Rights and Training Fund - paid millions of dollars by companies - could have diverted donations to political candidates.
"The campaign funds are about making sure that transport workers and their families, that we win campaigns," Mr Sheldon said on the Nine Network's Sunday program.
"And I don't apologise for the fact that the union fights for turning around and making sure that people get elected that support the principles of this union."
But the Opposition Leader yesterday refused to answer questions about the TWU fund being used to support Labor candidates in marginal seats, instead providing a statement through his spokesman Walt Secord that ducked the issue.