Judge finds investigation was not politically motivated, but says suspicion the union breached rules did not justify the raid

The Australian Workers’ Union has successfully challenged the union regulator’s decision to have police raid its offices in Melbourne and Sydney but fell short in its attempt to show the investigation was motivated by an improper purpose.

On Friday the federal court justice Mordecai Bromberg rejected the AWU’s position that raids on its offices in October 2017 by the Registered Organisations Commission were made to “embarrass or politically harm” the then-opposition leader, Bill Shorten.

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