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Michaelia Cash says she had ‘no prior knowledge’ over union raids

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Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash could face court over last year’s October raids on the Australia Worker’s Union (AWU) in Melbourne.

AWU’s legal team say they are looking to subpoena Senator Cash along with her former adviser and a former government official.

If subpoenaed, the three could face an investigation.

Senator Cash’s former media adviser David De Garis admitted to tipping off the media about the raids, which railroaded the investigation.

Senator Cash tells Ben Fordham she had no knowledge of the raid.

“I made my position very clear at Estimates. I had absolutely no prior knowledge of the raid.

“Unfortunately the staff member who did paid a very high price, he lost his employment,” she says.

“I’m not going to comment on whether or not the media should be told about raids.”

Regarding her comments on women in Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s office, Ben questions why the minister didn’t apologise.

“I withdraw the comments unreservedly on the day.

“But I was actually pursuing an answer in relation to a line of inappropriate questioning.

“The point I trying to make was, you should never name staff because otherwise, it’s a free for all under Parliamentary privilege.”

Listen to the full interview below