Original article by Pat McGrath, Jeremy Story Carter, Sarah Curnow
abc.net au – Page: Online : 11-Apr-19
An investigation by the ABC has revealed that the uComms political polling company is co-owned by the ACTU (via ACTU secretary Sally McManus), the CFMMEU (via CFMMEU national secretary Michael O’Connor) and James Stewart, a former executive of ‘robo-polling’ pollster ReachTEL. The three each hold a third of UPoint’s 150 shares (50 shares each) which is listed as the sole shareholder of UComms via a paid ASIC search. In addition, the ABC reporters initially found uComm’s business address listed as the same office building in Melbourne as the ACTU, although this has since changed. The Sydney Morning Herald commissioned polling by uComms in the recent NSW Election and ran the results on the front-page of the ‘The Sun-Herald’ in mid-March headlined ‘Labor leads poll in race to wire’ showing the ALP 51% cf. L-NP 49% on a two-party preferred basis. The Gladys Berejiklian-led L-NP Government was returned to power at the NSW Election winning a majority of 48 out of the 93 seats. When contacted by the ABC reporters group executive director of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, James Chessell, said the paper didn’t know the ownership structure of uComms although Chessell said they would no longer commission polls from uComms going forward.
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