The Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017 quietly received its first reading in Parliament last month. Aimed at what the government calls "sweetheart deals" between business and unions and introduced to coincide with a blistering attack on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's integrity, the bill creates two new offences.

The first makes it an offence to give, receive or solicit a "corrupting benefit," while the second makes giving cash or an in-kind payment to unions, apart from certain exceptions detailed in the legislation.