I Think I Smell A Rat

Posted: May 16, 2012 in HSU Saga, Politics

Slippery does not begin to describe the goings on in relation to some of the antics of our Federal politicians of late, however, many may be surprised at which side of politics I am referring to.

The James Ashby and Peter Slipper sexual harassment saga looks dodgier by the minute… even Barnaby Joyce thinks so…

Many of the allegations by Ashby seem to centre around events in a hotel, which begs the question, “What was he doing in a hotel room with someone who was allegedly sexually harassing him?” That does seem a wee bit odd/stupid/leading/entrapping to me.

Then we have The Liberals and their ever-changing stories… Mal Brough, he knew nothing of it and didn’t meet with Ashby… Turns out he met with Ashby, offered advice, suggested legal action… in short, in it up to his neck. When you consider that Brough is the guy looking to be preselected in Slippers seat for the Liberals, it is odd that the words “Conflict Of Interest” didn’t occur to him… or maybe they did.

Mal Brough learns to back pedal

Then there is Christopher Pyne… similar story, he had “No specific knowledge”, and didn’t really have anything to do with Ashby. As it turns out, they met several times in the month prior to Ashby’s legal claims, and went out drinking together. Then Mr Pyne told us he didn’t request Mr Ashby’s mobile phone number, as he would have no need for it, and anybody suggesting otherwise was speculating. Lo and behold, shortly afterwards an email was leaked to the press from Christopher Pyne to Mr Slippers office requesting Mr Ashby’s details. Hmmm

Christopher Pyne has ‘no specific knowledge” of misleading the press just the day before

Christopher Pyne could have saved himself the trouble, and asked Julie Bishop for his details, as Mr Ashby was already in contact with her office. Turns out though, Julie Bishop was unaware, or had forgotten all this, even misread his emails apparently. I think the words Julie was looking for but misplaced were “No Specific Knowledge”….

Looking at Mr Ashby himself, this is a man who was found guilty of using a carriage service in an offensive manner whilst working at a radio station in Newcastle. Ashby rang a rival DJ on a radio station posing as a mystery caller and when told the call was being taped, said, “Yeah, go for it you fucking psychopath. Next time I see you riding on your fucking bike I’ll hit you, you idiot, all over the sloppy road, you dumb prick. Fuck it, if I was your mother, I would have drowned you at birth.”

Also revelations have appeared that involve Ashby “introducing” young gay men to a millionaire acquaintance. What Ashby forgot to tell these young gay men, is that his millionaire buddy was HIV Positive. So, I’m guessing that makes him a pimp? This guy sounds all class…

I think it is safe to say that Mr Ashby’s credibility leaves a lot to be desired.

I would like to see the question asked in parliament “Is anybody associated with the Liberal Party assisting Ashby with his legal costs?” After all, he has hired a barrister that charges $600 an hour…. a little out of the average political staffers budget reach. Or maybe it is the same people that have allegedly paid Mr Ashby $50,000 to make the complaint against Peter Slipper.

This whole drama smells fishier than Rex Hunt’s freezer after an 8 hour blackout….

I am not going to suggest Slipper’s guilt or innocence on any of the claims, the courts can figure that out.

I am also not suggesting that sexual harassment is not a serious issue or crime, but I am suggesting that making false claims, entrapment, and fabricating evidence are also serious issues and crimes, something nobody else seems to be taking the time to point out. Not that these things necessarily have any “specific” link to this case….

The other saga embroiling the government is the Health Services Union, HSU debacle.

But I think I smell a rat…

I will start by saying that I do not endorse anyone spending over $6K on hookers on a union credit card. That is just reprehensible behaviour. Nor do I endorse not declaring vast amounts of money to the Electoral Commission on election campaigns, that sort of thing just reeks of Sophie Mirabella type behaviour…. But these allegations are yet to be proved, and are vigourously denied.

Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson has been ripping into both the Labor Party, and the former President of Fair Work Australia, Geoffrey Giudice, for months now over the goings on within the embattled union, and the investigation resulting from her claims.

Kathy Jackson has caused the union movement untold damage, and brought a government to the brink of collapse. One would assume that the public may be interested in knowing a little more about her, and about any conflicts of interest that there may be in this case.

One vital piece of information that is not widely known about her is her partner is a man name Michael Lawler. “Who is Michael Lawler when he is at home?” I hear you ask.

Let’s have a look shall we.

For starters, Michael is allegedy good friends with a man named Tony Abbott, it is said that the two of them socialise regularly. How convenient then that Tony Abbott is the leader of the political party that is making so much ground out of these claims that Michael’s partner is making.

Michael Lawler works for an organisation called Fair Work Australia, where he is the Vice-President. Not a bad gig at all, in fact, the only person higher than him is the President Iain Ross, who in February, replaced Geoffrey Giudice, you know, the one that Michael’s mate Tony Abbott, and his partner Kathy Jackson are attacking daily.

On the 11th October 2002, according to their annual report Michael Lawler was appointed Vice President of Fair Work Australia, although back then called the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. The man who appointed him to this role was none other than Tony Abbott, who at the time was Employment And Workplace Minister under John Howards Government.

The opposition always refer to Fair Work Australia as Julia Gillards “baby”, but this was certainly Tony Abbott’s appointment.

I’m sure that all those things are purely coincidence…

However it does start to get a little strange when Mr Lawler seems to become involved in factional battles within the union on his partner, Kathy’s behalf.

Partners in crime, or just partners?

Carol Glen was the Victorian Divisional Secretary of HSU East for 3 years before resigning. At the time Kathy Jackson was National Secretary of HSU East, and Michael Williamson was the General Secretary of HSU East.

Carol resigned due to the factional fighting within the union, particularly between Jackson and Williamson.

However Jackson clearly did not want Carol to resign, as she feared that Williamson would replace her with a Divisional Secretary loyal to him.

This is the point where Lawler became involved in the factional battle within the Union, even though he was not a part of the HSU himself.

Carol Glen, in a written complaint to Fair Work Australia President Geoffrey Giudice, alleges she received an “aggressive” phone call from Lawler, who told her “You can fuck off and take sick leave if you don’t want to do the work and still be paid, but you can’t resign.”

Michael Lawler did not work at HSU East, and this complaint went directly to his only superior in Fair Work Australia.

Just a few days later Lawler made corruption allegations against Carol to NSW Police, and Strikeforce Carnarvon was born.

It is odd that this type of complaint would come from Lawler, as he was not part of HSU East, or even a member of the Union.

As part of his complaint of corruption Lawler made reference to a cheque that was being picked up by Carol, something that she had mentioned in an email. The inference was that this cheque was some sort of pay off.

This cheque, as it turns out, was a bank cheque ordered by Carol to pay her rent, totally innocent, and not related to any Union business at all.

However, it does raise the question of how Lawler would know about it. The only possible way is from her emails, which raises the question, “How did Lawler have access to Carol’s emails?’

When asked about this, suddenly Lawler decided it was “inappropriate to comment”

On the 2nd May, police officers from the NSW Fraud and Cybercrime Squad, raided the HSU East headquarters in Pitt St Sydney, in a much publicised operation.

Inside sources have pointed out a few anomalies with the official story of the raid reported in the press. Police were offered the option of using the service elevator and the rear entrance to the building to make things simpler, safer, and faster for officers, this offer was rejected, as the police were keen to use the main entrance where the press had assembled. Sources also state that a large number of the boxes shown on TV being carried out by officers were virtually empty, it was allegedly all done for show to make it look like there were mountains of documents seized. Also, sources say, the story about Michael Williamson trying to sneak out a back door with evidence is total rubbish and done to implicate guilt. Mr Williamson left the office via the entrance the police were offered access to, as his car was parked in the car park opposite, the things he was carrying were taken by police as routine, and were his personal items, probably a sandwich as well….

Empty Boxes?

So, it would seem there are many questions to be asked, not just of Craig Thomson.

The mind boggles at how someone who reportedly is a personal friend of Tony Abbott’s is able to allegedly hack the emails of a Union official, make a complaint regarding a Union he should have nothing to do with, be the partner of the Union whistleblower, and be the Vice President of the organisation in charge of investigating the Union, and yet none of this is widely known. Talk about conflicts of interest.

In my mind this puts question marks over the entire investigation, and also makes me wonder if there was Coalition involvement. After all, George Brandis did seem to keep pushing for more investigations…

Speaking of the Coalition, Kathy Jackson has acted strangely, for a union boss, in her choice of legal representation.

In Melbourne Jackson has hired Stuart Wood, a former Vice President of the HR Nicholls Society. The HR Nicholls Society is a right-wing group, set up as a think tank for Industrial Relations reform, much of which was the architecture of the infamous “Workchoices” policy.

It would seem to be valid to question why the Secretary of a Union would hire a solicitor that is anti union, and whose ideas you have spent your working life fighting against. A quick look at HR Nicholls Society’s website shows just how close the ties are with the Liberal Party. Peter Reith is a board member, other notable names on the list of who contribute to this society are, Tony Abbott, Eric Abetz, Peter Costello, Michael Kroger… the list goes on and on, even Andrew Bolt gets a mention.

Jackson is even due to be guest of honour and give a speech at the HR Nicholls Society annual dinner on June 12th.

In yet another strange coincidence, James Ashby is using Kathy Jackson’s Sydney lawyers, she has more than one, it does seem a bit odd, however I’m sure there is probably no “specific” reason for this…

On the 14th May, on the Chris Smith programme on radio station 2GB, Kathy Jackson said that rumours of the Liberal party paying for her vast team of lawyers were rubbish. These lawyers, expensive lawyers, were all working for her for free, pro bono she stated. Chris Smith chose not to persue the matter…

People can say whatever they like about Craig Thomson’s credibilty, and his explanantion of events, there is a remarkably similar story from another HSU official from 2009... What most would find totally unbelievable, and absolutely inconcievable is that these right wing lawyers, one of them from a Liberal “Union Busting” think tank would provide their services free to a Union boss, especially one who pays herself a $270,000 salary. What kind of fools do they take the public for? Stuart Wood providing free services to a sworn enemy… I find it more likely that Andrew Bolt would set up an Islamic Charity group for Asylum Seekers.

I don’t know how deep this runs, but like I said, I think I smell a rat….

Comments
  1. Sandi says:

    Love it, keep it coming.

  2. S.Lee says:

    I smell more than one rat here!!!….. A whole writhing sewer full!!!

    • wixxy says:

      Yup indeed…. I don’t think there is any shortage, that’s for sure.
      I wish that damn Pied Piper would hurry up and make an appearance 🙂

  3. Ideflitch says:

    I think you are wonderful. Please keep the REAL facts coming. It is certainly time that someone told the truth about the way the opposition is trying to get control of our parliament. All we get from most of the press is right wing propaganda, bias, half truths and outright lies.

    • wixxy says:

      Thank you 🙂
      It is interesting that all of this info had been previously reported, but it was a bit here and a bit there… nothing that put it in one place. With too much of the media in one companies hands, we are not getting the full picture most of the time…

  4. Signe says:

    Interesting Piece Wixxy, your investigative powers are impressive.. well done. As for RATS me thinks there are many and in the usual “save my arse at all costs”, breed indescriminently.

    • wixxy says:

      Thanks Signe 🙂
      All of this stuff was out there, I just put it together really…. this is why we need an overhaul of our media ownership laws so News Ltd does not control the information flow. I know the Greens have been pushing hard on that front for quite a while now, and I hope they continue to. They are doing good work in that area, and raising public awareness.

      • Signe says:

        clearly the Greens and Labor have no value to the MSM controlled by or whatever the arrangment is with the Libs… referring to my daughters post on Cafe Whispers, we have to find other ways to be heard, because we are clearly not getting (air) time on right wing papers or media. Thanks for tying this info together, I like many had heard some, but not all and certainly hadn’t joined the dots. Clearly investigative media is still colouring the squares-blue… joining dots is not their forte or not in their best interest. Sad actually ;-(

      • wixxy says:

        Your daughters post at the Cafe was excellent Signe 🙂

        For anyone who hasn’t read it, here’s a link http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/the-adventures-of-political-girl-or-how-i-stopped-worrying-and-learned-to-love-the-stupid/

        I think the Murdoch reign is coming to an end, what is happenning in the UK is real train crash type stuff….

      • Signe says:

        thanks Wixxy… fingers crossed on the reign coming to an end… glad you liked Inga’s post, I”d like to say she got her talent from me.. however not to sure about that. Call again

      • wixxy says:

        I’m sure she got her good heart from you at least Signe
        Fingers & toes crossed

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  6. Buff McMenis says:

    This is the sort of story that our media used to cover with impartiality. No longer .. now it is shaded and manipulated to make a fantasy out of something which /needs/ to to told with truth and attention to detail and is now told with innuendo and outright lies! It’s disgraceful.

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  8. Next chapter please says:

    A next story should be what Williamson was doing at work when he’s been on paid leave for several months, or the outcome of the court issue where his lawyer has claimed the personal items were legal correspondence and not available to the police

    • wixxy says:

      I believe that matter is going to be dealt with in court, but unlike the facts I’ve brought up, I’m sure it will get plenty of media coverage….

      • Former union... (not HSU... And sadly... No hookers) says:

        Yes.. You don’t seem to joining all of the dots here yourself? Why was Williams at work…. And what about that so called ” legal correspondence” seems that they are ALL neck deep in it…. Can the ALP distance it self further from this mess?

      • wixxy says:

        Indeed, Williams was at work, probably as it was his job, after all he is not Rob Elliot and paid to not show up…. The correspondence you refer to would be the contents of his bag that he had with him at the time, when he was meeting his lawyer, no surprise it may have legal correspondence.
        The ALP doesn’t need to distance itself, the Liberals are inviting Jackson to HR Nicholls events, giving her free legal services, Tony Abbott tells all in parliament how worthy of admiration Jackson is and how courageous, and his appointee Lawler may yet face a judicial enquiry…
        Meanwhile, we will see how Abbott’s darling Kathy Jackson goes in Federal Court on Thursday, my tip contempt charges against her, and a lost case… we will see
        Then on Monday, Jeff Jackson faces Federal Court on criminal charges for his time at HSU…
        How’s them dots?

  9. Ideflitch says:

    Hope you don’t mind, but I put your artical up on my Facebook page. I think it needs to be read, reread and spread around.

  10. straddieliz says:

    I want to believe you, truly I do. But how do you know all this stuff?

    • wixxy says:

      If you click on the links, all the information is there, and has been reported before, it has just not been put into the one story before, that I know of. All I did was compile it really…
      I understand your hesitation though, the right wing press has done a great job shaping public perception

  11. Miglo says:

    straddieliz, there’s one simple rule in life: don’t believe anything you read in the papers. Better still, don’t even read the papers. Especially the Murdoch ones.

    • straddieliz says:

      Miglo,

      Papers are still the drivers of daily news I’m afraid. You have to read at least a couple of them to know what Australians are told they should be thinking.Even if you don’t read them, every radio,tv and online journalist does and then spreads the word of the day in dumbed down terms and sound bites more often than not. I exempt ABC RN current affairs from this general criticism. They at least ask pertinent questions about the issues run by newspapers.

  12. annodyne says:

    I was enjoying that good read until I got to the image of Kaths Cleavage and couldn’t read any further. She sure gets The Girls out.

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  14. Cristian says:

    umm…weren’t you the ALP Hawkesbury candidate? Politics = cesspool of lies and deceits!

    • wixxy says:

      Yes I was, I have been open about that in posts where that is relevant, and I am unsure how that changes any of the facts anyway… but yes there is a cesspool of lies and deceit here, I am just showing the side of the story that is going largely unreported.
      Watch this space, there is more coming….

  15. Marilyn says:

    You are like me, you link stories. Our media are all so lazy they can’t be bothered and they all bought the Kathy Jackson soap opera.

    I didn’t – it’s pretty amazing that she claimed the government were interfering in the FWA investigation when it was her own boyfriend on the inside.

    The FWA report was a work of sheer fiction, if they wanted the electoral expense claims they only had to ask the AEC who have now rejected the whole story.

    Not that the media care too much.

    Just read that the boyfriend is on leave. – is tht true?

    Kate McClymont in particular bought the whole box and dice even though the Jackson saga has long been reported in the AGE and every time it is Jackson who is in the wrong.

    Even now she whines that Thomson should tell the police or her but not Laurie Oakes.

    Why on earth would he want to say one word to that bitch?

    I always smelt a rat on this with Brandis pushing in senate estimates time after time for more investigations.

    The reasoning of FWA findings was so instructive I laughed out loud.

    There were no rules, he broke them.

    I hope Jackson is happy.

    As for Ashby I wrote letters to the media on the day the claims were released and said it sounded just like Godwin Grech – the author was enough to convince me.

  16. tincan says:

    Wixxy, this whole Slipper/Thomson saga is going to make Murdoch look innocent by comparison, this should have enough legs to bring down the whole filthy Liberal party to its’knees.

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  18. roy says:

    tis a wixxy web we weave when we first practice to deceive
    fair play to you wixxy certainly shows who the msm owe thier alligence to
    by not dovetailing these important story components that assemble
    a sordid gretch style set-up

  19. Marilyn says:

    You ought to send details to the pg, they seem to all live in la la land and all write the same editorials.

  20. Anne Milligan says:

    Thank you so very much for these 3 pages on Cathy Jackson, her partner and abbott. I always knew the Libs were behind these two cases, to bring our PM and Labor down. abbott is a sleaze bag and will do ANYTHING to get into the Lodge. I am hoping that you can bring abbott down real soon.
    I hope and pray Craig Thompson will pull lots of rabbits out of the hat tomorrow in Parliament.

  21. Marilyn says:

    Actually Anne, Thomson is under no obligation to address parliament at all, he is not accused of abusing parliamentary cards – unlike Peter Reith and his $50,000 phone card.

  22. Marilyn says:

    And how come the media are happy to let Kathy Jackson off the hook for her part in lying to FWA and making very serious false claims against Thomson while she pretends to be some sweet innocent.

    If she is happy to be a whistle blower until it all turns pear shaped she should accept responsibility for being wrong.

    And Phil Coorey points out today that for all the ranting against Thomson the AEC has now cleared him of any wrong doing twice.

    But the Herald just want to keep persecuting him.

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  24. baraholka1 says:

    G’Day Wixxy,

    Look, I’m a bit slow with all this.
    Can you help me sort through the whole thing from the perspective of motive ?

    Lawler leans on Carol Glen to intimidate her into not resigning.
    That keeps Beck in place and prevents Williamson replacing Kate Jackson with
    a secretary loyal to him thus shoring up Kate Jackson’s position in the Union.

    Then Lawler accuses CG of being involved in corruption (the Bank Cheque). Why?
    If Glen gets the sack then that undermines ML’s startegy above. I assume then the
    motive there was to lead police onto Williamson.

    WRT Thomson I assume the motive to entrench KJ’s power. KJ blows the whistle
    on Thomson who is linked to Williamson. Thomson and Williamson are destroyed.
    KJ’s comes out looking like a cleanskin whistleblower and gets to run the
    Union unimpeded by Williamson.

    Simultaneously ML is helping Abbott get into power thus doing a mate a favour.
    KJ is obviously aware of this which makes her a secret Lib supporter or
    more precisely completely obsessed with her own position as Union CEO or whatever
    she calls herself.

    Is that it ?

    • wixxy says:

      Craig, I would love to enlighten you as to motives, however…. I can’t figure it all out either.

      The only motive I am sure on is the revenge motive, they seem to be out to smear Thomson in a big way…

      All I can deduce is there is some sort of power struggle, factional battle going on that has gotten blown out of proportion due to the hung parliament…

      I just published some of the facts that people were not being made aware of until now… I wasn’t going anywhere near motives, I will leave that up to your judgement 🙂

      • baraholka1 says:

        Smearing Thomson ? I would say they are _exposing_ him.
        Revenge motive ? For the window-dressing accountability measures that Thomson introduced ?
        I would say there was very little in those to worry the nest-featherers.

        I tend to find the _power_ motive more compelling. As you say, a factional struggle blown out of proportion by the hung parliament.

      • wixxy says:

        Craig, I actually think it is Thomson exposing them…. I would argue that Thomson has been pretty well exposed now for an awfully long time. Only now are we seeing the other side come under some scrutiny.

        But yes, the hung parliament has turned it into an absolute circus….

  25. Colin says:

    Where does the sound go when the TV goes off?

  26. Catching up says:

    wixxy, nothing clearer today.

    We have Ms. Bishop saying on Ch 10 this morning, being interviewed by that dickhead from across the ocean, declaring that Mr. Thomson by making his statement, means he agrees with the parliament judging and convicting him. Or words to that effect.

  27. Catching up says:

    We have Mr. John Dowd claiming this is not a duly elected government.

    We have him also claiming the people in the Independent electorates are not Labot\r voters.

    We have him saying the voters got it wrong.

    A caller said on the ABC, maybe MP’s should be replaced, as they are in the senate, not by a by-election. Good thought. Would stop the rubbish behavior we are now having to endure.

    I believe the antics we now see would cease and it would allow the house to get on with it’s work.

    Mr. Oakeshott commented, that maybe the Opposition should be referred to the Privileged committee, because it is attempting to prevent a duly elected MP from exercising his vote, on behalf of his constituents.

    By the way, Mr. Down also said the government was dysfunctional. Can someone tell me why.

  28. annodyne says:

    I love the synchronicity of Kathy’s ex/first husband (Mr Jackson) also having had a credit card kerfuffle with the exact same ‘parlour’ that Thomson is accused of using. I am amazed that any Pollies have time for ‘leisure’, and also that they don’t know it’s dumb to use credit when you are where you shouldn’t be.

  29. Marilyn says:

    Yeah, why would anyone pay hookers with credit cards, isn’t the idea to keep it secret.

  30. Marilyn says:

    And it’s touching that the usually sensible Ben Eltham over at New Matilda is still believing the discredited FWA report and claiming it as gospel in one breath and that there is no crime in the other.

    Our media just hate being shown for the losers they are.

  31. Marilyn says:

    And still none of the MSM have read the reasoning behind FWA’s so-called findings.

    I did and laughed out loud.

    There was no policy, he broke it.

  32. Private says:

    It would appear another Underbelly type saga in the making. Good to see somebody writing a detailed account of the saga unfolding. Where are all the good investigative journalists?

    It took FWA more than two years to investigate and finalise a complaint I made about a breach of an AWA and dodgy dates on payslips. First trying the fob off, then denying confidentiality despite the breach affecting a whole gamut of workers (ie. the investigation would not ‘tip off’ who the complainant was and thus would not impede the process) hoping I would withdraw the complaint, then a letter saying complaint was not upheld. The release of documents from the federal government department concerned were denied by investigator under FOI. I requested those documents to understand why the complaint was not upheld given the obvious breach and clear terms spelled out in the AWA. Only an appeal to the Commonwealth Ombudsman ensured the documents were released. My complaint about having to reveal my identity in the complaint before the FWO would investigate was met with an apology from head honcho but ruined by some obfuscatory spin about there was a possibility my name would have to be revealed in the course of the investigation anyway. This was complete rubbish and just another attempt to hide incompetence and failure to take responsibility. Like saying sorry…BUT.

    The released documents confirmed suspicions that the claims made by the department were not checked against the AWA (as opposed to the enterprise agreement for permanent staff – completely irrelevant for casuals). In fact shoddy work overall. Armed with this knowledge the FW Ombudsman agreed to a review for which my complaint was eventually upheld much to the protestations of the department who were outraged they lost the complaint on the basis that casuals had no rights so no breach occurred despite clear conditions in the AWA distributed to all casual staff (you know the type, sign here on the dotted line or no job, and no consultation. By the time all this ended I agreed a letter of caution would suffice. Who could face more time in front of a court or the AAT for what was really a minor breach and should have been upheld in the first place. FWA managers and senior investigator on the review acknowledged lack of due process in the original investigation, high turnover of staff and failure to handover properly to next case officer and failure to acutally ‘investigate’ properly claims by the department had meant lots of errors in judgement.

    This occurred after the period when claims in the media arose about using backpackers and other casual staff to carry out important investigation work due to pressures of workloads and failure to recruit staff in a timely manner all leading to this state of affairs. My own experience with FWA and FWOmbudsman makes me really suspicious of any claims they make and it does not surprise of there was a conflict of interest in the Thomson case let alone competency. I don’t know if Thomson is guilty or not but it looks like there are not too many clean hands at the union or even at FWA if claims of conflict of interest hold up to greater scrutiny. If you ever find yourself in this situation the key is never give up, be patient but persist if you think you are in the right and always remain professional and polite in your dealings with bureaucrats no matter how much you want to scream.

    I am currently writing a book about this experience among other issues relating to bureaucratic bungling, incompetence, mismanagement and failures in accountability and duty of care.

  33. nueclearn says:

    If what you write is the truth the whole truth etc,etc why has the Gillard Government apparently abandoned Mr Thomson.?

    Surely such an esteemed firm of “Labor Lawyers” as Holding&Redlich, acting on Mr Thomson’s behalf, would have disclosed this information before now?

  34. Marilyn says:

    They have tried to but the media simply will not report anything against Kathy Jackson because they adopted the lying dingbat as a hero.

    And Gillard cut Thomson loose and she shouldn’t have.

  35. James says:

    Please save us all the agony of you publishing anything remotely like the long-winded recount I just read.

  36. too many big words for you James

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  40. mindmadeup says:

    Today’s events with Craig Thomson’s arrest (an extradition mounted by Victoria Police) adds even more suspicions to the mix.

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