The Next Episode

Posted: May 25, 2012 in HSU Saga, Politics

I have recieved a huge amount of corespondence after my posts on the HSU saga, and the fallout from the Craig Thomson revelations.

Though I have had a small amount of abuse, not a single person has been able to dispute my findings, in fact, quite the opposite.

Kathy Jackson admitted much of what was published in Independent Australia, such as the Michael Lawler connection and that they discussed HSU issues, she also admitted recieving free legal services from a lawyer from a Liberal Party Think Tank. Even Tony Abbott, was forced to admit that he appointed Michael Lawler to his position in Fair Work Australia.

My next article will not be posted on this blogsite, for a couple of reasons.

I have had legal advice that makes me think it may be best not to post it here. I am always happy to stick up for the good guys, and stick one up the bad guys, but I thought this particular one may be best not stuck up here….

The other reason, is that Independent Australia, thus far has been about the only news service that has had the guts, and the integrity to show the other side of the story.

In court, there is a prosecution, and a defence. It would seem in the vast majority of main stream press, and certainly in the eyes of the Coalition, there is only a prosecution. I hope people see this as a warning for what awaits under a Coaltion government.

At times this past week or so, I have felt like I needed to get me a dragon tattoo, a pearl earing and go and kick a hornets nest…

Here is the link to my latest article on Independent Australia

There is more to come yet…. this chook is only half baked.

If there are two images that have remained with me this week, it is Craig Thomson fighting the tears and losing, as he struggled not to break down, and Christopher Pyne’s seething rage as he attempts to reach new depths in the art of character assasination.

Thank you for all your reposts, retweets, follows, and your kind words…. and stay tuned….


  1. Sue says:

    thanks wixxy

    And FWA missed all that?

  2. Marilyn says:

    No they didn’t miss it, they just decided to ignore it.

    What are the 7 other enquiries?

    And VanOnselen is still applying the Thomson should be stood down story but that means he will be happy for Chris Kelly, Sean Edwards, Bill Heffernan and “Tony Abbott himself to be stood down into the naughty corner with Sophie to make them tea as they all have civil problems.

    Actually Abbott’s is potentially the biggest because his defamation is public and on paper and a payout would be greater than all the fines paid by HSU staff if they have to pay any at all.

  3. Marilyn says:

    And how about you send all your work to all the MP’s and moron media who are tittering.

    Notice McClymont is back to the Obeid’s.

  4. Sandra says:

    What you need is a ground swell of information through facebook and twitter to reach the mainstream. Maybe there is also a journalist or two out there in media land who will be prepared to put their necks on the line too instead of bowing down to their media bosses. I’m up for a good fight – I do not want to see this country sink into the mire of a Kangaroo Court mentality. We need good investigative work done by the media, police and the legal areas – so come on everyone, let’s get moving forward with this.

  5. deknarf says:

    The ‘Americanisation’ of Australia has always been one of my deep concerns. We are now seeing it in our media and in the disgusting behaviour of our politicians — the debasement and trashing of a democracy.
    Should Phoney Tony and the NO Coalition come to power we will see that Americanisation pace increase as they proceed down the path of free marketeering, trashing welfare and legalising the cheapening of labour.
    So much potential in this country, sitting at the base of the Indo-Asia-Pacific economic powerhouse, and so little vision by the mediocrity we have as politicians.

  6. Ann O'Dyne says:

    The allegations refer to 2005
    before CRT was elected,
    the FWA has debunked Complainants claims,
    there was no criteria for use of the card,
    the card is not in the name of CRT,
    the signature is suspect,
    the Biller is a place where, coincidentally the ex-husband of The Complainant has been recorded as a guest … but arguing with K.Jackson/T.Abbott re their cunning plan to eliminate a Labor MP

    “… Is like playing chess with a pigeon, no matter how good you are, the pigeon will just knock over the pieces, crap on the board, and strut around like it’s victorious”

    (quote originally devised for ‘debating with a Creationist …’)

  7. Marilyn says:

    Second Labor figure Jeff Jackson embroiled in union brothel scandal
    • by: Rick Wallace and Brad Norington
    • From:The Australian
    • April 2009
    A SECOND influential ALP figure has been accused of spending union money on escorts, with enemies of Victorian union boss Jeff Jackson releasing bank statements showing payments to the same Sydney brothel where federal MP Craig Thomson’s credit card was allegedly used.
    Police were called to a union meeting in Melbourne last night as it descended into yelling and brawling between rival camps.
    The meeting was called by Mr Jackson to reassert his control on the union’s management committee. Mr Jackson, a prominent figure in the Victorian ALP, dismissed the claims against him as a politically motivated “dirty tricks campaign” and denied any misuse of union funds.
    As secretary of the Health Services Union’s number 1 branch in Victoria, Mr Jackson has been embroiled in a bitter power struggle with branch president Pauline Fegan.
    Ms Fegan last night called on him to resign over the emergence of credit card statements showing the payments to ‘Keywed Pty Ltd” – which takes money for clients of the Sydney Outcalls escort agency.
    “It’s a union-issued credit card and it has been issued to Jeff Jackson,” Ms Fegan said. “On the face of it, it appears the union credit card has been used for escort agencies,” she said. “He should have resigned ages ago, that’s the reality.”
    The factional dispute is at the centre of the claims of misuse of union credit cards for prostitutes and election campaign funds that threaten the career of Mr Thomson and could damage other senior party figures.
    Mr Thomson yesterday strenuously denied allegations his union credit cards were used to pay for escort services and to help bankroll his election campaign for the federal NSW seat of Dobell in 2007.
    In a terse statement, Mr Thomson dismissed as “incorrect and false” allegations that he had misused credit cards during his term as federal secretary of the Health Services Union, including cash advances exceeding $100,000 over five years.
    Mr Jackson stressed that – unlike the Commonwealth credit card statement alleged to be Mr Thomson’s – his name was not even listed on the union Bendigo Gold Visa card concerned.
    Federal Labor, however, is already in damage control over the issue because of the risk that it could engulf not only Mr Thomson, who is chairman of the House of Representatives economics committee, but also his mentor, the new incoming ALP national president and HSU union chief Michael Williamson.
    Mr Williamson faces no allegations. He is the primary union and Labor mentor to Mr Thomson, having backed Mr Thomson as Melbourne-based HSU national secretary from 2002 to 2007. He then supported Mr Thomson’s move to Sydney before the 2007 election in a bid to run for Dobell.
    The source of potentially serious collateral damage to Labor figures is a nasty battle for power in Mr Jackson’s HSU No1 branch as he fights to win control from union president Pauline Fegan.
    Mr Jackson and Ms Fegan have been brawling for weeks, making claim and counter-claim against each other about alleged misuse of union funds.
    Their battle erupted on the national political scene yesterday with the allegations against Mr Thomson, dating back to his five-year term as federal secretary.
    According to published documents, officials of Mr Thomson’s former union concluded last year that his Commonwealth Bank credit card had been used to withdraw cash advances totalling $101,553 over five years.
    The documents also indicated Mr Thomson’s card was used to pay $330 to operators of a North Sydney escort service called Aboutoun Catering, and two payments of $570 and $2475 to Keywed Pty Ltd Restaurant in Surry Hills, a company listed as escort agency Sydney Outcalls Network.
    Pty Ltd Restaurant in Surry Hills, a company listed as escort agency Sydney Outcalls Network.
    Mr Thomson yesterday withstood Opposition pressure to step aside as a committee chairman. He said he had sought legal advice about possible action against “the sources” of the false allegations against him.
    He was confident an independent audit and an investigation by the Industrial Registrar would find no basis for the allegations.
    Kevin Rudd took no action against Mr Thomson. A spokesman for the Prime Minister said Mr Rudd would await the results of inquiries before making any decision on Mr Thomson’s committee role.
    The allegations against Mr Thomson were first detailed in a leaked letter written by Kathy Jackson, the HSU’s national secretary and head of the union’s No2 branch.
    Ms Jackson’s involvement further complicates the puzzle for the Labor Party and its involvement with the wrangle.
    She is the former wife of Jeff Jackson. Her new partner is Michael Lawler, a vice-president of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, whose industrial registrar is investigating Mr Thomson.
    As news of the investigation sparked by Ms Jackson spread to embroil her former husband yesterday, Mr Jackson dismissed the claims against him as a politically motivated “dirty tricks campaign” and denied any misuse of union funds.
    He said there were several union cards at the time and there were also doubts about the dates of the payments.
    He was recalling all credit card statements from the union’s archives to prove his innocence.
    The leaked Bendigo Bank credit card statements, obtained by The Australian, show four separate payments to Keywed between December 2003 and March 2004.
    The payments, one of which was made on Christmas Eve, were for amounts ranging from $330 to $405. There were two payments made on the same night on one occasion – March 18, 2004. The statement lists the Health Services Union’s No1 branch as the account holder but does not say who the cardholder is.

  8. Marilyn says:

    It is the dates that are interesting in this article from the Australian and give credence to Thomson’s claim of set up.

    2003 and 2004 for Jackson and I think the statement that the gold card was not in Jackson’s name and then a year later one in the name of Craig ThomPson is mysteriously used in the same place.

    And as the Australian acknowledged when they had a decent reporter on the case it was all a power play by Jackson.

    I find it astonishing that after claiming their report was damning against the HSU the total of fines possible is $127,600 for the union, Jackson, Fegan and Hudson.

    Less than the pay rise Kathy Jackson gave herself.

    It that is damning then “FWA really needs to be investigated.

  9. Marilyn says:

    According to the first FWA report they arbitrarily decided to investigate due to this media article.

    The question is how many other companies are investigated because of one newspaper report?

  10. Marilyn says:

    The report dated last year to the senate panel shows that the only reason the FWA decided to even bother with HSU was because of one report in a news paper.

    FWA investgate whole unions based only on one report in a newspaper?

  11. Marilyn says:

    And what gets me is the inability of the entire media pack of cretins to ask a simple question – how come only two officials 18 months apart knew aobut the place?

    Out of 1.9 million unionists only 2 supposedly knew that this cafe was a front for a brothel.

    That alone should have sent out bells showing the story was lunatic.

  12. Lachlan Ridge says:

    FWA appear before senate estimates on Monday 28 May, from 9am to 2pm in Ctee Room 253 at Parly House. I work nightshift in Canberra so I’m thinking of popping along to see if we can clarify this “long leave” business that FWA Vice President Michael Lawler is on, his relationship to Tony Abbott and how his partner, Kathy Jackson, had access to FWA computers.

  13. Marilyn says:

    And find out how much their exercise cost, why they did it based on a news paper account only, why they hark back a decade and why the fines are so small in comparison to the cost of the bogus report.

    And perhaps someone could ask some enterprising moron why it is claimed that just a few times in 2003, 2004 and 2005 just 2 union officials are accused by two of their rival colleagues of using hookers and there was no claim before and there has been no claim since.

    Because one thing is for sure the shit bag MSM won’t point out such stupidity.

  14. Sue says:

    have you seen this at northcoast voices
    “At the same time one might characterize a journalist who found credit card documents pertaining to a long-defunct company strewn across his investigative path – records which at least two police investigations and a Fair Work Australia investigation apparently failed to find – as nothing less than an incredibily fortunate member of the Fourth Estate.”

  15. Marilyn says:

    OK with Michael Lawler and Terry Nassios both on leave and Kathy Jackson going very quiet and us knowing already that Michael Lawler did interfere with HSU business the people in the senate committee today claim there was no interference.


    Amazing how the media still think the problem is about the use of hookers or not, the point was only about breaking the rules which did not exist.

  16. Marilyn says:

    And look, FWA wants higher fines levelled against HSU for not having rules than it got against this explosion and three deaths.

  17. Sue says:

    have 7.30 asked to see some of your evidence, as Uhlmann referred to the Lawler letter sent to Strike Force Carnarvon. (not that Uhlmann did anything with it)
    However, the Age now has the information and is asking why the president lied to the Senate committee.

    “Michael Lawler, deputy president of Fair Work Australia (FWA), complained to Strike Force Carnarvon

    But the head of FWA had earlier told a Senate estimates hearing on Monday there was no evidence that his deputy had interfered with a inquiry into federal MP Craig Thomson.”


    • Sandra says:

      I watched Abets cross questioning a female from FWA who seemed reluctant to answer his very loaded assertions. This man is part of the lynch mob who want to get rid of Craig Thomson – how is it that he can sit on this parliamentary committee. I’m glad that the Age have picked up some of this story and run with it. Let’s hope there are some journos there who have sharpened their shovels enough to dig deeper into this very nasty mess.

  18. Sue says:

    isn’t lawler supposed to be on long leave, even overseas

    “Tonight, Mr Lawler told 7.30 he was “obliged by strong convention to refrain from making public comment in relation to matters of public controversy”.

  19. Marilyn says:

    Yes I think FWA and Kathy Jackson got blown up tonight.

    But that evidence has been available since last year.

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