Putting Shame In Your Game

Posted: June 12, 2012 in HSU Saga, Politics

In any game, sport, argument or debate there are opposing sides. Anybody can tell you, that getting a big lead, and early scores, does not necessarily mean victory will be yours. Often there is a comeback, or those in front fall in a crumpled heap.

If you need proof of this, just ask Steven Bradbury, or in politics, we could wait about six months and then ask Malcolm Turnbull.

Bradbury wins while the others try to get back on their feet behind him

In the battle for the future of Craig Thomson’s political career there are two sides also. Craig Thomson of course, and on the other side we have the Liberal Party, the Right-Wing press and shock-jock brigade, and their cheerleader whistleblower Kathy Jackson.

The collateral damage, or innocent casualties, in all of this, seems to be the entire membership of the HSU.

The debate of late seems to be ignorant of facts, and high on moral’s, as the only real charge that remains against Thomson, is his alleged use of prostitutes on a Union credit card.

This allegation is backed up by the flimsiest of evidence, with credit card records that were dismissed by eight separate investigations. However,they have been once again brought to light by his accuser’s partner’s organisation, Fair Work Australia, and their “so-called” investigation. The FWA investigation that now has a rapidly growing cloud of doubt over its integrity, as does FWA’s integrity, with the involvement of its VP Michael Lawler in the spotlight. Many, including myself, are calling for a Judicial Inquiry into this matter.

On the moral debate, the public up until now seem to have sided with Jackson, and the Coalition.

Jackson herself, now in the spotlight, has some huge questions to answer in regards to allegations of corrupt practices, as evidence comes to light regarding seemingly unusual financial transactions, and conflicting public statements. Even before this evidence, first published in Independent Australia, came to light, she was fighting allegations of money laundering as recently as February.

The Liberal Party, keen to hitch their wagon to anyone who may help them score a cheap political point, have eagerly gone along for the ride. Their involvement has clearly overstepped the mark however, as opinion polls show that people are not appreciating their “rabid dog on the attack” mentality, particularly in regards to Thomson.

The likes of Abbott, Pyne, Abetz, and Brandis have been cheered on by the usual candidates from the right-wing press. Helping them in their bid for the moral high ground have been the shock-jocks, including one who is known for loitering in public lavatories for sexual gratification, and another who has faced repeated suspensions for getting drunk and groping, or sexually assaulting, female members of staff.

Like I said, taking the high ground.

To his credit, Thomson has lasted the distance where many would have cracked under the pressure. He has bided his time, with the person who know’s him best, his wife, by his side. Thomson has been waiting for the debate to start looking at the facts, rather than the hysterics we have seen up to this point.

Craig Thomson with his wife Zoe

The facts we have been publishing at Independent Australia, in the form of documents, have not shown Thomson’s innocence. However, they have shown that Thomson’s accuser appears to have her own agenda, and on the surface, seems to have been using the members funds as a personal bank account.

Kathy Jackson’s bizarre antic’s in Federal Court last week, as she tries to save her job, and stop independent auditor’s going through the finances of the union she ran, only serve to heighten these  concerns.

Today, new evidence of strange financial practices under Jackson’s watch have come to light.

You can see via the below link, two expense payments for Kathy Jackson. The first one you will notice is itemized. I am unsure if any of these payments are odd, but I will assume that they are all legitimate. The second expense payment however, is not itemized. This $4,695 payment of members money is just marked as “general”.

Jacksons Expense Claims

I have not known any company to just pay an expense payment for that amount, without some sort of indication as to what it’s for. Then again, most companies wouldn’t allow someone to approve their own expenses.

Also strange are the payments via the link below, marked as BCOM payments.

BCOM Payments

These four payments total a whopping $37,600 of union funds. This includes “Honorarium” payments of $13,800, and yet more suspicious “professional fee’s”.

Union members would like to know what these payments were for. Members also query who was deserving of all these “honorarium” payments, whilst their union was being bled dry, and the future Baillieu, and O’Farrell governments were planning to strip members of their hard-earned benefits.

There is an earlier case which I think shines a light on the way the HSU operated under the control of the Jackson’s, as for a time there were both Jeff and Kathy Jackson there.

The case involves a woman who was being forced to resign due to her having Multiple Sclerosis. This you would assume is something the union would go hard on, an employee being pushed to resign over a disability, particularly the “Health” Services Union.

The employee in question, was actually diagnosed with MS before starting her role at the job she was being forced to resign from. Not only that, she had worked in the role for a number of years, and her performance was in no way hampered by her MS, in fact she was achieving better results than others in her field. At the time of this happening, she even had 63 days of unused sick leave owing to her.

Still, her heartless employer was determined to get rid of her.

With all of this, you would think the union would have come down on her employer like a tonne of bricks, but alas you would be wrong.

“Who was this heartless employer?” I hear you ask.

The employer was none other than the Health Services Union, and her boss doing these actions, none other than Jeff Jackson.

Jeff Jackson, employer of the year failure

Below is a link to the letter from the employee, Diana Asmar, currently a Deputy Mayor, to Jeff Jackson in response to being terminated.

Asmar Letter To Jeff Jackson

A few things jump out of this letter which raise some serious questions.

In particular, in the second paragraph on the second page, there is the mention of superannuation. In fact, it suggests that an offer was made for a fraudulent claim to be processed, with the aid of Kathy Jackson, who was on the HESTA board, all Diana need do was obtain a dodgy doctors certificate.

This begs the question, was this normal procedure, and are there any claims that were put through HESTA, that are fraudulent?

I have heard allegations of Jeff jackso recieving a huge disability payout, and then going back to work almost straight away, at the HSU.

This is a startling claim by Asmar, as it raises questions not only over member’s funds, but over their retirement savings as well.

The other question in my mind. “Is it in the best interests of the members to offer Diana a payout of over $100,000?”

Still, it seems no matter how many documents we discover that indicate wrong doing, Kathy Jackson is determined to fight on. She has been quick to point fingers, make accusations, and conjure up conspiracy theories, but has as yet been unable to sufficiently answer any questions raised by these documents.

This week is another big week for Jackson, with two major events in the calendar.

On Tuesday night, Jackson is performing at the HR Nicholl’s Society bash. HR Nicholl’s Society is a Liberal think tank where on Tuesday, Jackson is the Guest Of Honour. A packed house of Coalition members, party faithful, and hangers-on will be there to see her perform hit’s like, I Got The Power, We Are The Champions, I Am Woman, and These Boots (Are Made For Walking). Well, not exactly, but I would expect her speech to be along the same lines.

Kathy Jackson breaks into song

Many have wondered whether the Liberal Party would cancel this event, but I have my doubts. I tend to think that the Liberals will keep using her while they think there is the chance of a political point to be made. Then when Jackson’s use has been spent, they will dump her like a piece of trash, and quickly forget they ever admired her.

On Friday, Jackson is back to playing the victim in Federal Court.

Jackson is back in court to appeal the decision to put an interim administrator in place, and to put all positions up for re-election. Jackson, it seems does not want the unions finances sorted out, and is not at all fond on letting the union members decide who runs the union. Jackson prefers a dictatorship to democracy any day it seems.

I hope that Jackson manages to get through the week without attempting contact with the judge in private. I also hope she can manage to contain herself in court a little bit better than last week, which turned the case into a punchline.

I am sure that there will be more to report on during the week, as the Jackson circus continues its national tour.

Meanwhile, in the electorate of Dobell, Craig Thomson patiently waits for those with the early lead to stumble, and the truth to emerge.

  1. LNP must be says:

    MSM are still very silent on this..do you know why?..What are the LNP doing? They have gone even more silent..Are the LNP more involved than whats been let on?..notice the OP story and the results..interesting is it not 🙂

    • wixxy says:

      We may have something coming later this week with MSM… fingers crossed

      • LNP must be says:

        Hope something does..it all has to come out into the open sometime..lol..Do you think the MSM may put a slant onit either way or just report the facts and let everyone else decide?..Anyway great work..keep it up

  2. Catching up says:

    I was disappointed with media watch last night. It appears the TV programmes are OK because of the notoriety of Mr. Thomson.

    Now he may be guilty as alleged, but at this stage, he has not been charged or convicted of anything. Where does the media stand, if the man is innocence as he claims. Id so, he is not responsible for the situation he finds himself in.

    Where are the Jackson story from her antics is court. That is indeed a story. One does not tell a high court judge how to run his court.

  3. Bella says:

    Good luck wixxy with the MSM possibility. About time your research reaches a broader audience. You said above:

    The facts we have been publishing at Independent Australia, in the form of documents, have not shown Thomson’s innocence…

    But the documents do raise serious doubts about the allegetions against Thomson and support the idea that he he has been the target of a malicious and deliberate set-up. Wouldn’t you say?

  4. savetherange says:

    ‘Baillieu and O’Farrell were planning to strip members of their hard -earned benefits’ (which are less than most already) and sacking an employee was a way to bring it to a head? Now I’m even more convinced this is about importing labour to meet the growing need for health services in the cheapest way possible.

  5. Marilyn says:

    I reckon Thomson is innocent because when someone as clearly rotten as Kathy Jackson accuses you of something then it is pretty clear you are innocent.

    After all it is forgotten that 8 investigations have already cleared him of even a whiff of wrong doing.

    Not to mention that he had an exemplary record for 16 years but we are expected to believe that he went off the rails for the next couple and he has an exemplary record in parliament without so much as a single claim of false travel documented.

    The Kathy though has a record going back to the days of monstering Jan Armstrong in 1998.

  6. johnward154 says:

    Every one in politics is afraid of the shit hitting the fan and splashing on them.
    Craig Thomson has had buckets of the stuff tipped over him for the past 4 years.
    As this story unfolds it seems to me he will be able to stand in the middle of the great hall in Parliament, with all his detractors around him, and one by one, piece by piece he will flick each bit of carelessly flung dung, back onto them. Until finally, the whole rabble on both sides is covered with shit and Craig will be left standing in the middle of those assembled in his spotless white suit and a grin on his face like Steve Martin.

  7. The bull says:

    The real injustice is that despite not a single allegation being proven in court the HSU has had to go into administration with all that implies for its employees and officers who have nothing wrong. Why? Not because of any proven fraud, but because Jackson paralyzed its executive with the viciousness of her media campaign thereby rendering it dysfunctional. And here she is facing similar doubts about her own expenditures and still arguing that she should be allowed to keep her lucrative employment conditions. Wrong, just plain wrong.

  8. Marilyn says:

    I have belonged to two unions – the nurses and the public service – and none of the reps. would have behaved as the Jackson spivs have.

  9. roy says:

    you should put your talents into criminal law— i see you as the big blonde private eye handing Perry Mason the file that cracks the case—-and the baddie in the witness box- fold under pressure–
    truly exciting detective work— mate—
    fans are flocking to your articles en mass
    the msm is irrelevant these days

  10. anon says:

    Another great post, but sorry Wixxy…a few stray apostrophes “Professional fee’s”, “member’s funds”, “high on moral’s”, “bizarre antic’s”, “independent auditor’s” etc. Keep up the great work in bringing to light the truth!

  11. Nick Valentine says:

    Super stuff Wixxy. Your revelations are highly addictive.

  12. Thanks for your unbelievably brilliant work for the cause of justice universally and for Craig Thomson in particular. You are doing a wonderful job in a society that is increasingly resembling the United States during the McCarthyist era.

    Just one point I wish to add. Many people have asserted that Craig must be guilty because he did not complain to the police when he found his identity was being stolen and he was being “stitched up” by corrupt forces within the HSU. The answer is very simple. Although he knew very early in his time as National Secretary from 2002 that he was being opposed by the Jacksons (Victorian branches 1 and 3), he did not know the nature of the corruption in which they were engaged or the underhand action they were taking against him until April 2009 when KJ passed on doctored documents to Mark Davis of the Sydney Morning Herald. Bolano certainly told Craig early in his time at Melbourne that they “were going to get him”, but he didn’t know either that they had or what they did until April 2009.

    • wixxy says:

      That’s right, it is awfully hard to complain about something you do not know about, especially when it hasn’t happenned yet… Only afterwards did he realise what had been going on behind the scenes

  13. Savetherange says:

    He’s been well and truly white anted. But in another twist into another dimension, there’s a guy who writes a blog about corruption in the legal system who says the retired judge appointed as administrator is a labor mate and there to cover up the damage at the HSU. There’s a lifetimes work here!

  14. Philip says:

    Would a Royal Commission on this mess be supported by either side of politics?

  15. Marilyn says:

    Well it is Jackson who is now cut off and will never work in another union to rort them and steal from them.

  16. Marilyn says:

    Watching media watch the other night they bandied around a so-called credit statement but the lines were crooked. How does one get a computer to print out crooked lines?

  17. Marilyn says:

    Why do the media keep reporting that the Victorian police are investigating Craig Thomson? They are not.

  18. The bull says:

    A radio interview of Jackson by bearded buffoon Paul Murray was anticipating that some ‘unfair’ accusations against her were in the msm pipeline. So far, disappointed. Any enciuraging predictions Wixxy?

  19. Marilyn says:

    Unfair accusations? She is a nutcase.

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