Born To Lose

Posted: September 13, 2012 in HSU Saga

Over the last few weeks we have seen the Gillard government talk about Gonski, and about putting more funding into Australian schools of all types. Naturally, this is a priority.

In stark contrast, here in NSW this week, we have seen the O’Farrell led, Liberal government announce $1.8Billion in education cuts. That’s right, cuts. Call me a cynic, but the fact that these cuts were announced just two days after council elections across the state, strikes me as typical of the deceitful nature of the Liberal Party of late, but that’s just me.

I understand that Barry O’Farrell wants to save some money. After all of Labor’s budget surpluses over the previous years, Barry won’t look real flash having two deficits in two years. It took the ALP 13 years to have two deficits.

While cash is splashed out on extra parliamentary secretaries, making this the most expensive government the state has ever had (another broken election promise), and pay rises and extra funding given to the Shooters and Fishers Party, Barry makes cuts where it is least important in the Liberal mind. Education, public transport, workers compensation for emergency services, the public service sector….all under Barry’s axe. I could go on forever talking about these.

You may think I just want to have a whinge, but not at all, I want to help Barry save a few bob. You know, do my bit. All for the good of the state of course.

I have found an area of the public service that we could save some money on, and her name is Katrina Hart.

Normally I would be opposed to cutbacks in the public health sector, but not in Katrina’s case, as it seems she has no respect whatsoever for those who pay her wages. You know, us, the taxpayers.

You see, Katrina is running a ticket in the HSU elections, and has the support of our favourite subject of Vic Police enquiries, Kathy Jackson.

Jackson, despite being under police investigation for allegedly rorting the HSU in Victoria for years, is now looking to get into NSW, seeing as though Victoria is now a financial basketcase. Katrina Hart it would seem is just the ticket…

The Leader Of The Pack?

You see Jackson is unelectable, nobody wants her. This is why many have strong suspicions that either Katrina, or her number 2 on the ticket Ted Hinge, will step down after 12 months and hand their job over to Jackson. Jackson has never faced an election, she has always stood unopposed.

Anyway, why should Katrina Hart be sacked? You may well ask, aside from having some questionable friends.

Katrina has campaigned for the election using her database, possibly gathered from a questionable source, as the email was sent on 6th September, the day before nominations opened. By sending her campaign emails using a hospital computer, she has also broken further regulations, unless she has the written authorisation by NSW Health Management. A hospital computer is the property of NSW Health. A taxpayer-funded computer.

This is clearly in breach of NSW Health regulations in regards to staff conduct and the use of hospital equipment for private purposes. Bear in mind, this may not be just a few emails, it would appear that the email could possibly have been sent to tens of thousands of members. All at taxpayer expense.

I also wonder whether this campaigning was done during working hours. I would hate to think my tax dollars were spent funding campaigns for a disgraced factional leader, and a social worker with absolutely no respect for both her responsibilities, or the rules under which she, and every other public servant, are employed. Or does Katrina Hart think she is above the rules?

The copy of the Hart felt drivel that I received was sent at 3:24pm That sounds a bit like she has done it during working hours to me.

In yet another blatant display of contempt for the rules, Katrina has signed off her pages of propaganda using this title President Randwick Campus General Sub Branch”. I wonder if the members of the Randwick Campus General Sub-Branch held a meeting and endorsed her candidacy, allowing her to use this title. Many have raised doubts as to whether she is using this title without endorsement.

Katrina Harts unsolicited email can be viewed in full via the below link.

Katrina Hart Campaigning Email

You will notice she talks herself up a lot. Actually, no she doesn’t. This is quite strange, even for a citizen of Jacksonville.

Most candidates in an election will talk up their strong points, and highlight their accomplishments and awards. Most see it as a way to show that they deserve your support, and are seen as worthy of the position they are running for. It also shows a bit of know-how, and displays a bit of positivity.

Katrina, it would seem has no positive attributes to speak of at all. No talent for anything, no bright ideas for taking the union forward. If she has any, surely they would have made it into her pitch.

In fact, there is more about her number 2, Ted Hinge’s accomplishment (deliberately not plural) in one sentence, than there is about Katrina in the whole volume of propaganda she dumped on unsuspecting members.

What Katrina Hart does talk about is factionalism. There is a lot of talk of Michael Williamson and his cronies, she accuses all running but herself of being factional.

Nowhere does she mention the Jackson faction. Nowhere does she mention the goings on in Victoria with the Jackson’s and Bolano. Nowhere does she mention her relationship with Kathy Jackson. Nowhere does she mention that the address listed at the bottom of the email is the same as Kathy Jackson’s mailing address was when she first fled to Sydney.

And the funny thing about that address is, she did not want that address made public, and complained to the administrator after I mentioned the suburb, Chifley in another of my articles. I’m not going to make any judgements on Katrina’s IQ level or anything, however if she wanted the address kept secret, it’s probably not real wise to put it at the bottom of an email you send out to thousands of members that you hope are easily led.

I have deleted the address from my copy, you know, cos I’m a nice guy and all.

There is not a real lot to say about Katrina Hart, as her email would suggest. What I can say however, is that she is an Allied Health Social Worker, and good friend of factional leader Kathy Jackson.

The number 2 on Katrina’s ticket, Ted Hinge is a health manager. This means that Ted is a boss, just the type of person you want to run a union, you know, the type that most approach the union to complain about.

In fact, Ted is part of a sub-branch of the union that was created because the rank and file members refused to participate in branch meetings when Ted, and others like him, were involved. After all, why would people want to participate in a union meeting that their bosses attend?

Neither Ted, or Katrina are from the rank and file, in fact, judging from the lunatic propaganda and manic finger-pointing in the unsolicited drivel in Katrina’s email, I’d suggest they are from the outskirts of Jacksonville.

Speaking of Jacksonville, and supporters of the Jackson/Bolano faction, check out the flyer below from Fleur Behrens campaign.

I love a candidate that supports “change and continuation”, hmm.

As for the good aspects of the union looking to continue under Behrens and her factional friends, do I really need to link that video of the berating and brawling at HSU meetings yet again?

As for the slogan “With Fleur We Can”, I would suggest if it can be done with Fleur, it is something probably best avoided.

To those of you trudging through the bowels of your spam folder looking for something to read that may be remotely believable, I would suggest avoiding any drivel from camp Hart, Behrens, or Bolano. Stick to Viagra sales  or that one that tells you that you won a European lottery, they are far more credible, and I’m sure you will find them far more mentally stimulating.

Ahhh, election time in the HSU. There may have been some new keys cut to the crazy house in Jacksonville, and some new faces clutching them, but we all know what lurks behind the door.

And it ain’t pretty…

Comments
  1. Go you good thing. I’m so unspeakably angry about yet more cuts to education that I have steam venting from every pore. It is the continuation of the Howard policy on education, which is the dumbing down of an entire generation. At a time when our position in the world’s education ranking is slipping, and industry is crying out for more and better skilled workers, this is NUTS.

  2. Sue says:

    Good old liberal premiers, you just have to love them. By being clever and cutting education funding they have also triggered cuts to federal funds as the 2 are linked. As health funds are also linked CANDO may not be able to “bank”his cost cuts in health. oh dear what a shame.

  3. Schoolwastetech says:

    School cleaners are another sector that will affected by Barry’s cuts. Some schools will lose up to 25% of their cleaning hours as a part of a “Cleaning Efficiency Improvement program. This program is based on a DEC (Dept of Education and Communities) target figure of 400 square metres per hour for internal cleaning. This target has no regard to age, condition or layout of the schools being cleaned.
    Nice work Barry, will you get the kids and overworked teachers to pick up the litter and clean up the toilets?

  4. Sue says:

    With extension given to Administrator, there will be no elections to November. More time for evidence to emerge.

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