Glittering Prize

Posted: December 8, 2012 in Dummy Spits, HSU Saga, Media, Politics

“Craig Thomson Shot JFK With Gun Paid For With Union Credit Card.”

Well, the headline may as well have said that for all the truth contained in the story…

Yes that’s right folks, Steve Lewis, the man journalists look down at and only Santa’s elves look up to is back at it again. Never letting little things like facts mess up a good bit of smear.

If there was a raspberry awards for journalism, Steve Lewis could easily claim a prize.

You may remember Steve from the Ashby and Slipper saga, and how he dived right on in and helped the story along, telling Ashby via text that

“We will get him”

…referring to Peter Slipper. Or you may remember him as the man who churns out stories without evidence about the AWU smear campaign.

This time Lewis has Craig Thomson in his sights, and I think it is safe to say he suffers crooked vision based on his understanding of the facts.

Steve Lewis, looking for facts in all the wrong places

Steve Lewis, looking for facts in all the wrong places

Clearly when Craig Thomson made his parliamentary address way, way, way back in what seems like last century, Lewis doesn’t think that there was enough dissection of every word, or media scrutiny of the speech and now thinks he might have a bit of a crack at it.

Steve Lewis cites new documents that have come from with Fair Work Australia, you know, the place that Kathy Jackson’s fiancée is Vice President, but Lewis doesn’t share this “new documentation” with us, the gullible readers. Lewis doesn’t even have a reference to where it might be posted on the News Ltd website, I guess because it isn’t.

Steve Lewis seems to think that whatever piece of trash has blown out of a window at FWA and landed in his lap should be taken as gospel truth. Not unlike Tony Abbott’s excuses for the alleged slush funds he ran that ended with Pauline Hanson going to jail so you didn’t get a chance to vote for her, gospel truth indeed. Democracy in action Coalition style.

Fair Work Australia have made such an utter dogs breakfast of this case that anything that comes from FWA that relates to HSU matters should be taken with a grain of salt the size of the Rock Of Gibraltar .

FWA finally ended up having to have an independent inquiry into their own investigation, this was after their investigation appeared to be tainted in the extreme. The findings of this enquiry by KPMG made the entire investigation seem a farce. FWA VP Lawler, who seemed happy to get involved in the union matters, accessing the HSU network, making complaints to police, having his children work for the union, being dialled into union meetings etc, etc, suddenly didn’t want to be involved when it came to an inquiry his own organisation launched, refusing to co-operate with requests to hand over electronic equipment.

KPMG review FWA

So anyway, what are Steve Lewis’s big claims?

Lewis claims that “new” FWA documents show that Thomson “never put” suggestions to FWA that it seek video footage from brothels. They also raise doubts over Thomson’s allegations regarding a set up involving Marco Bolano.

Craig Thomson discusses how much credibility Steve Lewis has...

Craig Thomson discusses how much credibility Steve Lewis has…

So let’s have a look at some of the evidence. Below is a link to a part of the transcript of the FWA interview that Craig Thomson had with FWA investigator extraordinaire Terry Nassios. Terry, you may remember fled the country once the investigation was made public, but upon his return was hauled into a senate committee to try to explain how he had any credibility at all after such a mess of an investigation. What was left of Terry’s credibility was then destroyed by the aforementioned KPMG enquiry into his so-called “investigation”, the FWA investigation many have described as a “witch-hunt”.

Thomson Nassios interview exert

As shown in the highlighted section, Thomson clearly refers to the possibility of video footage being obtained. Thomson states in relation to questions over a brothel:

“…I’m very happy if you can get video evidence of everyone going in that day”

This is from the FWA transcript, not a document that has not ben produced that has fallen into the lap of same reporter that has made a career of doing the dirty work of the Coalition in both the AWU smear campaign, and of course the Ashby matter.

In fact, on the Ashby matter, I was wondering why are we yet to see all the texts allegedly from Christopher Pyne regarding Ashby? I am well aware of their existence as are may others I know, and I am aware of what is allegedly in them, and I wonder why we are yet to see them all over the front page of the papers? They do make for some eye-opening insights to say the least if they are proven to be true. I thought someone would be rushing to be first with the story, but alas it seems they would rather search in vain for non-existent evidence on the PM than use what they already have on an opposition front bencher. From what I’ve heard Pyne must be very nervous indeed.

Texts? eew...

Texts? eew…

On the Bolano matter, Lewis claims that

“The watchdog (FWA) also takes aim at Mr Thomson over his claims that he was threatened and set-up by a union rival, Marco Bolano.”

That sounds like a rather pointed claim Mr Lewis, but you back it up with zip, absolutely nothing. You don’t explain what part they “take aim” at, or quote a source in any way shape or form. This is just an utter nothing statement. This statement is like sitting on your child’s bed to read them a book, starting out “Once upon a time” and then stopping, no more story and one pissed off kid.

You open up dialogue about someone “taking aim” and leave us all hanging because you have nothing else. If this is taking aim, I’d suggest to Lewis spending more time at a circus sideshow shooting at metal ducks with a bent rifle, he may actually learn something about taking aim.

Everyone wins a prize Steve

Everyone wins a prize Steve

You may wonder why Thomson did not respond to this article to Lewis himself. Well he did. Lewis was sent all of the documentation in an email. Lewis responded to this information that proves his article incorrect, not by saying he will print a correction, not by saying he will run an article on a source with a clear agenda, but like this, below is his response in full.

I am happy to send you FWA document

It details the matters in today’s article

You need to take it up with them


That is it.

What remarkable concern from a journalist.

Considering he was responding to the publishing of false and misleading information across all the News Ltd press, bar The Australian, with his name attached to it, you’d expect a little more of the care factor. What utter arrogance and total disdain for anything that doesn’t suit his agenda. The offending article says that Thomson’s lawyer Chris McArdle the night before, that much is accurate. McArdle was contacted at approximately 7pm the night before this story went to press. It is safe to say for the article to hit the printers that night McArdle must have been contacted on or around the deadline bell, meaning the call was to cover Lewis’s back, rather than to seek information for a story that would have clearly been written already.

If mainstream media wants to know why it is losing the trust of the public, and why newspaper sales are plummeting, they can weep bitter tears and point to the internet, or they can look to the all too familiar behavior above for clues.

Anyway, Thomson has always claimed that the FWA investigation was not being conducted in a fair manner, and given what we know now, who can blame him?

Below is a link to a copy of a letter Thomson’s lawyer sent to FWA President Bernadette O’Neill which addresses some of these concerns. It makes for interesting reading, particularly the part about bias. For privacy reasons I have removed the names of the individuals that FWA did not interview, but having seen the names myself, some of them are extremely relevant and held high positions within the union.

Thomson Lawyers Letter to FWA

As for Marco Bolano’s credibility, it is fair to say that it is somewhat tarnished. No matter how he might like to try to clean his image up, and no matter how many times Kathy Jackson tells us he is clean, there is an old saying “you can’t polish a turd”. Some make think you can roll one in glitter, but it still emits a stench. Bolano is certainly no Glittering Prize, although some have made allegations of Simple Minds.

Bolano, A glittering prize or a...?

Bolano, A glittering prize or a…?

In the recent campaign for the HSU Number 1 Branch election Bolano tried to have his main rival Diana Asmar excluded from the election, after someone conveniently tampered with her financial records on the unions database. This was eventually overturned in court and only ended up delaying the election. Unfortunately the evidence in the case cannot be made public as the case has yet to be officially closed, all we know from the case is that witnesses say Bolano was berated by the judge and Asmar was cleared to run.

Since then there have been allegations of Bolano stalking and threatening his rival, to the extent that an intervention order had to be placed on Bolano to keep his distance from his female opponent. In an article in the Fairfax press, details of claims of mail theft and tampering, funding accusations, and even a bizarre hit and run with a car complaint show what a disgraceful campaign is being run.

Craig McGregor who was recently elected as Secretary of the HSU Number 3 branch was given a taste of what to expect should Bolano win in the Number 1 Branch Elections.

McGregor, who took over from union turncoat Kathy Jackson, went into the offices to find he had no computers, and even no chairs. He did however have two things, a mountain of debt, care of his predecessor, and an interesting bag pictured below which was left under his election rival, Fleur Behrens desk. Behrens was the Jackson faction candidate, and it is clear that she has picked up the rumored Jacksonville knack of destroying documentation.

Nice work Fleur...

Nice work Fleur…

Those still to vote in the number 1 Branch election, an election which has become an absolute atrocity that has left members bewildered, and left the public with about a billion more reasons to think unions are dodgy, are hopefully taking note of all this reprehensible behaviour from the Jacksonville crew.

If members want more of the stand over tactics, the threats, the wasted money, the rorts, the poor representation, the bully boy tactics, the bad publicity, and the Jackson influence that virtually bankrupted number 3 branch, or if they like being part of the first union in the state to sell out members entitlements to the Victorian Coalition government, or being part of the union that sold its member out the cheapest to the Coalition government, than vote for anyone on the Bolano ticket.

Alternatively, if you think it’s about time you had some representation and someone with your interests at heart, I’d be voting for anybody who is not on the Bolano ticket.

Like I said, it’s not rocket science….

  1. denniallen says:

    Excellent once again….

  2. Bad as Steve Lewis is as a journalist, in my opinion, no one thought to nominate him for a Latika. I tossed up between Uhlmann and Lewis as my nomination. The coin came down on Uhlmann’s side. I was personally disappointed that no one else nominated Lewis.

  3. sue says:

    with articles such as those by Lewis, Thomson probably won’t have to worry about the size of his lawyers bill

  4. lorna simpson says:

    What a bloody disgrace is Steve Lewis. A poor excuse for a journalist. Thanks Wixxy for keeping the bastards honest.

  5. Marilyn says:

    Clay Lucas and our aunty were no better. I mean to say, as if brothels keep footage going back 10 years. Or as if they keep footage at all.

  6. Marian Rumens says:

    When will we get to see the texts allegedly from Christopher Pyne? Is anybody working on them? I don’t understand how these people can get away with so much. Ashby/Brough/McIver/Lawler/Jackson/Pyne/Abbott. Is there a special law that exempts these people from prosecution?

  7. Heather says:

    Saturdays’ paper featured an article which states that Fair Work Australia has this week subpoenaed the brothels etc to further investigate whether Craig Thompson was there, paid with HSU credit cards etc.
    So I gather FWA is still out to ‘get’ Thompson, even after their previous effort which was largely discredited..

  8. Marilyn says:

    Heather, it’s quite ridiculous to try and ask for the evidence after you have decide that someone has done something.

  9. Marian Rumens says:

    Be interesting to know what “evidence” besides Kathy Jackson’s word and edited union files FWA actually have against Craig Thomson.

  10. This while thing is sickening in the perversity of the press for not paying attention to all aspects of the case evenly. It’s not that Thomson ever was my poster boy, it’s that so much seems to be wrong that is passing by the press altother.

  11. veritas says:

    blowing the whistle on things like asmars new fake mail out too hsu members pretending too be the AEC again …oh wait no your page seems too have nothing anti asmar again how bizare!!!!! any one would think you have some sort of bias…

    • wixxy says:

      I am actually going to be starting an article today regarding that, although I was of the impression that we didn’t know what side the mail came from… If you have a copy you can email it to me I haven’t seen it.

      As for bias, I am biased against any union thug such as Bolano, and of the other Kathy Jackson puppets whose alleged rorts are claimed to make Michael Wiliamsons look petty… I make no apologies for that

    • wixxy says:

      You may want to look at the post I just put up….

  12. Accurately, pertinently and succinctly put, Peter. Your writing is as stylistically impressive as it is informative. The name of your critic, “Veritas”, is highly ironic, but very much in tune with a society in which Kate McClymont can be awarded a prize for “investigative journalism” and you excellent work is being ignored by the MSM including the ABC.

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