Not Even Jail

Posted: December 18, 2012 in HSU Saga, Politics

As the HSU Number 1 Branch elections draw to a close in Melbourne, we cross our fingers and wait.

I have always said that the Kathy Jackson influence needs to be cleaned out of the HSU, and that therefore Marco Bolano and his bully boy tactics need to go.

The tactics that have been used in this election campaign have been nothing short of an utter disgrace. This is the kind of crap that makes the entire Union movement look bad, and in my eyes that is unforgivable. There have been allegations of hit and runs, computer records tampered with, threatening behaviour and intimidation tactics, the public smearing of an ombudsman, intervention orders on a candidate, and now we have a fake letter that has gone out under the pretence of coming from the Australian Electoral Commission.

This letter told members that it was compulsory to vote in the election, which of course it isn’t, and told members that the AEC would be fining those members who did not vote. This fake mailout is not only a breach of the Fair Work Act, but it is also a case of Mail Fraud which I believe carries a hefty jail sentence and is a Federal Crime. If any police are reading this, consider this an official complaint that warrants an investigation.

I would love to be able to report that this was all coming from the Jacksonville camp of Marco Bolano, but alas it isn’t.

Diana Asmar. A let down, or someone let down by her campaign team?

Diana Asmar. A let down, or someone let down by her campaign team?

In what has come across to me as a race to the bottom of the septic tank, it appears that both sides are just as capable and just as keen to dump in more crap in that needs to be swum through. In an election where you would think that the side opposing Bolano could just coast through and keep their dignity intact by not playing the childish games, they have failed, and failed miserably.

In the NSW and the Number 3 Branch in Victoria the campaigns were full of smear and dirty tactics from the Jackson faction, but those opposing ran clean campaigns that spoke of strange things like members needs and reform. Judging from the defeats in every position from the Jacksonville camp, I would assume members are not interested in shock-jocks and smear.

If only there had been a clean-skin in the number 1 branch elections eh? Actually there was. However with the volume of crap thrown by the other teams his voice was surely drowned out. I’d go so far as to say that the Miller campaign was like a diamond ear-ring that has been accidently dropped in a toilet and flushed down the sewer, something shiny and precious lost in a river of shit and piss.

No matter which side wins in the number 3 branch, they have nothing to be proud of at all, in fact they should all hang their heads in shame as all this will bring about is a further exodus of dismayed members.

I would go so far as to say that anybody involved on either side of this election campaign who thinks they have political ambitions should think again. The way these two campaigns have been run would make anybody associated with someone from either campaign a political liability in my humble opinion. Totally toxic.

With that in mind, I do hope that Marco Bolano loses in the biggest of ways, as that will completely wipe out the Jackson faction that has decimated the Victorian branches.

Marco Bolano, never heeded warnings about the effects of standing too close to the TV

Marco Bolano, never heeded warnings about the effects of standing too close to the TV

What does dismay me however, is to myself, and no doubt to many members, a victory from the Asmar team will be a hollow victory after such a feral campaign.

Should the members end up with a mixed result, I hate to think of the ugliness that will surely follow.

For those wondering if I will have anything more to say about the HSU after the last election is over, have no fear, I will indeed. There is still the Michael Williamson saga to play out in court and the fallout surrounding that, and there is of course the Kathy Jackson investigation currently under way by Victoria Police. There is also the constant bringing up of Craig Thomsons name whenever the Coalition suffer a slump in the opinion polls.

There were reports of boxes of documents seized from the HSU offices in Victoria last week in relation to the Jackson investigation. I have been told that these documents are for tying up loose ends, or completing a picture. The real documents that Jackson fears were part of the 40 boxes that were handed over to Vic Police a few months ago, some of which contain evidence that has been shown here relating to Neranto #10 Pty Ltd and details of cashed cheques, as well as mountains of other documentation.

Next year is bringing about a forced change in industry for me as the industry I am currently in, the retail supply chain, is in a slump and I need to look outside the square. I am open for suggestions that don’t involve standing on street corners. Although writing doesn’t pay the bills I can assure you that I will be on any updates like ants on candy, and of course I will still write on other issues also. In fact, you probably won’t notice the difference.

I am hoping that next year also brings about a change in industry for Kathy Jackson, maybe one that involves wearing overalls and the manufacture of license plates.

Eagerly awaiting Kathy?

Eagerly awaiting Kathy?

Another thing that popped up last week was a new Facebook page named “Keep HSU Honest”. This site is clearly run by Kathy Jackson, Katrina Hart, or some other lost soul from camp Jacksonville. The site consists of updates that are anti ALP, Gillard smear, and a lot of complaining about the NSW HSU Election result, and criticism of Gerard Hayes and the Our HSU team.

One post was a photo of a spreadsheet that could have been typed up by anybody, that showed the smoke and mirrors version of the credit card expenditure of HSU East over a few years. What it neglected to mention is that HSU East did not exist at that time as the merger was yet to occur. I suggested that they post the credit card expense for the number 1 and number 3 branches for those years, I was ignored. When I then posted that Kathy Jackson number 3 Branch credit card expenditure was over $170,000 for just one of those years and pointed people to Independent Australia for the figures, I was met with an angry response, told to provide evidence to support my statement, and then blocked so that I couldn’t post the evidence. For those who need it, below are links to Jacksons number 3 branch cheque account statements from July 2009 to July 2010, and also a breakdown of the expenditure, including the three credit cards.

Statements HSU 3 Branch July 09 to July 2010

HSU Cheque Account Breakdown

What I thought was really funny was the name of the page. For a team that ran an election campaign totally based on smear and trying to prove how corrupt those running the union were the irony of the “Keep HSU Honest” page name was not lost on me. In fact, I laughed so hard I thought I was going to break a rib.

Despite a battering the Jacksonville state of mind is apparently alive and well.

Wonders never cease….

  1. Matt says:

    sad, though it does not surprise me. I’ve always found Asmar as creepy as the Jackson crew. When she talks she looks and sounds like some kind of ‘fully sick’ drongo thug.

  2. Bella says:

    Peter, thanks so much for the enormous amount of forensic research you’ve done this year. Your insightful, well crafted, well argued, funny articles have shed a light where MSM reporting has either failed to go or deliberately misled.

    Best wishes to you and your family for a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. All the best with the career changes and look forward to reading more from you in 2013.

  3. monicaswickedstepmother says:

    Perhaps “Keep HSU Honest” was dreamed up by the same people responsible for “Australians for Honest Politics”?

    As Sir Humphrey Appleby put it “it’s a good idea to get the difficult bit out of the way in the title.” That’s how we get the “Liberal Party.”

  4. debbiep says:

    Thanking you for the newest update Peter. And may I suggest you get a resume read for maybe a job at the Guardian. Your investigative and dedication to a story is to be rewarded.

    As for the story so far. History is a wonderful thing. Your articles will be in that History.

  5. Marilyn says:

    Any interest in the members of this rancid little union left in Victoria? You all know who I mean don’t you? Actual workers.

    It’s clear that Thomson has been targetted by this rotten mob for trying to clean them up.

  6. jeremy andrews says:

    Thank you for your work this year. All the best for the next, especially in your ‘change of industry’.

  7. Frank says:

    As a Victorian i will be waiting with bated breath to see the HSU train-crash unfold. Thanks to your intrepid reporting Wixxy we have gained a bigger picture on the different powerplays , and in Vic especially you have nailed it perfectly in this tragic but honest summation.

    Sixteen mailouts and the bullshit stunts that has come with this very ugly contest shows the low-rent tactics these political apparatchicks will plummet to for their own agendas. The tactics they have employed are abhorrent and mostly in need of intervention particularly for falsely claiming to innocent blue collar workers that they will be fined in this election if they do not vote, when clearly that is not fact. The culprits need to be named and shamed , and i have great misgivings that they have the best interests of the workers really at heart.

    I felt encouraged by the NSW election that finally some ray of hope has shone through for the health workers amidst the scandal and pillaging of their union. Alas , Victoria has shown the opposite , the opponents willing to go to great lengths to smear and use the HSU as a bargaining chip for their respective political agendas.The members deserve better.

    I wish you the very best with whatever you pursue , your analysis and brutal honesty may have created you enemies, but you have won a legion of support from members and people who don’t buy the “hype” printed in MSM. I hope you maintain your rage , and keep fighting for those who matter most in this , the hospital workers.

    • wixxy says:

      Thank you so much for your un-ending tolerance of what I agree has been a train wreck campaign

      There is hope, if nobody from the Bolano ticket gets over the line it will make it a clean sweep and the union will lose it’s Jackson influence.

      The Facebook page I mentioned is Jackson campaigning already for the elections in 18 months, aleady the smear has started in NSW again…

      The problem with jackson is she has done nothing else but milk the HSU Members, she has never worked anywhere else. She seems to think that she has no capacity to work anywhere else, and on that thought she may actually be right. She lacks and courage in seeking work outside the union so she hopes slinging mud at everyone else will distract them from the police investigation in to her alleged crimes that according to some make Michael Williamson look like a kid pinching change from his mums wallet.

      Yes, I have made some enemies, most of them are nothing but empty heads and empty threats though. The more enemies I make and the more threats I recieve, the more i know I’m heading in the right direction.

      Thanks for your wishes, and I will definitely pursue my dreams, wherever that takes me, as what else in life is as important as that?

  8. Phillip Chapman says:

    Yes, I’d like to endorse the good wishes above. You’ve done a cracker of a job this year Peter. I’ve enjoyed your efforts enormously. More important though has been their value. You’ve made a difference. Not many of us can point to that. Best wishes for you and your family this Xmas. You deserve a good rest, and a profitable and enjoyable 2013. Cheers

    • wixxy says:

      Thanks Phillip, I’m glad I have made a difference in whatever way I could. I think the members were in need of someone to look out for them rather than someone elses political ambitions and having a factional puppet put in charge.

      All the best for Xmas for your family too, and I hope next year is a brilliant one all round.

  9. Bridget says:

    Wixxy – I have followed your reports on Jacksonville with interest. Well done. I can’t wait for Craig to go to Court to vindicate your evidence. Likewise I can’t wait for Jackson to face your irrefutable evidence and go to the Slammer. Go Craig – both your close mate Wixxy, and yourself, will be proven to be right. The members place their complete trust in you because they know you would not deceive them. There is no truth to the Jackson allegations. Wixxy, both you and Craig will be proven right because clearly you old no lie to the membership.

    • wixxy says:

      Thanks Bridget, don’t hold your breath…. I think the Vic Police inverstigation into Jackson will be a long one. I have been told that the division is hideously understaffed, no surprise in a Coalition led state, and although they are soldiering on there is a mountain of evidence to siphon through.

      Thanks for your support, if I make a mistake I try and correct it, and while some people do not like my version of events, nobody has been able to prove otherwise as yet.

      I hope you have a great Xmas and new year, and we will see what comes of next year in Jacksonville

  10. chikania says:

    The vilification of Kathy Jackson is just disgusting..the backing and rot you guys go on about re Thomson is just as disgusting. Thomson’s cc was NOT stolen, he’s a grub! The HSU needs to just plain go away. You are all crooks.

    • wixxy says:

      Thanks for your comment

      Let me firstly say that being self employed I am not from a union, or even a member of one, I do however support the overwhelmingly good work of the union movement.

      What does need to go away is the corruption and rorting of members money, and that is where Kathy Jackson has come in. If you think that the spending of over $170,000 a year on credit cards is normal spending of a union members money you are wrong. If you think setting up companies and then signing off invoices and payments to your own companies is ethical or legal, then think again. If you think that cash cheques and dodgy bank transfers to family and friends is an ethical practice than you differ in opinion to not only me, but to the Victorian Police who are investigating Jackson right now

      I have never said Thomson’s credit card was stolen, so I don’t know where that came from… I suggest you actually read an article before criticising it.

      You refer to the HSU as all being crooks, you do realise who was running the Victorian branches don’t you?? The one you acuse me of vilifying and her thug partner…

    • Matt says:

      Well chikania, I can agree wholeheartedly with the second half of your first sentence – Kathy Jackson is just disgusting.

    • Marilyn says:

      Hilarious, subpoenas against brothels and so on today have all coming back with absolutely zero.

      Kathy Jackson on the other hand can be shown to have stolen hundreds of thousands for her own benefit.

    • Jay says:

      I don’t suppose you’ve been keeping up to date with the Thomson findings yesterday and today have you? How’s that working out for you chikania?

  11. Marilyn says:

    Now as Peter pointed out way back in the beginning and others have shown there has never been anything for Slipper or Thomson to answer, the libs led by Brandis and Brough and Erica Betz wanted to destroy them.

  12. Michelle Williamson says:

    Thanks Peter for bring us Wixxy Leaks I have enjoyed reading your blog and getting a different point of view to the MSM. Have a great Chrissy and look forward to your blogs in 2013.

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