All Apologies – Coalition say sorry to Michael Williamson

Posted: February 26, 2014 in HSU Saga, Politics

This week in Federal Parliament something unprecedented occurred.

The Coalition passed a parliamentary motion for an apology.

It may seem odd that the Coalition who we waited for over a decade in vain to apologise to the stolen generation, now all of a sudden want to rush out an apology.

Those of you thinking that this apology may be related to the absolute debacle that Manus Island has turned into since Scott Morrison took over the portfolio, and the only things not being hidden under a veil of secrecy seem to be lies, would be sorely disappointed.

In a move that seems both bizarre and ironic the Coalition who have recently announced a Royal Commission into the Union movement wanted to apologise to some union officials for comments made by an MP in parliament.

The motion was put forward by Christopher Pyne who has some apologising to do himself regarding his GONSKI funding broken promise.

Not that apology....

Not that apology….

The motion was to apologise for the speech made by Craig Thomson on May 21st 2012 in parliament after months of constant harassment from the Coalition to do so. Thomson’s speech can be read in full here.

In particular Pyne wanted to address;

”The former member for Dobell used parliamentary privilege to defame individual members of this House and also individuals outside the Parliament and to mislead the Parliament with a fantastic story that he then did not repeat in court when he had the opportunity to stand by it.”

As an amusing aside, the current Liberal member for Dobell Karen McNamara finds herself embroiled in an ICAC enquiry into non disclosure of election funding.

So those individuals outside the Parliament consist of Michael Williamson, Kathy Jackson and Marco Bolano, all ex union branch secretaries.

While I’m sure Michael Williamson, who has pleaded guilty in court and is currently awaiting sentencing, appreciates the Coalitions support in issuing this apology I don’t think he holds much hope that it will lessen his sentence.

Williamson is awaiting sentencing for several charges, including fraud, related to using members funds for personal reasons in a case that sent shock waves through the union movement.

As I understand part of Williamson’s bail conditions mean is unable to comment on matters related to the HSU and as such can’t send a personal thanks to Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne at this time, but if he ends up in prison maybe he can scrawl something on a piece of toilet paper then.

Michael Williamson - new to Abbott's & Pyne's Xmas card list

Michael Williamson – new to Abbott’s & Pyne’s Xmas card list

Michael Williamson’s former friend and partner in union business Kathy Jackson was apparently defamed by Thomson’s “fantastic” allegations such as;

“Kathy Jackson drives a union paid for Volvo. It is alleged she has child care and gym fees paid for by the union”

Below is the receipt for the Volvo and the letter sent to the dealer enquiring about the close to $5,000 of members funds that went missing during the transaction that Jackson handled. This is not really an allegation, it is a known fact.

Letter From Mylan to Volvo Dealer

As for the child care allegation, Jackson admitted in court that her child care was paid for over four years, despite denying the claims for years in various media interviews.

Thomson also stated;

“Within weeks after I left, her salary almost doubled from the salary that I received, allegedly now being around some $270,000”

This is also true and the HSU has recently announced that they will be taking legal action against Beth Jenson, Jackson’s friend and husband of Jackson’s Barrister. Jenson is the supposedly independent person who recommended to enormous and unprecedented pay rises to her factional members that also included Marco Bolano.

Laugh now, cry later... Jackson and Bolano

Laugh now, cry later… Jackson and Bolano

Marco Bolano also deserves an apology as far as Pyne is concerned.

Bolano is doing it tough at the moment sitting at home on workers compensation payments of over $200,000pa for bullying after a Federal Court Judge stood him down as a union branch secretary.

Thomson alleged that Bolano threatened to set him up with hookers in a heated exchange, and Pyne suggests that as Thomson didn’t bring this up in court it should be apologised for.

As Pyne would be well aware of the court action involving Thomson is not complete as yet, and there is still the possibility of an appeal. But what the hell Christopher, lets not let due legal process get in the way of a bucketload more political smear.

Pyne would also be aware that the defence strategy of proving authorisation that was taken after the Magistrates opening statements claiming this was what the case hinged on didn’t involve Bolano’s alleged threat.

Since publishing so much documentation that support allegations of wrongdoing by Kathy Jackson and her Branch Committee of Management cronies many have asked me “who is protecting Jackson and why?”

If there is some kind of protection racket, and it would appear there is the actions in Parliament this week would seem to suggest who may be running it.

Jackson’s fiancée Michael Lawler who evidence would suggest is deeply embroiled in union matters was after all appointed to his position on Vice President of Fair Work Australia by none other than Tony Abbott.

I would love to be able to praise the Labor Party for pointing these things out but alas I think I saw a jellyfish yesterday that had stolen their spine.

Bill Shorten in particular knows just how slippery Jackson can be after she made wild accusations against him in an affidavit she tried to have entered into evidence in Federal Court in 2012. The judge suppressed it and ruled it not be released however it mysteriously found itself into many hands in the media, although The Financial Review was the only major publication to lower their integrity enough to publish it.

If it is suddenly Parliaments duty to correct the record and apologise for wrongdoing and words that may defame others, I have a suggestion.

Why not start with Peter Slipper?

Peter Slipper has been slandered, defamed, and made a mockery of since James Ashby made his wild allegations via Mal Brough and Christopher Pyne.

Anybody not across this black period of our political history should check out the brilliant investigative reporting on what has become known as Ashbygate on Independent Australia.

When Kathy Jackson and her faction finally face court for the allegations against them, should they be found guilty I know what we will call it.

Coalition sponsored corruption.

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Comments
  1. M. R. says:

    I’d like to be able to say this this is bizarre beyond belief; but there’s nothing that would surprise me any more about the disgusting behaviour of this rabble of wicked children. They are so filled with hate that they can’t see that what goes around comes around … Oh, BRING IT ON …

  2. janet koles says:

    Disgusting behaviour, do these people have a conscience, and any self respect ?. The tax payers are being conned,.

  3. david linehan says:

    I hope with much fervency we haven”t heard the last of Ashby/Pyne relationship/encounter and Brough.if ever 3 evil pr-ks deserved a few yrs behind bars they do

  4. Fed up says:

    All matters in relation to Slipper are being handed own tomorrow.

  5. Marcus Aurelius says:

    Ah, now this is more like what I have been waiting for Peter, thank you.
    It is actually quite hard to rule out public (political) figures who do not, or didnot, have a stake in the outcomes of this scandal, whether coalition or ALP or union movement.
    The role of the broader uniom movement in this scandal remains unscrutinised, or at least unexposed.
    Mr Temby alluded to the HSU rot being broader than just Williamson : “Williamson and all his lieutenants”. As Jackson, Bolano and Brown can scarcely be considered Williamson’s lieutenants, who do you think Mr Temby had in mind ?
    On another note, “white collar crime” typically results in a penalty which many of the victims woudl regard as token. It is hard to imagine that any of the parties eventually found guilty will experience a penalty that most HSU members would consider appropriate and proportional. ,

  6. Paul says:

    I find your writing very entertaining Wixxy! The Right have Alan Jones and the Left have Peter Wicks. Both completely unbalanced reporters of current affairs!

    • Dave Bradley says:

      Alan Jones for some reason doesn’t seem to have to fear defamation, makes it a lot easier to be ‘entertaining’ when he doesn’t have to particularly worry about truth fact decency etc.

  7. joy cooper says:

    Thanks Peter. That oleaginous hypocrite Prissy Pyne does not have the right to offer, on Australia’s behalf, such a pretentious “apology” to some of the most allegedly egregious persons around.

    Good grief,Michael Williamson has already pleaded guilty to his charges of fraud, etc. Is the dim-witted Precious Pyne unaware of this? Astounding.

    • BillK says:

      At least Michael Williamson had the balls to own up and plead guilty. Something that Craig Thomson never did. He had to go through the court process to be found guilty.

  8. clarittee says:

    A process used inappropriately loses meaning. Pyne is “something” isn’t he.

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