Fictional Reality – Michael Williamson in custody while McClymont rewrites history

Posted: March 6, 2014 in HSU Saga, Media, Politics

Monday 3rd March was to be D-Day for Michael Williamson, and in a way I suppose it was.

Williamson has had his bail revoked and has been remanded in custody while awaiting his sentence to be handed down on the 28th March after which it is expected to be spending even more time in custody.

The court heard how Williamson grew up in poverty and wished to spare his children the hardship of a life like he had as a child.

That to me seems like a totally plausible explanation for working hard to achieve a position and wage that would allow Williamson to bring his family up in the manner he desired.

What it does not justify is the ripping off of millions of dollars from union members who are merely working to provide for their own families.

The court also heard that Williamson claimed to have been sexually abused as a child by a priest, and at one point during the police investigation into his activities also considered suicide.

Williamson in court with a face that says it all

Williamson in court with a face that says it all

There to take part in the festivities and catch up with some media pals was Marco Bolano.

Some were concerned about Bolano’s mental status because of his alleged fragile state of mind that he claims causes him great stress due to the bullying he received when being stood down from his position as union secretary by a Federal Court Judge and then losing an election that was free of tampering.

Those fears were proven ill-founded as Bolano happily sat through the proceedings.

Others like the moronic shock-jocks who continue to sing Bolano’s praises and were concerned for his finances now that he is out of a job also need not lose sleep.

It seems that the $200,000 plus per annum compensation payments funded by the taxpayer were enough to cover his flight, probably a first class one at that.

It is not just Bolano that has been fronting up at court sessions either.

Some may remember when Craig Thomson was found guilty in Magistrates court in Melbourne that there were a handful of protesters/attention seekers outside court waiting to hurl abuse at Thomson for the TV cameras.

The ringleader of this rent-a-crowd or motley crew, whom some may remember hearing screeching like some sort of demented bogan banshee on the 6pm news was none other than Kylee Brehaut, Marco Bolano’s partner, who can also be seen brawling whilst pregnant at union meetings in video’s I’ve posted in the past. Classy.

There is a level of hypocrisy, or at least double standards when one stands in the street abusing someone accused of taking less than $20K a year from members while their partner sits at home with his feet up collecting compensation of over $200K per annum. Alas Kylee does not see that.

Members who have contacted me claim that Bolano’s name is so far below the level normally associated with mud in Victoria that Brehaut will be campaigning for the position of Secretary of number 1 branch in his place.

I don’t think the members will be fooled by that.

Bolano and Brehaut pose for a pic

Bolano and Brehaut pose for a pic

Another friend of Brehauts and Bolano’s was also there to see the Williamson court appearance.

Kate McClymont was there to report on the events and at the same time give herself credit for her part in the story, despite much of her part not stacking up.

Some may remember McClymonts article on the sorry plight of Brehaut and Bolano from July 2012, or my reaction to her disgraceful cheerleader antics.

McClymont even started that article claiming Bolano had lost his job, he was in fact stood down from his position by a Federal Court Judge.

On March 1st McClymont again gives herself a bit of a pat on the back, stating in her article:

“Strike Force Carnarvon was formed in 2011 after Fairfax Media revealed both men received American Express cards from a major supplier to the union, which may have constituted a secret commission, a jailable offence.”

McClymont has often written about the “Fairfax Investigation” that uncovered these credit cards.

Call it a hunch, or call it logic but I don’t think there was an “investigation” as such. I am of the opinion that McClymont’s investigation went about as far as a conversation with Kathy Jackson.

If there was an investigation why did Williamson’s mistress Cheryl McMillan’s name not surface? She too had one of the cards and I would assume McClymont would have been all over that like rash were it uncovered.

The reason McMillan’s name didn’t come up is because Kathy Jackson would have had no idea of McMillan’s involvement with the cards.

Anyway for those wondering why McClymont is suddenly using the word “may” in relation to the secret commissions it is because they ended up being invoiced services, as my investigations showed. Some of those invoices are on my Jacksonville resource page, and all of them are with Strike Force Carnarvon. My investigations weren’t that complex, all I did was ask the question.

This would be the reason why John and Carron Gilleland from Communigraphix were never charged with anything, despite McClymont’s series of articles portraying them as the villains.

I note with amusement that McClymont in her March 1st article now has the Gilleland’s helping police, stating;

“After the police investigation started, Williamson instructed the suppliers, John and Carron Gilleland, to destroy any American Express card statements. They refused and instead assisted police.”

Perhaps the Gilleland’s then are the real whistleblowers in this sorry saga?

McClymont’s mission however is ongoing.

Not one to let a sleeping dog lie, McClymont can’t resist using Williamson’s guilt as an excuse to have another shot at Craig Thomson.

McClymont, on a mission?

McClymont, on a mission?

Thomson as we know is awaiting sentencing which is due to be handed down on the 18th March.

I don’t think that there has ever been anyone in Australia undergo the level of investigation that Craig Thomson has. This has come from police in two states, journalists, private detectives, Fair Work Commission, political opponents, and the union itself. It has also been an ongoing investigation that has been more intensive and more expensive than the investigation into serial killer Ivan Milat and the backpacker murders.

However in her March 1st article McClymont makes this bold claim;

“The truth of the matter is that he and Craig Thomson, his (Williamson’s) former underling at the union, who is also facing imprisonment, got away with far more than they have been pinged for.
This is not a criticism of police, who have done a remarkable job, it is just a reality. Potential witnesses have died and documents have been destroyed.”

Really Kate?

A reality?

Do you have anything at all to back that claim up? Names, documents, photo’s, video, affidavits, any evidence whatsoever?

Is it now the accepted practice to just make shit up, throw it out in print and hope some of it sticks?

In another recent article of McClymont’s she talks of accountability and how the main stream media is more accountable than those in the “blogosphere”.

I have a page specifically to post up the evidence and documentation to back up my work, something lacking from MSM. If I made a wild claim like the above claim from McClymont I would soon find myself in court defending a defamation suit.

McClymont used to hold the title of “investigative journalist” at Fairfax, that title has now become “senior reporter”. Perhaps it should be updated to say “opinionated columnist”.

Personally I’m not surprised at McClymont’s obvious bias and cheap shots but I do expect a higher standard from Fairfax.

However I find myself once again let down.

Just as well we have McClymont’s much despised “blogosphere” to rely on I guess.

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Comments
  1. Jack says:

    Has anyone actually reported McClymont she is breaching the media alliance code, which could her facing harsh pentalies

  2. Whooptee Doo says:

    Who cares who was at court. Big deal!

    The real story is that HSU members are starting to see some justice after Williamson’s plunder. It was Jackson & Bolano who blew the whistle in the corruption.

    If you want to investigate a real conspiracy, investigate the factional allies who tried to cover up the wrong doing.

  3. The Cheese Eater says:

    Are you still defending that convicted fraudster Craig Thomson? Seriously?

    • I see the deluded readers of the Murdoch press and listeners to the shock-jock disseminators of hate have accessed the site. If they take the trouble to read back over your series of brilliant investigations, Peter, they may be led to question the shallow, hysterical and malevolent coverage of events involving Craig Thomson in the ironically-called “mainstream” media. Perhaps they also see Kathy Jackson and her brigade of persecuting crooks as apostles of justice, just as Abbott and Brandis do.

      If Thomson had been accorded the legal right to the presumption of innocence and if any of those who condemn him had really investigated the claims he made in his speech to Parliament, they would have found that what has been made to seem a clear case of guilt is, in fact, a very nasty conspiracy that has turned into a persecution.

      All that these misled commentators need to do to overcome their ignorance is to read your past articles with their clear and concrete documentary evidence of the corruption of the people who framed Thomson.

  4. galileodarwin says:

    I see the deluded readers of the Murdoch press and listeners to the shock-jock disseminators of hate have accessed the site. If they take the trouble to read back over your series of brilliant investigations, Peter, they may be led to question the shallow, hysterical and malevolent coverage of events involving Craig Thomson in the ironically-called “mainstream” media. Perhaps they also see Kathy Jackson and her brigade of persecuting crooks as apostles of justice, just as Abbott and Brandis do.

    If Thomson had been accorded the legal right to the presumption of innocence and if any of those who condemn him had really investigated the claims he made in his speech to Parliament, they would have found that what has been made to seem a clear case of guilt is, in fact, a very nasty conspiracy that has turned into a persecution.

    All that these misled commentators need to do to overcome their ignorance is to read your past articles with their clear and concrete documentary evidence of the corruption of the people who framed Thomson.

    • Robertson Panel says:

      I’ll start by saying I have zero tolerance for corrupt union officials. They are worse than scabs in my book. They’ve brought the union movement down and given ammunition for Abetz and his HR Nicholls cheer squad to fire at all the decent union people who stand up for the workers.

      Williamson and Thomson have either pleaded guilty of been found guilty. We need to clean this cancer out of the movement.

      On the Murdoch press and the right wing shock jocks, I don’t read or listen to them. I’ll leave them to be mouthpieces for the corporate interests of Murdoch & Rinehart.

      I’ve read the stuff here and followed Mr Wicks’ Jacksonville series with great interest. I trust the police have followed up on the Jackson saga. I’m still waiting for charges to laid against her. Also if there is more, then why hasn’t it surfaced? Jackson has made quite a few enemies in Labor circles & I’m sure they would hand over any other evidence if it exists.

      So far, only Thomson & Williamson have faced court and guilty verdicts. Thomson gave an impassioned explanation under parliamentary privilege where his claims couldn’t be tested. Nor indeed could any of those named have a right of reply. Very little of Thomson’s speech has survived scrutiny. Nor did much of it make up his defence in court. If you have evidence that can back up Thomson’s fanciful claims then bring it forward.

      Otherwise, enjoy life under your tinfoil hat.

      • Marilyn says:

        Thomson was convicted of something the judge made up on the day. There is simply no law that cash withdrawals of any credit card are a criminal offence and as there were no rules governing the use of the card what was his crime? Jackson’s pay rise was $110,000 per annum more than Thomson’s so called fraud.

  5. Noah Webster says:

    That HSU election was free from tampering? You must have a different dictionary to mine.

    We had David Feeney backing Bolano & Bill Shorten backing Asmar. When I look at all the stuff that landed in my letter box, I’d say Asmar outspent Bolano by at least 6:1.

    Personally, I’d prefer the factions to butt out and let the members decide.

  6. One has to ask why MccLIEmont never wrote anything about Jeff Jackson’s use of HSU credit cards at brothells.

    Why doesn’t Alice Kate McClymont AKA Kate McClymont come clean about the political connections she has with her husband, Graeme Brosnan?

    Who is the “Butler” in one of Graeme’s companies, Brosnan, Butler & Partners of Hornsby? That’s rather a long way from the cushy eastern suburbs.

  7. AndrewB says:

    GalileoDarwin, do you actually believe Craig Thomson’s earlier defence that someone stole his Credit Card, Driver’s Licence and Mobile phone, used them at a series of brothels and forged his signature, then returned the card and licence to Thomson’s wallet without him knowing ?

    If not, do you have a plausible explanation for his behaviour?

  8. The technology for accessing another person’s phone is readily available on the internet, as Thomson said in his speech to Parliament. When he was working for the HSU in Melbourne, his union credit card and other items were available to other officers. Forged documents were used to criminalise him. Did you see the document that was claimed by the Sydney Morning Herald to be a facsimile of his credit card statement with his name spelled incorrectly? The Herald has never explained that or any other of its anomalous claims against him. It has just continued to publish the same false document.
    On the other hand, Peter Wicks has published copies of documents which demonstrate beyond any doubt that those who criminalised Thomson are the real criminals. Thomson’s claims have never been investigated by the mainstream media. Mainstream journalists have simply accepted doctored documents and false allegations as proof of guilt. Fair Work’s report simply replicated Kathy Jackson’s allegations made to Mark Davis of he Herald in April 2009.

    • AndrewB says:

      So either the first time an extremely elaborate, highly technical conspiracy has been implemented against an otherwise unremarkable union official, or one more example of a pattern of corruption and theft by union officials.

      Hmm, what is more likely ?

      • Eric Arthur Blair says:

        AndrewB. The pattern has been set by MSM with an agenda. You’ve stated your opinion of union officials, an opinion is not fact. The facts in regards to what is currently occurring are difficult to validate with the overwhelming diatribe presented as facts. Propaganda lap dogs are detrimental to the best interests of the members.

  9. AndrewB says:

    Oh Eric, you clever, witty, enigmatic chappy, or should I call you George to show (nudge nudge) that I know from whom you steal your online moniker.
    There are FACTS, like we see with the HSU’s Williamson, the AWU slush funds (regardless of whether or not Gillard knew what was going on), Danny Berardi getting kickbacks in the CFMEU and so on.

    Of course not EVERY union official is as corrupt and perverted as Williamson and Thomson but it HAS occurred and it’s sadly not uncommon.

    What is quite uncommon, in fact there has never been an incident as elaborate as what Thomson claims is the type of ridiculously complex scenario advanced by him as an explanation.

    The dipsticks of the loony left might like to think it’s the work of the evil Abbott and Murdoch to bring down the then Gillard government, but all the corrupt activity in question, took place well before Thomson was a Labor parliamentarian, so that theory is unfortunately not supported by your lunatic claim that the MSM had an agenda.

    I think it would be best for the Thomson defenders to acknowledge that he was a dirty little thieving cheat who betrayed his wife and the members of his union and as such he was defended and backed up by a Parliamentary Labor party who cared not one whit what he did.

  10. Eric Arthur Blair says:

    Scenarios that you deem to be common or uncommon may be either of those, that doesn’t make them factual.

    The only disgrace from the Labor party in regards to Craig Thomson’s case was the pressure applied by Graham Richardson to drop legal proceedings against publisher Fairfax because the public scandal was damaging the government. This was, & continues to be, driven by MSM.

    Thankfully we now have readily accesible independent news, sourced impartially by those with credibility & integrity.

    • AndrewB says:

      Thomson’s case against Fairfax was crap.
      Thomson lost it, the ALP had to kick in to stop Thomson going bankrupt and losing his seat.

      Thomson was corrupt, proven in a court of law.

      The ALP are just as corrupt, through their support of the corrupt member and refusal to take any action against him until the very last minute.

      • wixxy says:

        What’s good for the goose is good for the gander…..
        I guess that makes the Liberals corrupt to the core for their continued support of repeat offender and serial theif Mary Jo Fischer

  11. AndrewB says:

    (news.com.au)
    “SOUTH Australian Employee Ombudsman Stephen Brennan has been charged with 67 counts of fraud, allegedly committed while he was a union boss.
    Mr Brennan was arrested last Thursday over 35 counts of falsifying accounts and 32 counts of dishonest dealing with documents, according to The Australian .
    The former South Australian and Tasmanian branch secretary for the national textile union was arrested after the union reported alleged misuse of union funds last year.
    He has been bailed and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on April 30.
    Attorney-General John Rau confirmed Mr Brennan was still being paid his $140,000 salary since he stood down from his position last May.”

    Oh, how inconvenient.

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