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Them’s fightin’ words, Julia… allegedly


First, she has allegedly gone an accused alleged bloggers, who in the most part are allegedly just people with alleged day jobs and a bit of alleged passion and concern, of “gender-based” attacks.

Yep. Allegedly that’s OK. But what does “gender based attacks” even allegedly mean? And JFTR, when was the last time before this week anyone had allegedly heard the word, “scurrilous”? Is the next Pirates of the Caribbean going to be, in alleged fact, “Pirates of the alleged water cooler at the alleged Parliament House”?

Whatever that allegedly means, something’s got the allegedly so-called shagger Thomson all allegedly fired up again… allegedly.

CRAIG Thomson has declared Fair Work Australia is living in “a dream land” if it attempts to prosecute him over union rorts…

And then, this… after all.

JULIA Gillard admitted to law firm Slater & Gordon during an internal probe that she should have opened a file for the controversial legal work that she had done for her then client and boyfriend, union boss Bruce Wilson.

Standard practice would require a file being opened lest one want to defraud their own law firm… hypothetically speaking, of course, but not allegedly.

Allegedly, Gillard and her alleged Co. have had an alleged Pow Wow allegedly over the alleged night and might allegedly come out today, allegedly Wednesday, with their metaphorical alleged gloves allegedly off.

Sorry, can’t print that quote. You know, allegations and all.

PS Andrew Bolt, I love your work but you were too harsh on Larry Pickering.

Oh dear


I believe the word is, “bye.”

The final report by Ian Temby, QC, and the accountant Dennis Robertson, which has been obtained by the Herald, paints a disturbing picture of the HSUeast branch. More than $20 million in questionable payments was paid to suppliers to the union without any form of tendering or contract.

More than $5 million went directly to companies operated by Mr Williamson and his wife, Julieanne, while $1.5 million of union funds was spent buying and renovating a warehouse, which was then used by his son Christopher, also an employee of the union.

What a bunch of crooks. Craig Thomson, you dodgy bastard.
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Hmmm…*

Ouch.

*Carps, just for interest’s sake, where would one look should one want to look?
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Facebook shuts down free speech


Disturbing.

Prominent cartoonist Larry Pickering has been banned from Facebook after he posted an offensive nude drawing of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Pickering, whose drawings have been printed in a number of newspapers, featured a cartoon of a naked Julia Gillard talking about the carbon tax on his blog.

Offensive? To some perhaps, but then free speech should always be… to some… all the time.

The offence?

So it’s a three day ban after shouty moonbats went into overdrive.

Speaking of overdrive, Larry comments in a post entitled: “JULIA IN DEEPER SHIT THAN CRAIG”

Bruce Wilson was an AWU heavy and Gillard’s boyfriend at the time. He had been threatening developers in a thinly disguised, mob-style protection racket: Industrial peace for payment… up to $50,000 at a time.

The payments went straight to accounts Gillard had arranged while she was still working for the Left wing law firm, Slater & Gordon.

Gillard was into the scam up to her elbows and, as she was screwing Wilson at the time, pillow talk wasn’t confined to her other sexual exploits including married father, and current, Trade Minister Craig Emerson and now Gold Coast spiv Tim Mathieson who departed the Coast leaving multiple unpaid debts.

Her part in the scam was rewarded with $50,000 of renovations to her house and a $25,000 account at a top fashion house (although one could be forgiven for thinking she never used it.)

The story broke and Gillard went into frenzied damage control.

The Hoohah began when that post was posted juxtaposed to that pic.

Gillard? Get that lying shyster out of office already.

H/T Reader Sean of Deer Park

UPDATE

The day Bolta pulled all his posts.

UPDATE

That Glenn Milne column originally linked here.

UPDATE

What is it with the Left and their antipathy to free speech?

This isn’t how politics should work


If true, more grubby revelations into how the trade union/ALP machine operates…

So much for being chosen and elected on merit. HSU secretary Kathy Jackson is claiming HSU East boss and former ALP national secretary Michael Williamson offered her a seat in parliamnet if she’d shut up.

As leader of the ALP, would PM Julia Gillard have known about this? If so, what was her stance on that? And if not, as leader, why not? Has she lost control of her party?

Surely that is another blow for Gillard’s – and let’s face it even if she won’t – shakey leadership hold.

Meanwhile, Bill Shorten’s desperate, frantic attempts to shut HSU East up by way of placing the solvent organisation into administration has been held up in the federal court because the judge isn’t sure whether a state union can fall under his jurisdiction.

[Shorten] wants the court to approve a scheme for the appointment of an administrator “until democratic control of the branch can be restored”.

By “democratic control”, you can be sure than means until Kathy Jackson is kicked out and things can return to “normal” (but maybe “normal” will be a little different next time e.g. they’ll use cash from now on to pay for hookers).

UPDATE

Because it can get a bit confusing for us interested onlookers, a who’s who of the HSU.

H/T Cranky Old Crow

NSW cops raid HSU East, AFP move on Slipper


Bolta, whose day job actually IS blogging, has the details.

One has to be cynical as to what the NSW cops will find, however. HSU East has had around four years’ warning that the proverbial might hit the fan. The allegations are that some of them there, or who were there, are crooked, not stupid.

Rise and shine, Julia. You are f***ing gone


And the rest of your mob, too.

Read it and weep.

If they still manage to cover this one up, I’ll be…

Seems you’re right Larry – from the proverbial “reliable source” in PM&C and quite a few other places, a Woodward story to bring down the government

“The spin is that Juliar has gone full NKVD on ‘parliamentary standards’ re Slipper and Shagger. Of course, it’s bollocks.

Nothing could apparently be further from the truth.The reality according to PM&C sources is that it all revolves around the Temby Report and Police investigations into Thomson’s involvement in HSU corruption. It’s much worse than we think and Shagger’s in it up to his eyeballs – and so are a bunch of others (‘d’ye think Shagger shagged all those whores himself?’ was the word).

I was informed that “…so the evidence is devastating! That’s why Short-arse [Shorten] panicked and monstered HSU east with deregistration. He also screamed over to ACTUHQ and got them to disenfranchise them chop-chop, although that’s partially to nobble Jackson, who they MUST destroy to cover their arses. If Jackson can act officially on what’s in those reports they are all f***ed. As in ‘your cell-mate is Bubba’ f***ed. Short-arse is trying desperately to stop the spread of what’s in the report. If it stays with him and his Department he’ll be able to bury it deep.’

I asked about Shagger’s change of tack from ‘release it’ to ‘no f***ing way can it be released’. Answer: “… so it’s f***ing dynamite. Thompson read it and apparently fainted or wet himself, sources vary. Dumbslut [Gillard] read it Saturday and probably cried herself to sleep after giving Tim the Beard a grudge-f*** up the dirt road. That’s why Dumbslut had bags under her eyes Sunday. She cut Thompson off straight up, THAT’s how bad it is. Rumours in the ACTU are that they are opening all the slush funds on this one to keep Thompson out of gaol, buy favours and help Short-arse bury the report. If Short-arse succeeds, he’ll probably dethrone Dumbslut as PM. You ain’t seen nothing yet in obfuscation, the spinners are already working overtime.’

Now, I stress this is from a deeply cynical operator, but this operator has hellacious good contacts south of the lake. He reckons that the security being wrapped around the report is extraordinary – but that EVERYONE wants to see it so they can leak it.

This is going to be entertaining.”

The Canberra presstitute might be finally waking up that there’s a chance to bring down a government with one story here. Get the full report (wikileaks?), and it’s probably done – Presstitute’s version of fame for life.

H/T Sean

UPDATE

Here’s what CAN be printed in the major dailies.

The full report is due at the end of May. Should be an interesting month.

Hmm, so maybe Thomson’s signature WAS forged… three times


So we read over at Bolta’s that embattled MP Craig Thomson hired some handwriting experts who have come to the conclusion that Thomson’s signature on the HSU credit card receipts for the prostitutes was indeed forged as Thomson claims, and not only that, but it was forged three times by three different people.

So, it kinda might put Thomson in the clear.

Kinda.

But, you have to ask, why would Thomson be lending out his credit card in the first place?

Was it stolen?

And then, when finding a forged signature used on the card at a brothel of all places, wouldn’t the average person think that maybe they shouldn’t be handing out their credit card?

And if not the first time, then why not the second time?

And why still the refusal to cooperate with the police?

If someone had forged my signature on my credit card, and it wouldn’t even have to be at a brothel, you could be pretty sure the cops would be involved.

But not with Thomson.

So at best it points to a question of (ir)responsibility and judgement.

This latest news begs more questions than it answers.

Talk us through this one


Am I missing something here?

You have former Health Services Union National Secretary, MP Craig Thomson, under investigation for using his HSU credit card to withdraw hundreds of thousands of dollars and pay for prositutes.

You have union-stacked government workplace relations body Fair Work Australia taking over three years to investigate him for that, and yet after three years they’ve essentially come up with nothing (despite the signature on the receipt looking like his), and have refused to cooperate with police both in NSW and Victoria.

You have HSU president Michael Williamson accused of embezzling members’ money, and yet, he’s the only one on the chopping block.

You, in fact, have a very tangled web (<<< that’s the Glenn Milne column he was forced to pull) indeed, with ALP/Union faction fights, Bruce Wilson (Gillard’s ex), Willamson’s daughter working as an adviser to Gillard, 2UE’s Michael Smith getting the sack… all very messy.

A whole heap of punishments could and arguably should be metred out (whilst some already have been that perhaps shouldn’t have been).

Yet who’s the one really copping it?

Whistleblower Kathy Jackson.

The only one here (even her husband might be a bit dodgy) who demonstrates any integrity, and the powers-that-be want her removed.

Unbelievable.

I know the next series of Underbelly will be set in late Joh-era Queensland that culminated in the Fitzgerald Inquiry, but the one after that?

Looks like there could be plenty of fodder here.

Fair Work Australia is a joke


Unbelievable. Something and a half to wake up to…

FAIR Work Australia’s three-year investigation into alleged criminal conduct by Labor MP Craig Thomson collapsed yesterday when the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Chris Craigie SC, said FWA’s report was useless for the purpose of levelling possible charges.

Only a day after FWA general manager Bernadette O’Neill announced the 1100-page report on the Health Services Union had been referred to the CDPP, Mr Craigie issued a statement saying it did not constitute a brief of evidence. The move means that FWA, which under Ms O’Neill has refused to co-operate with NSW and Victorian police investigating Mr Thomson, has achieved no result in terms of advancing any possible criminal prosecution, despite years of work and millions of dollars of public expenditure.

Wow. Just, wow.

Andrew Bolt asks, “What fresh hell greets Gillard today?”

Well, there’s the above. There’s the destruction of the Aussie Building and Construction Commission* which of course would have nothing to do with the spectacular face-plant that was the BER.

Tony Abbott may as well go on vacation.

I thought Fabian Socialism – of which our PM is an adherent – was meant to incrementally change Australia over decades, not destroy the Labor Party, her party, in mere months.

UPDATE

Regarding the FWA/Craig Thompson farce, Tony Abbott describes it as “an obstruction of justice orchestrated by friends of the current government”.

*The old ABCC’s job’s to be done by… union hacks Fair Work Australia now. Hmm, I remeber my BER mole stating that his/her company had sent compalints about the unions to the ABCC. I wonder if they were ever investigated properly before a desperate PM in damage control dismantled the one real avenue for recourse builders had.

UPDATE II

Na, na, FWA is independent, says Juliar.

That woman has no shame. I almost feel sorry what this apparently really nice person is doing to herself.

A friend in hard times


Sometimes it stank, but there used to always be loyalty.

THE ACTU is considering severing ties with the scandal-plagued Health Services Union as current and former officials face possible criminal charges.

A senior union source told The Australian Online that “severe action is being considered” against the HSU.

Loyalty isn’t dead and buried, however. Most of us have read by now how convenient it will be for embattled MP and former HSU boss, Craig Thompson. Under fire for allegedly using his union credit card to withdraw 100 grand and pay for prostitutes, more than three years after a Fair Work Australia probe into his expenses was launched it is finally being referred to the DPP. Yet by the time their investigation is wrapped up, criminal charges are possibly laid, and he possibly receives a sentence of 12 months or more, the Gillard government will have made it to the next election.

UPDATE

A more detailed link. It’ll be formalised tomorrow.

Independent review for Fair Work Australia’s HSU/Craig Thomson investigation (but why it isn’t Gillard’s biggest headache)


Better late than never I guess.

SMH:

Fair Work Australia, the body investigating allegations of improper conduct in the Health Services Union, has ordered an independent review of the inquiry to be run by KPMG.

Not a bad move considering full-blown Royal Commissions don’t take as long.

And as for that “improper conduct”, the SMH diligently reports, “Labor MP Craig Thomson, the former national secretary of the HSU, is in the spotlight after claims that he misused his union credit card.”

Misused? That’s it?

I “misused” my wife’s credit card once. Even though we’re trying like hell to save up for an apartment we’re going to have trouble affording, with less than 10 minutes before I boarded a nice warm train, I used her credit card to buy a six-dollar cappuccino.

To find out what really is meant by “misused” here, we have to pop over to the Australian.

The other inquiry is into the union’s national branch and involves allegations that Labor MP and former national secretary Craig Thomson used union funds to pay for prostitutes.

A bit more gravitas than merely stating “misused”, wouldn’t you agree?

Meh.

What’s really astonishing here is 1) that it’s taken so long for what one would think should be a relatively straight-forward inquiry into whether Thomson’s Health Services Union credit card was used by him (there’s no dispute it was used for said purposes, and despite the signatures looking like Thomson’s, he denies it was him) to withdraw about $100,000 and pay for prostitutes and 2) that an independent audit, after three long years, should be necessary in the first place.

Why does it take more than 6600 documents to establish whether a man’s signature is indeed his own or a forgery?

And since Thomson has denied the signature that looks like his is actually his ( :roll: ), then when are we going to find out whose signature it actually was? Who was Thomson hanging out with at the time?

Was his card ever reported stolen? I haven’t seen any reports suggesting that.

Any mug can tell that the preferred outcome for some (and we all know who) would be that it’s found not to be Thomson’s signature and no one knows, and we’ll never find out, who actually signed the receipts.

All this is contemptible treatment of the Australian public, as if we’re blind idiots.

Not Gillard’s biggest headache

Thomson’s downfall should be a worry for PM Julia Gillard and her minority government but probably isn’t at the forefront of her mind today with startling revelations contradicting her claim on Four Corners on Monday night that she couldn’t specifically recall seeing internal ALP polling that gave her a numbers advantage over then-PM Kevin Rudd.

Er, slight problem:

In the days before challenging Kevin Rudd for the prime ministership, Julia Gillard personally handed to her Labor colleagues copies of secret internal polling designed to undermine his leadership.

Labor MPs told Fairfax that Ms Gillard used the polling as part of an effort to persuade them to support her for the prime ministership.

The revelation casts fresh doubt on Ms Gillard’s protestations that she was a reluctant challenger who decided to move against her leader only at the last minute – on the day she openly declared herself.

Wow. For three years she has looked Australia dead in the eye and outright lied. Not just bend or embellish the truth a bit, but lied.

Big Time on more than a couple of occaisons.

In fact, as Andrew Bolt notes, her list of lies is really stacked up.

  • Her Socialist Forum lie. Claim: minor player. Reality: major player [big one - bing]
  • Saying she didn’t say stuff she actually said, getting busted [hare-brained - bing]
  • “There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead.” [woah! - bing]
  • Pokie promise renegged [meh - bing]
  • Said she wouldn’t change the Marriage Act – renegged [meh - bing]
  • Didn’t plot to usurp Rudd – now we know she did [huge, no credibility - bing]

I’d also add her real or merely perceived involvement in the Australia Day race riots. Even at best with that one, (i.e. let’s believe her claim of non-involvement for argument’s sake) it demonstrates she can’t control her own staff.

Now all this isn’t critisizing her for her policies. I disagree with most of them, too (e.g. cutting the private health rebate, the NBN, the Malaysia swap-flop, the BER), but that’s not the point here.

Policies can be debated and disagreed with – after all, isn’t that what decomcracy is all about? – whilst still having a competent, trustworthy, respectable PM.

But this isn’t about her policies.

This is about her fitness to lead. This is about whether the PM can be trusted. This is about whether she can be believed. This is about having confidence that when the leader of the nation says something, that leader means it.

Can anything she says be taken at face value any more???

There is simply far, far too much trickery and deception with this PM to qualify her as worthy of our highest elected political office.

 

 

 

Perverting the course of justice?


We’ll have to wait and see.

FAIR Work Australia vice-president Michael Lawler has made sensational allegations to NSW police that two senior officials of the Health Services Union may have engaged in serious criminal activity.

Mr Lawler, whose partner is HSU national secretary Kathy Jackson, has written to the head of Strike Force Carnarvon, Detective Inspector Dave Christie, making allegations against HSU East acting assistant general secretary Gerard Hayes and the union’s former Victorian divisional secretary, Carol Glen.

This is all part of the Craig Thomson affair. It seems gross fraud was committed. With an HSU credit card, $100,000 was withdrawn and some of that money was used to pay for prostitutes. The signature on the receipts looks very similar (if not the same) to Labor MP Craig Thomson however Thomson denies that he signed it.

So far, the Fair Work Australia investigation has been dragged out to almost three years, a move that effectively keeps the minority Labor government in power.

The letter, dated in December, a copy of which has been obtained by The Australian, claims Mr Hayes and Ms Glen may “have attempted and are attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to Strike Force Carnarvon”.

Craig Thomson denies any wrong doing, and a day after the Opposition expressed concerns over the length of the investigation, so did Thomson.

H/T Andrew Bolt

Going, going…


Oh, just get it over with already.

”She needs a flawless three months,” the factional boss said of Ms Gillard. ”Her danger zone is between Queensland and the budget.”

Mr Crean, Bill Shorten and Stephen Smith have all been cited as contenders to keep out Mr Rudd should Ms Gillard’s leadership become terminal.

A Crean backer has begun canvassing support. But sources on both sides concede any contest will be between Ms Gillard and Mr Rudd in the end.

One senior source said the many MPs who have drifted away from Ms Gillard over the summer are ”parked in the unknown”.

How can the PM possibly survive? At least one member – and likely more – of her office has been busted for inciting a dangerous race riot based on a false assertion that Opposition leader Tony Abbott said he wanted the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra torn down.

The Opposition leader and indeed the PM herself were put in considerable physical danger not seen for years.

He didn’t he wanted the tent embassy torn down, however. He said we should move on from the ugly race politics of 40 years ago.

And then, of course, we have the Craig Thomson affair – a bloke who is effectively propping up this minority government, and yet a Fair Work Australia investigation into allegations he misused $100,000 in Health Services Union credit card funds, including using said funds to pay for prostitutes, has dragged on for almost three years, longer than some Royal Commissions.

Speaking on the ABC’s 7.30 last night Ms Jackson [she's the current HSU boss - bing] revealed she had “suspicions” Labor had interfered in the Fair Work Australia investigation into the HSU.

We have no proof, of course – yet – but seriously? Three years???

And to think, there’s no dispute that the funds were withdrawn. There’s no dispute that funds were used to pay for prostitutes. And the signature on the receipts looks strikingly like Thompson’s.

And yet Thomson says he’s innocent BUT hasn’t come out and said he was set up.

That’s the level of respect this government has for the people of Australia.

No, wait. Actually it’s lower.

Here’s Communications Minister Stephen Conroy (from the link above), the bloke I blogged about yesterday, who has no problems with rich Leftists owning publications, but when it comes to a non-Leftist owning even a sizeable fraction of a publication, he starts wailing for tougher laws.

Anyway, here’s what he said today about the whole Craig Thomson affair.

“Ms Jackson is welcome to her conspiracy theories.”

Dude. Seriously?

Yeah, well. Let’s just wait until Friday, Steve. I’m sure your mob will be very busy little bees today.

UPDATE

Leadership challenge inevitable:

It’s moot. Sure, Gillard is the worst PM in the history of Australia, but she is not a dictator. She’s the leader of a party. The problem isn’t just her.

UPDATE II

The Health Services Union shelled out more than $600,000 in political donations to the ALP during 2010/11 despite amassing debts of almost $19 million.

Stunning.

Via whaleoil

UPDATE III

Spin. Spin. Spin.

A day after HSU boss Kathy Jackson raised suspicious about a simple inquiry somehow taking longer than some Royal Commissions, now Thomson himself today has come out complaining the inquiry into him is taking too long.

Nice timing. Told you they’d be busy little bees today. ;-)

Honeymoon over: HSU ALP split


How convenient for federal Labor, already so tarnished by the Craig Thompson affair and Bob Kernohan’s stat. dec.

THE Health Services Union has cut its ties with the Labor Party following weeks of revelations of alleged financial irregularities in the union.

The HSU East branch of the union, which takes in NSW, Victoria and the ACT, took the decision to disaffiliate from the ALP at a meeting of the union’s council this morning.

HSU national secretary Kathy Jackson reportedly voted against the resolution, which was urged by the NSW branch of the union.

Such posturing by the union will hardly wash away the stink caused by the long standing ties between the ALP and unions in general.

Craig Thompson goes global


You know it’s a good story when those Taiwanese animators get a hold of it. And it’s not surprising they did. Hookers, cash… what more could you want?

Via Bolta

PS Maybe it’s not just NSW Labor MPs they should be teaching ethics to.

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