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The good, the bad, and the ugly


The good: Craig Thomson has finally been arrested.

The bad: Australia will have to suffer the longest election campaign in the nation’s history, set for September 14th.

The ugly: Attorney general Nicola Roxon has scrapped those disastrous free speech laws whereby merely being offended would have been enough to get the speaker in trouble.

Oh, and one more good thing… Anthony Mundine. 😆

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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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Ouch.

*Carps, just for interest’s sake, where would one look should one want to look?
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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.

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 ( 🙄 ), 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.

 

 

 

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