Jacksonville 21: The puppet show

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Peter Wicks unearths explosive documents showing HSU East auditor Ian Temby QC intentionally ignored any allegations of corruption not connected to Michael Williamson.

Well, it seems it’s finally going to happen — HSU East is actually going to cease to exist once and for all. Below is a link to the newsletter announcing it.

Read the HSU Demerger Newsletter in full.

It would appear that the Administrator is aiming for tomorrow for the de-merger, thus splitting the union back into three pieces again. Those three pieces would be HSU NSW, and the Number 1 and Number 3 branches in Victoria.

This brings us to the election of secretary, and assistant secretaries, of each of these union branches — something there has been much speculation about.

Kathy Jackson, knowing just what to aim for, is hoping for the position of executive president, according to her words in a recent interview in The Australian. And why not? Who wouldn't go after that position?

Actually, there are quite a few who wouldn't. You see, what apparently hasn't yet dawned on Jackson yet is that after the de-merger that position won't exist. She would have a better chance going for a gig as the lead singer of Pussy Riot.

Still, the members in Victoria should be pleased Jackson has moved to Sydney for the occasion. Keen to show members she is just like them, she has changed her address to Chifley – a suburb near the airport – in a house that is far from glamorous.

For those of you getting all teary eyed and concerned after this drastic drop in living standards, don't panic. Remember, Jackson and fiancé Lawler aren't really struggling; it hasn't been that long since their combined incomes put them in the top 1 per cent of earning households in the country. You know, just like most of the Union members...

What Jackson hasn't told everybody is that the house she is renting in Chifley is owned by Katrina Hart, and Jackson still has her multi-million dollar mansion in Melbourne.

"HSU member" Katrina Hart didn't disclose her apparent factional allegiance to Kathy Jackson when she glowingly praised her in an interview on 7.30 in February. Click on the image to read the transcript or watch the video.[/caption]

Jackson hasn’t come alone though, she has come with Michael Lawler in tow — and there have also been a couple of other people from Victoria that have made the trip to talk about her. They are detectives from Victoria Police. It seems the woman described by Tony Abbott as “worthy of great admiration”, appears to be more worthy of a great police investigation.

So, who the hell is Katrina Hart, you may well be wondering. Well, Katrina Hart is running a ticket with Jackson's support. What this means is that should Katrina be voted in as General Secretary, or a union official, we can probably expect to see Jackson being paid as an external consultant. Call it a hunch, but I think her hourly rate may be a tad on the higher side.

You can find out more about the upcoming HSU elections – who’s standing and who’s pulling their strings – in a longer version of this post on my blog.

Witch hunts

It seems that investigations and reports into the HSU often seem to turn into witch hunts — with the usual witch being hunted being Michael Williamson.

We have already seen that Terry Nassios appears as if he had his strings pulled by Fair Work Australia vice president and Kathy Jackson fiancé, Michael Lawler — who seemingly influenced what was supposed to be an independent investigation. So much so that FWA President Iain Ross has recently proposed a drastic overhaul of the FWA Code of Practice.

If Nassios was having his strings pulled by Lawler — then who may have been pulling Lawler’s strings? I guess you would have to go back to look at which family friend of Michael Lawler appointed him.

[caption id="attachment_21889" align="alignnone" width="300"] Ian Temby AO QC

The latest report everybody was panting on was the Temby Report. Temby was appointed by the HSU to perform an audit into HSU East – nothing more, nothing less – as it was the HSU paying for his services — all $465,300 worth of it. Below is a copy of the minutes, which give the parameters for Temby’s investigation, you will note Michael Williamson is not named at all.

See the Special Union Council Meeting Sept 2011 Newsletter in full

Temby, however, seemed to think he was on a different mission — clearly stating, in the document below, that he was there simply to conduct an inquiry into allegations against Michael Williamson — and Michael Williamson alone.

See the Temby Supplier Letter in full.

What on earth would have given him that idea? Or while inside the HSU — was he carrying out someone else’s agenda as well? Who may have been pulling Temby’s strings?

Below is another letter in which numerous suspicious financial dealings are pointed out to Temby, which would be appropriate to investigate or audit.

Temby’s response is that if it doesn’t relate to Michael Williamson, he’s not interested.

See Mylan’s letter to Temby and Temby’s reply To Mylan in full.

Why was Temby so adamant that he was only there to investigate  Michael Williamson — ignoring any evidence of corruption by any other party?

I am in no way whatsoever trying to say that allegations against Michael Williamson are unfounded or give any opinion of his innocence or guilt.

I am, however, saying that there is more than one person in this union that warranted investigation. It would appear to me that there is an agenda at work here.

It seems everyone looking into the HSU either has a puppet master, wears blinkers, fails to follow trails of evidence, or just knows nothing of due process.

Speaking of due process and failure, Kathy Jackson was due to appear in Federal Court again last Tuesday — of course, she didn’t bother showing up.

I hope in the upcoming elections, members decide to give the union the cleanout it really deserves.

We’d all like to see the members regain control of their union.

After all, it once belonged to them.

(You can follow Peter Wicks on Twitter at @madwixxy. See also our dedicated Jacksonville page, which contains links to all 21 stories in this series — and more.)

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