The Federal Court of Australia on Chief Justice Patrick Keane’s instructions has lied to the Victorian Police and said they cannot find the missing court file relevant to the Julia Gillard /AWU fraud and now the Victorian Police are threatening to obtain a search warrant to find the file NSD2082/96.
It must be remembered that the Victorian Police were given the same type of obstruction by Fair Work Australia in their investigation into Craig Thomson. But more on that in a minute.
How do I know it has happened on Patrick Keane’s instructions? Well the file has been missing for six months now and Keane has not rung the police to investigate to protect the courts reputation. As Chief Justice that is exactly what he should have done. He’s the boss as shown in the court structure. (Click here to see the court structure) I also had personal dealings with Keane’s predecessor, Chief Justice Black, and I know how he ruled with an iron fist.
It is very obvious the missing file is no accident given that there is also missing documents from a file in a Western Australian government department relevant to the AWU fraud, Slater and Gordon also claim they have lost files and then there is the missing court judgement by Justice Rodney Madgwick which I wrote about previously. (Click here to read the post) Too much to be a coincidence.
On Wednesday 20/2/13 The Australian reported that the court had written to the Victorian Police and told them they could not find the file.
“FEDERAL Court officials have been told by Victorian detectives investigating the AWU “slush fund” scandal that they intend to execute a search warrant at the court’s registry to retrieve a legal file concerning Julia Gillard’s allegedly corrupt former boyfriend, union official Bruce Wilson.” (Click here to read more)
The missing Federal Court file and it’s similarity to the FWA/Craig Thomson investigation
Corruption in the Federal Court registry is no different from what the whole country has seen at Fair Work Australia and their deliberate go slow routine in the Craig Thomson investigation since 2009 and we know the three main players in that. First there was the General Manager of FWA, Tim Lee, who was promoted to the role of commissioner in September 2011 for his good deeds and then the new General Manager Bernadette O’Neill who did her best to protect Craig Thomson and refused to hand over evidence to the police for a long time.
Victoria Police acting assistant commissioner, crime, Doug Fryer wrote to Ms Bernadette O’Neill when they were investigating Craig Thomson prior to charging him and said to Ms O’Neill in relation to the evidence that FWA had ”you have declined to voluntarily provide Victoria Police investigators with access to the information being sought. Your continued refusal . . . unnecessarily hinders our investigation and delays its conclusion.” (Click here to read more) Sounds very much like what Chief Justice Patrick Keane and the Federal Court are doing with the missing AWU file.
Also there was the patsy at FWA, investigator Terry Nassios, who took four years to investigate Craig Thomson. The go slow routine was clearly on the instructions of Lee and O’Neill given they already had a comprehensive report by Slater and Gordon lawyers and accounting firm BDO back in 2009. Mr Nassious resigned as on the 1st February as the shame obviously got to him. He should spill the beans on what really happened at FWA.
Chief Justice Keane’s history as a Labor Party boy
Keane is a Labor boy through and through and a friend of Kevin Rudd’s. They worked in the Queensland Government together for three years.
Kevin Rudd worked for Wayne Goss when Mr Goss was opposition leader and then when he became premier in 1989 until 1995. From 1989 until 1992 Rudd was Mr Goss’s Chief of Staff and then from 1992 until 1995 Mr Rudd was appointed as Director-General of the Office of Cabinet. It has been well written that Rudd was extremely powerful in the Queensland government at the time. (Click here to read more)
Patrick Keane was appointed Solicitor-General for the State of Queensland in 1992 and it is almost guaranteed that Rudd had his fingerprints on Keane’s appointment in some manner if not the ultimate decision maker. But putting Keane’s appointment aside, Rudd and Keane would have worked closely for three years and were known to be friends until recent years at least and maybe still are.
In 2005 the Queensland Labor government appointed Patrick Keane as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Then in February 2010 while Kevin Rudd was still Prime Minister, Keane was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court. I know for a fact that the Prime Minister of day often interferes with judicial appointments and appoint their friends. It has happened before and will happen again. For example Julia Gillard appointed her former boss at Slater and Gordon, Bernard Murphy, to the position of Federal Court judge in 2011. (Click here to read more)
Keane will start as a High Court Judge in March. I wrote a post last year titled “Gillard appoints Patrick Keane, who has responsibility for the missing files in the AWU scandal, as High Court judge”. (Click here to read the post)
The Australian also wrote an article on Keane’s High Court appointment and said “Justice Keane, a Queenslander who is known to have been close to former prime minister Kevin Rudd, was described yesterday by a Brisbane barrister as “a Labor man.” and “He experienced a meteoric rise through the judiciary. In less than three years he moved from the Queensland Court of Appeal to Chief Justice of the Federal Court and now to the High Court.” (Click here to read more)
Keane obviously knows the right people given his quick rise up the judicial ladder and of course one would expect those people want favours back and are getting them based on the above.
The Board of Directors or CEO of any organisation are ultimately responsible for the conduct of their staff and the reputation of that organisation. As Chief Justice, Patrick Keane is equivalent to Executive Chairman and he has full responsibility for the operation of the Federal Court. His failure to call the police in relation to the missing file is what is really telling. For him to leave it to the Victorian Police to get a search warrant is a disgrace and does untold damage to the courts reputation.
Keane thinks he can slip over to the High Court next month as a Judge and his hands are clean on the missing file matter. That is wrong at least as far as this site is concerned as this site will hold him accountable as he should be given his position as Chief Justice.
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