Bruce Wilson who is a former boyfriend of Julia Gillard has finished giving evidence at the Royal Commission. It has been known for a long time that Wilson is guilty of theft from the Australian Workers Union (AWU). Even Julia Gillard says once she found out what he had done she ended the relationship with Wilson.
I will not write about the Julia Gillard / Bruce Wilson AWU fraud background as I have set up a specific page with all my posts on the matter dating back to 2011. (Click here to go to the page)
So what to make of his evidence and what is Wilson’s strategy? I know with the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) that the evidence that they gather cannot be used against someone in a court of law and I assume the same can be said for the Royal Commission. So in some regards it does allow Wilson to test his lies before the police charge him if they ever do. Charges could possibly rest on whether or not Labor win the next election in Victoria as any incoming Labor government would be under extreme pressure to make sure the director of public prosecutions drops the case.
Naming Names – The old “if I go down you will be going down with me” routine
Bruce Wilson and his barrister Dr Kristine Hanscombe QC dropped at least two major names at the Royal Commission, that being John Cain Jnr and Bill Ludwig as if to say that if Wilson goes down he will be taking them down with him.
John Cain Jnr – (Son of former Victorian Premier John Cain – His grandfather also John Cain was also Victorian Premier – And very well-connected in the Labor Party)
Mr Cain is in a lot of trouble as he was at a meeting at the Commonwealth Bank which I previously wrote a post titled: “Smoking gun document shows John Cain and Maurice Blackburn lawyers criminally involved in the Julia Gillard AWU fraud”
“Bruce Wilson and others were resigning (being sacked for fraud and theft) from the AWU on the 18th of August 1995 and the document below relates to what happened on the day before on the 17th of August 1995. There was a meeting at the Commonwealth Bank to split up the stolen funds and return some of the money to the companies where the money was stolen from.” (Click here to read the previous post and see the documents that incriminate John Cain Jnr)
Dr Hanscombe raised the Commonwealth Bank meeting and John Cain’s attendance with Ian Cambridge when he was witness on Wednesday (1o/6/14) and asked Cambridge the following:
Q. Mr Cain is a highly reputable practitioner, you agree
A. I would assume so. I don’t know him.
Q. Well, he was the Victorian Government Solicitor for
about 10 years, did you know that?
Q. And a very experienced practitioner. Do you agree
with that – even at that time?
A. Well, I assume he was. I didn’t know him. I’ve never
met him. I don’t know him.
Q. You’re not suggesting, are you, that somebody of
Mr Cain’s stature would have taken part in something that
was improper or illegal?
A. I’m not making any suggestions of any nature. (Click here for the transcript on the RC website)
This puts extreme pressure on John Cain and his friends to do everything they can to make sure Bruce Wilson is not charged.
Bill Ludwig – President – Australian Workers Union (AWU)
Bruce Wilson today mentioned numerous times Bill Ludwig who is the President of the AWU and was President in the 1990’s at the time of the fraud. Wilson seemed to mention Ludwig’s name in a manner as someone who will support Wilson’s evidence (lies) at least to some degree. It has also been previously alleged that Bill Ludwig received at least $50,000 of the stolen funds from Bruce Wilson in the 1990’s.
This would not surprise as Bill Ludwig stole over $45,000 from the AWU in 2011 to pay for his own personal legal Bills. (Click here to read more)
Cain and Ludwig are just two of many people (Julia Gillard, Bill Shorten etc) that are obviously worried that if Bruce Wilson goes down they will go down with him. They all have a big incentive to do what they can to give Bruce Wilson a helping hand so to speak.
He is a problem and was always going to be as I previously wrote when Ralph Blewitt was in the witness stand given he wrote Blewitt’s police statements and paid some of his bills (Click here to read). But as Commissioner Dyson Heyden pointed out today, a lot of the witnesses have never had anything to do with Nowicki. Although we can count on Wilsons legal people to raise Nowicki’s name whenever they can. The good news is that Nowicki was never anywhere near the other unions to my knowledge. So who are the unions and the Labor Party etc going to point the finger at when the Royal Commission starts looking at them.
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