Craig Thomson has been colluding with ALP member and former state candidate Peter Wicks who has been using the internet in an attempt to harass, intimidate and stalk Kathy Jackson which includes her children, in Mr Thomson’s fraud matters. This is a criminal offence under section 36A of the Crimes Act 1914 “Intimidation of witnesses etc” and a clear breach of section 474.17 of the 1995 Criminal Code: Using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence. Their conduct would also likely breach other laws such as attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Publisher of the internet site Independent Australia, David Donovan, is also involved in these crimes. Chris Brown the acting president of the Health Services Union also has plenty of questions that he needs to answer.
In preparing and researching this post a Craig Thomson / Peter Wicks supporter made a death threat against Kathy Jackson and me in the comment section of my previous post which I will deal with later in this post.
In the rest of this post I make out one very powerful prima facie case. Enough for the police to start investigating and laying charges. I put some questions to Peter Wicks which we will get to later in the post with his responses. The Peter Wicks / Craig Thomson connection first come to light in an article in the Australian on June the 5th but I have taken the investigation a few steps further and it gets uglier in what in reveals. (Click here to read the article in The Australian)
I set out the post under the following headings: 1. Background 2.The Prima Facie case 3.The questions and answers with Peter Wicks 4.The players 5.The death threat 6. Summary
Victorian and New South Wales police are currently conducting separate investigations into fraud at the Health Services Union (HSU). These involve numerous people including Federal MP Craig Thomson. Fair Work Australia (FWA) have launched civil proceedings against a number of former members of the HSU and are about to launch proceedings against Federal MP Craig Thomson. Kathy Jackson the National Secretary of the HSU is the one who blew the whistle on the corruption and made a complaint to the police. She is a key witness against Craig Thomson.
Peter Wicks is an ALP member, former candidate and has been in regular close contact with Craig Thomson and with other ALP members on a regular basis. He has also told me that he is a possible future candidate for the ALP. He refers to himself as an investigative blogger. He publishes on his own site which he calls Wixxileaks which does not get much traffic and recently also on Independent Australia which gets more traffic.
Independent Australia is published by David Donovan and would have to be called a struggling site given they publish on a regular basis but do not get a great deal of traffic. Over the last couple of months is has spiked and almost guaranteed to be because of Peter Wicks posts.
The Prima Facie case
Peter Wicks has been publishing articles with leaked documents that he alleges show fraud or possible fraud by Kathy Jackson. Kathy Jackson is a key witness in relation to up and coming legal proceedings against Craig Thomson and was involved in a court matter when Peter Wicks started publishing his posts on Independent Australia.
The problem is that Peter Wicks deliberately and knowingly conceals his association with the ALP and Craig Thomson. Also when reading his posts it is clear that they are not about exposing corruption and writing a story in a legitimate manner. They are vindictive and designed to intimidate and harass Kathy Jackson and would have to be regarded as online stalking. He stoops to an all-time low and even harasses and intimidates Kathy Jackson 11-year-old son and sixteen year old daughter. He does this while also making some outlandish attempts to show Craig Thomson is innocent.
Peter Wicks is well aware that Kathy Jackson is a witness against Craig Thomson and mentions this in his posts.
Even if his evidence does show fraud by Kathy Jackson his actions have undermined any prosecution of Kathy Jackson given he would be a witness and has no credibility because of his actions.
David Donovan (IA publisher) has a past as a journalist and should and would know better. But one can only assume that given the website Independent Australia has been struggling he decided to run the posts by Peter Wicks to boost readers which it has. Or maybe Mr Donovan has been paid. But this makes David Donovan as guilty as Peter Wicks.
What is most sickening is that Craig Thomson and federal Labor politicians recently went on a campaign to pressure the media to leave Craig Thomson alone or he might be driven to suicide which has worked as the media have dropped off. Yet they have gone on a campaign against Kathy Jackson using online media even though she did try to commit suicide last year when the pressure got too much. This was not long after someone had left a dirt covered shovel at the front of her house implying that she should start digging her own grave. A clear death threat.
Peter Wicks says he has passed on all the material he has to the NSW and Vic Police. So why did he start his online campaign against Kathy Jackson? Well it is clearly to harass, intimidate and stalk.
Let’s have a look at a recent post by Peter Wicks which was published on the 22nd of June titled “Jacksonville Federal Court”
It starts off:
“SOMETIMES, it is only when you see a person in real life that you have a full appreciation of them.
I had often wondered why Kathy Jackson seemed to be able to charm so many seemingly intelligent men. When I say intelligent, I am not referring to Tony Abbott, of course.
What is it about her?
I am in Sydney’s Federal Court to see the final showdown between Jackson and Justice Flick.
Standing outside the courtroom, I see Jackson for the first time, she is talking to some men. She looks absolutely radiant, I have to say. She has an air about her that is hard to define. Her eyes radiate warmth, her skin has a flawless quality and every move seems to be done with such grace. I instantly understand the attraction.
Just then, a lady walks past and drops her purse, Kathy gracefully stoops down, picks it up and hands it to the lady with a smile that would make your heart melt.
That’s when I realised — that person wasn’t actually Kathy at all. When I finally do see Kathy for the first time, she has a look on her face that would curdle milk.” (Click here to read the post)
That is not independent journalism. It is a personal jihad by Mr Wicks against Kathy Jackson. Mr Wicks has not done one story on Kathy Jackson but more than a dozen over an eight week period and just keeps on pounding and pounding away at her and calls the series of posts “Jacksonville”. He has now moved on to her partner Michael Lawler under the heading “Lawler Creek”. (Click here to see the Jacksonville page)
Peter Wicks and David Donovan say this in a recent post:
In other – more pleasant – news, Kathy Jackson’s daughter (xxxxxxxxx) is about to celebrate her 16th Birthday. We hope she has a great birthday — and hope mummy remembers how many candles to put on the cake, as she may occasionally forget these things.
For instance, when discussing her court appearance on 2UE with Paul Murray a week ago, Kathy brought up the situation of her children, presumably seeking a sympathy vote:
“My children on Friday turned up to court because I haven’t seen them for three weeks I flew them into Sydney and (xxxxxx) who’s 11 says to me, you know ‘Mum who’s on your side?’
Really tugs at the heartstrings, doesn’t it?
According to family friends, (xxxxxx) was born in December, 1999. That would make him 12, according my calculations. Then again, I didn’t attend school in Jacksonville… (Click here to see the post)
(I have deleted the names but have decided to put a link to where they are because people will go looking for them anyhow and it hopefully will force them to be taken down.)
Peter Wicks and David Donovan should be jailed just for naming Kathy Jackson children alone. What has this to do with Kathy Jackson and any alleged fraud? Absolutely Nothing! It is clearly designed to intimidate and harass. What would Kathy Jackson think? What would her children think? Mr Wicks and Mr Donovan are very sick people. And how did Peter Wicks know? He says “According to family friends”. I doubt that very much. More likely the information came from Craig Thomson.
In another post Peter Wicks says:
Kathy, is of course Craig Thomson’s accuser, Craig is an MP in a place that I like to refer to as the “real world”. It seems Craig must have done something in the past to upset Kathy, and we all know what they say about women scorned and hell’s fury… (Click here to read the post)
I think his comment says it all where he stands in relation to Craig Thomson and Kathy Jackson. Peter Wicks posts are riddled with harassment and intimidation of Kathy Jackson while defending Craig Thomson.
There has been no criticism of Craig Thomson in Mr Wicks posts. In fact Peter Wicks tries to defend Mr Thomson and quotes some of the lies Mr Thomson has told as being true and correct. Apparently he is innocent. Peter Wicks told me on the phone that there had been 11 enquiries that had cleared Craig Thomson of any wrong doing.
Mr Wicks says in an email to me “Many have told me to go after Williamson, I would gladly if someone would give me evidence, rather than opinions and rumours. The same goes for Thomson.”
That’s right, there is no evidence against Mr Williamson or Mr Thomson according to “investigative blogger” Peter Wicks.
The evidence against Craig Thomson and Michael Williamson is a mile long and has been all over the media. Does any sane person who has followed the matter really believe they are innocent and there is no evidence?
Funnily enough last Friday some 5 days after I had spoken and emailed questions to Mr Wicks he managed to find some evidence against Michael Williamson. Not much though.
I put some questions to Peter Wicks by email and he was quick to respond I must give him that.
The questions and answers with Peter Wicks.
I am happy to answer any questions on the case, however I have to wonder why you are so interested in my business and my private conversations, as they have nothing whatsoever to do with you, or your site.
However, in the spirit of being transparent, I have answered all of your questions, even the irrelevant personal questions. My answers are in bold red inside your email below.
Contrary to right wing rumour mongering, I do not know Michael Williamson, I am not from Labor’s right, nor am I a “Dark Force” of any kind.
I have never proclaimed Thomson’s innocence, nor Williamsons, all I have done is provide documents to the public and the police that have been made available to me. If these documents mean that an investigation is warranted into the matter, as my readers, the NSW Police, and the Victorian police do, then so be it.
What still puzzles me, is that a small minority group think that I have done wrong by uncovering information that warrants 2 police investigations. I would have thought that most honest people would appreciate any wrong doing, or alleged corruption exposed.
Many have told me to go after Williamson, I would gladly if someone would give me evidence, rather than opinions and rumours. The same goes for Thomson.
I hope my answers are to your satisfaction, if you have any more questions that are not of a personal nature, please feel free to send them to me.
1. The Australian reported on the 5th of June that you have been in contact with Craig Thomson and have spoken to him on the phone. How many times have you spoken to him on the phone? I don’t keep a tally, but a few times
2. You sent Craig Thomson a copy of the documents you have in your possession. In The Australian it quotes you saying “”Just so if he needs it, he has it on hand,” What do you mean by this? Exactly what I said, in case he needs them for legal reasons, as I cannot contact Lawler or Jackson, I was unable to do the same for them
3. Did you send Craig Thomson the documents because he had called you and requested them? I sent them to Craig’s electoral office, I did not know Craig at that time
4. Did you speak to Craig Thomson on the phone before you sent him the documents? No I did not know him, I contacted his electoral office and sent a copy of the documents to his receptionist
5. Have you ever called Craig Thomson or does he always call you? I have called him sometimes. Kathy Jackson will not speak to me, Michael Lawler has not returned my call. And Marco Belano would not accept my phone number, if they did, I would speak to them as often as they would like also.
6. When you have spoken to Craig Thomson what have you talked about. We spoke about football the other day, had a chat about the central coast, we discussed a recent trip I had to the Hunter Valley, as he had been the weekend before apparently… and on my findings also obviously
7. How long have you been a member of the ALP. Approx 3 years
8. Do you intend on standing again for the ALP at an election? I don’t know, it depends on whether I’m asked or not. This question I find offensive, I don’t feel I need to lock myself into a position for you, or anyone. I will make up my mind when the time comes. This question is not unlike asking if I will ever eat chocolate ice-cream again, I will if I feel like it
9. You have met with Chris brown, the acting national president of the HSU. How did this meeting come about? Some of us, go and research our stories, so I ran into him at the Federal Court when Kathy lost her case. He asked if I wanted a cup of coffee after the case was closed. I was trying to talk to Kathy Jackson, however she was refusing to answer questions and walked off, so I had coffee with Chris instead
10. What did you and Chris Brown talk about? The union action that was going on right beside us with the fire brigade whose compensation scheme had just been crushed by the Coalitions excuse for a government. The embarrassing spectacle that was Kathy Jacksons excuse for a case, and the future of the union
11. On LinkedIn it says you are self-employed and the name of your company is “Frontline Sales Agencies”. Can you tell me why the company is not listed in the white pages, yellow pages or have a website? I had a website, but I don’t need one so I took it down, I don’t need to pay for yellow pages, and I choose to have a silent number, most in my industry know me at any rate. I have a reputation for being honest and loyal, my clients and customers appreciate that
12. I do note that the company has an ABN and ACN. Is the company still a going concern? Yes
13. What does the company actually do? A sales agency and consultancy service for companies that seek a presence in retail
14. Are any Unions or ALP branches or Head Office of the ALP some of your customers. Nope, my business is not in any way connected to anything to do with the ALP or any union or in any way shape or form political, I supply mostly IT products to companies like JB Hi Fi, Harvey Norman, Officeworks, Dick Smith, Myer etc
15. Are you being paid by the ALP or any Unions to write the stories you are about Kathy Jackson? A. No
16. In one post you name the children of Kathy Jackson’s partner Fair Work Australia vice president Michael Lawler. Why did you feel the need to name the children when you could have done the post without naming them? A. Firstly, they are no longer children. If I was to make an allegation without proof, I would be threatened legally, luckily for me, the truth is a valid defence. That is why I chose to back my story up with evidence I did not involve the children in this, whoever chose to pay them with members funds did. Without showing the names on the payslips they could have been anybody’s payslips.
I sent three follow-up questions with the answers to two of no interest but one was.
Q. Have you met Craig Thomson face to face?
A. I met Craig once at a meeting set up by a main stream media outlet that I am not at liberty to discuss. I must stress, the media outlet set up the meeting, not myself or Craig. That was last week and was the only time we have met. I have met Kathy Jackson just as many times.
Dissection of Peter Wicks answers.
If you look at Q and A 2, 3, and 4 Mr Wicks is clearly lying. He says he could not send the documents to Mr Lawler or Mrs Jackson because he could not contact them. But he says in relation to Mr Thomson “No I did not know him, I contacted his electoral office and sent a copy of the documents to his receptionist”. Mr Wicks knew where Mr Lawler and Mrs Jackson worked and could have sent copies there but did not.
At Q1 Peter Wicks says he has spoken to Craig Thomson a few times but does not keep a tally. That is code for a lot but I do not want to say. If he had spoken to him 2,3,4, or five times he would remember and say so. Go to question 5 and Peter Wicks says he has called Craig Thomson sometimes. Not 1, 2 or 3 times but “sometimes”. These are 2 people in regular contact. Go to question 6 where he says what they chatted about they are clearly very chummy.
At Q8 Peter Wicks says in relation to whether or not he will run for parliament again “I don’t know, it depends on whether I’m asked or not.” Well if he can help take down Kathy Jackson he will be a legend in ALP circles and highly likely be offered a safe seat or senate seat at a future election. Given he may decide to run again is a further reason he should not be doing what he is and is hardly impartial. Peter Wicks is in a very similar position as Mal Brough in the Peter Slipper case. Working behind in the shadows for their own benefit.
At Q9 Peter Wicks had coffee with Chris brown, the acting national president of the HSU after Justice Flick had handed down his decision which Chris Brown supported and clearly not a friend of Kathy Jackson. Given that Peter Wicks was leaked the documents from the HSU Chris Brown would have to be a prime suspect. I notice Chris Brown has not said they will investigate where the leaks have come from, instead he decided to have coffee with the person who has been publishing the leaks.
At Q16 he tries to justify naming Michael Lawler’s children. When I asked the question I did not know he had named Kathy Jackson’s 11 year old son and 16-year-old daughter. I wonder what his justification will be for that? The reality is there is none and that is why I did not send him a follow-up question asking why.
Peter Wicks says the leaked documents come from a friend of a friend who works at the Health Services Union. He says they contacted him because he was an ALP candidate and runs a blog and he might know someone in the media. How many people run a blog? They clearly contacted him because they knew he was a good ALP member and would be stupid enough to do what he has done.
He says he is not paid by the ALP but has spent an enormous amount of time on this. Maybe he is being paid by someone else. Or maybe he sees this as a way of getting a safe seat at a future election or a safe senate spot.
This is not the first time the ALP has acted in this way. Remember the Australia Day riots where a staff member from Julia Gillard’s office had a union official lie to the Aboriginals to try to incite a riot against Tony Abbott.
In a post he did titled “Barry O’Farrell’s broken promises and budget blowouts” on IA it says at the bottom “(Peter Wicks is a former ALP NSW state candidate. You can read more by Peter on his blog Wixxyleaks, or follow him on Twitter @madwixxy.)”
In none of the posts he does on Kathy Jackson does he acknowledge his Labor Party connections. In fact it says “Investigative blogger Peter Wicks” on the home page they have set up for the series and on other posts in the series. This is clearly deliberate to fool the reader into believing he is independent.
They do respond to an article in The Australian where he is outed:
Peter Wicks response is titled “A strange journey to Jacksonville” and he says “It’s not an average day you are mentioned in The Australian, let alone on the front page.”
“But, then again, it’s not every day that facts presented by a part-time blogger, published on an online news source, upset the strategy of a so-called union “whistleblower’ and her partner — who is the second highest ranking industrial judge in the land.”
And “Of course, after hearing about Jackson’s chaotic, controversial and perhaps even criminal, day in court yesterday, I think we can all establish quite easily that she has plenty to worry about.”
“I find it delusional in the extreme to compare the clicking of a mouse button twice by Thomson to the more than two years of media harassment of Thomson, his family and staff.” This statement might explain to some degree why Peter Wicks has gone so hard after Kathy Jackson’s family.
“I hope someone has informed Jackson, for example, that the sending of a tweet does not at all compare to a television reporter lurking outside your bathroom window while your pregnant wife showers.” (Click here to read the post)
Peter Wicks takes the television reporter claim by Craig Thomson as being fact when the evidence does not support it. Why did Craig Thomson not raise it at the time or go to the police?
Peter Wicks takes great offence at being called a “failed candidate” in the story but is happy to put the boot into Kathy Jackson’s looks and family.
Peter Wicks has two Twitter accounts. One called Peter Wicks @pwicksalp which I assume would have been used for his election campaign at the NSW State election last year. And his main one called Peter Wicks @madwixxy. A number of ALP politicians are following him at the @madwixxy account including Craig Emerson and of course Craig Thomson
In recent article in the SMH covering the allegations by Mr Wicks Craig Thomson says “”More than ever, this also destroys the credibility of the ‘star’ witness in the Fair Work Australia report, Kathy Jackson.”
Mr Thomson makes no mention of the fact that he has been in regular contact with Mr Wicks. The quote could just have easily come from Mr Wicks and is consistent with his own statements in his posts. (Click here to read the article)
Craig Thomson has a Twitter account at @DobellThommo. On the 2nd of June he tweeted:
Thomson 8: The HSU family http://www.independentaustralia.net/2012/politics/ …
3:12 PM – 2 Jun
The link goes to the post titled “Thomson 8: The HSU family”. Mr Wicks says in the post “Once again, I must stress that in no way am I saying that Jackson is guilty of anything. I am, however, looking forward to hearing her explanations for the transactions we have shown previously, and the ones we will expose in this article.” This is clearly contradicted by his other comments in other posts where his statements clearly show he thinks she is guilty.
Well I am accusing Mr Wicks and Mr Thomson of criminal offences and I am looking forward to his explanations.
Peter Wicks seemed to become nervous when I sent him three follow-up questions and he sent me this email:
From: WixxyLeaks [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, 1 July 2012 7:05 PM
To: Shane Dowling
Subject: Re: Media Request
Do you have a contact number or can you contact me on 0400 057 980
Sent from my iPhone
Peter Wicks wife Felicity has been helping him with his research apparently. She has a twitter account at @wicsworld. Some of her tweets are:
Kathryn Jackson appears to be a lying piece of shite. I smells rat with her and Michael Lawler, honestly those blinking eyes say lies 7:46 PM – 21 May
Felicity Wicks@wicsworld Whether Craig Thomson is guilty or innocent is neither here nor there. We must Support innocence until proven guilty, please.
7:50 PM – 21 May
Notice how Mrs Wicks supports Craig Thomson and drops the boot into Kathy Jackson. And this comes from a person who is apparently helping her “investigative blogger” husband.
Craig Thomson’s so called “conspiracies” look more legit every day http://bit.ly/LgeaFr #jacksonville #hsu #auspol #thomson
Retweeted by Felicity Wicks
10:14 AM – 8 Jun
Felicity Wicks @wicsworld“@madwixxy: Still laughing as the HSU saga reaches Lawler Creek : http://wixxy.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/las … #auspol #HSU #jacksonville”
The death threat
A person who has commented on my site for a while and uses the names Eric and Slick made a death threat against Kathy Jackson and me on this site in the comment section of the last post. I had written that I was about to do a post on Peter Wicks which upset Eric greatly. I was at work at the time and when I saw it when I came home deleted it. (Yes I have kept the copy) But it was seen by others. Eric is a big fan of Peter Wicks, the posts he has done on IA and Craig Thomson.
Sent: Tuesday, 3 July 2012 4:51 PM
New comment on your post “Statutory Declarations show Bill Shorten and Stephen Conroy trying to put the political hit on Kathy Jackson.”
Author : Eric (IP: 220.127.116.11 , 18.104.22.168) E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Your another conspiracy theorist wacko arnt you I ve found out who you are and where you live and when me and my thugs have popped Kathy Jackson were coming round to pop you DxxxxxxD . Hahahahaha (Swear word edited by me)
I sent Eric a couple of emails mainly so I could get a response which would confirm the email and also I know it leaves a trail online so the authorities can track him. He did respond:
From: Eric Warren [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, 5 July 2012 8:32 AM
To: Shane Dowling
Subject: Your more wacko than Michael Jackson
Hi Dxxxxxxxd wishing somebody hit KJ and actually threatening to do it are twodifferent matters DxxxxxxD go on make your day ring the police DxxxxxxxD .
I can’t wait for you to make a fool of yourself with this article on Wixxy and I A . It will like your last post show how very little you research before opening your mouth . Wixxy said all you do is talk sxxt you called him . Back off DxxxxxxxD do a post on me instead hahahaha be careful be very careful (Once again swear words edited by me)
Eric could just be a nutcase who has been following the matter closely. But given his comments overall which show he is very well-informed on the matter I believe he is somehow connected to someone involved. How did he know that I had phoned Peter Wicks? Was it a guess? I do not think so myself, someone has told him is what I think is more likely.
Writing the posts that I do a death threat was always going to come because that is how the criminals work. Also Kathy Jackson had already received one last year so it is consistent with that. But that does not make it right, it is a criminal offence and no joke. Eric should be getting plenty of jail time.
What Mr Wicks does is called “troll blogging”. He pretends he is independent but really has a hidden agenda and allegiances. In this case a criminal agenda. Internet trolls show up in the comment sections of most blogs to some degree or another. There is even a page on Wikipedia that explains it. (Click here to read the Wikipedia post on trolling)
The evidence I have outlined above is just the tip of the iceberg and I could have written a lot more. There are plenty of questions that Peter Wicks, Craig Thomson and David Donovan need to answer as well as other who are involved.
The ALP have a lot to answer for as well.
Kathy Jackson should consider taking out an AVO or some other type of restraining order against Mr Wicks, Mr Thomson and IA. She might want to subpoena their phone records as well to see what has really been happening.
Mr Wicks and IA have even published a photo of John Lawler and named him as Michael Lawler’s brother and the Commissioner of the Australian Crime Commission. This adds no value and potentially leaves him open to blackmail by criminals given that many members of his direct family have been named including children. What Mr Wicks and IA have done is something nobody should do but they must believe they can do what they want and are protected.
Given Mr Wicks is an ALP member, past candidate for the state seat of Hawkesbury in the 2011 NSW election and possible future candidate, as he has stated to me, he should have kept right away from this because it automatically looks like perceived bias and when you look at the evidence it is real bias by him. Let alone the intimidation, harassment and stalking. The only thing he should have done is give what he had to the police which he says he has. He should have left it at that.
Update: Some 4 hours after I published this post I have recieved the below email from Peter Wicks:
From: Peter Wicks [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, 8 July 2012 10:14 PM
To: ‘Shane Dowling’
Subject: My phone number
Can you please remove my phone number from your site.
ThanksPeter Wicks mob 0400 057 980 fax 02 8883 5592 email email@example.com
I checked and Kathy Jackson’s 11 and 16 year old children’s names are still on the Independent Australia site in the post Peter Wicks did. But Peter Wicks does not like it when his phone number is on a site. Well Peter you know what my response is.
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