The Labor Party is like the mafia in that once you are in you do not leave and if you do leave or blow the whistle they will destroy you. This was very evident with the treatment and reporting on Kathy Jackson at the Trade Union Royal Commission on Wednesday which I attended in my capacity as a journalist for this site.
The mainstream media over the last couple of months have focused heavily on Kathy Jackson and whether or not she ripped off the HSU while at the same time ignoring Bill Shorten and his current involvement with the HSU via some of his cronies who have history elsewhere for fraud and theft.
It is a legitimate story to investigate and report on Kathy Jackson and questions have to be asked as they were when she was in witness-box at the Royal Commission again today. In fact there are clearly some very serious questions to answer. But why is it that very few questions are being asked of Bill Shorten and his involvement in ripping off the HSU and harassing Kathy Jackson and her family?
The government is having a Royal Commission into Trade Union corruption. The whistleblower Kathy Jackson was in the witness stand again today. Previously when she gave evidence she had been given fairly easy questioning but that changed today and tough questions were starting to be put to her. The hearing was stopped around midday when Kathy Jackson said she felt she had been ambushed and was not happy that she was not represented by a lawyer. The hearing was adjourned and Kathy Jackson will be back in the witness stand in a few weeks.
The Labor Party Mafia
The clear strategy of the Labor Party is to attack the messenger which in this case is Kathy Jackson for blowing the whistle on union / Labor Party corruption. I have reported on this before a number of times. (Click here and here and here to read more) If someone has evidence of criminal conduct then there is no issue about that being reported. But some of the attacks are quite disgusting and very personal and they come straight from Bill Shorten’s cronies as they have no shame.
I sat in the hearing room at the Royal Commission today up until the tea break then I went and sat in the media room. It only took a few minutes to know that there were two Labor /Union trolls in the media room pushing the Labor / union agenda and propaganda to the journalists.
A lot of journalists are under extreme pressure at the moment and a chance to get an easy story is too tempting for some. Then there are always one or two who are new to the RC and are easily misled. Just because the information is coming from Labor/unions does not necessarily mean it is false but plenty of it is as a lot of the trolls whether at the RC or online will still tell you that Craig Thomson is innocent or was hard done by. The point is when you read some of the mainstream media you can take it as fact that it is coming straight from Kathy Jackson’s enemies. Nothing new I suppose in that all politicians and their staffers feed the media stories in Canberra and every state parliament. But it is pathetic to see it happening at the Royal Commission.
I filmed the below interview with Kathy Jackson at the Royal Commission and as with my posts I always try to raise something others do not which I think I have done.
(Click anywhere on the above video to watch)
The story in The Australian
There was a story in The Australian today about Kathy Jackson which in the above video she refers to it a number of times. (Click here to read) The bottom line to the story is that Kathy Jackson knew a lady called Carron Gilleland who allegedly told Kathy Jackson about fraud that was happening at the HSU about 15 years ago and Kathy Jackson did nothing. Mrs Gilleland and her husband gave Michael Williamson and Craig Thomson American Express cards many years ago in a corrupt deal. Based on what Ms Jackson said in the video Bill Shorten is a friend of Carron Gilleland.
Kathy Jackson in the witness-box today
The big story facing Kathy Jackson is a slush fund called the National Health Development Account that she ran for about ten years which had a total of over $280,000 put through it. $250,000 of that came from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and she gave $50,000 to her ex husband for a union battle. (Click here to read more) Where the rest went is still unknown and may never be known as the book that apparently documented the spending has been lost. The problem for Kathy Jackson is as soon as the public hear the words “slush fund” they immediately think fraud and stolen members money. Ms Jackson will be back in the stand in a few weeks so we will see what she says then and if that changes people’s minds. No matter what the outcome the Australian public should at least be grateful to Ms Jackson for blowing the whistle on the HSU corruption.
I wrote a post titled “Royal Commission into unions. There ain’t no heroes“ back in April and I stand by that. I must admit that Kathy Jackson’s dealings have never featured highly on this site’s radar. Why? Because I cannot write everything and also because Kathy will never be Prime Minister but Bill Shorten could be. Just remember that so let’s focus on who and what Bill Shorten is. I find it amazing that he can so openly use his cronies to harass Kathy Jackson and her family no matter what she has or hasn’t done. Just remember Bill wants to be Prime Minister and imagine what he would be like then.
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