The Trade Union Royal Commission has had three hearing days this week and has heard evidence that discussed murder, bashings, destruction of evidence and seen video of threats to a government employee etc. The Labor Party’s slogan of the RC being a “witch hunt” was dying as more and more evidence of corruption was produced by the RC. It is now dead given the last 3 days of evidence and the Labor Party/Unions better think of another slogan fast and it better be good as they are in a lot of trouble.
The evidence this week has been on the NSW and QLD branches of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and on Monday focused on weekly bribes paid by “Sydney crime figure” George Alex to the CFMEU.
Monday’s evidence – Highlights (NSW – CFMEU only) No witnesses on Monday supplied the Royal Commission with witness statements. I think they were all too scarred.
Jim Kendrovski who is currently in jail gave evidence at the RC. He was assaulted in jail after he was summoned to give evidence and refused to answer many questions. In October last year Douglas Westerway, who also gave evidence and who was a director of a company associated with George Alex, was assaulted by Joe Antoun when he failed to hand over the $2500 weekly bribe money for the CFMEU. Mr Antoun was murdered in December last year.
And this “Convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf helped his mother-in-law Karen Nettleton
get a job as a bookeeper for Mr Alex, an associate of Mr Sharrouf.” Ms Nettleton also gave evidence on Monday. (Click here to read more) This is the same Khaled Sharrouf who is currently fighting in Iraq with terrorist group ISIS and Tweeted the infamous picture a couple of weeks ago of his 7-year-old son in Iraq. These are the types of people associated with the CFMEU and one wonders what exactly the union management is doing. Running a union for its members or a mafia style organisation for the management?
Tuesday’s evidence – Highlights
Tuesday we find out that the NSW CFMEU has been deleting all its emails. Apparently they had an email server crash and decided to delete emails to solve the issue. This happened after they had been served with a summons from the Royal Commission for documents and emails. The NSW CFMEU sent the emails and documents required by the summons to the Royal Commission and then started a mass deletion of emails. This created 2 problems. Firstly the Royal Commission can never check to make sure that the CFMEU had complied with the first summons and secondly that the Royal Commission cannot summons follow-up emails that it might now want to. The reality is that the CFMEU knew exactly what they were doing and should not have been deleting material when the Royal Commission was in progress in a clear and blatant attempt to undermine the RC. (Click here to read more)
The video below that was played at RC on Tuesday the 2-9-14 of CFMEU official John Perkovic threatening violence against Fair Work Inspector Seamus Flynn was nothing more than light entertainment compared to most of the other allegations. Even so it shows Mr Perkovic acting like a grub and a coward and possibly committing a criminal offence.
CFMEU official John Perkovic threatening Seamus Flynn in the below video was
(Click anywhere on the above video to watch)
Mr Perkovic’s conduct is currently before the Federal Court in South Australia.
As far as the CFMEU is concerned it is their NSW State Secretary Brian Parker who has most to worry about based on the evidence currently before the Royal Commission a per above. Mr Parker should be called as a witness in the next few weeks as the Royal Commission stops taking evidence by the 26th of September and gives the government a report by the end of December.
Wednesday was a slow day in comparison to Monday and Tuesday. The highlight was probably at the end of the day when Commissioner Dyson Heydon handed down written reasons for a number of applications made during the HSU hearings last week. Based on that, 2 witnesses from last week Diana Asmar and Kimberley Kitching for the HSU Victoria #1 Branch, are in a lot of trouble. Commissioner Heydon stated on page 5 of his judgment in relation to the Fair Work Commission: “On 26 March 2014, 15 Notices of Adverse or Potentially Adverse Findings were served on various officeholders or former officeholders of the Victoria No. 1 Branch (including the applicants).” The applicants Heydon refers to are Diana Asmar and Kimberley Kitching who were doing everything they could to make sure that the adverse finding by the FWC were not revealed at the Royal Commission. (Click here to read the judgment)
The Royal Commission only has a few weeks left to call the key players as witnesses. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard is due next week and Bill Shorten has to be called in the next few weeks. The fireworks should start as some very serious allegations will be made against high profile witnesses with a lot to lose.
When the Royal Commission is finished and Commissioner Dyson Heydon hands his report to the government it will read more like an international crime novel. If the Labor Party keep using the slogan “witch hunt” to describe the Royal Commission it will come back to bite them badly as the voters won’t be too impressed. There are major problems in the unions, which run the Labor Party, that undermine Australia’s federal, state and local governments that should have been fixed long ago.
Admin: The AWU/Julia Gillard hearings are meant to be in Melbourne next week and I will be trying to attend if possible. The RC has not confirmed dates yet so I will have to wait and see.
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