On Friday (2/10/15) the Trade Union Royal Commission announced the witness list for hearings in October into the Australian Workers Union (AWU). It is impossible to see Bill Shorten surviving this latest onslaught for long as the only thing saving Shorten was the anti-Abbott sentiment in the polls which is now gone.
Most of the ongoing investigation relates to Bill Shorten’s time as National Secretary of the AWU and Victorian State Secretary of the AWU. It’s a fair guess that most of the announced witnesses will give evidence that will damage Bill Shorten’s reputation and image.
The new evidence is focused on known fraud and theft and/or suspected fraud and theft by Bill Shorten and others involving various companies. Executives of the companies have been called as witnesses and it is well known that some at least are going to give incriminating evidence against Bill Shorten.
Below is the witness list and the relevant companies. I have added the figures of the fraud/bribe and/or alleged fraud/bribe. We will probably never know the true amounts as the Unions are well known for running slush funds off the accounting books.
Monday, 12 October and Tuesday, 13 October Thiess John Holland case study – Estimated fraud/bribe $300,000
Michael Connell, Christopher Herbert, Michael Minotti, Gordon Ralph, Stephen Sasse, Deborah Swinley, Don Johnson, Julian Rzesniowiecki and Gregory Sparkman
Wednesday, 14 October and Thursday, 15 October ACI (Glass)/O-I case study – Estimated fraud/bribe $500,000
Neil Cooper, Michael Gilhome, Brendan Mitchell, Gregory Ridder and Peter Robinson and Mario Minniti
Thursday, 15 October Downer EDI case study – Estimated fraud/bribe $25,000
Bill McGuire, Jamie Spencer and Predrag Susa
Friday, 16 October Unibuilt case study – Estimated fraud/bribe $40,000 for Bill Shorten’s 2007 election campaign
Edward Lockyer and Lance Wilson
Monday, 19 October and Tuesday, 20 October Cleanevent case study – Estimated fraud/bribe $25,000 per year – Employees lost wages totalling millions of dollars
Zoe Angus, Paul Howes, Thomas Jeffers, Julianne Page, John-Paul Blandthorn, Steven Hunter and Craig Winter
Wednesday, 21 October
Jelica Addamo, Michael Chen, Angela Leo and Paul Vine
Thursday, 22 October
For a detailed back-grounding of most of the witnesses and the companies (Click here)
The Royal Commission hearing as outlined above and Bill Shorten’s slump in the polls mean Shorten is about to face what will probably be his worst month in politics and there will be a lot of people cheering.
Bill Shorten’s crime gang at the HSU Victoria Number 1 Branch
Regular readers of this site know there is still massive fraud and theft happening at the HSU Victoria Number 1 Branch by Bill Shorten’s supporters. (Click here to read more)
So Shorten not only has to worry about his corrupt conduct when he was at the AWU, he also has to hope the Royal Commission hasn’t investigated further into his supporters’ crimes at the HSU.
I assumed in April that there would be further hearings into the HSU given that on Thursday the 23rd April at the 2015 Opening Session Commissioner Dyson Heydon said his final report would also deal with some matters relating to:
“the HSU Victoria No 1 Branch under the secretaryship of Ms Diana Asmar.” (Click here to read more)
Time is running out so maybe they won’t have hearings and just address what they have found in written submissions and the final report.
Australia needs a strong Labor Party to put pressure on the Liberals
Given that Australia at the moment is to a large extent a two party system it is important that both the Liberal and Labor Party’s are as competent as possible to put pressure on the other to perform at a high standard. At the moment the Labor Party is well below standard and are not in a position to put pressure on anyone to perform.
The biggest positive of Bill Shorten’s demise is that it will force the Labor Party to at least start to re-think their ways which the biggest problem is breaking away from the Unions’ control.
Lachlan Harris who is a former adviser to Kevin Rudd said in a recent interview:
“I think until the elevation of Turnbull, Labor hadn’t really tasted the bitterness of Opposition since we lost in 2013. We’re now tasting that bitterness.”
“But we had to taste that for the real conversation about genuine reform, modernisation, broadening the appeal of the ALP to take place. That didn’t seem necessary when Tony Abbott was leader. It is absolutely necessary now.”
“We dis-empowered ourselves by having a strategy which was built only on the unpopularity of Abbott. We need to build a more modern, progressive, inclusive Labor Party with a very broad base in order to take on these moderate, popular and credible Liberal Party leaders.” (Click here to read more)
Change won’t happen until Shorten is gone and everyone in the Labor Party knows it. They only certainty in the Labor Party at the moment is that they are already planning for life after Shorten and it is just a matter of time before he is gone.
Negative people like to say that there is nothing you can do about corruption but have a good look around at all the reputations being destroyed as their corrupt pasts come back to haunt them. And the people driving that are people using social media like me and you. So don’t ever let anyone say you can’t do anything.
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