Last Friday (16/10/15) the Trade Union Royal Commission heard evidence which clearly shows that witness Edward Lockeyer told police he bribed Bill Shorten $40,000. Mr Lockeyer tried to back pedal from it and said he did not know what he told police but this itself was an incriminating answer and not believable.
It relates to a $40,000 bribe Bill Shorten organised in 2007 to help him get elected to federal parliament.
Shorten arranged the bribe from Edward Lockeyer who formerly owned the labor hire company Unibilt.
“The former director of a Victorian labour hire company says Labor leader Bill Shorten personally asked him to pay for a manager for Mr Shorten’s 2007 election campaign and to put the political operative on his company’s payroll.”
“Unibilt director Edward Lockyer said he met the campaign manager, Lance Wilson, once, at a meeting in late 2006 with Mr Shorten, who was the national secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union and preparing to run for a federal seat in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.”
“The company employed AWU members and was about to open pay negotiations.”
“He [Mr Shorten] asked whether I’d be interested in assisting him with his election,” Mr Lockyer told the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption on Friday.”
“On July 8 and 9, Mr Shorten told the inquiry that Unibilt made the donation through the AWU. He didn’t declare the contribution to the Australian Electoral Commission until July 6 this year.” (Click here to read more)
Bill Shorten also asked Mr Lockyer to disguise the payment in his financial records. Why? Because Shorten knew it was very dodgy which helps explain why Shorten did not declare it until this year and only a couple of days before he gave evidence at the Royal Commission.
Mr Lockyer said the below answers at Royal Commission last Friday in relation to the $40,000 bribe:
Q. Have you ever told anyone that you were seeking to help Bill out and get favours from him?
Q. You never said that?
A. Not to my knowledge, no.
Q. Did you ever say that to the police?
A. Oh, I can’t recall what I said to them; I have no
Q. This year, I’m talking about.
A. Yes, I know. (Click here to read the full transcript)
For counsel assisting the Royal Commission Jeremy Stoljar to ask the question “Have you ever told anyone that you were seeking to help Bill out and get favours from him?” he had to already know the answer. The police had obviously told Jeremy Stoljar that is what Mr Lockeyer said to them which is an admission that he bribed Bill Shorten because he gave him money looking to get favours.
If the police asked Mr Lockeyer questions about the $40,000 bribe then one has to assume they are investigating Bill Shorten because there is no other reason they would be asking Mr Lockyer such questions. Although the Royal Commission has apparently said the police attached to the Royal Commission are not investigating Shorten which is contradictory to why the police would be asking Mr Lockeyer questions. Whatever the case it isn’t good for Shorten.
For Mr Lockeyer to say in relation to his conversation with the police “I can’t recall what I said to them; I have no idea.” is a poor attempt to cover-up the bribe. He obviously has had legal advice since the conversation with the police and realised he had admitted to bribing Shorten.
Last year the police investigated Bill Shorten for rape and this year it is for fraud and corruption. So what’s next?
The above also goes a long way in explaining why Bill Shorten tried to conceal naming Fiona Ward when he was a witness. I wrote back in July:
“When Bill Shorten was in the witness stand on Wednesday (8/7/15) he was allowed to conceal from the public the name of a female staff member who helped with his 2007 election campaign. On Friday, after legal argument, she was identified as Fiona Ward. After researching her background it is obvious there are many reasons why Mrs Ward and Bill Shorten didn’t want her identity revealed.”
“Fiona Ward’s maiden name is Darwin and she is a former employee of the Health Services Union and worked for Jeff Jackson at the HSU Victoria Number 1 Branch. It’s reported she was a good friend of Kathy Jackson. (Click here to read more) She currently works for the Victorian Minister for Police Wade Noonan MP which could come in handy for a friend who has been accused of crimes in Victoria like Bill Shorten has.” (Click here to read more)
It would be fair to suspect Fiona Ward has been tipping off Bill Shorten as to what the police have been up to regarding Shorten’s crimes.
Bill Shorten has plenty of other dodgy deals that have been revealed in further detail this week but he ain’t no Teflon man as the polls show. It is just a case that no one in the Labor Party is prepared to make a move at the moment.
Admin: I had last weekend off which was the first one since January. Back on deck now with some big stories to come in the next few weeks.
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