Bill Shorten’s political career looks like it had the last nail put in it on Thursday (29/10/15) by the Victorian branch of the Labor Party who have set up a branch stacking corruption inquiry which covers Bill’s seat of Maribyrnong. For good measure the Royal Commission will have David Asmar, who is a member of Bill’s crime gang, in the witness stand on Thursday (5/11/15) regarding fraud and theft for election funding by his wife Diana who is Secretary of the Health Services Union (HSU) Victoria Number 1 Branch.
Bill Shorten has a lot of enemies and they have obviously decided it is time for him to go. Because it is one thing for Shorten to claim the Royal Commission is a witch hunt but what can he say about his own party investigating his and his mate’s corruption?
Is Shorten going to say the Victorian Labor Party is on a witch hunt? Nope, he brings out the big smoke screen and uses the look over there routine with his call on Saturday to drop the voting age for elections to 16. A lot of the mainstream media seem to have fallen for it as well or are they just jumping to Bill’s tune?
It is only a couple of months ago in June that well-known Labor branch stacker George Seitz said “I made Shorten an MP”. (Click here to read more)
Labor Party Investigation
The Labor Party corruption investigation relates to branch stacking in the Victorian federal seats of Gellibrand, Melbourne and Bill Shorten’s seat of Maribyrnong.
“The Victorian Labor Party has taken the drastic step of suspending internal elections and has launched an investigation into hundreds of memberships paid for using anonymous pre-paid credit and gift cards.”
“The use of pre-paid cards to pay for membership was banned by the party last year amid growing concerns that the anonymous cards were being used to hide branch stacking.”
“Branch stacking allows groups within a party to control large blocs of votes and influence federal and state preselections.”
“In a motion passed on Thursday evening, the party’s administrative committee resolved to suspend internal elections until an investigation into the use of the cards was completed.”
Shorten was quoted on Friday as saying:
“Branch stacking fundamentally offends my vision for the future of the ALP,” Mr Shorten wrote.”
“Put simple, branch stacking has no place in the ALP.” (Click here to read more)
Why would Bill Shorten support an investigation into Branch Stacking in his own seat? He wouldn’t and hasn’t in the past.
Bill Shorten loses control of the Labor Party
If Shorten really believes that “branch stacking has no place in the ALP” then why didn’t he call for an investigation months ago when the branch stacking was first revealed?
When Bill Shorten and Labor were leading in the political polls against Tony Abbott over the last 2 years Shorten had power in the Labor Party and the Party was well-disciplined. The reason there was discipline in the Labor Party is because it looked like a real possibility that Shorten could become Prime Minister and no one in the party wanted to cross him.
But now that has all changed with Shorten trailing badly behind Malcolm Turnbull in the polls and everyone knows Shorten is a Claytons leader (the leader you have when you don’t have a leader). So the discipline in the Labor Party has gone and there is a power struggle at play as they prepare for life after Bill Shorten.
David Asmar and the HSU
In April this year Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon flagged that he will again look into corruption at the HSU Victoria Number 1 Branch (trades as the Health Workers Union – HWU) under the management of Diana Asmar. On Friday it was announced that her husband David Asmar would give evidence at the Royal Commission next Thursday regarding how they funded their elections.
David Asmar is also a well-known branch stacker in the Labor Party, has close links to Bill Shorten and worked for Senator Stephen Conroy for 10 years. The Age wrote an article that implies Mr Asmar is also involved in the current branch stacking scandal under investigation.
The below video is an interview I recorded with Sue Hay from the HSU on June 26th this year for an article and is worth watching again as it raises questions relating to the fraud and theft at the HSU by the Asmars. The interview also looks at the Asmars using members’ money to fund their HSU election which the Royal Commission will dig deeper into next week.
(Click anywhere on the above video to watch) (Filmed 26/6/15)
Someone made a complaint to Youtube alleging defamation about the above video when I put it on Youtube in June and they blocked it for Australian viewers. So I put it directly on this site. I wonder who made the frivolous complaint about the video and why haven’t they ever contacted me? Was it the Asmars or maybe Bill Shorten?
Bill’s support for the Asmars
Michael Danby is a federal Labor MP and Bill Shorten’s Parliamentary Secretary (right hand man). As you can see below Mr Danby is supporting Diana Asmar in their attack on Kathy Jackson.
Once again it is the look over there routine. They want everyone focused on Kathy Jackson while Diana Asmar, David Asmar, Andrew Landeryou and his wife Kimberley Kitching have been committing massive fraud and theft at the HSU ripping off some of the lowest paid workers in the country. (Click here to read more) Their crimes are committed with the full support of Bill Shorten and his sidekick Michael Danby as the below Tweet shows.
The above Tweet has certainly come back to bite Danby and the Asmars. It was tweeted a few days ago on the 24th of October before Michael Danby knew David Asmar would be in the witness stand at the Royal Commission. It says “Victorious HWU official Diana Asmar explains why Kathy Jackson never thought she would be found out“.
Well next Thursday the Royal Commission will be asking Diana Asmar’s husband David Asmar exactly how he funded the elections for his wife the “Victorious HSU official Diana Asmar” as Michael Danby calls her. Maybe Danby can shed some light on it? When Diana Asmar was in the witness stand last year at the Royal Commission and perjuring herself like there is no tomorrow she said words to the effect that she did not know how her election was funded as her husband ran the campaign.
And while David Asmar is in the witness stand the barrister working for the Royal Commission might want the ask Mr Asmar why his wife Diana “never thought she’d be found out” for her fraud and theft at the HSU. They should also call Michael Danby as a witness especially given Danby was helping spread grubby lies about Commissioner Heydon a couple of months ago. (Click here to read more)
Diana Asmar already had criminal charges recommended against her by the Royal Commission last year and has also been caught perjuring herself at the Fair Work Commission. (Click here to read more) Asmar is consistent I must give her that.
Bill Shorten would have to win the title for the Australian politician who has the most skeletons in the closet. Every week or two there seems to be another one uncovered. But now it is Shorten’s enemies in the Labor Party that are gunning for him with the latest corruption inquiry and it is impossible to see him survive this one as he was already as good as gone anyhow. Shorten should resign now while he still can.
Update 5/11/15: David Asmar fled to Lebanon to avoid giving evidence at the Royal Commission. A statement from the Royal Commission regarding David Asmar fleeing is below in the comment section.
Please use the Twitter, Facebook and email etc. buttons below and help promote this post.
This website is independent and reliant on donations to keep publishing. If you would like to support the continuance of this site please click on the button below to donate via PayPal or go to the donations page for other donation options. (Click here to go to the Donations page)
If you would like to follow this website you can by email notification at the top right of this page and about twice a week you will be notified when there is a new article.
You can also support this site by buying a t-shirt or coffee mug at my online shop (Click here to visit the shop)
Thank you for your support.