Bill Shorten and his relationship with Kathy Jackson is going to be in the headlines for at least the next 18 months or more with former HSU Secretary Mrs Jackson being charged (31/8/16) with fraud and theft. While Shorten avoids talking about it the reality is that while Jackson was ripping off the HSU for many years Bill Shorten was very good friends with her while at the same time he was ripping off workers at the AWU.
Mrs Jackson was charged by the police for 70 offences totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars and her first hearing date is September 19th in the Melbourne Magistrates Court. (Click here to read more)
What makes it worse is that Bill Shorten’s closest allies are currently ripping off the HSU members. The real HSU story that the stealing of members funds at the HSU continues today and nothing has been to stop it is yet to be told by the mainstream media as it does not suit their narrative for whatever reason.
In February this year the Fair Work Commission (FWC) wrote to the management of the HSU Victoria Number 1 Branch and warned them about possible legal action if they didn’t stop stealing from the Union members.
I wrote in a post in February this year:
This website has been writing about the current fraud and theft going on at the Health Services Union for over 3 years and this week the Fair Work Commission (FWC) finally stepped in with a written warning regarding possible legal action if the stealing doesn’t stop. Bill Shorten’s supporters and friends Diana & David Asmar, Andrew Landeryou and his wife Kimberley Kitching make Craig Thomson and Kathy Jackson look like amateurs when it comes to stealing from low paid union members but that doesn’t worry Mr Shorten.
The FWC warning relates to the multi-million-dollar fraud at the HSU Victoria Number 1 Branch which is clearly shown by the financial records and resulted in a $1.7 million loss in the 2015 financial year which came after a $1.5 million loss in the 2014 financial year.
This is extremely embarrassing for the union movement and the Labor Party but more so for Bill Shorten because the crimes are being committed by his personal friends and supporters in the Labor Party. The fact that this is being exposed in an election year makes it a thousand times worse for Mr Shorten. If the Australian public want to know what a vote for Mr Shorten means for Australia, they should have a good look at this scandal.
In 2012 Bill Shorten had the HSU put into administration and he claimed he did it because of corruption. At the 2012 union elections he had his own cronies elected to power at the Victoria Number 1 Branch with the help of financing from union slush funds.
The Fair Work Commission warning letter (Click here to read the full letter)
I dissected the 2014 Financial Report in an article I posted in February 2015 titled “Bill Shorten’s supporters involved in multi-million-$ fraud at the HSU” (Click here to read more) You can read it yourself but I want to make 2 relevant points. Point one is at one section of the article I wrote:
“Take the $2,238,012 profit from the sale of the building out of the 2014 finances and the reported $735,745 profit becomes a $1,502,267 loss.” and above in the FWC letter they wrote:
“The 2014 comparative reported a surplus of $735,745 although this included revenue received from the ‘Profit on Sale of Property’ of $2,238,012. Excluding this one-off property sale, the 2014 result would have been a loss of $1,502,267.” (Click here to read the full article)
There are certainly many in the Labor Party and Union movement cheering the fact that Jackson has been charged but I think it will come back to bite other Labor/Union members who have either directly or indirectly supported corruption in the union movement.
The happiest people to see Kathy Jackson charged would be Bill Shorten’s enemies in the Labor Party and Union movement. If Jackson runs a conspiracy defense like Craig Thomson she might subpoena Bill Shorten as a witness given he put the HSU into administration when Jackson was trying to take over which would be interesting to say the least. Jackson probably will go to jail and deserves to but I suspect others will as well before it’s all over.
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