Another dodgy unionist

Australia seems infected with corrupt and dodgy unionists doing corrupt and dodgy things. I must only a matter of time before we start uncovering similar behaviours here.

RALPH BLEWITT, the former union official who wants to give evidence about the alleged rorting involving Julia Gillard’s former boyfriend, fled Indonesia in 2009 to avoid arrest after allegedly selling Australian expatriates land he did not own.

One couple, Deborah and Paul Storck, told the Herald from Lombok yesterday that Mr Blewitt still owed them $190,000 for land they thought they had purchased on Gili Gede, Lombok.

”He’s not a credible fellow,” Mrs Storck said. ”Be wary of anything he says. He still owes us a lot of money. Who does he think he is to bring up stuff from 17 years ago?”

Mrs Stork spoke out after reading that Mr Blewitt, formerly a branch head for the Australian Workers Union, was seeking immunity from prosecution in return for breaking his silence on the affair from 17 years ago that is embroiling Ms Gillard again.

As a partner at Slater & Gordon in the early 1990s, Ms Gillard did legal work for the Australian Workers Union branch run by her then boyfriend, Bruce Wilson.

He and Mr Blewitt were accused by the union of siphoning off hundreds of thousands of dollars destined for the union and placing it into accounts set up by Ms Gillard.

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