Does Andrew Little or Helen Kelly have one?

Julia Gillard is in a spot of bother over some dodgy union stuff she did 17 years ago. She got the arse card from her law firm over it, but justified it as follows:

”It is common practice, indeed every union has what it refers to as a re-election fund, slush fund, whatever,” Ms Gillard said in 1995 in a recorded interview about the establishment of the association.

I’ll just bet Andrew and Helen have the same thing going. Unions and corruption are happy bed-fellows.

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  • In Vino Veritas

    A slush fund of members money used by politically driven idealogues. Just think, finance company officers go to jail for this sort of thing.

  • Owl

    FROM: The NZCTU 2010 Accounts
    2010 $25,000 was spent on Campaign Election and $20,000 on Campaigns Other.
    2011 $25,000 was spent on Campaign Election and $20,000 on Campaigns Other

    Source 2011 Financial Accounts

    In 2011 $89,000 was spent on Campaign Funds under the title Special Funds Project (note 8)

    What year was the General Election or does reference to their own internal Candidate Elections

    • oldaccountant

      Owl you have been officially anointed The Patron Saint of Unions Finances…keep up the good work.

    • le sphincter

      Unions spend money on election campaigns, Sky City makes donations as well.

      Excuse me , where is the surprise here ?

      • owl

        No surprise just facts..but here’s the difference was it declared on their donation declarations to the parties involved?

      • Dave

        And Le Spink…… Did the union bosses tell their members where ALL of their union fees were being spent, did they tell them some of the funds went straight to a slush fund to fund the Liebour party. Thought not.

  • blokeintakapuna

    Yep – there’s so much “related party” lending / hiding / loaning / donating going on between the unions and the Labour Party – one wonders why all the union financial accounts are in so much disaray – and haven’t been filed correctly for years and years?
    With the Labour Party appointing Ministers to the likes of ACC, who in turn then offer the unions all manner of multi-million dollar “grants” for “training” – who then in turn donate thousands back to the Labour Party – it all seems rather “related party” money-go-round fiasco that even Maddoff would be proud of.
    Let’s hope for NZ Inc sake that the AG and the SFO are NOT asleep at the wheel reviewing the 9 long years of Labour – just to double check there was no dodgy, corrupt, underhand dealings goings on between a Labour government and numerous on-going funding initiatives?
    Would the Labour Party compromise NZ’s integrity for a few pieces of Silver to line their own pockets?… Let me just ask our latest Kiwi, Mr. Lui, Mr. Lui – what are private Citizenship ceremonies in Parliment grounds like?
    Smoke… fire… Let’s hope the authorities are double checking…

    • Gazzaw

      Unfortunately BiT if the government had the intestinal fortitude to ask for an immediate investigation there would be more than enough stonewalling, obstruction & info leaking by pinko bureaucrats to keep everything under wraps until the next socialist government secures power at which time it will be buried permanently. Unions & big money, it’s a combo that attracts corruption at the highest levels as surely as flies follow a turd.

      • blokeintakapuna

        Yep – for sure. Just look across the ditch at what the Aussie Labor Party are up to – hiding a “known or highly suspected” corrupt minister – because to dismiss Thomsom – it would likely have immediate and unwanted side-effects – least of all Gillard and Labor losing Parliment.
        Instead, they compromise and prostitute Australia’s (and NZ’s) integrity by this blatantly corrupt sheltering of a suspected rorting fraudster!!

        • le sphincter

          Opps for a moment I thought you were talking about John Banks !

          He do was ‘vindicated’ like Julia because the prosecution didnt occur in the require time limit

          • Callum

            What would happen if Banks was booted? (Note this was related to a mayoral campaign NOT his campaign as an MP.)
            End result would be a by-election in Epsom, but who would win? Really only two options, either National wins and gains a seat (no MMP balance up occurs) so needs one less coalition partner or ACT or Conservative (very remote possibility) wins and National still has a majority government.
            In Australia if Thomson goes the government falls.

  • G-Nana

    So while on the Union is it true that POAL are looking at another strike . Line Operators and Metro are all gearing up for it, getting stock sorted and evacing units all over AKL. Apparently the time for negotiating or settling the Collective agreement is running out soon and because the Union has got nothing out of all the foot stamping theydid, many are wanting to take their redundancies and run.

    • Owl

      Yes they are – Gary parsloe said he was disappointed that the employment judge or whatever went on holiday…..THIS IS A TRUE STATEMENT…MUNZ is annoyed that an employee went on holiday and delayed the process. You can google it

    • Guest2

      Employment Judge went on holiday Parsloe is pissed

    • owl

      Actually I find the whole thing quite ironic.

      Lets give MUNZ some credit here – they won a few concessions, POAL stop the redundancies, Darien ballot being pulled, Good Employer statement win as well….here we are 6 months later and still no decision…ummmm that is not POAL fault at this stage.

      More importantly Carl Findlay goes on saying it is really hard working down their at the Ports and 17 people have left since the strike. There some people called “disciplinaries ” I would call them bosses or managers” making it hard – if you go to the link below

      I have to say the article is quite frankly so funny you have to read it to believe it.

      http://www.tewahanui.info/twn

      “Auckland ports dispute far from over”look it up the report

      • G-Nana

        Yes that article is the joke of the year. It really surprises me how both Finlay and Parsloe have even managed to convince themselves of the lies and bullshit they have told other people. However it is rather dissapointing to hear that they feel so uncomfortable at work….NOT. Simple rule of thumb really, If your not an ASS you wont be treated like ASSHOLES. They just dont get it do they.

    • Mully

      Yes, I’ve been hearing whispers about this too.

      And had an enlightening chat with a former POAL employee who fully expects the contracting to happen – sooner rather than later.

      • Gazzaw

        Snap!

  • cows4me

    Of course the use of union members funds by the left are well known. It’s what you have to do when the party can not convince the general public their ideas/polices have merit. If they did have merit people would be willing to join the party and contribute.

  • DJ

    Probably not directly related to this post but worth a laugh anyway. There is an email doing the rounds re the South African parliment. If the figures are any where near the truth or accurate, we got it good ……..

    Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics:

    29 have been accused of spousal abuse
    7 have been arrested for fraud
    19 have been accused of writing bad cheques
    117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
    3 have done time for assault
    71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
    14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
    8 have been arrested for shoplifting
    21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
    84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year

    = 373 in total or approximately 70%

    Can you guess which organization this is?

    It’s the 535 members of the SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT – (The same group
    that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest
    of us in line!) I kid you not!!!”

    • le sphincter

      Gee you are a sucker for every internet myth around. I suppose some russian princess has the hots for you too ! I kid you not !

  • johnbronkhorst

    From the headline, I thought you meant….”a pair of balls” and was about to write…..No to the first and yes to the second.

  • le sphincter

    The Australian newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd., APOLOGISED on its website for reporting in Thursday’s print edition that Gillard had set up the trust fund in 1995 for Bruce Wilson, a top official with the Australian Workers Union.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/australian-prime-minister-denies-wrongdoing-over-95-union-fund-newspaper-apologizes/2012/08/23/1769b74a-ed0c-11e1-866f-60a00f60

    Ha ha ha . Pity the Murdochs have a pay wall so we can gloat even more.

    I guess THAT journo will be pushed under the bus and let go

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