Who’s Who in the Health Services Union scandal

A little information on the Health Services Union (HSU) since it¹s all over the news in Australia.

Let’s look at the cast of characters involved in the HSU:

  • Craig Thomson – New Zealand born former HSU National Secretary now ALP Member for Dobell – 181 irregularities in the FWA report (yet to be published) most of which will refer to Thompson’s misconduct. Julia Gillard maintains she “still has confidence in him”!
  • Zoe Arnold – married to Craig Thomson (walked out on his first wife and kids to marry her), former press secretary to Reba Meagher, controversial ex-NSW ALP Health Minister
  • Leo McLeay – former ALP MHR, HSU Ombudsman
  • Mark McLeay – son of Leo McLeay, brother of Paul McLeay, former (sacked for watching porn) NSW ALP Minister; employed by Thomson
  • Mike Williamson – National President HSU, former ALP National President, NSW ALP Vice-President, mentor to Craig Thomson
  • Alex Williamson – Daughter of Mike Williamson, staffer for Julia Gillard
  • Natalie Bradbury – National HSU Assistant Secretary, sister of David Bradbury, ALP member for Lindsay
  • Jeff Jackson – former State Secretary HSU, had to pay back $15,000 due to unauthorised pay increases
  • Kathy Jackson – National Secretary HSU, ex-wife of Jeff Jackson, former State Secretary HSU, (now whistle blower on the rorts)
  • And of course, the HSU members themselves – expected to pay up their dues to support the above plus Thomson and his mates raunchy exploits.

Does anyone really need to ask what’s wrong with the union movement and the ALP?

It appears that this scenario is repeated in one form or another in most unions, most state ALP offices and of course, the national ALP,  which is currently the government in Australia thanks to their cosy factions and backroom deals with the faceless men.

It’s the same system that coughs up people like Thomson, Swan, Albanese, Shorten, Emerson, Combet, Gillard and all the others who have slid into safe ALP seats using union members as a tool to their progress, and not having any other credentials for office other than being a union boss.

The poor old union members have no idea what happens to their union dues nor have they any say in it. The elites in the union leadership (few who have risen up through the rank and file), as the price for securing their own pre-selection when their time comes, ensure that vast amounts of union funds are channelled to the ALP and its election campaigns.

One can only hope that as a result of the current publicity, union members might start to wake up to the thieving and rorting which has been going on for years, and the huge amount of money their union leaders syphon off to finance their personal ambitions (and sleaze and of course) as well as the ALP.

The worry is that the more I look into union finances the more I see parallels here in New Zealand.


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  • Dave

    Excellent Stuff Cam – fantastic reporting, its just as incestuous in NZ!!

    The other point worth noting is the ALP leadership controls different ethnic communities.   Albanese is of course, a key powerbroker in the left of the ALP, controls key sectors of the Italian community.  He is married to Carmel Tebbut, former Deputy Premier of NSW.   The factions run the ALP, and if you look through the list, most are from a union.  

    Also worth checking, are Eddie Obied, and Joe Tripodi (the Terrigals).   Both very controversial, in terms of corruption allegations.  Tripodi was even dumped from his local club, and the Obieds (Lebanese) are being sued for ripping off the a Patent held by the City of Sydney.

    ALP and Unions always seem to be engrossed in corruption allegations, same as the unions here.  

    • St Hubbins

       Eddie Obeid is definitely a man of influence in the NSW ALP. When Kristina Keneally said she was ‘nobody’s puppet … nobody’s protege … nobody’s girl,” she was referring to claims by former Premier Nathan Rees that she was just a stooge of Obeid and Tripodi (who used to be referred to by talkback host Ray Hadley as “Joe Tripod – One” – a reference to his dodgy sexual exploits with female staffers in parliament buildings).

      The relationships between property developers and the ALP in NSW are very shady, at every level of govt.

  • Blokeintakapuna

    Incestuous alright!

    “We’re not married no more, but at least we can still be cousins.”

    Now wasn’t it the Labour party and unions banging on about nepotism somewhere… 

  • Kosh103

    National must be paying you a lot Cam for all these attacks on the Unions you have been doing for them.

    Pitty it is all for naught. Unions will be here long after Natonal loses the next election.