The Breasel shows up again…in Australia

Brenden Sheehan has surfaced after his disappearance from NZ politics after the threatened to punch my face in.

He has turned up in Australia…which is good because the relatives who are looking for him to ask what happened to the settlement money from Mercury for the Muliaga family.

One of Australia’s largest unions has been accused of running an illegal slush fund to bankroll a Labor faction.

Former official Brenden Sheehan has taken the Australian Services Union and several of its senior officials to court, arguing its Queensland branch has been forcing employees to contribute to a slush fund disguised as a social fund. 

He appeared briefly in the Federal Magistrates Court in Brisbane on Wednesday, claiming the union unfairly dismissed him in May because he blew the whistle on the fund.

“I haven’t just been sacked; my name has also been blackened,” Mr Sheehan told AAP outside court.

“I haven’t been able to get a job since.”

He said this was despite having a 15-year union career, including in senior union positions in Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Sheehan claims union employees were required to contribute one per cent of their salaries into the Happy Wanderers Club as a condition of their employment.

“It’s a sham. The money is used instead to finance candidates in the union’s elections all of whom hold senior positions with the ALP,” he told AAP.

“We were forced to contribute to it, which is highly illegal.”

He alleges the fund was set up in 2002.

Mr Sheehan, 44, also told the court he wants a freeze on the fund, which he estimated to be holding about $180,000.

He is seeking more than $1 million in compensation for being unfairly dismissed.

Oh look…another greivance case and demands for compo…what happened to the Muliaga cash Brenden?

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.