Australian Workers Union

Daryl Kerrigan has some advice for the ALP

Daryl Kerrigan needs to be telling the ALP a few home truths over their denials that the corruption inquiry has not damaged Bill Shorten.

Labor MPs are privately acknowledging the Opposition Leader has “lost some bark” during his appearance at the royal commission into union corruption, but they maintain the damage is not serious.

Bill Shorten has spent two days giving evidence at the commission hearing in Sydney, about his time as the Victorian and national secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) before he entered politics.

He may also be recalled to give further evidence before the commission’s final report is due at the end of the year.

During the inquiry, Mr Shorten admitted that the Labor Party failed to declare a business donation of a senior staff member to his 2007 parliamentary election campaign.

The party only made the disclosure this week, eight years on.

It was just resting in?the?account…channelling Father Ted.

He has also been accused of a potential conflict of interest, because the union accepted $500,000 in payments from a glassworks company for ‘fees’ and ‘training’ while negotiating pay deals for workers.

The commissioner, Dyson Heydon QC, further criticised Mr Shorten for providing “long and extraneous” answers, and over his credibility as a witness.

Government frontbencher Eric Abetz said he thinks most people would be “horrified” by some of the evidence exposed through the royal commission.

But Mr Shorten has strongly rejected the accusation he has acted improperly.

At the end of the marathon hearings he fronted reporters to defend his reputation and declare he had “no conflict of interest whatsoever”.

“There was no evidence demonstrated of any conflict,” Mr Shorten said.

“The truth of the matter is that every day I was a union rep I was standing up for our members.”

Sources within the Labor Party have told the ABC that Mr Shorten has “lost some bark” through the process, and that it is “unhelpful” for the alternative prime minister to be hauled before the inquiry and the cameras.

But they do not think the damage to his credibility is serious and maintain there was “no smoking gun” or “hanging offence” in the commission hearing.

They’re dreamin’.

 

– ABC

Why doesn’t Andrew Little face the same type of questions as Bill Shorten?

Australia has a Royal Commission investigating Union Corruption. It is asking a lot of questions of ALP leader Bill Shorten about his time as a union leader before he entered Parliament.

The main stream media has glossed over Andrew Little?s time at the EPMU, when there were a long series of questionable financial matters that have not been investigated properly.

Here are the questions we want answers to. They are all based on documents available on the www.societies.govt.nz?web site.

Engineering Training and Education Foundation:??????????? The EPMU advanced $6m to the Engineering Training and Education Foundation in 1995.

  1. Why did the EPMU give the Engineering Training and Education Foundation a $6m Loan?
  2. What was the purpose of the loan?
  3. What is the current book value of the loan?
  4. What happened to the money?
  5. What does ?Impairment Provision? mean?
  6. Is the Engineering Training and Education Foundation trading as insolvent?
  7. If it is not trading as insolvent how can it continue trading with negative equity of $2,282,264 in the 2012 year?

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Will the MSM ever look into Andrew Little’s Record?

My numbers are rising I tell you

The current problems facing ALP leader Bill Shorten over irregular payments to his union are the subject of a Royal Commission. They are also subject to serious scrutiny by serious Australian journalists.

In New Zealand this has not happened as our incredibly shallow press have concentrated on pulling of pony tails and other trivial things. They have done a light once-over of Andrew Little, and tried to make him seem human.

They have not taken a deep and thorough look into his background at the EPMU and the financial irregularities that need questioning.

Andrew Little makes strong claims about his stewardship of the EPMU, yet there are clear and very public inconsistencies in the EPMU accounts. All this is available on the public record, yet none of our ambulance-chasing journalists have been willing to do the kind of deep research required to make a story stack up, or to ask Andrew Little questions about his union’s accounts. ? Read more »

How long has Bill Shorten got?

Julia Gillard was told to never trust Bill Shorten…she did and he stabbed her.

He also stabbed Kevin Rudd.

Now it looks like it is his turn to cop a stabbing. It was pretty bad that Tanya?Plibersek looks like she set him up on the boat people saga yesterday but the real killer for Shorten is the unfolding corruption and bribery scandal yet again engulfing the union movement and the ALP.

Bill Shorten’s factional ally Cesar Melhem made a $2000 donation through his Industry 2020 slush fund to the ALP leader’s campaign to keep the seat of Maribyrnong on June 30, 2009.

Another political ally of Mr Shorten and Mr Melhem in the Victorian Right’s Labor Unity faction, federal member for McEwen Rob Mitchell, received a $5000 donation on May 19, 2010, from the same slush fund.

Mr Shorten was, after receiving that $2000 donation in 2009, the star attraction at two fundraisers for the Industry 2020 fund in 2011 and again in 2012 while serving as a senior minister in the Gillard government. ? Read more »

Ratbag union bosses still be hauled before corruption commission in Australia

The Royal Commission looking into union and, by implication ALP corruption is continuing. Now federal opposition leader Bill Shorten is having to front.

Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten will appear before the royal commission into union corruption?as a scandal deepens around the conduct of his?former union.

Mr Shorten, a former Victorian and national Australian Workers Union secretary, announced he will testify before the inquiry in either late August or early September after being requested to do so on Thursday night.

The commission’s request comes after Fairfax Media reported on Thursday that Mr Shorten oversaw an unusual deal in which a Melbourne building firm bankrolled the union dues of its own employees through large payments to the AWU.

Receipts and emails revealed show Mr Shorten oversaw the deal in 2005 whereby his AWU branch invoiced Winslow Constructors for $38,228 to pay fo 105 union memberships.

“I welcome the opportunity to talk about my 21?year record standing up for workers,” Mr Shorten said. ? Read more »

Political backhanders from the unions

The Royal Commission into union corruption rumbles onwards and Julia Gillard is under the hammer with allegations of backhanders and dodgy union funding.

This was all hushed up by Gillard when she was Prime Minister, including the bullying of journalists who were investigating this story.

Now the truth is coming out…this promises to be spectacular.

A BUILDER who renovated Julia Gillard?s Melbourne home says she told him that her then boyfriend, former union official Bruce Wilson, was paying for the work.

Athol James also said during sworn evidence to a royal commission today that he saw Mr Wilson hand to Ms Gillard ?wads of notes? that amounted to a ?large amount of cash? on at least two occasions, and she said she would pay him by cheque as Mr Wilson brought the cash.

The evidence to the royal commission into union corruption from Mr James directly contradicts the former Labor prime minister?s claims over the years that she paid for the renovations in the early 1990s herself.

The commission is investigating corruption allegations including the claim that money to pay for Ms Gillard?s home renovations was given to her by her then boyfriend, Australian Workers Union official Bruce Wilson, and that he took it from a union slush fund he had set up with the assistance of legal advice from Ms Gillard.? Read more »

Union corruption so out of hand Abbott convenes a Royal Commission

As the months drag by and more and more revelations of union corruption surface in investigations by the Independent Commissions Against Corruption pressure has been building to have a more fuller Federal inquiry.

Tony Abbott has now convened a Royal Commission to look at union corruption.

Five of the nation’s most powerful unions linked to the ALP have been named as targets of a wide-ranging royal commission on union corruption – in which former prime minister Julia Gillard and other MPs and union officials are expected to give evidence.

The announcement came as Fairfax Media learnt Opposition Leader Bill Shorten had referred to police a secret dossier compiled by a whistleblower that made explosive corruption allegations that centre on the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.

Other unions are also set to be dragged in and the government says construction firms accused of paying kickbacks to union officials to curry peace or win contracts will also be in the gun.

The CFMEU is one of the five unions named in the terms of reference, along with the Electrical Trades Union, the Transport Workers Union, the Australian Workers’ Union, and the Health Services Union. ?? Read more »

Rare as hen?s teeth this sort of union boss

Who would have thought you’d ever hear a union boss face reality…and even speak up about it.

Rapacious unions and stupid subsidies have seen the end of Holden and Ford manufacturing in Australia, while rampant union corruption is a festering sore in many states.

One of Australia’s most senior union officials has criticised the industrial relations system for “dragging Australia down” and fired a broadside at “criminals” who betrayed the union movement and hijacked its agenda.

Australian Workers Union chief Paul Howes has called for a “grand compact” between business and unions to take the heat out of the industrial relations debate and admitted wages in some sectors had increased too quickly.

The speech was declared a “disgrace” by the Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt, who said the AWU leader was “giving ammunition to Tony Abbott’s attack on Australian wages” and should resign his post.

Mr Howes warned the resources boom was now over and that Australia faced a jobs crisis, with 130,000 losses since the global financial crisis and “tens of thousands more lie just around the corner”.

Mr Howes urged his comrades in the union movement to concede there had been a pattern of unsustainable wages growth in some sectors of the economy, adding “we could be pricing ourselves out of the market”. ? Read more »

Busting union ratbags

The Abbott government in Australia has announced a royal commission to look into ratbag unions.

Given the parlous state of union accounts and law breaking here it is certainly something John Key should be looking at doing.

THE Abbott government will establish a royal commission into union malfeasance in the new year.

Terms of reference are under development but The Australian understands the inquiry will focus on slush funds and examine union financial management and financial control.

It is expected to be approved at one of the first cabinet meetings of next year.? Read more »

Gillard and the union’s grasp

Julia Gillard is staying staunch, but then she knows what many in the media seem to be missing…that Rudd won’t take over to watch Labor get gutted like a trout…he will wait and let Gillard take the blame.

The bravest woman in Australia is Julia Gillard. She continues to defend her government staunchly and, as her troops falter and bicker around her, and the media exhibits an obsessional, monumental fixation with possible challenges to her leadership, she continues to get on with the job, focused on the core mission of her leadership – protecting and projecting union power.

There is now even a sanctimonious media chorus calling for Gillard to step aside, as if the federal Labor caucus has the option of telling the electorate: ”We’ve just knifed our leader and installed the leader we had previously knifed because he has better poll numbers. So vote for us because now we are competent and credible.”

Disaster. Voters do not like to be treated with contempt. Even if this desperation saved a few skins in Queensland, it would guarantee electoral disasters elsewhere. The poll numbers for Kevin Rudd the exile and martyr are one thing, but they will not simply translate to similar support for Rudd the recycled leader. Especially as minister after minister resigned rather than serve under him.

Why would Rudd want to be eviscerated in an election he cannot save for the sake of a few more months as prime minister? ?? Read more »

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