Interview between Alan Jones and Michael Smith on 2GB is available here.
Although this blog has written of these events before (See here, here, here and more recently here) a few interesting things came out of Michael Smith's forensic analysis of the events.
- $18000 was paid to a woman's fashion boutique in Melbourne. No one knows what for.
- Julia Gillard herself rang News Ltd boss John Hartigan. "Threats were made to harm the interests of News Ltd if it did not comply with her direct demands."
- Ian Cambridge, a former union official, was the first union official to call for a royal commission into his own organisation and former Attorney-General, then a lawyer prepared the paperwork for that.
- Julia Gillard subsequently appointed Cambridge to Fair Work Australia.
- Bruce Wilson had Julia Gillard set up the account named “AWU Members Welfare Association No 1 Account”. (link)
- The AWU management claimed they knew nothing about the accounts and when they found out the joint national secretary Ian Cambridge put a freeze on the accounts. Somehow money kept on going in and out of the accounts. (link)
- Some of the money was also used to buy a house, 85 Kerr Street, Fitzroy and Ian Cambridge put a caveat on the house so it could not be sold. (link)
- Wilson and Mr Ralph Blewitt sold the house bought with the "union" funds and kept the money. The union got nothing.
Ian Cambridge swore an affidavit as reported by Glen Milne:
"I am unable to understand how Slater & Gordon, who were then acting for the Victorian branch of the union, could have permitted the use of funds which where obviously taken from the union, in the purchase of private property of this nature, without seeking and obtaining proper authority from the union for such use of its funds," Mr Cambridge said.
"To my knowledge, none of the $388,564.92 which passed through this account was used for authorised union purposes."Victorian HANSARD report is here.
See also Murray Hogarth's opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald reproduced HERE.
Much more at the Pickering Post's article: