Senior sources within the Australia’s most toxic trade union, the HSU, have told VEXNEWS they will shortly provide alarming new information to Victoria Police detailing one of the mysterious transactions exposed on the highly informative Independent Australia website.
They allege that a $22,000 mystery payment for “legal services” by Kathy Jackson’s then HSU #3 branch to a Hong Kong national, Wai Quen, a former employee of the union prior to relocating to Hong Kong some years ago, and a long-time friend of the Jacksons, was in fact a payment (not to Wai Quen) for a car, which it is now believed was a sparkling white Mercedes Benz convertible, later flamboyantly driven around Melbourne by Kathy Jackson’s then husband and enjoyed by the Jackson family on weekends.
Numerous witnesses have come forward to formally allege Jeff Jackson had boasted to close colleagues at the union during 2008 that he had imported the car from Hong Kong at a cost of $22,000. In a manner of speaking this was true.
Jeff would frequently drive another sports-car around on weekends, occasionally to meetings of the Labor Right’s Labor Unity faction, sometimes with robustly-sized chums squeezed in besides them after their election to the Senate. Good times. We saw that with our own eyes. Other witnesses tell VEXNEWS the red MG was purchased by Jeff in the 90s with Kathryn Whitfield, the #3 branch President and is still in the Jackson collection. Those intimately familiar with the situation explain the Hong Kong acquired vehicle was a white Mercedes Benz convertible.
He naturally not did not tell either convertible’s passengers or others that HSU members’ money had been used to pay for the car, although it seems Kathy Jackson was not so discreet and appears to have complained about the matter in the context of what she claimed were Jeff’s serial adulterous liaisons with then HSU staff, also of robust size in some cases. Angry truths were uttered.
Jeff Jackson recently was exposed by the Sunday News Limited papers as being still in possession of an HSUeast union fleet car despite not actually working at the union. When confronted by this seemingly damning corruption allegation, Kathy seemed to make it worse by admitting that her former hubby – an impressive political operator in his time – was still on the payroll of the union despite no longer working there. Because neither of the Jacksons hold a balance-of-power seat in the House of Representatives, the media interest in this one of many mini-scandalous abuses of public funds was limited to this not especially prominent yarn.
The Independent Australia website article shows documentary evidence of a pattern of misdealing with HSU members’ funds by Kathy Jackson when she was operating the small HSU #3 branch without even the most basic governance principles and barely any scrutiny from its barely functioning committee of management.
Union insiders familiar with Jackson’s methods say the revelations in the press, online and even the admissions of wrongdoing from Jackson’s own mouth recently “barely scratch the surface.” Our informant suspects the Victoria Police Fraud Squad will have keen interest in this matter.