Disgraced former HSU East executive president Kathy Jackson is in the news today.
The Daily Telegraph – once her enthusiastic champion – reports that Victoria Police are conducting a fraud investigation into her relating to wrongdoing uncovered by other union officials and previously revealed by VEXNEWS and the intrepid online investigative reporter Peter Wicks on the excellent Independent Australia website.
Documents relating to alleged payment of childcare fees for Ms Jackson’s son, the disappearance of several computers, $12,500 in postage and shipping reimbursement to Ms Jackson and a $22,000 payment to a Hong Kong woman were also included in documents referred to police…
The separate claims relating to Ms Jackson include wages paid by the union to the children of Ms Jackson’s partner, the vice-president of Fair Work Australia, Michael Lawler. The document claimed the wages had not been disclosed as related party transactions – as required.
There was also $58,000 in allegedly unaccounted for EFT payments to Ms Jackson’s former husband and HSU official Jeff Jackson.
Police have also been asked to investigate $36,774 in payments from the union to a consultancy company which lists Ms Jackson as a director.
When asked about these matters by the Tele, Jackson feigned surprise and ignorance. However, VEXNEWS understands Jackson and her Victorian sidekick Marco Bolano (whose departing salary prior to his suspension was in excess of $200,000 per annum) have both been interviewed by authorities over corrupt practices engaged in by them at the HSU.
Under increasing pressure Jackson lashed out at foes including those at the AWU, falsely suggesting its current leadership was responsible for the wrongdoing of militant leftist predecessors they defeated.
In one case Jackson accused former friend Paul Howes, the AWU national secretary, of failing to pursue the issue of Bruce Wilson’s conduct. He was thirteen years old when Wilson and co. were drummed out of the union by Howes’s predecessors who, unlike Jackson who watched over and appears to have participated in widespread malfeasance at the HSU, cracked down on the leftist militants, purged them from the union, reported them to the authorities and took leg an action against them.
Some time very soon, it seems, there’ll be new leadership of the troubled Health Services Union. And if its members vote against Jackson’s stooges at the union, we have no doubt Jackson will be brought to justice over the vast fortune she looted from some of Victoria’s lowest-paid workers.