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GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: HSU disaffiliates from ALP

In a dramatic and unexpected move the Health Services Union’s East branch (which includes New South Wales and Victoria) has disaffiliated from the Australian Labor Party.

Sources close to the union say it’s a step calculated to allow the union to focus on stabilising after a series of politically-inspired squabbles.

The push to disaffiliate is understood to have come from the majority NSW bloc which is believed to have had a gutful of ALP shenanigans destabilising what many believed was a strong and growing union in that state.

Some Victorians on the union’s decision-making body, led by Kathy Jackson, a member of the ALP’s Administrative Committee in Victoria, and an aspiring Member of Parliament who made a failed bid for preselection for the Labor state seat of Northcote in 2006, privately strongly opposed the move, hoping to cling to the considerable political power she exercises here.

Indeed, according to stolen US diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks, Jackson boasted of her clout in private discussions with American diplomats:

Putting her role into context, Kathy Jackson, the HSU’s National Secretary told us that she and other Union Secretaries wield at least as much influence as junior state ministers at the state level by controlling who is selected to run for Parliament…

The US Embassy liked what they saw in Jackson, declaring:

She struck us a sharp and well-connected ALP insider.

UPDATE: Whether Jackson succeeds in (destroying the NSW HSU leadership) before they succeed in opening the controversial character’s own bulging cupboard of skeletons will be interesting to watch but will now be of much less political moment because of the disaffiliation.

The disaffiliation move will obviously reduce the political power of HSU leaders including Mike Williamson in NSW and Kathy Jackson in Victoria. In Victoria, for example, they have 20 delegates at the ALP’s state conference. They generally vote with the so-called “Taliban” faction which until now has been a three-pronged group comprising the Shop Assistants Union and the National Union of Workers.

Senator David Feeney has been normally linked to Jackson but is believed to be greatly troubled by her recent attacks on union comrades. The HSU is an important part of his numbers-base but it is not the only part so some of his supporters will probably be quite pleased that the door has shut on their flamboyant but occasionally scary friend, Kathy Jackson.

UPDATE: HSU national president Kathy Jackson has fired back at the NSW leadership of the union with a variety of excitable internal claims which we find less interesting than the effect of it all on the ALP.

Her statement claims:

There was one point of agreement at the meeting – everyone agreed that the branch should disaffiliate from the Labor Party in Victoria and NSW. Ms Jackson said,”Everyone is concerned that the union is being used as a proxy war for factions in the Labor Party. Everyone’s sick of that. But I’m alarmed that an amendment I put up that the union can’t re-affiliate other than by a vote of the members was ruled out of order.”

VEXNEWS understands Jackson’s private reaction to the disaffiliation motion was thermo-nuclear but she has clearly decided not to oppose it despite vigorously opposing moves from within the ALP to punt them. Indeed, she went feral at the suggestion from some in the Victorian ALP that a parting of the ways might be best for all describing them in the moderate language for which she is famous as “Spivs and stand-over merchants… factional quislings.

Her ally Senator David Feeney publicly agreed, declaring suggestions the ALP distance itself from the troubled HSU as a “dangerous nonsense.”

That was on August 27th. A couple of weeks is indeed a long time in politics.

Her reversal on the party affiliation issue suggests that Jackson is still intent on winning a PR war against the NSW leadership of the union by attempting to be the unlikely darling of Sydney shock-jocks and traditional foes of the NSW Right. Whether Jackson succeeds in that before they succeed in opening the controversial character’s own bulging cupboard of skeletons will be interesting to watch but will now be of much less political moment because of the disaffiliation.

There’ll be few in the Victorian ALP sad about this development.

UPDATE: Confirming our account of the dramatic events in the HSU, their national Secretary Kathy Jackson confirmed that the disaffiliation proposal and decision came “a bit out of the blue.” Indeed, we are told a primal scream was heard over the tele-conference (that some presume came from Jackson) and that the phone connection was interrupted by an unexplained technical event. Never a dull moment.

UPDATE: But wait, there’s more. In what could be best described as a strange and possibly delusional rant, Ms Jackson told a press conference outside the union’s South Melbourne office that her war with the NSW leadership of the union was somehow also Bill Shorten and Steve Conroy’s fault. Shorten and Conroy are members of the moderate Labor Unity faction that is opposed to the extremism and occasional madness of the “Taliban” grouping. She doesn’t explain how they are connected with decisions of the NSW branch of the HSU but we look forward to her exposition on it, possibly on the next set of Wikileaks cables.

Ms Jackson said she was fighting to clean up the union and wasn’t interested in a fight with the ALP.

“I think there’s a cover-up going on. Whether it’s Sussex Street, whether it’s the ALP, whether it’s people in the ALP. I don’t think it’s the ALP, God forbid, I think it’s certain individuals within the party.”

Jackson’s not sure exactly whose fault it is that she hasn’t yet established firm “Taliban” control of the HSU, might be Sussex Street (NSW ALP), might be “people in the ALP” or maybe not but most certainly it is the frequent target of her affections: Bill Shorten and Steve Conroy. Yes, it’s all their fault apparently.

clean hands“I call on Minister Conroy and Minister Shorten to come out with clean hands. They don’t have clean hands… I call on them to come out with clean hands and disassociate themselves from this.”

We’re not sure whether that means she thinks they have ‘clean hands’ or should have or don’t have or should come out with them but we’re reasonably sure they’d be keen to disassociate themselves from her or anyone else ranting in similarly troubled tones.

We can only hope Kathy has clean hands too.

UPDATE: Notorious former bolshie Trades Union Council militant Royce Millar potentially landed himself in trouble in a story for the Aged by actually seeking comment from our beloved publisher Andrew Landeryou before making false claims about him. This is a breach of long-standing practice at The Age where most of its crew are normally too cowardly for such interactions. So kudos to him for that. We’d even be willing to consider giving character evidence for him, should the need arise, following revelations that he illegally hacked the ALP database “Electrac” during the last state election.

Demonstrating a capacity to speak in the third person only exceeded by fevered HSU boss Kathy Jackson’s Lateline interview last night, Landeryou says claims – driven by the fevered imaginings of those who probably should still be seeking medical attention – included a false implication that he is still involved in internal ALP battles when, as an independent journalist, he is not even a member of the Labor party, or any other organisation that would have him as a member.

We note that VEXNEWS and its publisher has been variously described as:

■ A “Liberal blogger” (by The Australian);
■ A tool of the NSW Liberal Right faction run by federal MP Alex Hawke (by Clarke faction titan NSW Liberal MLC Marie Ficarra);
■ An “off-Broadway” site by star of small-screen Eddie McGuire, the brother of Victorian Labor MP Frank McGuire, and close ally of Bill Shorten and Steve Conroy;
“Very well-informed” by Greens Victorian Leader Greg Barber who even proposed that – on that basis – the Hansard of the Victorian Parliament be renamed “the Landeryou”;
■ “A gossip site” by the lovable columnist Andrew Bolt although admitted we are “always entertaining” and “often compelling“;
■ “An outlet for smear” by The Age, an area in which it is undoubtedly expert; and
■ The nation’s “second most patriotic website” by The Daily Telegraph (after Joe Hildebrand’s, of course).

So we don’t mind what we’re called, as long as we’re making a difference.

On the HSU specifically, readers will recall we extensively reported on its spectacular election campaign in 2009, including stories about widespread voter fraud, while fully disclosing that we had friends in all three warring camps including in the Marco Bolano ticket supported by Taliban Senator David Feeney, the Doug Byron ticket and the Diana Asmar camp. While it made reporting complicated, we did so without fear or favour, accepting leaks and dirt from all sides. This highly ethical approach compares favourably to the corrupt practices of Age journalists, many of whom accept lavish and highly-prized corporate hospitality from the subjects of stories they write about and Age management who have previously hired powerful lobbying firms to pressure governments into spending more on advertising in their newspaper.

It’s worth noting that The Age – reflecting its aspiration to be the equally loss-making and error-ridden Guardian of the south – incorrectly spelled Diana Asmar’s surname throughout Millar’s article. The cruel outsourcing of sub-editors to “corporate pig-dog” PageMasters, rightly opposed by union member Royce Millar at protest gatherings outside The Age’s luxurious but possibly temporary digs, is blamed for the faux pas.

UPDATE: Our old friend Kathy Jackson’s interview on Lateline was a worry. She sounded very tired after a very long day. The words and logic were garbled. We think all is not well and in that context we’ve decided not to analyse her words in detail. It’s high time her supporters – including those who have depended on her very generous help for many years – stepped up and took on more responsibility for sorting out the mess in a union she has admitted is “dysfunctional.” Based on the Lateline appearance, it seems the fish rots from the head.

Discussion

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  1. Posted by A song for the fatman | September 16, 2011, 13:22
  2. …and so the imploding HSU disaffiliates…not the first or the last to leave…

    Posted by true blue | September 16, 2011, 13:51
  3. Can’t wait for the Taliban to falter from this

    Posted by Proper Patriot | September 16, 2011, 13:57
  4. What???

    Are you on Michael Williamsons kickback payroll? Been given free recording space at his son’s HSU funded studio perchance? Or perhaps you get an AMEX from the company who produces the newsletter? Maybe you are employed by Michael Williamson’s HSU funded IT company? I’ve got it – you get funding from their ‘Tank Stream’ media production company.

    Not so much politically-inspired squabbles as plain old fraud. Perpetrated on the working poor no less.

    Given that it appears the HSU is stuffed full of corrupt scumbags I would have thought the ALP is more than happy to see them disaffiliate.

    Posted by Arthur | September 16, 2011, 14:17
  5. Just a calculated move to insulate Labor and Juliar from the coming criminal shitstorm. Unfortunately for her, there are going to be a lot of people asking how much she knew and how long she knew it.

    Posted by CD | September 16, 2011, 14:42
  6. Good!

    Shit needs to be flushed away.

    Posted by Zoran Kidney | September 16, 2011, 14:43
  7. Zoran a little confused as to why the story here indicates political games.

    What Williamson & crew been doing goes well beyond that…..

    Posted by Zoran Kidney | September 16, 2011, 14:48
  8. First the ETU and now the Hsu.. That’s great. The ALP might even gain some integrity now

    Posted by Worst unions in the country | September 16, 2011, 14:53
  9. Feeney was warned and warned and warned about whacko jacko but did nothing. It’s time to cut him loose SDA.

    Posted by Anon | September 16, 2011, 14:58
  10. @ Worst unions in the country | September 16, 2011, 14:53

    It’s unions that stand to benefit from disaffiliation. Right winf unions have delivered up a succession of scumbags to parliament. These scumbags have used the union movement to further their own interests, they have nothing in common with workers and more to the point they treat the unions they come from with contempt, the union is just a personal ATM for them as has been alleged with Thomson and the apparently bigger germ Williamson. As more scandals brew about the Right unions in NSW (it ain’t over yet folks) many unions see no future in remaining affiliated to a moribund party full of the likes of Thomson and others, they know that the hijacking of the ALP and any form of democracy along with it is complete and it is time to cut the cancerous limb right off. It is the ALP that is the millstone around the neck of unions, not the other way around. Time to leave them to choke on their own vomit.

    Posted by Other way around | September 16, 2011, 15:03
  11. @ Worst unions in the country | September 16, 2011, 14:53

    Typo ‘wing’ not winf

    Posted by Other way around | September 16, 2011, 15:04
  12. The HSU…what a union! Perks unlimited…jobs for the bosses’ kids…credit cards a plenty…it is all coming to a nasty end that will shame the whole union movement…

    In 2007 the union movement brought down wage cutting Howard and WorkChoices…in the next election Labor will be buried by the Libs and the sleaze of the HSU will be dished up to seal the deal.

    Posted by why didn't the senators back a clean team in the HSU? | September 16, 2011, 15:07
  13. Good decision HSU. Unions and Associations should concentrate on pay and conditions for its members not politics. Lets hope more unions follow suit.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | September 16, 2011, 15:12
  14. What does that mean for Senator Fatty’s power base

    Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011, 15:32
  15. You conveniently leave out the part where the entire New South Wales ALP wants to destroy Feeney for unleashing this clinically insane bitch on one of their biggest affiliates, forcing them to disaffiliate. You also politely don’t mention that Jackson was in a psychiatric ward just days ago. WTF has Feeney done to us?!

    Feeney is such a disgracefully bad convenor of the national Right he should immediately resign before he’s sacked.

    Posted by one flew over the Kathy's nest | September 16, 2011, 15:41
  16. Kathy in SMH: “I just don’t know what my members back at my hospital are going to think.

    What hospital you crazy cow. Did you start up your own imaginary union at The Austin Psych Ward with fellow loonies?? It’s over Koo-Koo-vaos.

    Posted by Watch out - Kathy's got Gmail! | September 16, 2011, 15:50
  17. 12 days ago:

    KATHY Jackson, the union leader at the centre of the controversy over Labor MP Craig Thomson, has had a breakdown and been admitted to the psychiatric unit of a Melbourne hospital.

    Ms Jackson’s partner, Michael Lawler, confirmed yesterday that she had been ”put under medical care” on Friday and was not capable of speaking to the media.

    Mr Lawler, a deputy president of Fair Work Australia, said he believed the breakdown may have been caused by the pressure that Ms Jackson had been under in recent weeks over the Thomson allegations.

    ”That’s my perception, but I’m not a doctor,” he said. Mr Lawler said Ms Jackson ”will not be functionally at work for quite some time”, and asked that she be left alone to recover.

    http://www.theage.com.au/national/union-boss-in-thomson-probe-has-breakdown-20110903-1jrq3.html

    Posted by one flew over the Kathy's nest | September 16, 2011, 15:51
  18. Poor Kathy. No longer has the power of a junior minister.

    Posted by Consulate | September 16, 2011, 16:09
  19. Deregister this bloody union – look at their books over the last 10years and then ANYONE with their hand in the till should be charged, Workers need unions, but not this dysfunctional heap of rubbish.

    Posted by veronica | September 16, 2011, 16:38
  20. Should also look at Les Butler’s reign in late 80s

    Posted by veronica 11 | September 16, 2011, 18:15
  21. Williamson has shut down the membership system in the vic office this arvo

    Posted by marco | September 16, 2011, 18:48
  22. Is butler still alive?

    Posted by dead | September 16, 2011, 18:58
  23. Michael Lawler is a drunk, who moved down to Melbourne so that Kathy doesn’t have to fly up to Sydney to see him (yes, the poor old HSU members paid for those trips as well). Oh, and his fellow Commissioners think he’s lazy.

    Posted by Law-less | September 16, 2011, 19:20
  24. Kathy and David are together, and not just politically.

    Posted by Does Liberty know? | September 16, 2011, 19:21
  25. Yes veronica 11 we should and also Fegan and Jeff Jacksons reign. Oh, and Marco on a representative committee, that is the funniest thing out of all of todays events.

    Posted by veronica22 | September 16, 2011, 19:31
  26. Leave poor old Marco alone his wife is the size of a brick shit house

    Posted by another cone man | September 16, 2011, 20:11
  27. One sunny day a few months ago, Fegan & her man jumped into their recently acquired Corvette and drove to Sydney. There in Sin City they had a pleasant coffee with Michael Williamson and the discourse turned to the purchase of Fegan’s business HSAM by Michael. Rumour has it that Fegan then appointed dear old Les Butler as her Agent in the potential transaction. Did the HSAM faithful know that they are up for sale?

    Posted by $3 million | September 16, 2011, 21:07
  28. Didn’t you retire a long time ago Veronica? Get a life you obsessive psychopath.

    Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011, 21:11
  29. Didn’t take long for the Victorian HSU’s cancer to spread to NSW once Kathy Jackson got involved.

    Serves them right.

    If you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas.

    How does Feeney live with the embarrassment ?

    Posted by milyonair | September 16, 2011, 21:31
  30. I think my Senate position is reasonably safe.

    Thanks Kathy.

    Posted by Jacinta | September 16, 2011, 21:39
  31. Kathy Jackson is an Australian patriot and hero. She stuck it up the ALP on the TV news tonight. She is better than God as she actually exists.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | September 16, 2011, 21:55
  32. But Adrian, she is far too close to the Americans for your taste…

    Posted by Felix Leiter | September 16, 2011, 22:06
  33. Would Kathy Jackson support a Police probe into her own credit card rorting and that of her ex-husband Jeff Jackson from which she directly benefited?

    Didn’t think so.

    Posted by inquiring minds want to know | September 16, 2011, 22:08
  34. I think that Kathy Jackson would support a probe into her credit card. She would have nothing to do with her ex husbands credit card, after all the No. 1 branch paid the bills, so I believe that she did not know

    Posted by anon | September 16, 2011, 23:01
  35. Kathy always up for a probe.

    Posted by anon | September 16, 2011, 23:40
  36. Where’s the next Taliban caucus gonna be held now?

    Posted by What? | September 17, 2011, 0:31
  37. Does anyone know how to translate Whacko Jacksonian? http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3319925.htm

    Posted by Translator needed | September 17, 2011, 0:45
  38. Watching Lateline, the stress on Kathy Jackson is showing. I do not know what the truth is regarding the HSU, but what I do know is:
    1. Kathy Jackson is the only HSU representative speaking on the subject when there is a huge amount of matters in dispute. Why are the others not putting their position? This is well past being in-house.
    2. Where is the ACTU in all this? The only comment I can remember is Keaney saying on AM, that everything is OK in unionland, regarding corruption, because the members can vote out corrupt officials at the appropriate time. Hello!!!!!!!!. All this proves is that the electoral office does its job.
    3. The most disadvantaged in our community are always the ones shafted (by everybody, including their so-called advocates).

    Posted by Gratuitous Adviser | September 17, 2011, 9:39
  39. Hey Kathy, why cant the union update my membership details????

    Posted by HA HA HA HA | September 17, 2011, 9:56
  40. Regarding Wikileaks and the reported US Embassy’s comment on Kathy Jackson?
    There must be a line of ALP “Wannabees” and “Haves” at the US embassy gate every week. What’s going on??? Who can forget secret agent Arbib’s and Shorten’s contribution to the US about the inner workings of the government and the ALP. It’s an embarrassment and cringe worthy.

    Posted by Gratuitous Adviser | September 17, 2011, 10:12
  41. So Willo was prepared to buy out HSAM. WTF? Not exactly the approach of a unionist. It also shows how much loyalty Fegan has to her clients. If the price is right eh Pauline?
    Secondly, paying 10 grand per HSAM client is far too much.

    Posted by Dunstable P Borecek | September 17, 2011, 10:18
  42. Well that was Fegan’s first asking price, who knows if she went down (no pun intended), perhaps her Agent Les Butler has the answers?

    Posted by $3 million | September 17, 2011, 13:28
  43. What is Kathy Jackson doing being an informant to agents of foreign nations?

    Posted by disgraceful | September 17, 2011, 14:07
  44. ***what is Kathy Jackson doing being an informant to agents of foreign nations?***

    LOL. Mike, I was fishing for salmon off Palm Beach this morning, and saw smoke rising from a palatial mansion on the hill. Was that you, burning United Edge cheque stubs?

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | September 17, 2011, 14:47
  45. Loved Fegans comments in the age today, not sure the courts will see it the same way

    Posted by Greame Parrymore | September 17, 2011, 15:47
  46. house at maroubra beach, north coast mansion, luxury cars, son got his own recording studio to play with at members expense, yeah he’s a real working class hero this bloke. All he needs is a slush fund like his mate Sideburns and the whole things a wrap.! nothing happened to reform the TWU and nothing will happen here to reform the HSU. The greedy bastards are to far in the trough to get out and the sycophants around them are in as deep. Who’s gonna vote then out ?

    Posted by more of the same Health / Transport alliance | September 17, 2011, 15:55
  47. Sorry, what cheque stubs Byron? I don’t know what you are talking about. Anyhow my terms are strictly cash these days.

    Posted by Mike | September 17, 2011, 15:57
  48. From the desk of Reg Bumstead, national president of the Health and Hospital Workers’ Union:

    Comrades!

    I’m delighted to announce that your union’s national conference will be held this year at the very iconic Caesar’s Palace resort in fabulous Las Vegas, USA. This will be a unique opportunity for your union executive to study US hospital workforce relations, going forward. There will also be a glittering concert by that wonderful songstress, Celine Dion.
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    We understand some of our members may be unable to make the trip. But rest assured your union executive will be looking after your best interests, as always. Should you wish to join us, check out our sizzling discount airfares and room rates by contacting our travel officer, my wife, Leonie Bumstead, at head office.

    In addition, let me remind you of the valuable benefits your union is constantly negotiating for you:

    Thinking new car? I love my Mercedes-Benz convertible and can highly recommend this prestige German marque. Speak with our services director, Brett Bumstead, for great Mercedes deals.

    Managing your money can be a worry. Whether it’s a loan you need or your super invested, the friendly consultants at Bumstead-Platinum Finance make it safe and easy. Or win extra points with your union’s Bumstead Qantas credit card.

    Mention my name to get your free glass of wine when you dine at some of Sydney’s finest restaurants, including Bilson’s, Tetsuya’s, Aria and Rockpool Bar and Grill.

    To finish off that perfect evening, relax with the silken touch of a lovely lady from Busty Blondes, Kitty Kat’s Boudoir, Asian Amour – or, if you prefer, a gentleman companion from Spunky Hunks. Your union entertainments officer, my nephew Craig Bumstead, has the details. Discretion assured.

    So, whatever your needs – building that sea-change beach hideaway you’ve always wanted, paying the school fees at Cranbrook or Kincoppal, or installing a cutting-edge home theatre and IT system – remember that the Health and Hospital Workers’ Union and I myself personally are here to help.

    Yours fraternally,

    Reg.

    [stolen from Mike Carlton’s column in the SMH 17/9/11]

    Posted by Reg Bumstead | September 17, 2011, 16:40
  49. Game is far from over.

    Posted by Nico | September 17, 2011, 18:58
  50. While Kathy Jackson may not be a good a public speaker as some other union officials this does not really matter if she is a good leader – which she is.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | September 17, 2011, 20:10
  51. So what the low down on fegan selling her clients to Williamson?

    Posted by Mayor of the north | September 17, 2011, 21:27
  52. How can Fegan sell anything, she is not a director. Mayor of the north go back to your red

    Posted by anon | September 18, 2011, 12:58
  53. The answers are in the numbers:
    How many documents and toothbrushes have miraculously disappeared since reaching Kathy?
    How many years has she known and been advancing her posiition on Williamson’s embezzelment?
    How many Au pairs from France has she had?
    How many trips overseas a year has she had on members ?
    How much has she pocketed from the super boards her members are losing money on?
    How many years has she been driving the latest Volvo 4wdrive on the members tab?
    How much did she and the HSU pay Jeff Jackson to go away and isstill paying for his silence?
    How much did she pay off Branch 1 officials to merge their branch with NSW – in return for her Nat Sec Position (given to her by Williamson in return forthe Vic $) ?
    When did she sack the Vic communcations staff – to transfer media expenditure to Williamsons mates?
    How many members were given a choice about the NSW merger?
    How many ALP memberships did she pay for, for whom?
    How many blocks does her house, pool house, english garden sit on?
    How many shopping trips for the HSU girls, and Grand Priz for the boys in China did the HSU pay for?
    How many ‘young ALP’ members has she employed vs how many from the membership or health sector ? (Has she everemployed a delegate or member from the actual health sector ???)
    How much has she laundered through ‘Advisors’ , partners of HSU backed MP’s, who spend most of their time overseas ?
    How many members have ever met her.?
    And what pay rises did her Branch3members get – for the millions she has donated to the ALP (for the preselection she never got)?
    Howlong will she put herself in a private institution when these questions are being asked ?

    Posted by Who is counting? | September 18, 2011, 13:18
  54. I wish I knew what you bastards were talking about.

    Posted by cohenite | September 18, 2011, 14:10
  55. The next underbelly series must be based on the HSU. It has it all power, sex, sleaze, betrayal, corruption and even a bit of biffo at that famous general meeting.

    Posted by Script writers take note | September 18, 2011, 15:02
  56. No where to run no where to hide Fegan!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Mayor of the north | September 18, 2011, 17:28
  57. Interesting twist this disaffiliation. The newly created executive role for Kathy Jackson was to manage the ALP relationship – does this mean she is redundant?

    Adrian, you are a goose.

    Posted by Armed against the Enemy | September 19, 2011, 7:44
  58. ***The answers are in the numbers***

    You left out one question, Counting: why did you cover up the thefts until Williamson and Thomson were exposed? The plan to slander Jackson is past its use-by date, mate.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | September 19, 2011, 9:02
  59. Seems Dapper-Jeff is still on the HSU books on his old salary, now paid as a ‘consultant’, even though he spends his days drifting through shopping malls like a homeless man. Seems KooKoo can’t live without his childcare payments. History repeats I guess!

    Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2011, 14:29
  60. Re Script Writers Take Note – don’t forget the orgy that occurred a few years ago after the HSU Delegates Conference (Jeff was the ringmaster or whatever that position is called)

    Posted by Script Writer | September 19, 2011, 18:01
  61. You know the real reason there are no Bookshops in Dandenong?
    None of the f wit losers who live there can read, they spend their leisure time at Keysborough Wreckers patching up a smashed up unroadworthy Tarago so they can drive around their 6 illegimate kids to Maccas before they visit Centrelink.

    Posted by anon | September 19, 2011, 19:25
  62. Fegan, You and Butler tried to sell you clients to Williamson for $3 million, That is a FACT!!!!

    Posted by Caught out baby | September 19, 2011, 19:43
  63. how about some service hsu east remember you have members?

    Posted by Freddy | September 25, 2011, 11:23
  64. The Australian has learned that Ms Jackson’s annual salary is about $270,000 and that she earns about $80,000 more each year as a result of her union-related positions on the boards of a superannuation fund and a credit union.

    In addition, confidential union minutes, obtained by The Australian, reveal Ms Jackson was paid an “honorarium” of about $84,000 last year, on the eve of the merger between the union’s No 3 Victorian branch, of which she was then secretary, and the NSW branch, into a new unit called HSU East.

    Posted by Kathy's big earn | September 27, 2011, 17:48
  65. interesting read in the Australian today, Ms Jackson earning more than many CEO’S.

    Posted by HSU gravy train | September 27, 2011, 19:47
  66. Attention: Caught out baby

    Your comment sounds Sounds a bit Greeky to me!!!

    Evolution is both a Fact and a theory. You are the missing link!!!

    Posted by Ouzo | September 28, 2011, 14:06
  67. Bit much to blame Greek culture for the rorts in the HSU.
    Looks more like convict culture with a healthy amount of assimilation by officials of many backgrounds. The rum Corp lives on.

    Posted by Fair go | September 29, 2011, 15:04
  68. warning This union may not contain any natural members or services to members. who does the hsu represent? young ALP, _ greens

    Posted by annomous | October 3, 2011, 10:26
  69. What is a Natural member?

    Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2011, 15:04
  70. Are the workers in the looney bin looking after Kathy members of the union?

    Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011, 14:45

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