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THE NUISANCE: Lunatic HSU boss Kathy Jackson on criminal charges under Public Health and Wellbeing Act

KathyjacksonnuisanceBooroondara City Council has charged HSU national secretary Kathy Jackson with four criminal offences for being a nuisance under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act over a “noisy pool pump” that has terrorised neighbours in her millionaire’s row property in Balwyn.

Property insiders familiar with the area say her sprawling Balwyn compound with double block is worth – at least – $2 million complete with magnificent swimming pool. She dwells in the property with her latest husband/de facto, Michael Lawler, a Vice-President of Fair Work Australia (which is meant to regulate the HSU) and in that respect a judicial officer. Their combined salaries are an annual $670,000 (his $400K less alimony, hers $270K), so you’d think they’d be able to either a) fix the noisy pump or b) get a lawyer to represent her on the criminal charges in the Magistrates Court.

Jackson – who claims to be a corruption fighter while herself failing to credibly deny serious claims against her own mismanagement of the HSU including claims of money laundering- has repeatedly failed to attend court to answer the charges, brought as a result of neighbourhood complaints to the council.

Those familiar with Jackson’s methods in the HSU say her dysfunctional neighbourhood situation comes as no surprise. It might explain the little shovel drama many of her foes assumed Jackson had created where she got front-page news claiming union rivals were threatening her life by means of putting a shovel on her front door-step.

The Age reports the charges have listed seven times since Jackson was first criminally charged in May last year. Her failure to be accountable to authorities for wrongdoing is part of a pattern of misconduct and corruption, HSU members tell VEXNEWS.



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  1. i thought the pump noise was lawler furiously pumping out her scripts, or maybe the sound of the HSU having the air pumped out of it by her years of mismanagement.

    Posted by balwyn calling | April 21, 2012, 10:12
  2. Criminal charges, for the sound of a pool pump? We should have seen this coming, they’re going to do a Lindy Chamberlain /Pauline Hanson on Kathy. The criminal tentacles of Labor stretch far and wide.

    What a great story for a real journalist, if there are any left. Start with an off the record interview of the poor beknighted council employee, reluctantly hovering behind the neighbour’s fence with his decibel gauge.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 21, 2012, 10:20
  3. You’ve got it all that constant whirring sound is her bedroom toy.

    Posted by anon | April 21, 2012, 10:31
  4. It’s not the pump, It’s the sight of lawler walking around the pool with his G sting and nipple rings

    Posted by P slipper | April 21, 2012, 12:27
  5. Running the pump on day and night at full throttle but still can’t get rid of that foul stench

    Posted by Pool cleaner | April 21, 2012, 12:49
  6. It is a breach of rights at work to be critical of my nipple rings

    Posted by Nipped | April 21, 2012, 15:31
  7. Typical union elite scum.

    Lives in a million dollar estate in an exclusive suburb while pretending to fight for those in the likes of Broadmeadows getting by in fibro houses.


    Posted by Union Scum | April 21, 2012, 19:37
  8. I find Kathy’s whole charade vulgar and transparent .It must be tough though, balancing the needs of the “working poor” and the outright parasitic rich joy ride she’s enjoyed courtesy of her poorer members.The Jacksons are nothing more then middle class apologists who sucked the HSU dry and now lament and try and lay the blame on the ALP , can’t wait till Kathy lays the blame for the pool pump on the Sussex street mob.She’ good at laying blame on everyone, when she’s complicit and up to her neck in it.

    Posted by bourgeoisie Balwyn Bvlgarites | April 21, 2012, 20:23
  9. She’s had a reputation for an untidy bush as we can see in the photograph.

    Posted by anon | April 21, 2012, 21:26
  10. Fast forward to a time in the near future. A battle field. Broken and bloodied corpses lie among the still smoking wreckage. Ragged trade union banners have been trodden into the stinking mud. Vote ALP brochures, half burnt and covered in gore, litter the landscape. A lone female figure stands imperiously among this devastation. She wears Bulgari ear rings, designer jeans and a smug smile. In one of her manicured hands she holds frequent flyer vouchers, a set of Volvo car keys and an envelope labelled ‘director’s fees for my fiduciary duties’. In the other she grips the bloodied head of an HSU official. She is watching the approach of the newly elected Prime Minister of Australia. He looks about him as he walks through the carnage, amazed, as if he can’t believe the Gods have been so good to him. Eventually stopping before the woman, he looks at her in admiration. ‘You did all this?  I’m very impressed, Kathy.’ She nonchalantly tosses back her expensively styled mane. ‘It was nothing. It’s what I do.’ Abbott transfers his Work Choices legislation from one armpit to the other and looks around him again. ‘But why Kathy?  Why would you do all of this?’ The question surprises her. She is momentarily lost for words. Then she puts down the severed head of the HSU official and reaches into her pocket and extracts a piece of paper as if refreshing her memory. Satisfied she returns the note to her pocket looks him in the eye, and says, ‘Isn’t it obvious? I did it for the members.’

    Posted by Sometime in the near future | April 21, 2012, 22:19
  11. Jeff and Kathy have a lot to answer for, nothing much to show in regards to helping ‘Working People’ – but they sure have some notches in their respective bed heads!!!

    Posted by anon | April 21, 2012, 22:27
  12. It was most likely a neighbor offering to loan her a shovel to help bury the bs she has left out exposed for all to smell. Maybe she was doing a spot of mid night gardening during the midnight witches hour and forgot to put it away in the caverns den.

    Posted by The midnight covern | April 22, 2012, 4:19
  13. speak to ETU regarding corruption they are the kings.

    Posted by jimmy | April 22, 2012, 9:14
  14. They sure are Jimmy, that NSW Branch in there lording it over the rest of the CEPU on behalf of the NSW Right. Peter Tighe voting on matters he had a pecuniary interest in, he had known for years that the NSW Branch were not paying their freight, how did the Federal Court describe it in the judgement last week “representation without taxation” that’s it. So we still can’t get at the NSW Branch accounts but thankfully they are exposed for what they are. Bernie and Co keep their board fees (they care more about that than the longrunning CEPU rort) wonder what the ETU members think about thi nationally? A branch that has no skin in the game calling the play!

    Posted by Dogs chasing cars | April 22, 2012, 18:43
  15. They sure are Jimmy, that NSW Branch in there lording it over the rest of the CEPU on behalf of the NSW Right. Peter Tighe voting on matters he had a pecuniary interest in, he had known for years that the NSW Branch were not paying their freight, how did the Federal Court describe it in the judgement last week “representation without taxation” that’s it. So we still can’t get at the NSW Branch accounts but thankfully they are exposed for what they are. Bernie and Co keep their board fees (they care more about that than the longrunning CEPU rort) wonder what the ETU members think about thi nationally? A branch that has no skin in the game calling the play!

    Posted by Tick, tick,tick........boom! | April 22, 2012, 18:45
  16. 21 days to adjust the rules dean.no problems with the NSW accounts that i am aware of.you tried to buy bernie,plumbing officals to stop the audit into looking at VICTORIAN ETU BOOKS.YOU DON’T HAVE THE NUMBERS ANYMORE. SEE YOU BACK FEDERAL COURT JULY 16th.Must be costing ETU a fortune to stop the audit.maurice blackburn laughing all the way to the bank.

    Posted by jimmy | April 22, 2012, 20:35
  17. Sometime in the near future | April 21, 2012, 22:19

    What do you mean Abbott will return us to Workchoices?????

    Have a good look at the Fair Work Act and then you may notice that it’s Workchoices under a different name.

    Wake up sunshine and stop swallowing ALP spin. Gillard or Abbott? There isn’t really a difference. Except for a gullible partisan such as yourself.

    Don’t be blaming Kathy Jackson for the fact that this is the most inept and I would say corrupt government in the history of Federation.

    If you think ALP factional tossers give a shit about working people, then to quote Ms Jackson, you’re drinking the Kool Aid.

    Posted by Reality Check | April 22, 2012, 23:01
  18. Hey Reality check

    “No question now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
    – George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 10

    Read the rest of this instead of the Fair Work Act. And take a closer look at the pigs. All of them.

    Posted by Not so gullible or partisan | April 23, 2012, 0:50
  19. sometime in the near future, you have a future with those written skills

    Posted by Bev from Balwyn | April 23, 2012, 6:45
  20. On a salary package of $270k any one whether it be corporate world or state organisations should be equipped to take some form of accountbility and ownership in the goings on of their organisation. In the real world Kathy’s posturings and blaming everyone , would not stand up.

    My understanding is Jackson has contributed zero to improving the working lives of who she represents, but has herself benefitted greatly . This makes her “whitleblowing” a very shallow exercise in public grandstanding self preservation .

    Posted by Real World | April 23, 2012, 7:35
  21. So Jackson’s making her move through the same law courts she wants investigated. At whose expense? You guessed it. All HSU working poor put your hands into your pockets please. Kathy’s ambitions must be satisfied whatever the cost. Kathy’s lifestyle must be maintained, whatever the cost. Kathy’s tantrums must be avoided whatever the cost. The queen of all harpies must be obeyed!

    Bring on the Kool Aid please.

    Posted by Bring on the Kool Aid | April 23, 2012, 8:55
  22. Jimmy, how many times are you prepared to be wrong mate. You need to stop believing everything you are told by people who are trying to save themselves and are just using you, just because you keep on telling the lie it does not make it the truth. You also keep on avoiding the questions about the plumbers. 21 days for a rules change eh, is that the latest lie? Watch this space.

    Posted by Tick, tick,tick........boom! | April 23, 2012, 9:08

    Posted by hmmm | April 23, 2012, 12:04
  24. Dogs chasing cars ( She-Mighell), been sent on extended leave by Troy have we ? You can use the time to try and talk the cricket club out of dumping you as President because they hate you,but they are willing to make you the patron because they still love the ETU members money you corruptly hand over. seems to happen everywere, hmmm

    Posted by May you can get them to sign a deed | April 23, 2012, 13:11
  25. Any one of Dean Mighell’s 6 houses makes Kathy’s house look like a bungalow. They are champions at getting their snouts in the trough

    Posted by ETU member paid for Howard Worthing and his son to fly to Wales | April 23, 2012, 13:45
  26. Unionaires certainly lack the modesty and decency of the old skool union leaders had , one thing Dean can’t claim to have is a wonky pool pump . Only squillionaires in Balwyn too busy litigating their union to extinction can lay claim to that.

    Posted by Pool cleaner | April 23, 2012, 13:55
  27. Can someone explain to us outsiders what is going on at the ETU

    Posted by Confused | April 23, 2012, 14:03
  28. Well confused the C.E.P.U executive have moved a motion that the Vic branch of the ETU (Mighell’s the secretary) have the books checked by an independent Auditor because a number of years ago Mighell personally sold a company owned by the Union called SAFS to a person at the time who was his friend (this person hates Mighell now-but to know him is to hate him).
    Despite Mighell selling it the Vic branches books of which Mighell signed off on showed for about 5 years in a row showed that the union stilled own SAFS.
    After coming to the CEPU attention this is a big concern hence the call for an independent Audit.
    Mighell has chased away the auditor the two times he has turned up to do his job so the CEPU took Mighell to the federal court last week to start proceeding to force the issue.
    Now you would think if Mighell had nothing to hide he would have just let the auditor do his job and not spend $10 000’s of the ETU member money on lawyers to try and cover his arse ?
    Also note Mighell’s recent media events where He’s bought in on the HSU circus that He’s gone out saying how terrible it is but the whole union movement has to lift its act and how surprised his branch was that they actually have to legally take responsibility for spending members money. WOW what a revelation !
    This is Mighell giving His members a flu shot when it hits the papers that his own union has to take him to federal court to show the branch’s accounts. He’ll then run around saying he is only a dumb electrician and didn’t know he was doing the wrong thing

    Posted by Dogs chasing cars | April 23, 2012, 16:39
  29. Confused, as you can see by these serving posts here a hell of a lot of information is omitted such as the fact that it is Peter Tighe NOT the CEPU taking Vic ETU Branch to the Federal Court. Of the questions not answered rather than just respond to the fake ‘Dogs chasing cars’ consider these things: Why has there been sudden personnel changes in the Plumbers Union? Is Peter Tighe doing anything about the financial governance issues there? Are the allegations about the rorted welfare fund true? Did Tighe sign off on redundancy payments when the personnel concerned were not genuinely redundant? Why did Tighe do nothing about the fact that the ETU NSW Branch were not legitimately a part of the CEPU (see the Fed Ct website recent judgements section)? Did Tighe just look after his own interests because he is a member in NSW? Could it be that Tighe realised for a long time that he is in a bit of a jam, you can’t be National Secretary of the CEPU if your branch is not part of the CEPU can you? Is Tighe concerned that if all of these allegations have substance he won’t get his government appointed job? Is he concerned he might finish up like Tony Sheldon, out of the running for his cushy little number? Could it be that Tighe is clutching at any straw he can in order to deliver for his political masters? Could it be that the ALP faceless men are never gonna give up trying to get the Vic ETU affiliation money back? At least ten years of slander and Mighell still walks around free, you have to ask yourself don’t you, what’s it really all about and who has the most to lose?

    Posted by Lies oft repeated.................... | April 23, 2012, 18:59
  30. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/kathy-jackson-in-hsu-vote-rights-challenge/story-e6frg6nf-1226336412938

    As an overpaid employee of HSU that has never been elected by “the working poor” nice to see Kathy disqualify herself own voting Rights. Now can the council vote to reduce her obscene $270k salary???

    Posted by running out of agendas | April 23, 2012, 19:12
  31. So do you reckon Dean is the only obnoxious twat in the union movement then?

    Posted by Equally confused | April 23, 2012, 19:17
  32. The above article is correct.they the national office/ETU will continue in court as there is no return.after several attempts by DEAN to buy votes BERNIE,PLUMBING OFFICALS he has no support left, he has burnt all bridges.VIC,WA ETU branches are the only who will support him.WA have been bought by DEAN with victorian money.plus he has bought bob katter and peter slipper for there support.COWARD WORTHLESS no chance for national office.1500ft fall down a coal mine shaft when he was a teenager explains everything.see you in federal court 16th july.

    Posted by jimmy | April 23, 2012, 19:25
  33. Dogs chasing cars could have added to her explanation to confused that SAFS was a financial services company that The ETU owned.
    SAFS made some large investments for the ETU’s severance fund which would have attracted sizable ongoing trailing brokerage fees to the company for many years to come. All indications are Mighell sold it without the knowledge of the His union and without any expert estimations done on its worth and without it going to an open sale process
    Mighell originally convinced his union how important it was to own a company that could give members financial advice but has never declared to his members why he took it upon himself to get rid of it by selling it off to a buddy for a sum that has never been disclosed to the ETU members

    Posted by Fill Clearlys ghost | April 23, 2012, 19:40
  34. in other words DEAN’S a thief.see you 16th july.

    Posted by jimmy | April 23, 2012, 19:50
  35. For some context around why Kathy and Marco both are the collective brains behind the NSW merger without membership consultation, next time Kathy harps on about democratization & cleansing of unions she can study her own handy work with the complete decimation of the HSU .

    Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2012, 21:43
  36. For some context around why Kathy and Marco both are the collective brains behind the NSW merger without membership consultation, next time Kathy harps on about democratization & cleansing of unions she can study her own handy work with the complete decimation of the HSU .


    Posted by Kathy's clowns | April 23, 2012, 21:44
  37. She really has the hide of two elephants. Jackson’s latest move to take a spurious argument to the federal court about voting entitlements is nothing but a desperate bid to save her own thick skin. The HSU doesn’t want her or her destructive and selfish ambitions. They cannot begin to solve their internal problems unless she’s sent packing first. And she knows it. The Crikey article demonstrates her modus operandi. The greater good has no meaning for her. It’s all about Kathy. What a disgusting blight she is on the union movement.

    Posted by Gobsmacked | April 24, 2012, 8:39
  38. The only answer that I can see (as I am not a fan of handing over their members to the nurses and missos) is to remove the HSU East BCoM and elected officials and appoint an administrator (again for Vic…), and resplit the NSW and Vic Branches, disaffiliate and have a 10 year moratorium on reaffiliation with the ALP.

    Then, hold elections (Shorten, Feeney et al wont throw money at a union with no ALP votes) and let the members vote for fair dinkum coal face candidates – if some career ALP/union types put their hand up – tell the members and they will know which way to vote.

    The HSU does not belong to the Jacksons, or the Fegans, or the ALP. The current situation is just giving Abbott ammunition to attack all unions if/when he wins government.

    Posted by Armed against the Enemy | April 24, 2012, 8:50
  39. Lies oft repeated (She-Mighell)….mmmbahh hah hah hah hah there it is, it’s the ALPs fault my own union has to force me via the federal court to show my dodgy accounts. Yes and it’s the ALP fault you make Kathy Jackson look like a gun union official.
    Gone off the “I’m just a dumb electrician defence?” and back to the old standard,” it’s the ALP, all they do is spend their time worrying about me because I’m so important”
    Is it the ALPs fault Troy Grey is slandering you to anyone who will listen including the boogie men at the national office telling them He’ll fix everything you have fucked up as soon as he can get rid of you?

    Posted by It was the UK unionist, no I mean the ALP | April 24, 2012, 9:26
  40. This can only be resolved by deregistration, Williamson, Jackson and Fegan all believe the HSU is their own personal ATM and will never surrender the dream of owning it.

    Posted by Shame | April 24, 2012, 11:01
  41. Just read with interest that handwriting expert evidence suggests that brothel services credit card signatures may not be Thomson’s. If true, should turn the spotlight back on his accuser and grubs will be crawling out from under rocks all over the place.

    Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2012, 13:06
  42. ***handwriting expert evidence suggests that brothel services credit card signatures may not be Thomson’s***

    Good news! What’s the handwriting expert been promised – Ambassador, to the Holy See?

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | April 24, 2012, 13:54
  43. Wouldnt it be funny if the brothel had CCTV at the payment desk, and the police already had the video……

    Posted by Armed against the Enemy | April 24, 2012, 14:40
  44. Poor old Pete and others you have been peddling the ETU rorts stories around for years, you’ve gone to ASIC, the Federal Court, politicians, lies, lies and more lies. Unfortunately you and your followers are the types whom even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, you still insist it is all true. I am sure that must be some sort of mental illness.

    Posted by Tick, Tick, Tick..................Boom! | April 24, 2012, 19:55
  45. Tick tick boom- why don’t you just admit it dean, you and Tony devil have taken the trailing brokerage ? Why don’t you admit that you have used the Vic ETU to further your own interests, coburg FC @mcg , swags, alberfeldie sporting club, car allowance for a non Australian made car, ATC insurance (message works ) and the many more corrupt actions you have taken, like the globes, will all come and get you…. We are watching

    Posted by Suzanna mile | April 24, 2012, 21:12
  46. Good try DEAN.The only mental illness is suffered by .you left her with her psychiatrist in a straight jacket, while you fucked off on your self-funded trip to france with face linda dobson.SELF – FUNDED all right with stolen levy money from RCH. money was for striking elecraft workers.thats why you could not get the national job.you would steal money from every branch in the country.see you july 16th federal court.

    Posted by jimmy | April 24, 2012, 21:27
  47. If I had misappropriated all of the ETU Vic funds as is alleged I would not have borrowed money from my Mother to by a a New Nissan Patrol ( My old one the members paid for was not good enough)(although I still receive an ETU, Vic Car allowance for) to go on my Simpson Desert Trip (that I received ETU calls on, so I claimed it back) and to spend thousands of members money to sell to my Secretary Linda Coburg. Who actually does more work for my outside interests than ETU work.

    Posted by DeanMigh | April 24, 2012, 21:37
  48. Troy you are nothing but a piece of shit, that i would not even roll in, Im no going anywhere, you are not the Messiah, You are a skid mark on the Bed Sheets of the Union Movement. I know I have called others this , but you are worse as you are from MY union !!

    Posted by Dog Rolling in Poo | April 24, 2012, 21:50
  49. Seriously, reading all this crap who would join a f*cking union? No wonder the union movement is going under, it’s where you all bloody belong. Rorting, frauding, thieving pricks.

    Posted by Unity of labour. | April 24, 2012, 22:34
  50. From herald sun almost as a postscript to a story on Thomson. Why isn’t it being run with big headlines like all the other accusations? What’s going on?

    ‘Ms Jackson is facing an internal union disciplinary complaint brought against her by a HSU member.

    Royal Melbourne Hospital surgical theatre technician Daniel Govan said the accusations included misuse of union funds to pay for international airfares and other personal expenses.

    Ms Jackson said yesterday she would not comment on the accusations.’

    Posted by What's going on? | April 25, 2012, 0:33
  51. What’s going on?

    It’s not been run with a big headline because the journos do not believe him and think he’s an unreliable idiot.

    Not to mention that Daniel was also a former male prostitute (lunar park street boy) of ill repute.

    Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2012, 0:59
  52. I’d like to categorically deny that I holiday in 3rd world countries and pay poor married men for sex while their wife and kids sleep in another room.

    I’m a Union Official, I don’t exploit the poor.

    Posted by Peter Mylan | April 25, 2012, 1:08
  53. Sav please try again have another little pill and I’ll pop on that baby doll nightie. Are you alright dear you suddenly look ill, I wonder why?

    Posted by Inga Binga | April 25, 2012, 1:13
  54. From today’s Australian. Have we all been looking at the kettle while the pot whistles?

    ‘In a 49-page schedule of charges, detailing a long list of concerns that have been raised about Ms Jackson’s role over many years, Daniel Govan alleges union elections were corrupted by spending without proper authority, that $58,000 was paid into an account in the name of Ms Jackson’s former husband, an $84,000 luxury Volvo XC90 was bought with a $5000 unexplained invoice discrepancy, and payments were made to a childcare centre known to be used by Ms Jackson.
    Mr Govan says Ms Jackson has made allegations against others “in a way that disguises or omits her role in the wrongdoing”.
    He accuses her of “dishonesty of the most Machiavellian kind”.’

    Posted by What's going on? | April 25, 2012, 7:02
  55. “peddling crap” hilarious Kathy thinks her excessive court actions and OTT shrieking will detract from her own complicitness??. Take some responsibility Kathy and step down as a previous reader accurately described stop running the HSU as your own personal ATM and for your own frenzied grab for control (Crikey article is spot on). The members have good bullshit detectors and can see right through your posturing for power and factional paybacks. The union will only grow stronger without usurpers and factional players like you and Williamson in it.

    Posted by Members money not Jacksons | April 25, 2012, 9:26
  56. HSU charges laid against Kathy Jackson
    BY: STUART RINTOUL From: The Australian April 25, 2012 12:00AM
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    A MEMBER of the Health Services Union has brought union charges against national secretary Kathy Jackson and her “sidekick” Marco Bolano, alleging gross misbehaviour and neglect of duty.

    In a 49-page schedule of charges, detailing a long list of concerns that have been raised about Ms Jackson’s role over many years, Daniel Govan alleges union elections were corrupted by spending without proper authority, that $58,000 was paid into an account in the name of Ms Jackson’s former husband, an $84,000 luxury Volvo XC90 was bought with a $5000 unexplained invoice discrepancy, and payments were made to a childcare centre known to be used by Ms Jackson.

    Mr Govan says Ms Jackson has made allegations against others “in a way that disguises or omits her role in the wrongdoing”.

    He accuses her of “dishonesty of the most Machiavellian kind”.

    But a defiant Ms Jackson said last night Mr Govan was “peddling crap”.

    She said she interviewed him for a job as an industrial officer two weeks ago and that he was “a disgruntled member” aligned to long-time union rivals including Pauline Fegan, Diana Asmar and “the Bill Shorten crew”.

    She said the “charges” appeared to be a rehash of issues raised over several years, which she denied.

    In a statement accompanying the charges, Mr Govan, an operating theatre technician at Royal Melbourne Hospital, said the HSU was in “a terminal condition because of the mismanagement, rampant corruption and wrongdoing of a few very well-paid and cynical officials”.

    He said he would allege “multiple counts of breaches of union rules” by Ms Jackson and Mr Bolano, and had asked the acting general secretary Peter Mylan to provide “the relevant financial records that demonstrate the wrongdoing”.

    Mr Govan said the union was so “down and dirty” that while Ms Jackson complained loudly about corruption, she had “some very serious issues to answer herself”.

    “The sad truth that these charges chronicle is that Kathy Jackson’s cure for corruption in the HSU involved giving her more power and more authority to rort, to cover up rorts and clear out those who would keep her accountable for her actions,” Mr Govan said in the statement.

    “If Jackson and her sidekick aren’t kicked out, the HSU is going to choke to death on its own waste and corruption.”

    Mr Govan told The Australian last night he had brought the charges against Ms Jackson because he was “sick and tired of the misuse of funds” by senior HSU officials.

    He said Ms Jackson’s campaign against leading HSU officials was “just a power game”.

    Mr Govan has previously been linked with Ms Fegan, who has been found by a Fair Work Australia report to have allegedly misused union funds, but last night he denied that was the case.

    HSU acting national president Chris Brown, who has pressed for a clean-out of the existing HSU hierarchy, including suspended NSW general secretary Michael Williamson and Ms Jackson, said last night he was unaware of the action against Ms Jackson and did not know Mr Govan.

    “Never heard of him, but I’d like to meet him,” he said.

    In his statement, Mr Govan said HSU Victoria was in “a state of crisis” under the leadership of Ms Jackson and Mr Bolano.

    Posted by HSU | April 25, 2012, 10:06
  57. Now that Jackson’s been formally accused of wrong doing we should all hope that she’s extended the same degree of natural justice she and the media have extended to those she accuses. She should be urged to resign her posts immediately, she should be pilloried in headlines all around the country, the police should get warrants and search her home, details of her overseas trips and other expenses published and industrial relations litigation launched at the expense of HSU members aimed at removing any support she has within the union. It’s only fair isn’t it?

    Posted by It's only fair | April 25, 2012, 10:09
  58. All union officials are corrupt, but some are more corrupt than others…

    Posted by Colin | April 25, 2012, 14:15
  59. Gay, (sorry typo), Gray why don’t u force the Tranny to step down while there is a forensic audit of the Vic branch, all be revieled, u will be King. Sorry once again. the auditors will find ur fingerprint at Protect. Just a Q: how will u afford the Legal fees for you failed action in QLD Fed Court, I’m sure a great lawyer like Geoff is costing us members a fortune.

    Posted by RunovertheDog | April 25, 2012, 14:27
  60. Maybe the ones that have sold out to HR Nicholls have surpassed even that and are re born Liberals who destroy unions after they have banked and enjoyed ripping off the poorest workers for years.

    They shame real unionists and , put off all potential union members who think their memberships are used to fight unfairness in the workplace not to fund their excessive & obscene salaries and internal factional wars.

    Govan and other members are on crap wages while Kathy & Williamson secretly worked out the amalgamation deal without member consultation and benefitted from a nice little pay rise.

    Now they both point the finger at who’s the biggest crook, both gutless , spineless , gormless both need to get some perspective on how real workers live.

    Posted by speak up members | April 25, 2012, 14:42
  61. The credit card is the Opium of the union organiser.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | April 25, 2012, 19:01
  62. Dean Mighell has gone on radio saying he does not have a ETU credit card.not only does he have a credit card. around 10yrs a go,he made a arrangement with linda dobson to redirect his credit card statements to be mailed to his home address.that practice continues to this day.

    Posted by jimmy | April 25, 2012, 20:16
  63. So Jimmy what are you alleging here? Does Mighell pay his own credit card? Does he have it mailed to his home address and then take it back to the bookeeper to pay? Does he dip into the petty cash to pay it? Does he sort out what are personal expenses and pay them himself and then return it to the ETU for payment of work related expenses? Exactly what is the crime you are alleging here here?

    Posted by Dogs chasing cars | April 25, 2012, 22:53
  64. Oh dear qualified auditors made a mistake signing off on Jacksons $ 500+K salary benefits for 2010.Silly auditors. Is this the person Abbott backed 2 weeks ago ??? even worse she still can’t find some loose change to fix up that darn pool pump.

    Posted by Champion of the "working poor" | April 26, 2012, 7:52
  65. No no you’ve got it wrong Champion. The amount was corrected. By….. (wait for it)….. email! And that will be all the tax department will need presumably. Unless they also turn out to be enemies out to maliciously and falsely smear her.

    Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2012, 9:28
  66. Just give up Dog chasing cars (she-mighell),your making it worse

    Posted by Troy | April 26, 2012, 11:30
  67. You losers……

    Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2012, 20:54


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