Gillard’s alleged criminal activities

George Brandis in the Senate:

One can but wonder why it is that Mr McClelland, as a backbench member of the government, chose to draw attention to those matters from the 1990s—matters concerning which, as a solicitor, he had direct and thorough knowledge. One can but wonder why, in particular, Mr McClelland chose, in a very pointed way, to throw a spotlight on the Prime Minister’s knowledge of those matters.

What we do know is that three courageous journalists, Mr Glen Milne, Mr Michael Smith and Mr Andrew Bolt, had sought to bring to public attention the matters Mr McClelland referred to—those proceedings which he chose to remind the House of Representatives about yesterday. We know as well that, of the three journalists whose names I have mentioned, two suffered a grievous professional price for trying to reveal to the Australian people what Mr McClelland was hinting at yesterday…

We must ask why it is that Mr McClelland chose to throw the spotlight on those matters yesterday. Why is it that he pointedly sought to refer to the Prime Minister’s knowledge of those matters? What are the facts which Mr Milne and Mr Smith sought to communicate to the public before they were interfered with that plainly Mr McClelland knows about and invited public attention to in his remarks yesterday?…

Let me conclude my remarks simply by saying this: there are matters being concealed. There is an area of public discussion being stifled here of the utmost seriousness. The public is entitled to know of those matter.

The allegations are specified below.  Please note that when this blog asks:  “How did this alleged criminal ever get elected, let alone become PM?”  it is not asserting that she is actually a criminal but that there was sufficient concern to make her election to parliament dubious to say the least until the matters were resolved, which they patently weren’t, let alone her rising to the office of PM.

What is stated as fact below is still only allegation at this point.  It has not yet come to trial and so can be commented on:

If you’re not up on the enveloping scandal, Julia Gillard was a union lawyer and partner working at Slater & Gordon in Victoria in the early to mid 1990s. She handled the affairs of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), the most powerful union in the country; the same union that recently arranged for the knifing of popularly elected sitting PM, Kevin Rudd, to replace him with the union-aligned Gillard.

While working for the AWU at Slater & Gordon, Gillard fell for then AWU official, Bruce Wilson. Wilson had Gillard set up an incorporated association in WA. She has confirmed this (but says she did not know what it was used for). Her handwriting is on the documents.

This was a dummy association, a fraud. It was set up without any authorisation from the AWU. Then lawyer Gillard did not consult the AWU about it. She applied for it to be named the AWU Workplace Reform Association knowing it was not within the rules of the AWU and that a union cannot be an association. That dummy incorporated association was then used to set up a bank account for the purpose of siphoning hundreds of thousands of dollars from a West Australian Government training scheme, the Building Construction Industry Training Fund (BCTIF) into which developers and contractors paid a levy meant to fund training in the construction industry.

Wilson funnelled funds meant to train construction workers into the bank account of the Gillard-established dummy association for his own benefit. He arranged for developers such as Thiess to pay into this account which became Wilson’s personal cash cow for expenditures such as a home purchase at 85 Kerr Street, Fitzroy, (in the name of Wilson’s partner in the bank account, fellow unionist, Ralph Blewitt, with Wilson’s signature on the cheque), renovations and thousands of dollars spent at a women’s fashion house.

Gillard arranged for a large loan on the Kerr Street house from her law firm, Slater and Gordon and for the conveyancing.

The bank account operated between April 1992 and April 1995 at which time the fraud began to unravel when tradesmen and contractors pursued the AWU for unpaid renovation works at the Kerr Street house (where Wilson and Gillard were reported to be living, according to union witnesses at the time), and on Gillard’s Abbottsford home. The AWU had no idea what these unpaid invoices were for. They had not contracted the works.

AWU officials Bill Ludwig and Ian Cambridge went straight to the lawyers and had a 38 page itemised forensic affidavit drawn up by then partner at Sydney firm Turner Freeman, Robert McClelland, who later got dumped by Gillard as Attorney General when he backed Rudd, not her, at the last leadership ballot. The police needed more evidence on the house. Slater and Gordon closed ranks, refused to release the files based on ‘client privilege’, with the client being Ralph Blewitt, Wilson’s partner. Those files remain hidden – possibly until now.

The accounts operated by Wilson and Blewitt, established by Gillard’s dummy association, have been described by Ludwig and Cambridge as ‘unauthorised’, ‘invalid’, ‘irregular’ and used for ‘possibly illegal purposes’.

Ian Cambridge (now a Fair Work Australia Commissioner), swore in the McClelland-prepared affidavit, “I am unable to understand how Slater & Gordon, who were then acting for the Victoria Branch of the Union, could have permitted the use of funds which were obviously taken from the union, in the purchase of private property of this nature, without seeking and obtaining proper authority from the union”.

Gillard was sacked from Slater and Gordon.

Again it needs to be stressed that the above is just the substance of the allegations – this blog is not actually alleging it, as it doesn’t know all the facts.  It is not finally established either at what point she ceased to have communist associations nor if such associations existed, how she could reconcile the purity of those with sordid allegations of impropriety, given that communists eschew property.

It’s not as if the story is new. Kangaroo Court ran it last year but in this post, focuses on the alleged coverup and hardball tactics:

This has been on the boil since last year when Julia Gillard moved hard and fast when it hit the main stream media. It started right here on this site with the post I did on the 7th August 2011 titled “Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s criminal history and her hypocrisy with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.”

It was picked up a couple of weeks later by Mike Smith who was then a radio announcer at 2ue and he ran with it but focused on Julia Gillard’s involvement in the fraud. Andrew Bolt from News Ltd joined in the reporting and so did Glenn Milne from News Ltd.

This has been on the boil since last year when Julia Gillard moved hard and fast when it hit the main stream media. It started right here on this site with the post I did on the 7th August 2011 titled “Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s criminal history and her hypocrisy with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.”

It was picked up a couple of weeks later by Mike Smith who was then a radio announcer at 2ue and he ran with it but focused on Julia Gillard’s involvement in the fraud. Andrew Bolt from News Ltd joined in the reporting and so did Glenn Milne from News Ltd.

Julia Gillard personally jumped on the phone to the then CEO of News Ltd John Hartigan and had the reporting by Bolt and Milne stopped. Mike Smith was also stopped from reporting on it so it is not hard to work out Gillard also phoned a director of Fairfax Media (owner of 2ue). At that stage Mike Smith had done an interview with Bob Kernohan who had signed a statutory declaration that implicated Julia Gillard and Channel Seven had also recorded the interview. The Channel Seven interview never want to air. So one has to assume Gillard also phoned Channel Seven owner Kerry Stokes or one of his executives. This has been covered in a previous post on the 5th of September 2011 titled “Has Julia Gillard blackmailed the Media to cover-up her corrupt past? The Fairfax Media and News Corp scandal.”

Glenn Milne was sacked from a casual on-air position with the ABC and has never been heard of again at News Ltd. Mike Smith was suspended from 2ue and lawyers from 2ue told Mike Smith’s lawyers they were about to sack him so he took court action seeking an injunction to stop them. It was settled out of court and Mike Smith left 2ue.

There was nothing legally wrong with the reporting of her past or the Bob Kernohan statutory declaration. I have reported on it and posted the statutory declaration on this site and have never heard from the PM. My next post on the matter was on the 11th September 2011 titled “The Michael Smith 2ue emails to Julia Gillard and the Bob Kernohan Statutory Declaration.”

Dear oh dear – I’d not like to be Ms Gillard at this time.  This one must surely finally break.

5 comments for “Gillard’s alleged criminal activities

  1. dearieme
    August 15, 2012 at 23:39

    Is robbing a Trade Union broadly a good thing or a bad thing?

  2. August 15, 2012 at 23:42

    Allegedly robbing, Dearieme. 😉

  3. Rossa
    August 16, 2012 at 07:51

    Not actually (allegedly) robbing the Union as the funds that were (allegedly) siphoned off were levies paid by the developers and construction companies to fund training of workers in the construction industry. More workers for the Union to recruit and get money (subs) from. And no doubt the cost of the levies were added into the price of the buildings built and sold, so the end buyer was the payer of last resort as the consumer usually is.

  4. dearieme
    August 16, 2012 at 12:22

    You might have acknowledged the beauty of “broadly”, Hob. She is a broad, isn’t she?

  5. August 16, 2012 at 12:45

    Rossa, Dearieme – we know where we’re at.

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