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Kathy Jackson facing litigation of her own in HSU fallout

While she was a key witness against Craig Thomson in the former MP’s prosecution, Health Services Union boss Kathy Jackson faces legal action initiated by her own union.

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Tips and rumours

Union daughter complains from first class … Rupert Murdoch goes roo-spotting in Oz … Crikey’s fantasy 7.30 host …

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Craig Thomson isn’t going anywhere — innocent or guilty

Craig Thomson faces 150 fraud charges after being arrested today. But the ex-Labor MP will stay in Parliament for the duration of the trial — at least until he’s dumped at the election.

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Labor Unity rejoice as Asmar tops HSU poll

Diana Asmar looks set to take out the bitterly-fought battle for secretary of the Victorian Health Services Unions No. 1 branch.

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HSU elections back on track as fresh legal action looms

A legal stoush that threatened to delay the troubled HSU’s internal election has been resolved today.

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Craig Thomson’s home raid and what it means for Labor

The link between this morning’s raid on Craig Thomson’s family’s house and the fall of the Gillard government remains a tenuous one. There are plenty of hoops first.

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Victorian HSU fight heads to Federal Court

A candidate for the Health Services Union has been struck off a list of nominations for looming elections. Diana Asmar will fight the decision in the Federal Court and could open a can of worms.

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Craig Thomson’s legal bill mounts, clock ticks on case

Craig Thomson faces an enormous legal bill to defend allegations around his time at the Health Services Union. Crikey intern Nicholas McCallum speaks to a legal eagle about the case.

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Leaked documents reveal full picture of HSU carnage

The remnants of the Health Services Union’s collapsed East branch are being trawled by an administrator. Crikey can now exclusively reveal the full extent of the financial damage.

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Feeney still hanging with Jackson as HSU polls loom

David Feeney remains embroiled in the future of the disgraced Health Services Union to ensure supporters of Kathy Jackson continue to control its Victorian branch.

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HSU hopeful’s hospital ban as elections heat up

The management of a major Melbourne hospital has been dragged into the battle for control of the remnants of the Health Services Union after a Kathy Jackson-rival was barred from campaigning at St Vincent’s Hospital.

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Alex Williamson ‘leaves’ PM’s office

Alex Williamson, the daughter of disgraced former HSU chief Michael Williamson, has left her role as a media adviser in Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s office.

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Jackson allies face sanction in battle for HSU branch

A group of Kathy Jackson acolytes duelling for control of the Health Services Union’s No.3 branch could face court-imposed sanctions after a preliminary campaign meeting last week was referred to the union’s administrator.

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Kathy Jackson: HSU’s flawed and fascinating whistleblower

Whistleblowers don’t come any more flawed or fascinating than the National Secretary of the Health Services Union, Kathy Jackson, writes Matthew Knott.

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HSU: NUW withdraws Jackson support as Shorten moves in

A one-time union ally of beleaguered Health Services Union chief Kathy Jackson has publicly withdrawn his support for the former student politician as industrial relations minister Bill Shorten moves to dissolve her crumbling Victorian ALP powerbase forever.

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Mayne: time for unions, councils, super funds to embrace ASX-style disclosure

Amid all the corruption claims engulfing the Health Services Union, one of the most surprising revelations has been the size of the pay packets of suspended president Michael Williamson and national secretary Kathy Jackson.

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Shining the light on carbon tax costs

Crikey readers have their say.

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HSU boss Williamson to remain for months

It will take months to remove accused embezzler Michael Williamson from his Health Services Union post even though the vast majority of the union’s national executive want him gone, reports Matthew Knott.

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Kathy Jackson fights on, but can’t win a HSU ballot

Health Services Union national secretary Kathy Jackson would suffer a massive defeat if the union’s members heeded her call for fresh elections to clean out its current leadership group.

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Thomson allegations pick long-standing wounds at HSU

More breathless revelations emerge about the internal workings of the Health Services Union, with the spotlight now fixed on national president Mike Williamson. History and recriminations run deep.

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Milne debacle: how a 16 year old story was spiked by The Oz

Glenn Milne has egg all over his face after the re-hired columnist filed an error-filled op-ed reviving discredited allegations that Prime Minister Julia Gillard had somehow been an accomplice to her one-time partner Bruce Wilson’s alleged fraud.

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Will Thomson probe cause the HSU to implode?

Fears are growing in labour movement circles that the NSW police probe into Craig Thomson could spell the end for his former union, as the house of cards that has let well-paid officials sup for decades from their members’ teat collapses.

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Shadows of ’75 creep across the political landscape

In an increasingly febrile atmosphere, there’s little heed being shown to the long-term consequences of the pursuit of Craig Thomson.

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Tips and rumours: the circulation war

There must be a circulation war going on right now. On Saturday I was offered a free Financial Review at my local Franklins store. Today, a free copy of the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Health Services Union in controversial merger

ALP National President Michael Williamson has launched an audacious bid for full-spectrum control of the troubled Health Services Union, creating an eastern states conglomerate and dissolving the Victorian branches.

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