David Hookes’s girlfriend Christine Padfield revealed much on Australian Storylast night, and news that her relationship with the late cricketer and media personality lasted for two years raises some very interesting questions.
Crikey hears that Hookes had a life insurance policy with one of the major Australian insurance companies. A claim has been made and paid, but it wasn’t by Christine Padfield when she arguably may have have been entitled to a small share given the relationship.
A similar issue arises with Hookes’s superannuation policies, which usually have a death benefit attached. Australia’s complex superannuation laws give the trustees of a super fund control over who receives any death benefits. Given that Hookes and Padfield were both employees of Cricket Victoria, it would be very interesting to know who the trustees paid the death benefit to. Was Christine Padfield looked after by Cricket Victoria, given that she has now quit her job and is living in the UK with her new boyfriend, Victorian fast bowler Mick Lewis?
Similarly, what did 3AW do given that it was at the forefront of perpetuating the myth that Hookes was happily married to the last, when the reality was that Hookes had moved out, lawyers were involved and he spent Christmas 2003 with the Padfield family at Skipton?
Given that Padfield and Hookes were never in a de facto relationship, her claim on his estimated $1 million-plus Hookes estate was not strong and she doesn’t appear to have pursued any sort of payout. But it was certainly most unfair that she wasn’t even allowed to retrieve her possessions from Hookes’s apartment.
On a night when he was in the news for bringing Sam Chisholm back into Channel 9 to replace his godson David Gyngell, Kerry Packer would have absolutely hated Hookes’s brother attacking him on national television for only allowing Robyn Hookes to represent the family at the launch of the David Hookes Foundation.
Fancy having Packer mates John Singleton, Alan Jones and Sam Chisholm there and not inviting Hookes’s brother, who was the main spokesman for the family throughout the whole ordeal.