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Apr 27, 2012

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A one-time union ally of beleaguered Health Services Union chief Kathy Jackson has publicly withdrawn his support for the former student politician as industrial relations minister Bill Shorten moves to dissolve her crumbling Victorian ALP powerbase forever.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

A one-time union ally of beleaguered Health Services Union chief Kathy Jackson has publicly withdrawn his support for the ailing former student politician as industrial relations minister Bill Shorten moves to dissolve her crumbling Victorian ALP powerbase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

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  1. Jenny Haines

    Whatever Kathy Jackson’s affiliations or Michael Williamson’s actions, this public brawling has to end, for the good of the members of the HSU, the good of the union movement generally and the good of the ALP, in that order of priority. I think Shorten is doing the right thing. It seems now to be the only way to end the ongoing brawling. There are many many issues that affect members of this union in our health system that the union needs to get back to comprehensively addressing. A new leadership with as fresh a start as can be managed is what is needed now. Jackson, Williamson and Thomson can go to whatever fate awaits them.

  2. shepherdmarilyn

    Well Thomson has not been with the union for years so he won’t be doing anything.

    But Jackson and her massive pay packet and politicial ambitions along with idiot media has created a real mess.

  3. SBH

    Suzanne Blake – your defence of Jackson if you please?

  4. David Hand

    This article refers to Jackson’s “hijinks” as having damaged the reputation of the union movement. To the rest of us, the sleazy sense of entitlement that led senior union officials to spend members’ money on prostitutes is the real scandal and no amount of band-aiding by Shorten through direct intervention will change this.

    Jackson has the reputation from the public as the person who exposed it all.

  5. SBH

    Yeah, Kathy’s a saint and your so dumb you fell for the Mother Theresa routine David?

  6. lilac

    Exactly SBH! Sleazy sense of entitlement? WT?
    Where was Kathy when husband Jeff was using member funds for procuring prostitutes? The very same accusations levelled at Craig Thomposon.
    No braying for the husbands head or dragging the union through mud. One has to wonder why…. divorce settlement…. a sense of marital entitlement?
    Surely the woman must be the biggest hippocrite in recent times and totally abhorred by the majority of members of the HSU.
    Thank the powers that be this parasite will no longer draw a wage from the hard working members of the HSU and be cast into oblivion.

  7. David Hand

    Hey SBH,
    Maybe I made a mistake and Jackson didn’t send all the documentation about Williamson and Thompson the the police or Fairwork or whoever. I thought I read that somewhere.

    Run all the interference you like. The HSU fiasco is yet another sordid tale of corruption that will bring the Gillard government down due to its unwillingness to do anything about Craig Thonpson.

    No amount of damage control by Shorten can save them but it’s about saving Labor, not some new found sense of integrity in the union movement.

  8. shepherdmarilyn

    Pssssr. David, the HSU is no in parliament.

  9. David Hand

    Marilyn,
    The HSU not being in parliament has absolutely no bearing on the toxicity of Julia’s “confidence in the member for Dobell”

  10. shepherdmarilyn

    You are a moron David, Downer, Vaile and co had great confidence in AWB which was an Australian government entity.

    Craig Thomson will not be charged with anything because fair work can only investigate what he is doing in his current job which is his job.

    Honestly the problem with the hang ém high tea partiers like you is you have zero sense of proportion.

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