Nov 20, 2012

AWU actually clawed back dubious Bruce Wilson cash

The murky cash floating around the Australian Workers Union in the mid-1990s continues to astound. The Australian is leaving out important historical context.

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

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Former Victorian Legislative Council president Bob Smith has slammed Fair Work Commissioner Ian Cambridge’s media campaign against Prime Minister Julia Gillard, revealing his former factional rival clawed back $160,000 paid into her former boyfriend Bruce Wilson’s slush fund.

Extracts from Cambridge’s 1995 diary entries have dominated The Australian‘s coverage of the Australian Workers Union saga in recent days — a page 1 exclusive on Friday reported that some of the cash had been paid back to employers, but not that the payments were subsequently returned to the union jointly controlled by Cambridge.

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11 thoughts on “AWU actually clawed back dubious Bruce Wilson cash

  1. Edward James

    And a very smelly fish too! Edward James

  2. Blue Green

    Tell you what, Andrew; you give us an explanation (that passes the sniff test and does not bear any resemblance to those Mr. Latham or Ms. Gillard proffered) as to exactly why Ms. Gillard failed to alert the police as to what might have been going on (when she realized it, of course), and I’ll read your offering with an open mind. Until then, sorry

  3. tonyfunnywalker

    I wondered why the Australian had gone quiet. I expect an apology Hendley Thomas. Investigative Jouranalism – I suggest you return your reward and emrol in Jouranlism 101 was suggested to the ABC in today’s Australian editorial. The egg is all over everyone’s face and why keep files on a non event.
    This is getting a habit for Hedley Thomas he got Wyvenoe wrong and now the AWB affair wrong. Conspiracy theorist James, find another conspiracy to vent your spleen.
    I suggest the AWC scandal as starters. That should keep you happy for a while.

  4. klewso

    With the “resources” they’ve dedicated to this, I’m surprised Limited News didn’t find this out?

  5. Liz45

    @Blue Green – So you believe that the PM is guilty as charged by the Australian etc do you? And I suppose it’s those incompetent coppers who’ve let her ‘off the hook’? If you don’t think this, then say so! In almost 20 years no charges have been laid, and this article sheds some more light on the whole saga?

    You WANT to believe otherwise????

    In fact, I’m also willing to await the decision of the relevant police re Craig Tompson as well? We don’t have trial by media in this country to date – I’d like that to continue, thank you! IF there was any alleged illegal activity, a Defence barrister worth his or her salt would ask for the case to be dismissed. SO, the Australian is NOT doing anyone a favour. Of course, if you need to rely on pornographic ‘cartoons’ to demean people you’re a bloody lost cause! The Australian is a national disgrace!

  6. Mark from Melbourne

    Bloody hell, hard to keep track of who’s who in this zoo.

  7. Patriot

    Here’s some more historical context for you. Gillard was still a member of the Socialist Forum while she was helping her union boss boyfriend steal from a fatal accident and death fund. She travelled to Boulder to convince workers to hand over their money to him.

  8. Karen

    @Patriot – if JG was involved in a conspiracy to steal money, then she would have have been charged, not to mention lambasted in the Oz. Yet another unsubstantiated claim from you…

  9. Patriot


    They have to investigate the allegations against her before they charge her. They’re doing that right this minute. They’ll speak to Blewitt on Friday.

  10. Phil Vee

    Gavin @ 8 wrote….
    Crucially the property was sold in 1996 with no accounting of the proceeds to the AWU or the authorities. Slater and Gordon and the now PM were aware of the purchase.

    How could S&G “account for proceeds” when they did not know some of the money to buy the house came from an AWU fund? The famous cheque was banked in Perth and appeared in S&G’s books as a direct deposit. S&G Victoria never saw it and did not know AWU money was involved.

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