"There has been considerable recent media discussion about the 1992 incorporation of the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association Inc and the involvement of Julia Gillard in its incorporation. In particular there has been conjecture as to whether or not Gillard has committed any offence in her role in the incorporation of the association. Before discussing that question, it is necessary to establish the facts ..."You get the sense that O'Connor is almost doing us a favour, having noticed by chance that there has been "considerable media discussion" and being anxious to resolve the issue for us, as a kind of disinterested observer. Just a helpful retired barrister wanting to set us all straight. Except, who is Terry O'Connor AM QC? O'Connor came to Crikey's attention back in 2002. He's a former WA Liberal Party member who was appointed to the WA ACC by Richard Court's government. He also has some national profile courtesy of being turfed off the AFL Commission in 2000. These days, O'Connor heads the advisory board for the USAFL. Among other board appointments, he's also long-time chairman of mining services company Ausdrill, as well as an African-based mining services company. In 1999, then-state Labor leader Geoff Gallop wanted to know why Ausdrill was organising anti-Labor rallies in Kalgoorlie when its chairman was also head of the Anti-Corruption Commission. O'Connor's Liberal connection strangely went unmentioned by The Australian today. O'Connor also has perhaps a more direct link to the campaign being run against the Prime Minister. Over a decade ago, O'Connor commendably became chair of the Secure Community Foundation, a business-funded group established in the wake of a string of notorious abductions around Claremont to help police improve security and investigative capacity. The group raised over $600,000 for WA police. A number of Perth's business élite were also on the Foundation. And a prominent Perth lawyer ... one Julie Bishop.
AWU commentator at The Oz forgets to note his Liberal past
Beware he who proffers helpful advice about the AWU smear campaign in The Australian.