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More Headlines from the Royal Commission into Union Corruption

June 19, 2014

Editorial Note:  One name keeps coming up again and again.  Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.  It also looks like Kathy Jackson has been the victim of one of the worst smear campaigns in Australia history.  

Shorten accused of ALP branch-stacking

Sydney Morning Herald – ‎2 minutes ago‎

Controversial union leader Kathy Jackson has accused her former friend Bill Shorten of being involved in Labor Party branch-stacking, saying she had discussed the practice with the now Opposition Leader. Ms Jackson told the royal commission into trade …

Bill Shorten caught up in nest of union vipers, royal commission hears

Courier Mail – ‎3 minutes ago‎

LABOR leader Bill Shorten allegedly handed over thousands of dollars for ALP election branch stacking, the royal commission into trades unions heard yesterday. Controversial Health Services Union national secretary and whistleblower Kathy Jackson told …

Whistleblower says Shorten spent thousands to buy memberships

Herald Sun – ‎3 hours ago‎

OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten paid thousands of dollars to buy ALP memberships to stack party branches, the royal commission into union corruption heard yesterday. Health Service Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson also claimed Mr Shorten was part of …

HSU whistleblower Kathy Jackson sobs as she details breakdown caused by …

ABC Online – ‎4 hours ago‎

Whistleblowing union boss Kathy Jackson has told a royal commission hearing she suffered a mental breakdown after exposing widespread corruption within the Health Services Union (HSU). The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and …

Jackson denies rorting union funds

Ninemsn – ‎5 hours ago‎

Whistleblower Kathy Jackson has fiercely denied corruption allegations and described how the stress of taking on crooked union officials forced her into a mental hospital. The licence in question. (Supplied). Man wears colander on head for licence photo One …

Bill Shorten ‘gave thousands’ to ALP branch stacker, claims Kathy Jackson

The Australian – ‎3 minutes ago‎

BILL Shorten has been accused of handing thousands of dollars in cash to a Victorian Labor “branch stacker” to pay for ALP memberships. The potentially damaging claim against the federal Labor leader came from Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy …

Williamson holiday house ‘palatial’

WA today – ‎6 hours ago‎

National secretary of the Health Services Union Kathy Jackson, describes the moment her suspicions of former official Michael Williamson’s corruption were ‘crystallised’ at the royal commission into trade unions. 18/06/14. Michael Williamson living ‘obscene …

‘I now understand what drives people to do certain things’: Union corruption …

Daily Mail – ‎7 hours ago‎

Union official Kathy Jackson sobbed as she described being forced into a mental hospital as the stress of taking on corrupt union boss Michael Williamson took its toll. Ms Jackson broke down as she gave evidence to the royal commission into union …

Brief tears but HSU’s Jackson untroubled

Daily Mail – ‎5 hours ago‎

Kathy Jackson cried once in the witness box – the surprise was that it didn’t happen more often. The details the Health Services Union boss gave of her battle to expose now-jailed HSU general secretary Michael Williamson’s rampant corruption of union …

Kathy Jackson to take stand at royal commission into union corruption

ABC Online – ‎10 hours ago‎

TANYA NOLAN: The union official Kathy Jackson, who blew the whistle on corruption within her own union, will today face questions about her own alleged misuse of funds. Ms Jackson has taken the stand at the Royal Commission into Trade Union …

Health Services Union’s Kathy Jackson says she been politically destroyed by …

ABC Online – ‎12 hours ago‎

Health Services Union national secretary Kathy Jackson has told the royal commission into union corruption that she has been destroyed politically by allegations of corruption levelled against her after she blew the whistle on widespread corruption at the …

Corruption allegations have politically destroyed me: Kathy Jackson

SBS – ‎12 hours ago‎

Ms Jackson exposed the corruption within the union’s Sydney base, implicating senior officials Craig Thomson and former HSU general secretary Michael Williamson, who is now in prison. She told the Royal Commission into union corruption that the decision …

Health Services Union’s Kathy Jackson says she suffered breakdown over …

The West Australian – ‎11 hours ago‎

Health Services Union national secretary Kathy Jackson has told a royal commission hearing that she suffered a mental breakdown after exposing widespread corruption within the union. The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption …

Jackson gives evidence at royal commission

SBS – ‎13 hours ago‎

Former high-ranking Health Services Union (HSU) official Kathy Jackson has started giving evidence at the royal commission into union corruption. The whistleblower, who helped bring down former HSU boss Michael Williamson and disgraced former MP …

Union boss Kathy Jackson put worker pay in own fund

Sydney Morning Herald – ‎18 hours ago‎

A $250,000 settlement for workers who were underpaid at the Peter MacCallum cancer hospital was used by the Health Services Union under Kathy Jackson to kick-start a ”slush fund” that allowed her to use the money for her political and personal purposes, …

$1.1m spent on credit cards

The Australian Financial Review – ‎19 hours ago‎

Unionist Kathy Jackson has been linked to several slush funds and accused of using more than $1 million in union members’ money to pay off personal credit cards. In evidence presented to the Royal Commission on Trade Union Governance and Corruption, …

Whistleblower Kathy Jackson has three union credit cards, inquiry hears …

Herald Sun – ‎Jun 17, 2014‎

Bully boy tactics used on HSU whistleblowers 1:21. Play video. http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/. A royal commission has heard that intimidation tactics were used by HSU members to ‘silence’ whistleblowers. Sky News; 16 Jun 2014; News. Kathy Jackson …

Jackson put worker pay in own fund

WA today – ‎Jun 17, 2014‎

Damned: Kathy Jackson diverted $250,000 of workers’ money into a slush fund, the royal commission on trade unions has been told. Photo: Louise Kennerley. A $250,000 settlement for workers who were underpaid at the Peter MacCallum cancer hospital …

Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson to front Royal Commission tomorrow to face …

ABC Online – ‎Jun 17, 2014‎

MARK COLVIN: She’s the woman at the centre of the Trade Union Royal Commission’s investigation into the Health Services Union (HSU) and she was there for the first time today. But Kathy Jackson’s much-anticipated stint in the witness box is still yet to …

Kathy Jackson due before inquiry

Sky News Australia – ‎18 hours ago‎

Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson is due to give evidence at the union corruption royal commission on Wednesday. Ms Jackson blew the whistle on jailed former Health Services Union boss Michael Williamson and disgraced former MP Craig Thomson and …

Jackson rort claims just ‘speculation’

Business Spectator – ‎Jun 17, 2014‎

A witness has conceded that blaming union whistleblower Kathy Jackson for rorting more than $200,000 of members’ money was only speculation, the royal commission into union corruption has heard. When Craig McGregor took over as secretary of a …

Royal commission into union corruption: Supporters defend integrity of HSU …

ABC Online – ‎Jun 17, 2014‎

Supporters of Health Services Union (HSU) whistleblower Kathy Jackson have defended her integrity at the royal commission into union corruption. The current four-day hearing kicked off in Sydney yesterday with allegations Ms Jackson was connected to a …

Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson had access to $250000 of …

Herald Sun – ‎Jun 17, 2014‎

Ms Jackson had three union credit cards; She helped bring down Craig Thomson; Claims she also misused funds; Received $48,000 ‘honorariam’ for just attending meetings. HEALTH Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson was given access to a union …

Workers’ underpayment settlement went to Health Services Union slush fund

Sydney Morning Herald – ‎Jun 16, 2014‎

A $250,000 settlement for the underpayment of workers at the Peter MacCallum cancer hospital was used by the Health Services Union under Kathy Jackson to kick-start a ”slush fund” for political and industrial campaigns. Evidence to the Royal Commission …

Kathy Jackson arrives at the royal commission this morning. Picture: Ross …

NEWS.com.au – ‎Jun 16, 2014‎

HEALTH Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson was given access to a union bank account holding over $250,000 worth of members’ entitlement money for her own personal and union use, the Royal Commission into Trade Unions heard today.

Kathy Jackson says Bill Shorten part of Labor smear campaign against her

The Australian – ‎8 hours ago‎

HEALTH Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson has accused Bill Shorten of being part of a Labor Party campaign to smear her with a “dirt file” in the media after she exposed corruption. Ms Jackson told the royal commission into union corruption today …

Royal Commission focus shifts to Jackson

ABC Online – ‎Jun 16, 2014‎

The Royal Commission into trade union governance and corruption has shifted its focus onto the Health Services Union and its high profile corruption fighter, National Secretary, Kathy Jackson. Transcript. EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The Royal …

Royal commission hears Health Service Union’s Michael Williamson bullied …

Sydney Morning Herald – ‎Jun 16, 2014‎

Health Services Union employees who threatened to challenge or blow the whistle on former official Michael Williamson’s corrupt conduct have told the royal commission into trade union corruption how they were intimidated, isolated and eventually silenced …

Julia Gillard’s ex-boyfriend Bruce Wilson gets a lawyer for free at the royal …

The Daily Telegraph – ‎Jun 16, 2014‎

TAXPAYERS are funding former Australian Workers Union official Bruce Wilson’s legal fees at the royal commission into trades unions. Mr Wilson has been represented by barrister Dr Kristine Hanscomb as he has denied allegations before the inquiry that he …

Royal commission into union corruption: Allegations against HSU whistleblower …

ABC Online – ‎Jun 16, 2014‎

Allegations against whistleblower and Health Services Union (HSU) official Kathy Jackson have been aired at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, including a claim that she ran a slush fund. The commission today began …

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