These incorporated associations are key to the story of the AWU Workplace Reform Association.
These 3 handwritten numbers appear on the Application, Certificate of Applicant and Rules/Objects of the AWU Workplace Reform Association.
23 April 1992
We see 1002116 handwritten on the AWU WRA paperwork.
1002117 was allocated to the Walkaway Memorial Youth Centre Inc.
All of those actions took place on the same stamped and recorded date - 23 April 1992.
However, the AWU Workplace Reform Association application for incorporation failed - and no further action was taken upon that application.
There's plenty more to report about the events of and leading up to 23 April, 1992 - but for now let's move on to the last of the 3 significant dates.
24 June 1992
The AWU WRA was incorporated on 24 June, 1992.
The date of incorporation is the date on which the conditions for incorporation are met and the application is put to the Commissioner.
The correlation between the dates and the registration number is demonstrated again - with the registered number of the AWU WRA (1002262) and the Albany Regional Community Care Foundation (1002264) - incorporated on the same date.
So what happened between the first application on 23 April, 1992 (1002116) and the successful incorporation (1002262) on 24 June, 1992.
What GILLARD says happened
In summary, GILLARD told the trade union royal commission Mr Blewitt lodged the application on 23 April 1992, then:
- there was a query about whether or not the entity was a trade union
- she replied to say it was not a trade union
- Mr RP Neal from the Office of State Corporate Affairs wrote back to Ms GILLARD suggesting a new rule 3A to clarify the non-union status
- GILLARD wrote an unsigned memo for Ralph Blewitt containing a draft letter to Mr Neal. It also required a complex rule change for the AWU WRA - a rule change that was never made.
There is no evidence at the WA Archives to support GILLARD's version of events.
On 11 September 1995 GILLARD was recorded in an Exit Interview at Slater and Gordon:
PG: And last Monday I think you gave to Paul Mulvaney a follow-up which demonstrates that Slater & Gordon had drafted model rules for, for that, had submitted those rules to the relevant Western Australian government authority, that there'd been a letter from the authority suggesting that it might be a trade union and therefore ineligible for incorporation under that legislation, and that we had prepared a response submitted on Wilson's instructions to that authority suggesting that in fact it wasn't a trade union and arguing the case for its incorporation. My recollection is that all of that happened in or about mid-1992. Is that right?
PG: Yes. And to the extent that work was done on that file in relation to that it was done by you?
JG: That's right.
PG: And did you get advice from anyone else in the firm in relation to any of those matters?
JG: No I didn't.
That version of events (ie first application refused, GILLARD/Slater and Gordon argued case for incorporation) is borne out by the 2nd of the 3 numbers on our Rosetta Stone document.
26 May 1992
26 May 1992, the number 1002203 is briefly assigned to the AWU WRA Inc.
We know the allocation was brief, because 1002203 was reallocated.
This is consistent with a second declined application (on the same documents) for incorporation.
The first cheque from the improperly established AWU-WRA Inc bank account is made out to the WA Office of State Corporate Affairs on the same date - the amount $22 is consistent with the fee for a Ministerial Review of a decision by the Commissioner to decline incorporation.
This is the very, very basic outline of 3 key dates with a series of events leading to each of them.
23 April 1992
26 May 1992
24 June 1992
Unfortunately for GILLARD the events and documents do not support her false version of events.
More evidence on what really happened soon.
The Rosetta Stone
|Size||1123 mm × 757 mm × 284 mm
(45 in × 28.5 in × 11 in)
|Writing||Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, Demotic script, and Greek script|
|Present location||British Museum|
The Rosetta Stone is a granodiorite stele, found in 1799, inscribed with three versions of a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt, in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The top and middle texts are in Ancient Egyptian using hieroglyphic script and Demotic script, respectively, while the bottom is in Ancient Greek. As the decree is the same (with some minor differences) in all three versions, the Rosetta Stone proved to be the key to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs.
The stone, carved in black granodiorite, is believed to have originally been displayed within a temple, possibly at nearby Sais. It was probably moved during the early Christian or medieval period, and was eventually used as building material in the construction of Fort Julien near the town of Rashid (Rosetta) in the Nile Delta. It was rediscovered there in July 1799 by a French soldier named Pierre-François Bouchard during the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt. It was the first Ancient Egyptian bilingual text recovered in modern times, and it aroused widespread public interest with its potential to decipher this previously untranslated hieroglyphic language. Lithographic copies and plaster casts began circulating among European museums and scholars. Meanwhile, British troops defeated the French in Egypt in 1801, and the original stone came into British possession under the Capitulation of Alexandria and was transported to London. It has been on public display at the British Museum almost continuously since 1802. It is the most-visited object in the British Museum.
Study of the decree was already under way when the first full translation of the Greek text appeared in 1803. It was 20 years, however, before the transliteration of the Egyptian scripts was announced by Jean-François Champollion in Paris in 1822; it took longer still before scholars were able to read Ancient Egyptian inscriptions and literature confidently. Major advances in the decoding were recognition that the stone offered three versions of the same text (1799); that the demotic text used phonetic characters to spell foreign names (1802); that the hieroglyphic text did so as well, and had pervasive similarities to the demotic (Thomas Young, 1814); and that, in addition to being used for foreign names, phonetic characters were also used to spell native Egyptian words (Champollion, 1822–1824).
Ever since its rediscovery, the stone has been the focus of nationalist rivalries, including its transfer from French to British possession during the Napoleonic Wars, a long-running dispute over the relative value of Young and Champollion's contributions to the decipherment, and, since 2003, demands for the stone's return to Egypt.
Two other fragmentary copies of the same decree were discovered later, and several similar Egyptian bilingual or trilingual inscriptions are now known, including two slightly earlier Ptolemaic decrees (the Decree of Canopus in 238 BC, and the Memphis decree of Ptolemy IV, ca. 218 BC). The Rosetta Stone is, therefore, no longer unique, but it was the essential key to modern understanding of Ancient Egyptian literature and civilisation. The term Rosetta Stone is now used in other contexts as the name for the essential clue to a new field of knowledge.
Every touch leaves its trace.