This interview gives me no joy. Jeff Kennett and I have known each other since 1995 when I ran Telstra's business with the Victorian Government. We had a Strategic Alliance and I was on Kennett's Multimedia Taskforce.
I hope this interview has not destroyed our relationship, but I felt some things needed to be said and my questions needed to be asked.
The following points are from our preceding post:
Counsel Assisting the Trade Union Royal Commission has asked the Commission to find:
......the Commission should find that Ms Gillard was the beneficiary or recipient of certain funds from Mr Wilson, consistent with the evidence of Mr James and Mr Hem......
....she was aware of facts, had she turned her mind to them, which would have indicated that the source of the wads of bank notes cannot have been the low union salary of Mr Wilson of about $50,000 – a man who was supporting his family in Perth, his own household in Melbourne, and his relationship with Ms Gillard in Melbourne, and who was not shown to have had any income from property exceeding the cost of mortgage repayments – but must have been some fund he did not own but did control.
That is, she must have been aware of facts, which had she turned her mind to them, would have revealed that Mr Wilson was making payments to her in breach of some fiduciary duty.
The Chief Magistrate of Victoria Peter Lauritsen found that in every instance, each of 366 documents created or communications made between Gillard's then boyfriend Bruce Wilson and the Gillard/Murphy team at Slater and Gordon "were made in the furtherance of fraud".
Gillard's Managing Partner at Slater and Gordon Peter Gordon said:
- it is no secret that Mr Murphy and Ms Gillard left the firm in late 1995 in circumstances where their relationship with the equity partnership group had become fractured, and trust and confidence evaporated. We also had concerns about various aspects of the way in which Mr Murphy and Ms Gillard had acted with regard to Mr Wilson and the AWU. We felt that a number of matters required explanation and we were concerned as to whether they had acted consistently with their obligations of utmost good faith with regard to their partners.
- the nature of the wrongdoings alleged required us, if we were to take an adverse view of Ms Gillard in relation to these events, to believe that she had knowingly participated in a fraud and deceived her partners about it for a year or more.
- the partnership was extremely unhappy with both Mr Murphy and Ms Gillard, considered that proper vigilance had not been observed and that their duties of utmost good faith to their partners especially as to timely disclosure had not been met.
Julia Gillard's office at Slater and Gordon was raided by Victoria Police. She was named personally in their search warrant. The officer in charge of the Operation Tendement, Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Ross Mitchell named her in his sworn affidavit as one of the persons being investigated in a major fraud squad investigation.
The police investigation continues.
Ms Gillard will join another recent appointee - Paul Howes.
Mr Paul Howes
Appointed February 2014
- Director Advisory at KPMG
- Past President of the ACTU
- Youngest person in union's history to hold a national leadership position when elected National Vice President in 2005
- Elected Vice President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions in 2008
- Director of the National Workforce and Productivity Development Agency, and The McKell Institute
What do you find most rewarding about your association with beyondblue?
beyondblue has achieved much in the short time it has existed, but much more remains to be done in the area of depression and mental health, particularly among men. Unfortunately, too many Australian men still see conditions such as depression and anxiety as a sign of weakness and think that getting support for them is a sign of failure.
I want to use my position as a beyondblue Board Director to help change these attitudes within the union movement and let both men and women know that, while depression and anxiety can affect even the toughest of people, support is readily available.