I understand that overnight, Ralph sent an email with the following report to the WA Corruption and Crime Commission and that it has acknowledged receipt of the report.
In late 1991/early 1992 I was the assistant secretary of the Australian Workers Union in West Australia.
Bruce Wilson was the branch secretary. Wilson was involved in a deal with Carmen Lawrence’s government where the construction company Thiess was awarded a $60M odd contract to build the Dawesville Channel without any competitive tender.
Wilson and the AWU then national president Bill Ludwig did a deal with Thiess for Thiess to pay us$300K from that contract. The money was intended to go into a separate account which was not part of the AWU’s normal finances. Thiess wanted a separate legal entity for their auditors that would send them dodgy invoices and Thiess agreed to pay the money over in 36 monthly instalments - total of $300K.
Wilson asked me to put an ad in the West Australian, then to sign paperwork for the WA Corporate Affairs Commissioner to incorporate the separate legal entity Thiess wanted to use to make the payments look legitimate.
On 23 April 1992 I lodged the paperwork. A week or maybe more later I got a letter at home to say that my application to incorporate the association had been refused as the entity was ineligible for incorporation.
I know that Wilson and his lawyer girlfriend Julia Gillard pulled some strings and eventually the association called the AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc was incorporated.
I’m writing to you because I’ve recently been shown documents and I’ve seen the final report of the Trade Union Royal Commission into the Workplace Reform Association and the explanation about how that association was eventually incorporated is a total whitewash. It is a cover up. There is some very corrupt behaviour here involving senior people and I’d like you to get to the bottom of it please.
The story that Gillard told the Trade Union Royal Commission about me getting a memo from her and then changing rules and lodging paperwork etc is a complete and utter lie. It did not happen.
I am prepared to tell the complete truth about my role in this corrupt activity, but I’m not going to stand idly by and see lies get the tick of approval. Gillard is lying and the documents she says were sent to me are just plain lies too. She’s created them as a cover up for what she really did.
After my 23 April application got knocked back, Gillard and Wilson hit the panic button. We had already set up bank accounts, we’d been banking money, sending out invoices on letter head etc etc etc.
Gillard says there was an “enquiry” from the office of state corporate affairs about whether or not the AWU Workplace Reform Association was a trade union. That is crap. There was a knock-back, the application I put in got knocked back.
Then Gillard says she got a letter from Ray Neal, the corporate affairs commissioner at the time. She says she wrote out this memo to me and that I somehow did the stuff she’s written about in the letter - the memo she told the Trade Union Royal Commission she sent to me is at the tail end of this note.
I can tell you with 100% certainty that I was never sent that memo. I never wrote to the corporate affairs people. I am a lousy writer, I have absolutely no idea about corporate laws and stuff. That supposed memo to me is 100% crap, it was never sent to me, Gillard’s story about me taking on responsibility to get the Workplace Reform Association incorporated is just plain wrong.
And she knows it’s false because she put the real paperwork together, the stuff that went to Yvonne Henderson the then Minister who eventually ordered that the Workplace Reform Association be incorporated. Gillard and Wilson did all that paperwork - now they are trying to pretend that a bloke (me) who couldn’t turn a bloody computer wordprocessing machine on let alone do a complex legal routine somehow got the association magically incorporated!
We paid Carmen Lawrence about $110,000 for her election campaign later in 1992. The AWU was on the bones of its backside then financially, we were about $700,000 in the red already and what do you know? Bill Ludwig and Wilson find a magic $110,000 for Carmen Lawrence’s campaign.
Strings were pulled at a very senior level to get the workplace reform association incorporated. I can tell you it wasn’t old Ralph Blewitt and a memo from Gillard that did it.
Gillard’s memo to me was never sent to me. I didn’t action it. It’s not what it pretends to be. It’s made up to cover up for something else - that something else is what Gillard/Wilson/Ludwig hobbled together to get Yvonne Henderson to order that the association be incorporated.
I’m happy to carry the can for what I’ve done. I will not sit idly by and carry the can for utter fraudsters, cheats and liars like Gillard, Wilson and Ludwig.
Please help me to get the truth out.
Can you start please by finally making a finding 100% on this supposed letter from Ray Neal the acting corporate affairs commissioner. He says he didn’t write it. I never saw it at the time. I never did the supposed Rule 3A change. I never received that Gillard memo. I never actioned it. The only person who says that the Ray Neal letter is legit is Gillard.
Please can you just investigate that letter. I say it’s a forgery, it never happened at the time.