RE – Julia Eileen GILLARD, DOB 29/9/61 N/R N/W yet
Things She Did Wrong
- Sleeping with your client. Lawyers are like doctors. Years of experience have produced lessons we can all learn from. One of them is “don’t sleep with your client”. It’s bad when
the client is a person paying the bills themselves. It’s worse when the client is the boss of an organisation paying the bills with other people’s money. To make it easier, lawyers don’t have to rely on their own judgement. The Law Society and the Law make it clear. It
- Passing off. I can’t set up an airline and call it Qantas. That name is taken. It would be wrong for a Telstra manager’s girlfriend to set up the Telstra Accounts Receivable Association and pass it off as a Telstra entity. But Julia GILLARD wrote on the 2 forms that
set up the AWU Workplace Reform Association. She wrote out the name Australian Worker’s Union. She is an officer of the court. It’s pretty basic.
- Giving advice to break the law or union rules. The AWU-WRA’s application was fraudulent. It told lies about itself. Ms GILLARD was setting up a slush fund but she told the WA Corporate Affairs Commissioner it was a workplace reform association. Ian Cambridge’s affidavit sets out the union rules that the Association broke. Lawyers
should not advise clients to break the law or the rules of their employer. Particularly clients with whom they are sleeping.
- The relationship with Wilson from 1991 to 1995 was close. People in close relationships
observe each other closely. That’s the nature of close relationships. Bruce’s official income was a union official’s pay. He had a wife and 2 children to support in Perth. His lifestyle in Melbourne was curious. A satisfactory explanation to the questions about visible means of support is found in the bank statements of the AWU-WRA. Lots of cash came out. It’d be hard to miss. It is probably wrong not to ask question.
- The Power of Attorney? Ms GILLARD supervised the donation of Ralph Blewitt’s power of attorney to Bruce Wilson. By 1993 communications technology had developed to include the post and facsimile machines. It was a curious thing, the need for an able bodied young man, who frequently availed himself of air travel, to donate his complete power of attorney to his boss the boyfriend and client WILSON. It doesn’t seem right. And then Wilson used that Power of Attorney to sign Blewitt up for $150K in borrowings from his girlfriend’s law firm.
- The whole purchase of Kerr Street Fitzroy has wrongness written all over it. The path
used by dubious characters to launder unlawfully obtained money into real property
that can be spoken of in polite circles is a well-trodden one. Astute lawyers are a wake-up to it. Bruce and Ms GILLARD went to the auction. Bruce signed the papers. It turns
out he was doing a love job for Blewitt, because Bruce bought the joint for Blewitt. And Julia’s firm was engaged on the spot to do the legal legwork. A prudent lawyer in the circumstances might have enquired about Blewitt’s capacity to repay the loan advanced to him, particularly given that Blewitt was committing to the loan and the purchase on Bruce’s say so, using the Power of Attorney. The firm might have sought a bank opinion. Or enquired about the source of the funds to complete the sale. The firm might have noted the $67,772.30 cheque drawn on the Association set up for free. And the clause in the Association's rules that said said, “no part of the property of income of the Association may be distributed to members directly or indirectly.” Just wrong.
- Failing to advise the union of the AWU-WRA. Bruce was advised in writing on 4 August 1995 of the union’s intention to bring charges against him and to refer his conduct to police. Ms Gillard of Slater and Gordon continued to provide legal advice to him. The
conflict of interest in her personal relationship was then intense. She was aware of the AWU-WRA but did nothing to advise the union of it. She admitted as much to her partners in the 11 September departure interview. That is shameful.
It beggars belief that we as a nation have accepted this conduct. That the nation’s media could
interpret the lie “I did nothing wrong” as being a positive show of strength from the PM.
It may be that this matter continues to elude prosecutorial authorities. But that does nothing to
change the truth. The Prime Minister did something, very, very wrong.
Children, this is the Prime Minister, the highest office holder in the land. You should aspire to be like people who used to hold this position.