It's important to put this matter into its proper place in time.
You will recall the purchase of 1/85 Kerr Street Fitzroy. The contract of sale was signed on 13 February, 1993. According to Blewitt the Power of Attorney was produced by Wilson in Perth during the week 15-19 February, 1993. Wilson was in Perth to supervise the handing over of the state secretary position to Blewitt during that week.
It didn't take long for the natives to get restless. This defamation proceeding was brought before the court in October of the same year, 1993. Did Gillard and Murphy investigate to see if the union's finances were safe? Was there any merit to the complaints? Did they call in the auditors?
Or did they squash the dissent that would displace Blewitt and bring the whole show crashing down?
Bernard Murphy's initials are in the solicitor code and you will see his signature block and signature on letters in the file. He was the senior partner in the Slater and Gordon industrial unit in which Miss Gillard worked. You have to ask yourself who was Slater and Gordon's client, the AWU? Really? It might have been paying the bills.
And it will be fascinating to compare and contrast Miss Gillard's departure interview and her claims about Mr Blewitt and his sophisticated property investor status with the evidence set out in these documents.
You will also note there's reference to the "Tour of Dignity". I would be very grateful to hear from anyone who remembers the bus tour. I won't say anything more about it here now so as not to affect your potential memory.
I will have a lot more to say about these files - but for now I'd appreciate your observations and your memories if you were there.