Synopsis of The AWU Scandal - John Lourens
My letter to Slater and Gordon has been answered today

The AWU Scandal - Victoria Police write-off the 1995 complaint - before the discovery of AWU-WRA

I have now reviewed the partial information released by Victoria Police about its investigation into Wilson and The AWU Scandal in 1995.

The file released by the police does not include witness statements and it's heavily redacted.  It's therefore difficult to follow much of the investigating officer's logic leading to a conclusion that no offences were detected.

Keep in mind that this investigation was concluded before the discovery of the Australian Workers' Union Workplace Reform Association.   It also appears that Wilson was not interviewed by police.

On the material available in the file, it appears that the investigating officers concentrated on the funds dispersed from AWU Members Welfare Association No 1 Account.   Here is a copy of the cash withdrawals from that account by Wilson.

Awu members welfare withdrawals

Here is the investigating officer's report to his superiors at the conclusion of his investigation on 30 May, 1996.

Download Vic POlice write off matter - May 1995


Harry Nowicki was the applicant for this file.   He has reviewed it and today has written to Victoria Police with these comments.

Download Redacted harry re vic police foi

I would reiterate to Victoria Police that there are changed circumstances since their brief investigation.

Ralph Blewitt has made certain admissions about serious indictable offences in Victoria.   He has stated that he will be fully co-operative with police in return for immunity from prosecution for the offences he has committed.  

Since Victoria Police's initial investigation, the evidence of the purchase of 1/85 Kerr Street Fitzroy, the apparently back-dated and falsely created Power of Attorney and the discovery of the Australian Workers' Union Workplace Reform Association have come to light.

I'll let you know about the response to Harry's letter.