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Missing files add to opposition ire

Date
November 19,  2012
Richard Baker

Richard  Baker

Investigative reporter

 

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Harry Nowicki.

THE federal opposition has called for an urgent investigation after the  disappearance of more documents at the centre of the Australian Workers Union  slush fund scandal,  including key Federal Court files.

Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop has urged police intervention unless  Queensland court records relating to a bid in the mid-1990s to recover money  from the disgraced former boyfriend of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and his  associates are quickly found.

And former industrial lawyer Harry Nowicki has told The Age a box of  records is also missing from the New South Wales Federal Court registry,  including a crucial affidavit and supporting documents assembled by AWU  whistleblower and now Fair Work Australia commissioner Ian Cambridge.

Mr Nowicki said the NSW documents, which could not be located by court staff  when he visited Sydney in September, were also believed to include the original  copy of a Slater & Gordon conveyancing file for the 1993 purchase of a  Fitzroy unit with more than $100,000 stolen from the AWU Workplace Reform  Association.

The property was purchased by AWU official Bruce Wilson, Ms Gillard's then  boyfriend, in the name of union crony Ralph Blewitt, who had never seen the  unit. Ms Gillard has repeatedly denied any  wrongdoing.

Slater & Gordon confirmed last month  it could not locate an unofficial  file prepared by Ms Gillard when she was a partner at the firm in the early  1990s and advised on the incorporation of the Workplace Reform  Association.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/missing-files-add-to-opposition-ire-20121118-29kat.html#ixzz2CbiG1yRO

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