Australian Workers Union scandal insider Ralph Blewitt speaks out
- by: Steve Lewis
- From:The Daily Telegraph
Former AWU official Ralph Blewitt / Pic: Stuart Mcevoy Source: The Daily Telegraph
Ralph Blewitt, a former AWU Victorian secretary, confirmed he will travel from Malaysia to meet with his legal team in Melbourne before providing a statement to Victorian detectives.
His evidence will shed light on the scandal that involved up to $1 million in misappropriated union funds. He is also expected to outline the role played by Ms Gillard's former boyfriend Bruce Wilson.
The key development comes as legal documents from the 17-year-old union scandal resurfaced after earlier fears they had gone permanently missing.
The Federal Court confirmed "missing Queensland files" dating back to the mid-1990s had been found in its Melbourne registry.
The documents are understood to outline how the AWU national executive first responded when confronted with allegations over the fraud, in late 1995.
"Following an exhaustive search of relevant Federal Court registries, the missing Queensland files listed above were today found in the Victorian Registry in Melbourne," a court spokesman said.
Mr Blewitt said he wanted to provide a "full and accurate statement" to police detailing his involvement - and knowledge - of the AWU scandal.
Along with Mr Wilson, the former unionist established at least one entity - the AWU Workplace Reform Association - that was used to channel about $400,000 in funds from corporations.