Last Thursday Stephen Donnelly was ordered to appear at the Royal Commission. Mr Donnelly is the former Chief of Staff to Labor Senator David Feeney. Donnelly is now the Assistant Secretary of the Victorian Branch of the ALP.
Mr Donnelly gave evidence about working on Marco Bolano's HSU election campaign. He was asked if he'd worked on other campaigns - yes, the TWU's Queensland State Secretary union election in 2010.It must have been important because it's been reported $500,000 was spent to turf the incumbent Hughie Williams and get another man elected. A man who was supported by Michael Williamson (Federal Labor President, HSU boss and prisoner) and Tony Sheldon (Williamson's national Vice President of the ALP and TWU federal secretary).Donnelly was asked:
Q. Was there a gentleman by the name of Daniel Mookhey
working on the campaign?
A. Certainly not in Queensland, no.
I have watched Jeremy Stoljar SC on his feet for a few weeks now. He is superbly well prepared and across a vast amount of detail in his examination of AWU, HSU and now TWU matters. He does not waste time.
So who is Daniel MOOKHEY?
(Daniel Mookhey. Source: Twitter)
Here's what Mr Mookey says about himself:
Daniel Mookhey is a Research Fellow at Per Capita. Daniel has previously worked as the National Chief of Staff of the Transport Workers Union of Australia and the National Secretary of the National Union of Students.
He's also a director of the Chifley Research Centre.
Here's part of a report from The Australian on Mr Mookhey's work in running the ACTU's campaign during the 2013 election.
And finally to Mr Mookhey's job working for the TWU chief Tony Sheldon. As Stephen Donnelly was to David Feeney, so Daniel Mookhey was to Tony Sheldon - Chief of Staff.
It's a grand title. Chief of Staff. Michael Williamson had one, Paul Howes had one and Tony Sheldon had one. Here's one definition of the grandness:
The title, Chief of Staff, identifies the leader of a complex organization, institution, or body of persons and it also may identify a Principal Staff Officer (PSO), who is the coordinator of the supporting staff or a primary aide-de-camp to an important individual, such as a president.
In general, a chief of staff provides a buffer between a chief executive and that executive's direct-reporting team. The chief of staff generally works behind the scenes to solve problems, mediate disputes, and deal with issues before they bubble up to the Chief Executive. Often Chiefs of Staff act as a confidante and advisor to the Chief Executive, acting as a sounding board for ideas. Ultimately the actual duties depend on the actual position and the people involved.
My dad was a unionist in the Amalgamated Metal Workers Union all his life. I think dad and his mates got along OK without chiefs of staff.
So who is Paul Bracegirdle? He's the first witness on the list for the hearings of the Royal Commission in Perth.
Witnesses for public hearings: 23 to 25 June 2014
Hearings of the Royal Commission are scheduled to take place on Level 18, 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth from Monday 23 June to Wednesday 25 June, between 10.00am and 4.00pm.
The witness list in alphabetical order is:
- Paul Bracegirdle
- Christine Campbell
- Mark Ronald Crofts
- George Dean
- Colin Gibson
- Tony Lovett
- Brian Douglas Pulham
- Colin Saunders
- Steve Schalit.
Please note, this list may be subject to change.
Royal Commission to conduct hearings in Perth
19 June 2014
The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption will sit in Perth next week.
Proceedings are scheduled for three days from Monday, 23 June 2014 to Wednesday, 25 June 2014 at a hearing room provided by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission in St Georges Terrace.
The Commission will deal with:
- matters associated with the Transport Workers' Union, an employee association listed in the Terms of Reference (b)(v) of the Letters Patent; and will
- continue examination of matters relating to the Australian Workers' Union (AWU) an employee association listed in the Terms of Reference (b)(i) of the Letters Patent.