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Timeline in the GILLARD/AWU slush fund saga

I know we have a lot of newcomers to the website today - I'm reprinting this article to give you an insight into some of the key times, dates and places in this saga.

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I've put this timeline together to help tell the story of the incorporation of the AWU Workplace Reform Association.

The AWU WRA was a sham that existed in name and bank account only.  It was set up by Wilson and Gillard to disguise and conceal secret commission payments from Thiess Contractors.

Wilson and Gillard personally received corrupt payments from the scheme.

Thiess executives were part of the criminal conspiracy too. Secret commission payments are given as well as taken.  The failure of authorities to pursue Thiess executives is unforgivable.  

The Trade Union Royal Commission allowed Julia Gillard to adopt two clearly forged letters in her sworn evidence.  One purported to be from a very senior public official, the acting Commissioner for Corporate Affairs.

The two forgeries provide an alternative scenario to the actual manner in which Gillard incorporated the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association.

As you'll see, Ms Gillard spent a lot of billable hours and incurred significant expenses in Perth.

The Royal Commission didn't ask Ms Gillard how she paid for that time.

I now have a pretty good idea.  

I have a lot more evidence to present than what you'll read here.  What's here is bad enough.  What's to come is sickening.



Tuesday 3 March 1992

Julia Gillard delivers legal advice to the AWU WA Branch about the AWU Fatal Accident and Death Benefit Fund.

AWU WA Branch Executive meeting minutes show at least one member of the executive was opposed to the union even receiving the correspondence.

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Wednesday 4 March 1992

Ms Gillard due date to swear Affidavit in Perth with Legal Practice Board of Western Australia  - ie 2 months prior to 4 May 1992 admission to practice in WA.

The Affidavit includes a specific acknowledgement that she was to observe the provisions of the Act, including its prohibition on practising in WA before her admission.

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Thursday 5 March 1992

Classified advertisement  lodged with The West Australian newspaper re Australian Workers’ Union - Workplace Reform Association (AWU WRA).

Friday 6 March 1992

Classified ad for AWU WRA published in The West Australian.

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Friday 6 March 1992

Ralph Blewitt applies for private post office box at Northbridge WA in the name of the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association.

From the statement of Nick Fahie, Australia Post investigator - taken in 1997 by DETSGT Dave McAlpine

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Monday 16 March 1992

Letter purporting to be from Nick Jukes of Thiess (but signed on his behalf by Joe Trio) engages the AWU WRA to provide a service to Thiess for 54 hours per week at $36 per hour for the duration (3 years anticipated) of the $60M Dawesville contract.  That calculates to about $300K.  Given the specificity of the AWU WRA details and errors about the construction industry it appears more likely the letter was drafted by someone associated with the AWU WRA.


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Tuesday 17 March 1992

Front page story the Kalgoorlie Miner - key points

  • 700-800 miners belong to and own the Fatality fund
  • it's managed by the AWU Mining Division Committee in Kalgoorlie/Boulder
  • Wilson announces a meeting of the members of the fund will take place on 18 April “to endorse changes to the fund, including the setting up of a trust”.

The meeting of members is a requirement of the preexisting fund's rules (since 1946) prior to any substantial change to the management of the fund.

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Wednesday 18 March 1992

Follow up story in the Kalgoorlie Miner - key points:

Fmr Secretary of AWU Mining Division says  “The AWU hierarchy has never had anything to do with running the fund.” 

Bruce Wilson states payments from the fund will resume “once the union’s solicitors give the go-ahead”.  Reference to "union's solicitors" (Gillard was responsible for the file) going through paperwork in Perth.

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Monday 30 March 1992

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There was considerable opposition to the move by Wilson and Gillard to hand control of the Fatality and Death Benefit Fund to Wilson.

The Fund was not owned by the AWU.  It had never been controlled by the AWU.  Its members weren't all AWU members.  The Fund and its assets were owned by the members of the Fund.

I know that several former members of the Mining Division of the AWU in Kalgoorlie at the time dispute the assertion in para (b) that "it is and was the intention that the union should act as Trustee".  They say it was never their intention that the union itself should act as trustee for their money and they never approved the change of control from Kalgoorlie into Wilson's office in Perth.

That executive meeting also "determined" that the potential widows and orphans - ie the beneficiaries of the fund - would pay Gillard's bills and expenses.  This was prior to the purported change of control of the fund from Kalgoorlie to Wilson in Perth (and that change of control was never properly approved).

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Monday 6 April 1992

Julia Gillard gives notice that on Monday 4 May 1992 she intends to apply to the Full Court of the Supreme Court of WA for admission to the practice of law in Western Australia

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Tuesday 7 April 1992

The West Australian publishes Gillard's classified advertisement of her intention to seek admission to practice law - on 4 May 1992.  It remains unlawful for her to practice law including providing legal advice prior to that date.

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Early April 1992

Invoice template created for AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc and first invoice to Thiess issued in amount of $25,272 due and payable on 30 April 1992 - invoice for services commencing January 92.

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Thursday 9 April 1992

Thiess raises purchase order for AWU WRA 1st invoice even though no services have been and no services ever would be provided.

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Wednesday 15 April 1992

Ms Gillard’s 6 April 1992 notice of intention to apply for admission to practice law in Western Australia is published for a second time in The West Australian newspaper

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Wednesday 15 April 1992

Trust Deed purporting to take control of the AWU Fatality and Death Benefit Fund's assets signed in Perth.

Julia Gillard is the Slater and Gordon solicitor listed as responsible for the file.

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There was no extraordinary general meeting of the members of the fund to approve the change of control.

The money was stripped from their local (Kalgoorlie) control and under the terms of the new Trust Deed effective control over their money was handed to Wilson.  He had a wide discretion as to how he'd spend it.

The production of this Trust Deed was the last identifiable deliverable from Gillard and Slater and Gordon regarding the Fatality and Death Benefit Fund for the next several months.

Saturday, 18 April 1992

Wilson's promised meeting of members of AWU Fatality and Death Benefit Fund “to endorse changes to the fund, including the setting up of a trust” does not take place.

Trust deed had already been executed without a meeting of members of the fund to endorse the change of control.

Tuesday, 21 April 1992

Thiess sets up a vendor payment code (ie internal cost centre) number C98112 for AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc including the secret post office box.

That cost centre is kept separate from the Thiess vendor code for the legitimate AWU.

Thiess processes payment of 1st AWU WRA invoice $25,272 and makes a ledger entry charging the payment to the AWU WRA cost centre.

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Thursday, 23 April 1992

Application to incorporate the AWU Workplace Reform Association lodged with the Office of State Corporate Affairs.  It's assigned the number 1002116.

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 Thursday, 23 April 1992

AWU Fatality Fund Trust Deed stamped by WA State Taxation.

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Monday, 27 April 1992

Thiess issues cheque 288902 for $25,272 charged to Thiess cost code C98112 - that produces a machine printed cheque automatically addressed on the face of the cheque:




PO BOX 253


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Monday, 4 May 1992

Julia Gillard signs register at Supreme Court of Western Australia - admitted to practice law in WA.

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Prior to this date it was unlawful for Ms Gillard to do legal work in Western Australia.

That means her claim that she "provided legal advice on the incorporation of an association" must be false, given the objects etc were drawn up and the application lodged on 23 April 1992.

Monday 4 May, 1992

Blewitt and Wilson open CBA Bank Accounts for AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc.

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Early May 1992

Office of State Corporate Affairs writes to Mr Blewitt at his home address with Notice of Refusal to Incorporate AWU-WRA on grounds its objects make it a trade union.

That office assigned the initial application the number A1002116X - that number has been crossed out but is clearly visible on the top right hand side of the application.  The letter X signifies that the application was refused.

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Friday, 15 May 1992

GILLARD is again in Perth order to attend a meeting at Boulder/Kalgoorlie with Wilson.

It's also the date of a forged letter purporting to have been written by a "Ray Neal" to Julia Gillard of Slater and Gordon (Mr Neal has given sworn evidence in which he categorically denies either writing, approving or signing the letter) .  He states the letter contains an unlawful offer to incorporate the AWU WRA.

Ralph Mineif, then in charge of incorporated associations at the WA Office of State Corporate Affairs says the letter is not authentic.

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No such letter was sent by the Office of State Corporate Affairs.

Friday, 15 May 1992

Notice given to AWU Fatality and Death Benefit Fund members that Wilson and Gillard will attend at Boulder the next day, 16 May 1992 “to discuss changes to the fund”.

The hastily arranged meeting was a sham.  The change of control had been effected -  unlawfully - weeks earlier without approval or knowledge of the members or owners of the fund's assets.

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Saturday, 16 May 1992

Out of the 7-800 members of the fund only a dozen attend the meeting which was closed to the press.  Ralph Blewitt set the room up and Gillard/Wilson spoke.

Monday, 18 May 1992

The Kalgoorlie Miner reports on the meeting.

Key points

  • The AWU has "taken over" the fund
  • The meeting wasn't to seek approval for the change, it was for information only
  • Wilson said the change had been made on the union's own initiative, "We didn't have to touch it"
  • Only a dozen members attended the meeting, Wilson said the low attendance may be "Because the members are unconcerned about the fund's management because of the low fees they pay". (I've been told quite the opposite by some very passionate miners who simply didn't know about the meeting and were appalled at the news of their money being taken out of their control).


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Wednesday, 20 May 1992

Thiess datestamps receipt of 2nd AWU WRA Inc invoice for $8942 and commences processing it for payment.

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Thursday, 21 May 1992

Ms Gillard is in Melbourne to appear for the Painters and Dockers Union at the Industrial Relations Commission.

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Thursday, 21 May 1992

Despite being in her office in Melbourne, Ms Gillard claims on this date to have written this "Memo" to Ralph Blewitt.

Law firms aren't in the practice of sending Memos to clients, particularly Memos which contain detailed legal instructions and enclose purported correspondence from a Corporate Affairs Commissioner.

Because Gillard had to be in Melbourne, Blewitt and Wilson also flew to Melbourne to work together on a response after receiving the notice that the Commissioner refused to incorporate the AWU WRA. 

Gillard was involved in the next steps to gain incorporation - ie an appeal to the minister.  No only is this memo false, therefore, but Ms Gillard must know it's a false document.

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Saturday, 23 May 1992

Blewitt attends a public function in Melbourne.  He has given credible evidence about his presence in Melbourne.

Tuesday, 26 May 1992

The AWU WRA application material is relodged with the Office of State Corporate Affairs.

That second application is briefly allocated the number 1002203.  That number is struck out as well indicating that the second application couldn't be approved for incorporation by the Commissioner.

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Associations are incorporated formally on the date of receipt of a valid application.

The number 1002203, briefly assigned to the AWU WRA was assigned to the Armadale Community Recreation Association - and it was incorporated on 26 May 1992.  

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That confirms the date on which the AWU WRA paperwork was resubmitted.

The 26 May submission was made in the belief that the Commissioner would again refuse incorporation.  The submission argued the case for incorporation and included an application to the Minister to review the Commissioner's decision to refuse it.  

Gillard prepared the submission and application for ministerial review.

Tuesday, 26 May 1992

On Wilson/Gillard's direction Ralph Blewitt handwrites a cheque for $22 to the State Corporate Affairs office.  The $22 was the gazetted fee for the Minister to undertake a review of the Commissioner's decision to refuse incorporation.

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Wednesday, 27 May 1992

Blewitt attends the CBA Branch in Beaufort WA to transfer money from the AWU WRA's cash management account into its cheque account to cover the cheque.

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Wednesday, 27 May 1992

Thiess pays AWU WRA's 2nd invoice with cheque 294403 in the amount of $8,942 made out to AWU WRA Inc, including computer generated address - PO Box 253 Northbridge.  The payment is coded against the internal Thiess AWU WRA Inc cost centre.

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About this time Thiess senior executives were told that the Commissioner for Corporate Affairs has refused to incorporate the AWU WRA.  That information can only have come from Wilson or his co-conspirators.

Thiess immediately closed down the AWU WRA Inc cost centre.  It was as if the AWU WRA Inc (which had never existed) suddenly didn't exist.  Only two payments were ever cost-coded to the AWU WRA Inc ledger:

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Part of the submission to the Minister included the proposition that the AWU WRA was not simply a union offshoot - it would be part of a tri-partite arrangement with Thiess and the Building & Construction Industry Training Council/Fund (BCITF).

Wilson was a director of the BCITF.  The chief executive, Raymond Ernest Crake was a conman who has criminal convictions for fraud.

On the same day as it shut down the AWU WRA cost centre Thiess applied to the BCITF for a grant for training purposes at the Dawesville channel construction project.

Wednesday, 27 May 1992

Thiess GM Nick Jukes writes for the first time to BCITF.  Compare the construction of this letter - replete with engineering references and a clear insight into the construction industry with the purported letter from Jukes to the AWU WRA dated 16 March.

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A couple of months later Thiess was awarded a $500K+ grant from the BCITF.  About $100K of that was earmarked for a "consultancy" to be provided personally by Raymond Ernest Crake.


Thursday, 31 May 1992

Thiess raises paperwork to process 3rd AWU WRA Inc invoice for $7,776 - however the company changes internal cost code to the long-standing pre-existing C93732 - the legitimate cost code for the AWU WA Branch.

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Thursday, 11 June, 1992

Thiess Contractors and the AWU execute an MOU for workplace reform at the Dawesville site.

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Thiess executive Nick Jukes would later tell police that the AWU WRA arrangements were part of an agreement between Thiess, the AWU and the BCITF.  That was false, the MOU added legitimacy to the submission arguing the case for incorporation - but it was a sham.  Beyond being quoted to get the entity incorporated (and by Jukes later to the police to conceal the true secret-commision purpose of the entity) BCITF arrangements had nothing to do with the AWU WRA.

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Wednesday, 24 June 1992

The AWU WRA was incorporated by the Commissioner on the direction of the Minister.

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Wednesday, 27 June 1992

It's ironic that only after the AWU WRA is actually incorporated Thiess stops issuing cheques to it.

On 27 June Thiess issues cheque 298677 for $7,776 costed to the AWU cost code C93732.

The automatically generated cheque included the computer printed address for the AWU's normal Perth office.

Australian Workers Union

113 Newcastle Street

Perth WA 6000

Thiess senior executives knew exactly what they were doing in making these secret commission payments to Wilson.

Someone in Thiess has crossed out the standard AWU mailing address and hand written in the secret PO Box in Northbridge.

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Thiess would continue to make the secret payments for the next three years.

It kept making the agreed 3 years worth of "on site training" payments for the Dawesville contract - even when the job finished 8 months early and the construction site was flooded.


Gillard, Wilson and Slater & Gordon's dealings with money set aside for widows and orphans

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Around August 1995, when Bruce Wilson and Julia Gillard came unstuck Slater and Gordon gradually ceased acting for the AWU.
Over the next year or so the firm progressively sent its AWU client files to the AWU's Sydney offices.
Here's an original record showing each file, colour coded to show which dispatch box the file was transported in.

Slater and Gordon 1996 return of AWU files by Michael Smith on Scribd

That report records the fate of 89 files - almost all of them were sent to the AWU.
The firm even sent clearly personal work to the union, like the file on the Ralph Blewitt defamation action presumably because the union was paying.
In a handful of cases, Slater and Gordon staff separated the file contents into material Slater and Gordon itself wanted to retain, and material that was sent on to the AWU.
But one file stands out.  It wasn't going anywhere.
Six matters up from the bottom of the first page - matter No 126939, the AWU Fatality and Death Benefits Fund.
Julia Gillard was responsible for the file, billing around $10,000 from February 1992 to November 1993.
The AWU, via Bruce Wilson's new Melbourne office at 54 Victoria St Carlton (Trades Hall) was listed as the client.
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But no one at Slater and Gordon was proud of that work.
And there was no way the AWU or anyone else outside the firm was going to get their hands on that file.
On 14 August, 1995, Gillard's last effective day of work at Slater and Gordon, the file found its way first into Bernard Murphy's hands, then on to Jonathan Rothfield.
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Then as almost all the other AWU files were sent on to the union, the Fatality Fund file was kept under lock and key.
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 The file was kept at Slater and Gordon for at least 3 years after Gillard was sent packing.
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Only the most senior people in the firm handled it.  The AWU was not notified of its existence.
I will publish some new material here that will fill in the gaps.
The material hasn't been made public until now.
In my opinion, it shows Gillard and Wilson acting in concert to achieve an unlawful purpose.
The fund was owned not by the AWU, but by the members who'd been paying in their 10 bob per pay since the 1930s.
By the time Wilson and Gillard arrived the contribution was $1 per fortnight and the fund held about $300,000.
But it wasn't AWU money.  
It was private money - and many members of the Death Benefit and Fatality Fund weren't members of the AWU.
Both Gillard and Wilson appear to have gone way over the line in the way they treated that money.
They either forget, or didn't care about who owned it.
In 2012, long before the new material I'll publish here became available, Dr John Lourens, lawyer Val Majkus and I wrote and published a paper titled "The AWU Fatal Accident and Death Fund - A Journey Through Time".  We started with this observation:

One persistent and widespread suspicion has been that the architects and masterminds behind (The AWU Scandal) might have also been involved in further misappropriation of funds from the families of deceased miners. In the minds of ordinary Australians, embezzling one and a half million or more dollars (in 2013 dollar equivalents) from hard working trade unionists is bad enough. But going that extra step and stealing money from widows and orphans plumbs the lowest depths of deception and criminal behaviour. Understandably, despicable conduct of this nature simply invites widespread public outrage and condemnation. 

It does indeed.
Every touch leaves its trace.

The PM quoted Ben Fordham of 2GB who was quoting a discussion he had with Det Sgt Ross Mitchell of the Victoria Police

I can confirm that Ben Fordham's version of events is accurate.

The PM today did not make it clear that he was quoting Fordham who was quoting DETSGT Ross Mitchell - however I can confirm from discussion I had with DETSGT Ross Mitchell at the time that the quote the PM attributed to Mitchell is accurate, if second hand.

I was the complainant in the matter and was in daily contact with DETSGT Mitchell who headed up the Operation Tendement task-force of about a dozen detectives.

The Prime Minister's statement today is further confirmed by the contents of the Search Warrant executed on GILLARD's former office at Slater and Gordon:

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There is more sworn evidence from DETSGT Mitchell here

Hansard - PM Morrison on the Gillard/AWU slush fund investigation

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Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler—Leader of the Opposition) (14:28): My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. I refer to his previous answer, where the Prime Minister, in dismissing Malcolm Turnbull's comments this morning, just said that only those with all the facts can make judgements about this matter. Does the Prime Minister have any information about this matter which is not in the public domain?

Mr MORRISON (Cook—Prime Minister and Minister for the Public Service) (14:29): I refer to my previous statements, because I've made pretty clear the assessment that I've made and the conversation that I have had with the police commissioner on this matter reported to this House in what I've said here today.

What I find interesting about the Leader of the Opposition's line of inquiry—he has made reference to my earlier statements and that, of course, brings in the matter of the earlier questions that the Leader of the Opposition has raised on these matters. The Leader of the Opposition is seeking to prosecute a case here that says that if media have reported that a matter is under investigation by a law enforcement body then the standard should be that that person should stand aside. That's what the Leader of the Opposition is prosecuting in this case.

If that's the case, why is it that former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and I refer to March 2013—Ross Mitchell, a detective in Victoria Police's fraud squad, stated that Prime Minister Julia Gillard was under investigation over her role in the creation of an AWU slush fund. He said:

... let me make this perfectly clear. The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, is under investigation by police. This is fact.

Mr Brian Mitchell interjecting—
The SPEAKER: The member for Lyons will leave under 94(a). The member for Lyons then left the chamber.
Mr MORRISON: He said:

I hadn't planned to add to what I said yesterday out of respect for the detectives on the case. But if the Prime Minister's office wants to deny she's being investigated, as has been reported last night and today, then I will once again correct that record.

Now, the then Prime Minister obviously didn't stand aside in relation to those matters. I remember the press conference—

The SPEAKER: The Prime Minister will resume his seat. Government members interjecting—
The SPEAKER: Members on my right!
Mr Porter interjecting—

The SPEAKER: The Attorney-General.

Mr Buchholz interjecting—
The SPEAKER: The member for Wright will stop pointing and gesticulating. I'm not sure what he's trying to

say. If he actually wants to say something, he needs to rise and stand on a point of order.

An honourable member interjecting—

The SPEAKER: No, I just don't do sign language, okay? The Leader of the Opposition on a point of order.

Mr Albanese: Thanks, Mr Speaker; on relevance. It was a very succinct question: does the Prime Minister have any information which is not in the public domain, which follows his suggestion—

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition can resume his seat. Again, the Leader of the Opposition doesn't need to repeat the question. I have a very concise summary of it.

An honourable member interjecting—

The SPEAKER: Are you expecting me to rule on the point of order? Good. The Prime Minister is being relevant. Given the nature of the question and the preamble, which was tight, but given the nature of it, he is entitled to compare and contrast in answering your question. The Prime Minister has the call.

Mr MORRISON: That is the case of the former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, but there is a member of the Leader of the Opposition's front bench today who was formerly the Leader of the Opposition. According to the Herald Sun, while Labor leader, the member for Maribyrnong was the subject of a nine-month police investigation, which concluded in August 2014. Now, he continued to serve over that entire period. I don't remember the Labor Party suggesting that the fact he was under police investigation at the time was a matter that should cause him to stand aside. I note the current Leader of the Opposition was desperately trying at that time to get him to stand aside, but only for his own political purposes while he was knifing him! But if the proposition which has been put forward by the Leader of the Opposition is the press report of someone being investigated is cause for someone to stand aside, well those on that side just don't measure up.

Pardoned Turkey Found Dead After Claiming To Have Dirt On Hillary Clinton

From the magnificent Babylon Bee!

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—A turkey recently pardoned by President Trump was found dead after claiming to have dirt on the Clintons, sources at the FBI confirmed today.

The official cause of death was suicide, though the bullet wounds were in the back of the turkey's head and the bird lacked opposable thumbs with which to operate a firearm.

The turkey had been publicly pardoned for the crime of being delicious and set free by Trump in a popular White House Thanksgiving tradition. Shortly after being released, the turkey confirmed its possession of "credible" information that would lead to the indictment of Hillary Clinton, posting on the bird's social media account that it was a good thing Trump had pardoned the turkey, so the world could find the truth out about the Clintons.

Metro police discovered the turkey's body later, shot twice in the back of the head and stabbed in the back. There was a nearby handwritten note confirming that the death was "not fowl play."

PM Scott Morrison on the police investigation of the Gillard/AWU slush fund scandal today

I'll have the video separated and posted shortly along with the Hansard

A powerful performance by Scott Morrison.

You can see Albanese's question at the 14.29 time mark - and Prime Minister Morrison's answer.

Go to the Question Time tab and move the cursor to about 14.29.

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A reminder that Angus Taylor isn't the only politician in strife over using a forgery

Angus Taylor isn't the only politician in strife over using a forgery

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Energy Minister Angus Taylor's use of an apparent forgery to attack Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has been front page news.

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It's consumed considerable time in the Federal Parliament.

And Labor has referred the matter and Taylor to police.

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Mark Dreyfus QC says it's "A highly concerning matter".

And it is.

Forgery is a serious offence.

So what was the Taylor/Moore forgery used for?

To embarrass Clover Moore over travel expenses, or to suck Angus Taylor in and make him look like a goose.

Serious, but a long way from the top end of the scale.

Yet the matter has our media and parliament in a frenzy.

I have sworn evidence about another far more serious forgery involving a politician.

It's had zero mainstream media coverage.

It hasn't been mentioned in the Parliament.

And no politician has referred it to police.

It involves Julia Gillard and former WA Corporate Affairs chief Mr RP Neal.

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On 30 December 2015 the final report of the Trade Union Royal Commission was tabled in the parliament.

That final report contains a lengthy chapter about the incorporation of the Gillard/Wilson AWU slush fund, the AWU Workplace Reform Association. That chapter includes - and relies on - a letter dated 15 May 1992 and purportedly written by the then WA Commissioner for Corporate Affairs Ray Neal.

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That letter is addressed to the person who was responsible for the incorporation of the slush fund, then solicitor for the AWU Julia Gillard.

Ms Gillard adopted the apparent forgery in her sworn evidence to the Royal Commission. 

The Royal Commission relied on Ms Gillard’s testimony about having received the forgery in 1992 - and having acted on its contents.

But Ms Gillard can't have received the letter from the Office of State Corporate Affairs in May 1992.  It was never written by Mr Neal.  Its only purpose was to obscure the true path to incorporation taken by the Gillard Wilson slush fund - and that was an appeal to The Minister responsible for Corporate Affairs who directed Mr Neal to incorporate the Workplace Reform Association.

Ms Gillard also gave evidence about another forgery - a note on plain paper to her client Ralph Blewitt.  She swore that she gave this legal advice to Ralph.

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If Blewitt had acted on that memo (not a letter on letterhead - the Slater and Gordon partner names on their letterhead had changed by 1995 when Gillard and Wilson were sprung) he'd have given the game away.  The Office of State Corporate Affairs would have said, "What letter from Ray Neal" and I know Ray Neal would've alerted the police. 

I have a sworn affidavit from Mr RP Neal, the man who’s signature is on the letter used in evidence by Ms Gillard and relied upon by the Trade Union Royal Commission.

Mr Neal states in his sworn affidavit - made subject to the penalties of perjury - quote:

In May 1992 I was responsible for incorporating associations under the Associations Incorporation Act, 1987.

Mr Neal’s sworn affidavit then identifies the letter addressed to Ms Gillard which was used by Ms Gillard in her evidence and which is part of the Trade Union Royal Commission’s final report.

His sworn affidavit continues, quote:

I did not write that letter.

I did not sign that letter.

I did not instruct or authorise any member of my then staff to write the letter.

The letter contains an unlawful offer to incorporate an association.  My office could not have lawfully made that offer.

My office alway acted within the law and I only acted within my lawful powers.

I always signed my name “R.P. Neal” on official correspondence.


The use of a forgery to deceive a Royal Commission is a very serious matter.

I'd rate it much more highly than bagging Clover Moore over her travel expenses.

But thus far our media's preparedness to accept whatever Ms Gillard says as gospel has protected her from the consequences of her actions.

Not for much longer.

Every touch leaves its trace.

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