Charges against the HSU National Secretary and former ALP President, Michael Williamson involved $20 million defrauded from the HSU (East) branch. But the fraudster pled guilty to an amount of only $1 million. Now why would that be?
Williamson, who has a cell phone super-glued to his ear, was gone anyway, and the penalty for stealing a sheep is not that dissimilar to stealing a lamb.
Prosecutors did a deal with Williamson’s counsel who bargained the amount down to a mere five percent of the amount stolen.
It was a win/win for Williamson and Labor as now there is no prosecution to unveil the depths of the filthy links between the two.
Williamson will serve time, he would have anyway, it was an open and shut case but now Labor and its union masters have been spared the public show of a prosecution process that would have unearthed the endemic fraud Labor has promoted and protected within its union base.
But the tactic will prove misplaced… at the time Williamson pled guilty there was no talk of a Royal Commission into unions, there is now!
Craig Thomson’s HSU hookers are small fish compared to Labor's numerous great white sharks.