Some interesting information came to light this week, (from, um, let’s just say an impeccable source from deep within the Labor Party, and I would give my right testicle to be able to tell you who).
I always wondered why the disastrous Julia Gillard was feted as ‘PM extraordinaire’ at the ALP National Conference by Big Bill Ludwig whose union she helped steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from.
To quickly recap: In August of 1995 Gillard was discovered assisting to steal funds from her employer, Slater & Gordon’s, blue chip client, the AWU.
Peter Gordon pulled Gillard in and asked her to explain on tape but apparently the explanation was lacking and Peter Gordon claims to have sacked her on the spot.
S & G Partner, Bernard Murphy, who was also involved in the scam, was asked to leave at the same time. (Later as PM, Gillard promoted him to the Bench of the Federal Court.)
Bill Ludwig was livid and called in the cops to find the funds and lay charges. He also commenced Federal Court proceedings to recover $114,000 that Gillard’s lover, Bruce Wilson, had paid himself and others in redundancy payments once they had realised the game was up.
The Court duly ruled in favour of Ludwig’s application.
This is where it gets interesting. Strangely, and despite the Court ruling, Ludwig made no attempt to recover the $114,000 from Wilson and others.
Stranger still, although the AWU had sacked S & G and moved their account to the other bent Labor law firm Maurice Blackburn, who at the time employed lovers Roxon and Shorten, no attempt was made to recover the defrauded funds or to indict S & G, Gillard, Murphy or Wilson.
In fact Police were so frustrated by the lack of cooperation from the supposed “victims”, they closed the file.
Why? Why did the many “victims” of Gillard and Wilson (all except the AWU’s Bob Kernohan) suddenly want the matter shut down?
Bill Shorten certainly wanted it shut down and even called in the heavies to bash Bob after he refused to accept the safe Melbourne seat of Melton as a pay-off.
“You know, a lot of money changed hands around that time”, said my informant. “No, no I didn’t know that”, I said, sitting bolt upright. “Can you tell me about that?”
“Well, Ludwig was given $50,000 in cash and others were given lesser amounts.”
“By whom?”, I asked.
“Who do you think? Wilson of course!”
“Who were the others?” I asked. “I can’t say who, but let's just say a lot of money changed hands”, he said.
I lit a rollie,“Let me get this straight, so AWU heavies, whose members were defrauded of hundreds of thousands, were silenced using those same defrauded funds? Do Vicpol know about this?”
“You bet they do.”
So now it makes sense… the missing piece of the puzzle! Shorten, Ludwig and others had, apparently inexplicably, shut down the police investigation because they had willingly become beneficiaries of the defrauded funds. (Although I have no direct evidence that Shorten himself was a recipient.)
Of course Shorten has always been the “go to” man for corruption cover-ups.
He went close to “burying” the $20 million Michael Williamson defrauded from HSU East branch members.
Shorten savagely targeted and victimised whistleblower Kathy Jackson and sequestrated the Union to get his grubby hands on the books.
Fortunately that didn’t work and Williamson, via a plea bargain (he accepted a charge of stealing a mere $1 million so he couldn't be interrogated) is now facing a long jail sentence.
The Bligh Government, before it was thrown out, also handed unaccounted-for millions to Ludwig’s Queensland Racing.
In 1999, Beattie’s Government privatised the TAB and sold it for the bargain basement price of $262 Million.
Who they sold it to (the shareholders) reads like a who’s who of Labor crooks, including Queensland Racing’s Bob Bentley, who he himself admits is “likely” to spend some time with Her Majesty.
Unitab now clears in excess of $100 million per year.
Ludwig’s grifted dollars are converted to union numbers and those numbers are converted to power.
Power enabled the unholy alliance of Richo’s and Bob Carr’s NSW Right, Victoria’s Socialist Left and Ludwig’s QLD AWU to present us with a delightful three years of Julia Gillard.
The list of who Julia duly repaid is a long one.
Mafioso bosses ruled from their cells as indeed Labor luminaries intend to.
… and the disgustingly credentialled Bill Shorten has their next tick of approval.