SPOTLIGHT ON UNION CHIEFS – Friday October 5 2012

– Five current and former senior Health Services Union officials are in police crosshairs, after its former national president was yesterday charged with a string of offences over allegedly trying to cover up the union scandal.
In a dramatic escalation of the police probes, former Labor Party national president Michael Williamson was yesterday arrested and charged with 20 offences after presenting at Maroubra Police Station in Sydney’s south-east.
The charges include 15 counts relating to an officer of an organisation publishing false statements and five of recruiting a person to engage in criminal activity.
While Prime Minister Julia Gillard declined to comment on the development because it was before the courts, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott tried to drag the Labor Government into the case, saying it was relying on suspended Labor MP Craig Thomson’s vote in Parliament.
Detective-Inspector Colin Dyson said five people were being investigated, but he would not confirm whether Mr Thomson was among them.
Officers from StrikeForce Carnarvon later executed a search warrant at Mr Williamson’s home, seizing a computer and several boxes of documents.
Police will allege Mr Williamson was involved in the falsification of documents and gave others instructions to destroy documents of interest and delete computer files.
It will also be alleged he attempted to remove documentation during a police search warrant at the HSU Sydney CBD office this year.
Mr Thomson tried to distance himself from the police action, saying the charges against Mr Williamson related to actions in the past 12 months and he had left the union five years earlier.
Mr Abbott said Ms Gillard had to take responsibility given she “was the last person in the country who was still expressing full confidence in Craig Thomson and the administration of the Health Services Union”.
Mr Williamson was granted conditional bail to face Waverley Local Court on October 31st – Nathan Klein & Patrick Lion


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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