– A former union official at the centre of the Australian Workers Union slush fund scandal could return to Australia as early as next week to assist a fresh police investigation.

The Victoria Police Fraud Squad is considering whether to grant immunity from prosecution to Ralph Blewitt in return for evidence he claims to have about the theft of thousands of dollars from an AWU association.

Mr Blewitt, who lives in Malaysia, has publicly admitted his involvement in fraud and offered to provide detailed evidence about the purchase in 1993 of a Fitzroy unit with more than $100,000 from stolen union funds.

He claims to have never seen the unit before it was bought at auction by union crony Bruce Wilson, who used a power of attorney prepared by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, his then girlfriend and a solicitor at Slater & Gordon.

Ms Gillard on Wednesday denounced a report in  The Australian newspaper that an AWU employee had been given $5000 in cash to pay into her bank account in June 1995.

The employee, Wayne Hem, repeated information he had given in 1996 to AWU national secretary Ian Cambridge, now a Fair Work Australia commissioner, about a range of transactions involving money taken from the AWU Workplace Reform Asscoiaton.

Ms Gillard said the allegations were part of a smear campaign and contained not one substantiated allegation against her.

Lawyer Bob Galbally, representing Mr Blewitt, said his client was ready to come to Melbourne if police granted him a non-self-incriminating clause that ensured he would not be prosecuted for his role in the scandal.

Mr Galbally has provided Detective Sergeant John MacDonald, of the Fraud Squad, with an outline of the evidence Mr Blewitt would be willing to give.

An earlier Victoria Police investigation into the AWU was closed in early 1996 before full details emerged of the corrupt dealings involving the Workplace reform Association, which was registered in Perth with legal advice from Ms Gillard. She says she had nothing to do with its operation after it was incorporated in 1992 and did not know it had been rorted until after this was discovered by officials including Mr Cambridge.

Mr Blewitt claimed earlier this week that Wilson had used him as the proxy to purchase the Fitzroy unit in which Wilson had lived and never paid rent.

Mr Blewitt also also claimed he did not sign the power of attorney used by Wilson until Wilson had visited him in Perth after the purchase of the property – Mark Baker


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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