More charges …

2009-2010 National President for the Australian Labor Party, Unions NSW Vice President and Finance Committee Member, and member of the ACTU executive. The very epitome of a Labor man …

Former Health Services Union boss Michael Williamson has been charged with 28 more offences that include defrauding the organisation of $620,000 paid to his wife’s company for services never provided.

More charges are expected and more senior union staff will be charged in the coming weeks, police say.

The 59-year-old appeared briefly in a Sydney court on Wednesday charged with a total of 48 offences, following his arrest on October 4.

Court documents allege CANME Services, registered in Williamson’s wife’s name, received 47 cheques totalling $620,326 from 2001 and 2009 for work not performed.

He has also been charged with dealing in the proceeds of crime, or money laundering, in relation to $400,000 of that money.

NSW Fraud and Cybercrime Squad commander Colin Dyson said investigations by Strike Force Carnarvon are far from over.

‘These are the first charges of what I believe will be a series of charges in respect of allegations of fraud committed upon the Health Services Union,’ Detective Superintendent Dyson told reporters outside Waverley Local Court.

He said at least two other senior union staff members will be charged in coming weeks with fraud and hindering the police investigation.



“I’m saying very very clearly that at the end of the day there is nothing illegal, nothing immoral and nothing wrong with what has happened here”.


The NSW division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has run a rehabilitation facility in Sydney, Foundation House, since 2000, in partnership with the building industry.

Most of the foundation’s board, a mixture of industry and union representatives, quit late last year over the diversion of funds they believed were earmarked for drug and alcohol programs. At least $500,000 and maybe more than $1 million raised through a workplace levy on employees and employers was transferred to unspecified CFMEU “safety initiatives”.

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One hundred percent …

Courtesy of Kathie, our London correspondent …


– What Makes 100%?

– What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

– Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%.

– How about achieving 103%?

– What makes up 100% in life?

– Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

A B C  …  Z

Is represented as:
1 2 3  …  26.


8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 =98%


11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 =96%

But ,

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 =100%

More interestingly,

2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 =103%

AND, look how far this approach will take you.

1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, that while Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it’s the Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will put you over the top.

Punishing the innocent …

… and taxing the poor.

Serious criminal activity is sometimes punished with quite a severe talking to and a slap on the wrist, mostly it’s not punished at all. And after a hundred burglaries or drink driving offences, hell, what does it matter. But you won’t get a suspended sentence for speeding or parking offences.

State government is addicted to gambling and speeding. Local government is addicted to parking. It’s easy to punish the people involved they mostly have a job and a reputation and are decent folk. They have something to lose if they don’t pay their bills.

It goes a long way to explaining why drug deals are going down openly in Smith Street, Fitzroy whilst parking offences are vigorously punished. You can shop lift to the value of $50 with no chance of being prosecuted but a kilometer over the magic number and here comes a hefty speeding fine.

A parking fine can make a big dent in a family budget, just ask Dawn Walker.

Dawn works in the operating theatres at Como Hospital, Parkdale, has done for years. She parks in the street nearby, has done for years. She did that the other morning just before 9 am and at the end of her shift she was amazed to find a parking ticket affixed to her windscreen. A No Standing sign had been put up next to her car at about midday, the parking ticket was issued at 1 pm.

City of Kingston, way to go.