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Michael Smith
Sydney, NSW
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This is a forensic accountant's analysis of transactions on Bruce Wilson's private bank account - over and above salary and rental income. On 22 March, 1993 Slater and Gordon settled the purchase of a house for Bruce Wilson at 85 Kerr Street Fitzroy, funded in part by $90K+ from the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Michael Smith News
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Here's Wilson's cheque - note the distinctive non-Wilson handwriting, the cheque was written out by Bill Telikostiglou. Here's the statement showing the cheque was presented on 5 June, 1995 and was met on presentation. Nine entries above cheque 181 for $2,180 in the statement is a 17 May 1995 deposit... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Michael Smith News
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On Monday, 25 September 1995 then AWU Joint National Secretary Ian Cambridge made this record in his diary. He retained these notes taken during the conversation - and dictated the above more comprehensive record of the conversation shortly after it was completed. Bill the Greek's role in The AWU Scandal... Continue reading
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In early 1993 the Kennett Government let tenders to outsource Melbourne Water maintenance work. The process was competitive and amongst other requirements, tenderers had to demonstrate their plans to reform work practices. Thiess was one of the successful tenderers along with Serco (each for a geographic region of Melbourne). The... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Michael Smith News
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Remember Robyn McLeod - Julia Gillard's bestie? In 1993, Robyn got a job working for Julia's guy Bruce as an organiser in the AWU. On paper, Robyn's job was to act in the interests of the workers. In reality, Robyn was in charge of helping Thiess. In August 1993 Robyn... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Michael Smith News
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What's that Skip? Trouble brewing in the Middle East. Better let the boys know. Duty First. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Michael Smith News
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I'll start with the bad news first. The 1998 WA Extra-Territorial Search Warrants referred to in the Affidavit and letter below were apparently not executed. Just days before the issuing of the writs for the 1998 Federal Election (that saw Julia Gillard elected to the seat of Lalor) the WA... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Michael Smith News
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WA Police were exceptionally attuned to media coverage of The AWU Scandal when it made headlines in August 2012. Note the blacked out lines in this briefing note: Elsewhere in the file I located the original version of that note - such was the extreme sensitivity to GILLARD's name getting... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Michael Smith News
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More on Bill soon - for now I'd love your help with any tips on Debbie Lawn from Zagoras solicitors - who was also apparently on the AWU payroll. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Michael Smith News
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This is a Slater and Gordon file note written by the late Geoff Shaw Shaw reveals Masel's legal advice in this paragraph: The requirements of a Solicitor's Trust Account Receipt at the time were clear - Slater and Gordon was required to report "from whom the money was received" (which... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Michael Smith News
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Slater and Gordon - you missed one, you'll find it published here in Part Two of this post. First the background and context. 11 October 2012 - Ralph Blewitt, publicly disclosed serious indictable offence re power of attorney - transcript here 12 October 2012 - PM Gillard asked for her... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Michael Smith News
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So much fuss and drama over 27 people! This FOI release from Defence is hundreds of pages long. http://www.defence.gov.au/FOI/Docs/Disclosures/009_1718_Documents.pdf The amount of command time, money, minister and staff time, training time - the list goes on and on and on - is simply frightening. And all for 27 people. We're... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Michael Smith News
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On 12 May 2014 Ralph Blewitt told the TURC that Bruce Wilson told him to withdraw $50,000 in cash from the Workplace Reform Association - stating that it was for Bill Ludwig. 16 Q. And you handed him the cash. Did you have 17 a conversation with him? 18 A.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Michael Smith News
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Perjury has the following 5 elements: The accused made a false statement; The false statement was made on oath or affirmation; The false statement was made in a judicial proceeding; The false statement was material to the judicial proceeding; and The accused made the false statement knowingly. To prove a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Michael Smith News
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Hillary Clinton: I give ten percent of my income to charity every year, Weinstein's donations will be part of that https://t.co/wXRa0hZSfg — Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) October 12, 2017 Peter Ford has Hillary nailed But that's not actually returning the money @AC360 It's just using that money as part of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Michael Smith News
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.@BeyondBlue chair @JuliaGillard tells @Lisa_Wilkinson the very good reason she supports #marriageequality. pic.twitter.com/w5qo9Ex9PE — HuffPost Australia (@HuffPostAU) October 10, 2017 The Australian has done a bit more research than the puff from the Huff Gillard gallops into same-sex marriage standoff Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: David Swift The Australian... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Michael Smith News
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This is very big news. This is Slater and Gordon's Philippa Thornton advising the AWU National Construction Branch's auditors that Slater and Gordon continued to act for the NCB until May 1996. But that's not all! "A small number of matters" remained open and ongoing as at 30 June 1996... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Michael Smith News
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Here's a paper from the big law firm Clayton Utz on offences that might arise from a failure to report fraudsters to police. Conceal or reveal? Reporting white-collar crime BY LUKE BUCHANAN Corporate victims of white collar crime may decide not to report it to the police for many reasons,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Michael Smith News
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I'd like to open a couple of discussions on criminal offences today in the context of the new Slater and Gordon/Wilson revelations. The two offences I'd propose we look at are perjury and concealing a serious indictable offence. First a backgrounder on each crime - then I'll post what I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Michael Smith News
The Honourable JLB Allsop AO Chief Justice Federal Court of Australia Dear Chief Justice, MURPHY, Bernard Michael - apparent misconduct as a solicitor - fitness to sit as a Judge From 1986 to August 1995 MURPHY was a partner in the law firm Slater and Gordon. Slater and Gordon acted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Michael Smith News
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As we know from MURPHY's notes, he was fully aware of the Workplace Reform Association by 8 August 1995, including the fact that money from it was laundered through Slater and Gordon's Trust Account and into the Kerr Street property. Compare and contrast what he knew with what he told... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Michael Smith News
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This is outrageous. Slater and Gordon's client was the AWU. Wilson was an employee, an officer of the AWU. He admitted to stealing - or intercepting secret commissions - and misappropriating money from the AWU. And MURPHY and GILLARD helped him - knowing full well what he'd done to their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Michael Smith News
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Bill Ludwig to Bernard Murphy re Wilson's slush funds "There's nothing wrong with political donations". Bernard Murphy spoke to Bill Ludwig on or about 10 August 1995. Ludwig rang at BW and my request. He had been in meeting at Mt Isa all day. Advised that BW wanted to resign... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Michael Smith News
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