#NSWpol government pushes for Jackson cheerleader as #HSU administrator


SRSLY: NSW government pushes for Jackson cheerleader as HSU administrator

By June 4, 2012

JeffreyphillipsscBarry O’Farrell’s government has been keen to distance itself from the worst perceptions of its predecessors of sweetheart deals with mates.

O’Farrell certainly enjoys high poll numbers, partly because the likeable chap sounds reasonable, honest and almost like the community-minded neighbour who gets involved with everything and cares about everyone.

He really could do well.

But the news report in the weekend’s Australian Financial Review that his government intends to seek the appointment of a highly partisan and arguably strongly biased figure to serve as the administrator of the notoriously corrupt HSUeast branch will reflect extremely badly on O’Farrell and his government.

The Fin Review – which continues to improve to the stage where it’s a must-buy for those interested in political matters – reports that the NSW government has nominated Jeffrey Phillips, a senior counsel, as its choice to run the union.

There are suggestions Phillips is a friend of Kathy Jackson’s latest lover, the current Fair Work Australia vice-president Michael Lawler.

UPDATE: In addition, we learnt this morning that Phillips was a close friend and contemporary of Tony Abbott’s in student politics at Sydney University and was a very active member – with Abbott – of the Democratic Club there in the mid 1970s. They were involved in multiple student elections and for elections to the notorious Australian Union of Students, at the time, well-informed sources say.

Sources also tell VEXNEWS Phillips is a senior employer-side lawyer with not much knowledge at all of unions and until recently has been a Liberal party branch member, as the Fin revealed on the weekend. In the Vaucluse branch, no less, where the Young Liberal ladies are glamorous and the cocktails shaken not stirred.

His appointment could leave the door open for corrupt Kathy Jackson forces within the HSU – who have temporarily allied themselves with the HR Nicholls Society – to continue to run the union and pursue her pocket-lining, power-grabbing erratic agenda.

KathyjacksonnoamJackson’s formerly far-left political allies, and those familiar with her racy personal history, find it rather funny and strange she’s moved on to socially conservative NSW Liberal backers, who tend not to find much sympathy for Noam Chomsky-loving, wildly nocturnal-living, thieving union bosses.

Mr Phillips description of Jackson as a “very brave and strong person” demonstrates a wilful blindness to the serious, credible and now thoroughly documented allegations of corruption against Jackson. It alone makes him a highly inappropriate choice for the sensitive role as Administrator which will no doubt be fraught with difficulty and drama. Phillips’ willingness to take on the role in those circumstances, according to Melbourne legal insiders, reveals a very different culture in Sydney where some lawyers are willing to take on matters despite serious conflict of interest issues. Phillips could – if it all goes wrong – be subject to ethics complaints that could imperil his otherwise prosperous career at the Bar. “And, for what, propping up one of Australia’s most corrupt union officials? It beggars belief… It must be a Sydney thing,” a legal industry insider noted.

For Phillips’ part, when confronted about the content of his lavishly generous writings about Jackson, the barrister declined to elaborate, telling the Fin the article “speaks for itself.” Indeed, it does. It’s outrageous he’s even contemplating accepting the appointment.

Jackson has – by attacking Craig Thomson (one of the MPs on which the Labor government depends) – won new-found friends among the government’s many critics, especially conservative critics in the Sydney media and in zealous workplace reform circles.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend, seems to be the order of the day. It doesn’t make it right, though.

The fact that Jackson is now exposed as having fleeced the HSU membership in the most brazen way, on a website that has obtained documents demonstrating the malfeasance, is an issue her media-chums and labour-market deregulator friends have not yet confronted or contemplated.

If – and when – Police charges relating to corruption are laid against Jackson, as distinct from the Fair Work Australia civil charges already on foot, we suspect her new-chums’ enthusiasm for the troubled and psychiatrically ill union leader will dim to levels they would normally reserve for such a person. VEXNEWS understands that Eric Abetz has warned colleagues that he thinks Jackson is “dangerous” and “unhinged” and to tread very carefully in relation to her. There’s certainly been a noticeable change in rhetoric about Jackson coming from Abetz in recent months. It seems poor old Barry O’Farrell wasn’t sent the memo.

Hilariously, Jackson’s own submission to the Federal Court apparently demands she continue on in her role, in addition to her notoriously thuggish deputy general secretary Marco Bolano, who has been worrying about whether his high salary would continue after the appointment of Administrator. You read it here first, Marco, it’s time to start looking for a real job, mate. The party’s just about over.

It’s one thing for the enthusiasts of the HR Nicholls Society and mostly red of neck Sydney shock jocks to salivate over Jackson on the basis of her service to the cause of unseating the federal government, it’s another thing entirely for the Premier of New South Wales to so closely associate with her. It was a risk not worth taking and we suspect it will be rejected by the Court, saving the government from a potential stink-bomb of epic proportions.


17 comments for “SRSLY: NSW government pushes for Jackson cheerleader as HSU administrator”

  1. When will the MSM get this?

    Check Kathy Jackson’s spend on

    Posted by Anon | June 4, 2012, 9:22

  2. When will the MSM get this?

    Posted by Anon | June 4, 2012, 9:49

  3. Is it tim to remind everyone that a union is meant to be the expression of the collective will of its members. No one as far as I know asked Kathy Jackson to nuke the whole organization with her allegations. On the contrary two thirds of hsueast members voted to see the back of her at the last convention. Now if she has her way the members can expect her to survive any purge and if OFarrell has his way someone the union doesnt want will take her place under the aegis of an administrator the members would want even less. Crazy days indeed.

    Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2012, 9:49

  4. For Labor and the ACTU to embrace the concept of “Administrators” is clearly dangerous. Those who BOF would appoint, and especially Abbott, are no friends of the union movement nor understand and sympathise with their aims. In the end unions placed under an Administrator would be destroyed from within. While the HSU leadership (?) deserve nothing but contempt the members do not so what is wrong with the ACTU taking over direct control until such time as the scum are cleaned out and fair elections held.

    Posted by Rivoboy | June 4, 2012, 9:52

  5. I understand that Baird the Younger is all in favour of BoF making that appointment – it will make his move for the top job even easier.

    Posted by the Insider | June 4, 2012, 10:48

  6. WTF, Jackson is willing to have all positions in HSU East branch declared vacant except for hers and Bolanos”?

    Posted by sara west | June 4, 2012, 11:14

  7. So the Thomson Affair wasn’t about misuse of union funds then ?

    Cause what I have read Jackson seems worse .

    Oh well, maybe the Thomson Affair was to get Labor people out so more Liberals can step in and have power , control and extra funding pocket-lining luxuries ..

    Be (A) ware people the warning signs are there.

    Posted by Sneaky | June 4, 2012, 11:39

  8. Jackson has turned this whole affair into a “three ring circus”.
    When was it ever about the members?

    Posted by Anon | June 4, 2012, 11:42

  9. Seems KJ has had a change of heart over her position:

    HEALTH Services Union national secretary Kathy Jackson last night called for the entire executive of the embattled organisation to resign in a bid to clear the decks over its financial scandal.
    Ms Jackson said she would ask the next national executive meeting to back a fresh round of elections, including for her own position, because the suspension last week from the Australian Council of Trade Unions was a “vote of no confidence” in the leadership.

    Read more:

    Posted by Anon | June 4, 2012, 11:52

  10. A change of heart perhaps

    HEALTH Services Union national secretary Kathy Jackson last night called for the entire executive of the embattled organisation to resign in a bid to clear the decks over its financial scandal.
    Ms Jackson said she would ask the next national executive meeting to back a fresh round of elections, including for her own position, because the suspension last week from the Australian Council of Trade Unions was a “vote of no confidence” in the leadership.

    Read more:

    Posted by Anon | June 4, 2012, 11:52

  11. MSM refuse to touch her. What’s going on there. Is she, or those close to her, particularly well connected?

    Posted by Puzzled | June 4, 2012, 12:11

  12. Hopefully when she enters or leaves court tomorrow, hair and make up done no doubt, some journo with cred will ask her a couple of questions:
    Ms Jackson, can you explain the consultancy fees paid out of No 3 branch without substantiating documentation?
    What positions did your partner Michael Lawlers school age children who lived in Sydney hold in the Victoria No. 3 branch?

    Posted by Anon | June 4, 2012, 12:26

  13. Well done on the upload of the Fin Review article. I can’t afford $3.00 a day to read it. A few of your other scanned articles had been unreadably small but this one was right on.

    Posted by Good Work Vex ! | June 4, 2012, 13:35

  14. Hmmmmm interesting Mr Phillips bleats lots about Harmers workplace legal firm on his blog site , isn’t that the same law firm Ms Jackson is using? Interview with Uhlman 7.30 report
    “CHRIS UHLMANN: And why do you think Harmers workplace lawyers is representing you pro-bono?

    KATHY JACKSON: I think they are representing me pro-bono because they believe in my case. I’m not making this up.”

    So if they don’t believe in your case they will charge you??

    Interesting indeed

    Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2012, 18:24

  15. It appears the MSM have either been told to lay off Jackson by her friends in ‘high places’ or they realise they have gone too far already and are shite scared of any legal consequences. A certain Mr Thomson (no P)is waiting in the wings smiling.

    Posted by Zachary Church | June 4, 2012, 18:43

  16. appoint DEAN MIGHELL’S AT THE HSU he fit’s the profile well plenty of cash,credit cards no accountability overseas junkets. his your man.

    Posted by jimmy | June 4, 2012, 19:36

  17. No shit , i’ve got a believable true case too Kathy, will Harmers reperesent me for free too? Problem is my boyfriend’s not an FWA Liberal chum judge and can’t bring down the vote on a minority govt….???

    Posted by She’s stroked more Wood than a Furniture Polisher | June 4, 2012, 19:43

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About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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