Michael Williamson

The sentencing of former HSU boss Michael Williamson showed the extent of fraud, maladministration and corruption evident at that union.

The judge, David Frearson, described Williamson’s behaviour as “brazen and arrogant” and a “parasitic plundering of union funds for pure greed”

Williamson had run the HSU as a person fiefdom from 1995 to 2011, bring corruption and theft to that union throughout his tenure. Yet was elected to be Labor Federal President from 2009 and 2010 and as President of Unions NSW until April 2012. He was a trustee for First State Super, a director of SGE Credit Union and a member of the board of the ACTU.

This was a man who stole over $5 million through his tenure at the HSU, yet managed to avoid scrutiny from fellow union and ALP leaders. Were people so blind that they did not see him for what he was over all those years? Yet still vote for him to be the Federal President of the ALP? Who accepted his lobbying to have his protegé Craig Thomson preselected to the safe seat of  Dobell?

I’m not one for conspiracy theories, but I find it unlikely that his corrupt behaviour could have been unobserved over 16 years. Or that the defects in his character were unobserved or ignored to be voted into a position of trust.

It is also interesting that Williamson pleaded guilty to his crimes and received a five-year sentence, yet Thomson continues to thumb his nose at prosecutors and show no contrition for his crimes and only gets three months.

Did you also notice how Williamson stared at judge Frearson until he was led away? It seemed to me to be some sort of threat.

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30 Responses to Michael Williamson

  1. Badjack

    $5 million…..what about the other b$15 million…..it seems to have found its way under his wife’s carpet.
    Short memories.

  2. candy

    Williamson’s daughter was Julia Gillard’s assistant in some capacity too, in the inner PM circle.
    It does make you wonder whether turning a blind eye to theft of union money is common in the Labor Party,given he was lifting such a high life right in front of them all.

  3. manalive

    Did you also notice how Williamson stated at judge Frearson … stared?

  4. Alfonso

    If the Establishment as represented by the judiciary aren’t mandating full recovery of this money from its present controller we know we got brushed off again.

  5. ACTOldFart

    “The sentencing of former HSU boss and ALP President Michael Williamson … “

  6. Linden

    The interesting thing about these bent Labor union personalities, is that on each occasion when the ‘whistle’ was blown on them the Leader of the Opposition Shorten not once, took any real initiative to investigate, but rather went after the whistle blowers and attempted to discredit them, in the finest Labor Party way, what did Shorten really know about all this stuff, plenty I’ll bet!!

  7. Hugh

    Gee, I’m a sucker. I was again taken by surprise yesterday when the ABC News spoke of Williamson, giving no hint of his former national presidency of the ALP.

    I wonder how they would introduce a Gillard conviction? (Gillard denies any wrongdoing in the AWU matter, BTW)

    “A former partner with Slater and Gordon”?

    “A former student and part-time typist for a university debating society”?

    “The partner of a male hair stylist once linked to a Prime Minister”?

    “A knitting-obsessed offspring of non-Middle-Eastern and non-African migrants”?

  8. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    what did Shorten really know about all this stuff

    In the words of an old R.S.M. of mine “I’ll bet he is shytting blue lights at the thought of the Royal Commission….”

  9. Linden

    Hugh, yes all of the above, and what did happen to kangaroo thingy the former PM Gillard was last seen knitting? The good ole ABC always a stickler for accuracy and complete details in all matters concerning the bent and corrupt Labor Party- union members. Well they can all rely on that fail safe explanation of ‘I was young and naive’.

  10. Myrddin Seren

    Did you also notice how Williamson stared at judge Frearson until he was led away? It seemed to me to be some sort of threat.

    Probably a slab of the ‘Magic Millions’ had been funneled to some Labor Maaate to get the sentence reduced to two months community service and an ethics course, and Williamson was absorbing the fact that he had pissed away a small fortune for nothing and was on his way to the iron bar hotel.

  11. Anne

    Hugh.

    “An Altona girl was today…”

  12. Linden

    A former householder of the western suburbs…..yaddaaaa!!!!

  13. C.L.

    There were cameras in court for the sentencing?

  14. Up The Workers!

    Hugh and Anne,

    “An Altona sexism victim, whose contact lenses were once maliciously gargled by a naked idiot with a hard-on…”

  15. Malachi

    More incestuous relationships in the Union – Labor family than the court of Caligula

  16. Linden

    Misogynist investigators have been relentless in dragging the good name of young and naive former bright star lawyer……..

  17. Up The Workers!

    Interesting times ahead in the shower block for the former Federal President of the Labor Party, when Ivan Milat, Tony Mokbel, Bubba, Bruiser, Basher and Betty (who used to be called Bruce) all realise that despite the artful legal chicanery and plea-bargaining, Williamson STILL HAS the full $20 million he stole, waiting for him on the outside the day he is released.

    What is the actual legal status of the $19 million which the shysters’ plea-bargaining caused to disappear up the black hole of a lawyers’ fundament?

    If Williamson’s wife and child “found” the $19 million buried in the back yard today, would they be home and hosed – given that it now officially “sort of” doesn’t exist?

    Given that the law “sort of” officially regards the $19 million as never having been stolen, would the members of the H.S.U. have a right to demand that the bank continue to pay them interest on the amount?

    Ought the A.T.O. be treating the money which was thieved from union members as being assessable personal income by members of the Williamson family, or is the A.T.O. somehow bound by the legal fiction of the plea-bargain?

    What is to prevent a dodgy defence lawyer, in cases where $20 million has been stolen, from offering the prosecutor an under-the-counter bribe of, say, $6.3 million on the basis of splitting the money 3 ways and allowing the defendant to plead guilty to the embezzlement of the lesser sum of only $1 million?

    LABOR! – A dead fish ALWAYS rots from the head!

  18. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “It is also interesting that Williamson pleaded guilty to his crimes and received a five-year sentence, yet Thomson continues to thumb his nose at prosecutors and show no contrition for his crimes and only gets three months.”

    Both investigations took eons to complete, both prosecutions admitted substantial, extraordinary reductions in the dollar amounts for which charges were brought, both of the guilty heard fierce words of admonition from judges who then went on to “impose” feeble, feeble sentences which will have them out in way less time than we will be told about.

    G’lardasks and a Senior Labor Figure will be giggling mightily to themselves about their prospects, for good reason.

  19. Cold-Hands

    Thomson, not satisfied with a relatively lenient sentence handed down by a Labor-appointed magistrate*, has rolled the dice again by appealing the severity of his sentence. Has Williamson announced an appeal?

    *scroll down to the comment at Friday, 31 January 2014 at 06:39 PM

  20. Tintarella di Luna

    he was lifting such a high life right in front of them all.

    candy he was living the high-life of the low-life.

  21. Tintarella di Luna

    More incestuous relationships in the Union – Labor family than the court of Caligula

    And speaking of Caligula — the Labor party did one better and had a horse’s arse made a Senator – only one comes to mind – but you can take your pick

  22. Myrddin Seren

    Ought the A.T.O. be treating the money which was thieved from union members as being assessable personal income by members of the Williamson family…….

    Ought not the ATO have been chasing all sorts of dubious folk who lead rock star lifestyles on statedly middleclass incomes, instead of constantly churning the same folk who either lack political connections and/or enforcers who will take the knee caps off of any too curious ATO officer ?

    In short – can we have the government look at who the ATO is overlooking in it’s chasing after tax miscreants, and if they need special resources and the federal police to provide security if they go after the big fish, then so be it. I would rather enforcement budgets are spent on nailing real crooks than the ATO wasting millions chasing after Paul Hogan and others for years.

  23. entropy

    Dean Mighell has a spray in Friday’s The Australian about how he doesn’t think a Royal Commission is unnecessary, slush funds are OK,the hated Abbott and all other targets to the right of him, which doesn’t leave too many people out, but like all of the left, Mighell is a great hater. But there was this very interesting bit

    It has been a long-established practice for the ALP Right to place its factional appointees from university into a “sponsor’’ union. They are expected to exchange loyalties, progress to parliament and be called to account by the union and, more important, the faction. The list of those who have taken this path is significant. It is this conflict of interest that undermines unions and, ultim­ately, the ALP. If there were no affiliation process but instead a real and demonstrable mechanism of workers consenting to affiliation individually, it would restore independence and credibility to the relationship.

  24. Tel

    Williamson STILL HAS the full $20 million he stole, waiting for him on the outside the day he is released.

    My understanding is that Williamson has become bankrupt, so if the trustee can find it within three years, the union might get some of that back. After three years Williamson might be in the clear but the trustee might have objections:

    https://www.afsa.gov.au/debtors/bankruptcy/bankruptcy-overview/objections

    Your trustee may lodge an objection on a number of grounds, such as your failure to:

    * provide information to your trustee
    * disclose to your trustee all income
    * pay assessed income contributions
    * explain how money was spent, or
    * reveal all assets and creditors.

    It all comes down to how aggressively the trustee can chase this up.

  25. Grigory M

    It’s not just the convenient bankruptcy. It’s also the convenient divorce from wifey who, together with other family members will have salted the proceeds away via asset transfers that will keep those proceeds protected. No-one else in his family has been charged (was this part of a plea-bargain deal?), so forget about recovering anything from them. With remissions, Williamson will likely serve only about 3 years and then on release will be reunited with wifey to enjoy a very well funded retirement.

  26. Aliice

    Yeah well I am glad they put one corrupt piece of poo in jail but I am still waiting for the day they get
    the big fat spider Obeid in jail and every bastard in politics left and right who took kickbacks or jobs from this piece of sewaerage detritus.

    That includes Sinodinous (and yes hurry up and pay back all the political donations that went to all parties from AWH THAT US SUCKER TAXPAYERS paid for in water rates. Just tell me this? WTF is going on in electricity to make our bills so high? More of the same. Who is travelling in limos courtesy of the taxpayers.)

    Worse still – its like a rotating lazy Susan in a Chinese (or lebanese) restaurant. Sinoindous resigns the chair and who do they call up for the position but Michael Bloody Costa?

    Jeezs I am pisseds. Both parties are stuffed up and this from BOF after he fought the corruption in NSW State Labor? What a joke. I bet Obeid’s son still has his job doing 50 hours a year for $150000 with no tasks to complete.

    Come on guys really this isnt on. Its a tad blatant a rip off isnt it. Just tell me has every PPS sunk to this sort of joke?

    I will vote all the bastards out I swear.

  27. Aliice

    Grigory – thats what annoys me. There is no justice in this paltry sentance for Williamson when he already ran with the money plus he sued some poor bastard for defamation who called him corrupt when he hadnt been found corrupt yet and as far as I can see the Williamson family owes this man $25000.

    Aint no justice till they get some money – we really need laws to make wifeys possessions accountable and collectible here. Huge loophole. Adler got away with the same thing. So did Jodie Rich and Renee Rivkin. Time to close that little loophole that allows the to keep the stolen goods.

  28. Aliice

    Jeez dont tell me he got divorced last week??? – hahahahahah so did Adler or was that Rich or maybe they all gotta divorce and remarried soon as jail time was over?

    Oh come on – close this get outta jail wid the money clause,,,

  29. Jikei

    well actually the union movement did notice because as I understand it his nick name was “mr millions”, its just that they didn’t see the irony ….

  30. Ross B

    The ALP have perfected the art of making sh*t sandwiches and selling them as ham and cheese on the 6pm bulletins. All this nonsense that Michael was quite the loner, somehow on the fringes of the party – a guy they didn’t really know that well – is modus operandi for air-brushing unpleasant realities out of ALP history. Anyone who cares to dig a little deeper – forget whole swathes of our utterly pathetic media – will find that in fact the former HSU boss had been a trustee of First State Super, and held other directorship capacities at State Water Corporation and the SGE Credit Union. How did Mr Williamson manage to land these convenient opportunities if he were ever the loner, a latter-day unknown to all the ALP’s luminaries. I mean presumably he just wandered off Alison Road into the Randwick Labour Club one day and applied like everyone else? Or maybe he door-knocked around Maroubra and found that like – to his total amazement – 90% of homes were occupied by members of the NSW right….? That the Royal Commission has been so long coming is almost as amazing as how apparently unconcerned all the tribal leaders are about how much they may have to squirm as the extent of ALP-Union cronyism is revealed (or not revealed if left to Mark Scott’s comfy team).

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