What do you call a crooked union official in jail

What do you call a crooked union official in jail?  A good start?  Not enough?  Desirée?  All of the above?

As reported in the AFR:

Derrick Belan, the former head of the National Union of Workers NSW, has been sentenced to four years in jail after being found guilty of defrauding his union more than $650,000 and spending the money for his own personal benefit, including botox injections, a tattoo, cruises and a Harley Davidson.

Good thing there is no Prime Ministerial Pardon power in Australia.

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32 Responses to What do you call a crooked union official in jail

  1. C.L.

    Derrick Belan, the former head of the National Union of Workers NSW, has been sentenced to four years in jail after being found guilty of defrauding his union more than $650,000 and spending the money for his own personal benefit, including botox injections, a tattoo, cruises and a Harley Davidson.

    Excepting the Harley, he could have got all that for free if he was in the Australian Navy.
    But seriously … as bad as this is, it’s worth remembering that MPs routinely defraud the taxpayers of far larger sums each and every year. Their ‘study tours’ alone are the biggest criminal theft in the entire history of Australia.

  2. he could have got all that for free if he was in the Australian Navy.

    including the botox?

    it’s worth remembering that MPs routinely defraud the taxpayers of far larger sums each and every year.

    next time perhaps the union officials should set up a Remuneration Tribunal (paid of course with union fees) which can make recommendations.

  3. stackja

    Union leaders once were just into politics, like Federated Ironworkers’ Association Ernie Thornton.

  4. Shy Ted

    What do you call a crooked union official not in jail? Leader of the opposition.

  5. H B Bear

    Why didn’t he just appoint himself to a union industry fund and skim it all off legally?

  6. H B Bear

    What do you call a crooked union official in jail?

    Maaaaate. And unlucky.

  7. Slayer of Memes

    Interesting that a lot of his ‘defence’ hinged on the same “but no-one told me I couldn’t do it” strategy as employed by Thommo….

  8. Up The Workers!

    Aw, diddums.

    I reckon the poor bloke must be lonely. Can’t we send him a thousand or three friends and Party comrades from the Crim’s Party as company?

    Juliar, Bruce, Slimy Sam, Big Bill, Little Bill, Dodgy Dan and his 40 Thieves, the Palace Chook and her Chook-House menagerie, Brian Burke’s heirs and successors, Weatherdill & Co.,

  9. Rob MW

    “……….found guilty of defrauding his union more than $650,000 and spending the money for his own personal benefit, including botox injections, a tattoo, cruises……….”

    The poor prick was just suffering from an identity problem but nonetheless he only made it to jail because even an idiot can see that if one is to steal money, at the very least, spend it on something more than beauty treatments,,,,, fucking moron. I will say that the Harley was a good buy, but given the others, I’ll bet the fucker had to put training wheels on it as well as perfumed saddle bags to match the hag in the side-car.

  10. Damienski

    FMD anyone that would steal to by a Harley is a brain-dead moron. He could have bought something that started, stopped, handled, looked and sounded half decent instead.

  11. max

    Liberal senator Lucy Gichuhi says:

    “My salary it is somewhere on the website, I don’t look at it because it comes into the bank, but it’s not a lot of money by the way,” she told Kenyan TV host Jeff Koinange. “Politicians, and I mean Australian politicians, work so hard 24/7, nobody, and I mean nobody, can compensate them for the work they do.”

    The South Australian politician made the comments in an interview on Kenya Citizen TV in January, but the interview is now going viral as Gichuhi finds herself embroiled in a scandal for using taxpayer money to fly her family members across the country.

    Yes, Minister – The Civil Service in Short

  12. None

    Jailed for Botox. How about “laughable”.

  13. None

    Didn’t they recently stop study trips for MPS or did I just dream that? In any case agree C.L. Those are pure theft nothing else.

  14. C.L.

    Lock this bloke up too:

    Joe Hockey spent $70,000 on alcohol, breakfasts and childcare in just six months as U.S. ambassador – and YOU’RE paying for it all.

    He’s the former Treasurer who once told Australia the ‘age of entitlement is over’.

    But now firmly ensconced in his new role as the nation’s Ambassador to the United States, Joe Hockey has spent $70,000 worth of taxpayer’s money in just six months.

    The cash splash between July and December 2017 went on alcohol, breakfasts and childcare, Freedom of Information documents obtained by the Herald Sun reveal.

    There was a dinner for 44 guests ($4335), a party for a retiring public servant ($3165) and a $2535 bill for hosting a reception while Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was in town.

  15. Up The Workers!

    Puck Hockey!

  16. Up The Workers!

    “What do you call a crooked union official in jail”?

    Err…how about: “The criminal former Federal President of the A.L.P., Mike Williamson”
    “Dishonest Eddie Obeid’s Left Testicle”
    “Dishonest Eddie Obeid’s Right testicle”
    “Any other odious bits of the Obeid anatomy”
    “Somebody whose name is not Juliar Gillard; Bruce Wilson; Dodgy Dan and his 40 thieves; any State Labor(sic) Premier of the last 30 years; one of the 30 recommended for criminal prosecution by Mr Justice Dyson Heydon in the T.U.R.C. Final Report”.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle

    Well done to the magistrate in Parramatta local court in NSW.
    How strange that this doesn’t seem to happen in Victoria.

  18. Herodotus

    Do the union members get that money repaid?

  19. Tel

    How is it that any working person in Australia could believe that unions are helping them?

  20. OneWorldGovernment

    What do you call a crooked union official in jail?

    Unusual!

  21. John Brumble

    Sorry, not getting the Hockey issue. He’s be living close to the embassy and childcare in that area would be expensive. Particulalry since the children of an ambassador are nominally prime targets in the event of unrest with Australia. Yes, it’s unlikely, but that’s the position, not the man. 6 months od secure childcare in a major American cuty is nit going to leave you much change out of $40k.
    The dinners seem quite reasonable. 44 guests for that price is excellent value. And he’d be expected to serve (good) Australian wine, which is by no means cheap.

    So while the ambassador itself is a good gig, he doesn’t seem to be abusing it.

  22. Derp

    He paid money and went to jail in part for that godawful tattoo?

  23. None

    a party for a retiring public servant ($3165)
    Yeah yeah no abuse there. Now imagine if every retiring public servant got a $3,000 farewell party.

  24. Geriatric Mayfly

    And dear old ‘Sparkles’ still roams free.

  25. Up The Workers!

    “What do you call a crooked union official in jail”?

    A member of the wrong faction.

  26. JohnA

    What do you call a crooked union official in jail

    Barely a start.

    What do you call 50 lawyers at the bottom of a swimming pool? Progress.

  27. Zatara

    $650,000 divided by four years = $162,500 per year plus room and board.

    I’ve had worse jobs at vastly less pay.

    Or did I miss the part where he has to pay back the money he stole?

  28. Ex Union Man.

    Political Parties are just crime gangs…Australian Labor in particular….Trade Unions function is not to look after their members but to use their dues for themselves and fund their mates into the Gravy Train of State/Federal Politics while they sell out the working class at every turn.The one good thing about Derricks jailing is that the Granville Office has been cleaned out of the cancer of the BELANS who ran it as a criminal enterprise.But as with Michael Williamson (Nurses/Health Workers) who was also jailed for theft of lowly paid members this theft will continue as these people are unaccountable and protected by Labor Crooks.It also makes you wonder about Derricks and mates morals,Derrick was on $500k per annum but he still chose to steal off the members…Bastard should have got life.

  29. For what it’s worth… a former NZ MP said to me that he found study trips very valuable as they were an opportunity for MPs from different parties to mix in an non-adversarial and fairly private environment.

  30. yarpos

    “…….including botox injections, a tattoo, cruises and a Harley Davidson.”

    ever classy, the Australian union movement

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