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“I’m Bankrupt” Says former HSU Boss Kathy Jackson

June 29, 2015

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Former Health Services Union boss Kathy Jackson has declared that she is [morally] bankrupt after failing to appear in court to hear the first day of proceedings in a civil claim against her.

{I’m sorry] Miss Jackson was due to appear in the Federal Court earlier today to hear claims brought against her by her former employer for allegedly using her authority as national secretary to spend some $600,000 in Union funds on personal expenses, such as holidays holidays and shopping.

The HSU had also been seeking to freeze Ms Jackson’s assets.

Barrister James Johnson, acting for Ms Jackson’s former lawyer and her partner Michael Lawler, said that  “events had occurred over the weekend that involved the bankruptcy of Ms Jackson”.

Court documents show the HSU accused Ms Jackson of spending more than $131,000 on her union credit cards, including on holidays to New Zealand, the United States and China, and airfares to France for her daughter.

The Union also claimed Ms Jackson ran up a bill of more than $29,000 on entertainment, including more than $14,000 at a single restaurant in Richmond in Melbourne’s east.

She was also accused of cashing in $249,000 in union cheques and spending almost $78,000 in department stores in Melbourne and Sydney.

Earlier this month Ms Jackson attempted to transfer the ownership of her $1.3 million NSW property to her de facto partner Michael Lawler.

Coincidentally, Ms Jackson now joins former HSU colleague Craig Thomson in declining to face court on civil charges due to ill health and financial hardship.

Craig Thomson recently declared that he had “suffered enough….”

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2015 12:10 pm

    That could happen to anybody ,going broke over the weekend I mean .
    I’m broke every weekend .
    The real criminal in this saga is Michael Lawler,using his considerable influence at FWA and within the Liberal Party.
    If your bankrupt you can still go to the “go slow” I hope

  2. June 29, 2015 12:48 pm

    “”That could happen to anybody ,going broke over the weekend I mean .””

    😆

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    June 29, 2015 2:37 pm

    D’ja wot!

    Go to Jail … Do Not Pass “Go” … Do Not Collect $600,000 …

  4. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 29, 2015 6:30 pm

    Well, I recall how she described a former lover as a “charity root” and I think that demonstrates that she has a benevolent nature.

    There should be more of it!

  5. TB Queensland permalink
    June 29, 2015 7:41 pm

    Money – other people’s – attracts financial advisors, financial managers, banks, insurance companies, shonky union execs and thieves … and this government wants expose not for profit supers to ALL of them!

    I’m really fucking sick of being ripped off by Robber Barons of all colours, types and nastiness!

  6. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 2, 2015 3:45 am

    Greece seems to going well. The innovative plan of the new government is a testament to leftist economics.

  7. Tom R permalink
    July 2, 2015 8:22 am

    The innovative plan of the new government is a testament to leftist economics.

    How so?

  8. Tom R permalink
    July 2, 2015 8:44 am

    jackson is about to find out out what “surplus to requirements” means I think

  9. TB Queensland permalink
    July 2, 2015 11:08 am

    Greece seems to going well. The innovative plan of the new government is a testament to leftist economics.

    Strange you should say that … the amateur attempts at decision making and the flip flopping like a dead fish reminds me very much of the present incumbents in the Australian Parliament … they just have a bit more credit to squander …

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