Kathy Jackson. the controversial federal secretary of Australia’s most dysfunctional union the Health Services Union, deserves no praise attributed to her in the media as being the “whistleblower” who has come forward to expose the corruption endemic in the organisation.
In April of 2009 the secretary of the H.S.U #4 branch Dr Rosemary Kelly disgusted with what she saw as the excesses of members of the federal executive arranged a petition of her members which included health professionals working in the hospital system.
The petition directed to Fair Work Australia alleged that members of the executive had used the services of prostitutes, fine dining and the purchase of personal goods on the unions credit cards.
Among the first accused was now federal member of parliament for Dobell, Craig Thomson. Thomson had been federal secretary of the health services union from 2002 to 2007.
In 1995 the then secretary of the Victorian branch of the union Jeff Jackson entered into an agreement with the unions accountant to have it shown on the books that he would only be paid for a 4 day week and the 5th day should show that Kathy Jackson nee Koukavaous would be paid as a consultant for the extra day
Jeff and Kathy had been involved in a relationship after Jackson had left his wife Donna and her two children.
Media reports indicate that this arrangement was some sort of tax rort to minimise their taxable income. Lets be blunt – it was more than a tax rort,it was a blatant attempt to minimise the family maintenance payments Jackson had agreed to pay to his wife and children. Kathy Jackson was implicit in the rort.
The unions accountant smelt the proverbial “rat” and reported the request to senior officials who wisely put a full stop to the scam immediately.