Diana Asmar, the secretary of the hospital services union, lied to the royal commission into trade unions today.
$250,000 dollars was raised for her election campaign 2 years ago, she garnered this money from Bill Shorten’s AWU industry 2000 fund, as well as the money stolen from the union members at the Peter McCallum cancer hospital by Kathy “Jungles”Jackson. She also received funds from the plumbers union which once supported progressive candidates but has now sold out to the right wing of the labor party.
The reason I know this is that I contacted Asmar before her election win and put to her that her campaign must have cost in the region of the $250,000 and how did she raise that money – well you could have knocked me over with a wet tram ticket and I quote her
” I had some B.B.Q s in the back yard and sold some raffle tickets“.
$250,000 worth, I don’t think so !!!
I did get a laugh out of the interview though, when I introduced myself as a freelance journalist working for Radio 3CR. She asked what a freelance journalist was. The interview went downhill from there .
Asmar never discussed Fundraising with her husband
If that’s the case, she lied to the Royal Commission today when she claimed that her husband David Asmar was in charge of fund raising and she never ever, ever discussed this with him .
Can I just emphasise the words under oath today
Asmar never had a discussion with her husband about the money he raised and the words he conjured up to put into her electoral material
Never? Are you sure Diana ?
Asmar never discussed Election Materials with her husband
She claimed that she had never seen any of the election material that her husband put out on her behalf. There were 3 mail outs to members but she said, under oath, that she did not know what was in the written material and just trusted her team of volunteers and David Asmar
She claimed under oath today that she did not provide any election statements to the electoral commission not one word, it was all done by her husband on her behalf .
She further stated under oath that she never ever discussed her election material with her husband even while some of the material was at their matrimonial home.
She admitted she had seen election material lying around the house but had never read it as that was her husband’s role in life which he never discussed with her.
This has to be the greatest feat of husband and wife confidentiality in history.
Over the 2 years of her campaign, he did not discuss with her what slush fund he dipped into and she trusted him to write her campaign material without one skerrick of input into who she was, what she stood for and how she would be a good trade union secretary .
Not One Word !!!!! She left it all to him !!!!
I imaging that these two sleep together, live together, eat together, socialise together but obviously don’t talk to each other about one of the most important challenges in their careers.
David Asmar is a crook, he is a captive of the right wing of the labor party and formerly worked for Steve Conroy. This was before he interfered with ballot papers in the union elections and got the sack. (He was cited by the Victorian electoral commission for interfering in the ballot by redirecting ballot papers to a private mail box in his name).
How can you say under oath that your husband never spoke to you about accessing union slush funds and that you left him to write and circulate $250,000 worth of election material but never, ever discussed it with you.
Your name Diana Asmar was one the election material sent to every member, but you claim under oath that you don’t know what was contained in that material because you left it to your soul mate and confidante David Asmar .
Telling lies again Di !
You lied to the Royal Commission today in the most ineffectual manner and if your union members believe that then maybe they deserve you, but I could not wish that on hard working people deserving much better than you and your husband .
Diana, you are the secretary of a do nothing union, your members are totally neglected, you are controlled by outside forces in the labor party. You represent no one but yourself and all the labor party hacks that you have employed.
Long live real trade unions !”