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Kathy Jackson, Aussie Union Boss, Admits Ex Got $50K in Slush

By    |   Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 09:12 AM

Kathy Jackson, boss of the Australian Health Service Union, admitted to paying her ex-husband a $50,000 check from a union slush fund, contradicting earlier statements she made about a large payment from a cancer hospital to her union.

Jackson, who claimed she was being "ambushed" allegations from the country's Royal Commission on Trade Union Governance, conceded that the money she paid Jeff Jackson was "likely to have contributed to a union battle he was fighting as secretary of the HSU's Victoria No.1 branch," according to Sydney's Morning Herald.

The newspaper reported in June that Jackson testified she could not recall the payment and that it may have been related to one of the union's branches.

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Jackson's testimony was part of an ongoing investigation by the commission into corruption allegations against the Australian Workers Union, Transport Workers Union and Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union since April, according to the Australian Associated Press.

The commission also questioned Jackson about a $250,000 payment from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre that some alleged was used to start the union's secret slush fund, but recorded as "legal expenses," according to the Herald Sun.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Jackson said the funds were used to open a bank account from which she withdrew thousands of dollars and used for "personal spending including at fashion boutiques, David Jones, Gazman, JB Hi-Fi and Bunnings."

Jackson claimed, though, that Peter MacCallum funds were not union money because the account was kept as a separate entity from other union funds.

The Morning Herald reported in April that the fund, dubbed the National Health Development Account, also helped fund political campaigns of Jackson's allies, including those from other unions.

Chris Brown, the union's acting national secretary, told the Morning Herald the commission' evidence against Jackson was ''deeply disturbing'' and he plans on questioning her about her testimony.

The Guardian reported that Jackson rose to power in the union after uncovering corruption allegation against the union's former general secretary Michael Williamson, who is currently serving time in prison.

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Kathy Jackson, boss of the Australian Health Service Union, admitted to paying her ex-husband a $50,000 check from a union slush fund, contradicting earlier statements she made about a large payment from a cancer hospital to her union.
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