HSU national secretary Kathy Jackson says she was offered a Federal Parliament seat to ‘hush her up’
- From: AdelaideNow
- May 03, 2012
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HEALTH Services Union national secretary Kathy Jackson says she was offered a seat in Federal Parliament to “hush her up”.
Ms Jackson told Sky News’ Paul Murray Live show last night that she had been approached by HSU boss Michael Williamson last year and offered a position in parliament in return for her silence over claims of corruption within the union.
“Asking me that, you know, he could organise it for me – and ‘don’t worry darl, I’ll make up the salary difference if you want to go’.
“I said to him, ‘Why don’t you take it, if you want to go to Parliament – why don’t you take it? I’m not prepared to go to Parliament, I’m here to represent my members.”
Senator Stephen Conroy, senior government member and communications minister, told the Nine Network early this morning the government was already acting to admonish the HSU.
“It’s exactly why the Government last week sought to impose into a court case to seek to appoint an administrator,” he said.
“This has gone on too long. we’ve now got a situation where the Government is in court saying let’s just sack the lot of them and put an administrator in charge.”.