The Pickering Post
Sunday, 18th March 2018

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... but Gillard set it up!

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


Bruce Wilson is a consummate liar and Royal Commissions are difficult for witnesses to lie to. The guilty create a false scenario of events in their own minds, they live it, breathe it and sleep with it until eventually, they actually believe it... because they need to believe it. Then they relate that scenario to their counsel as the unassailable truth and their counsel is invariably left floundering and frustrated. 

After years of work, media’s Left has been forced to acknowledge there was a problem with our highest Office. And now they’re pretending to know all about it! They don’t, they don’t understand what’s happening because they dismissed it, denying a problem ever existed.

The correct procedure for the guilty, like Wilson, is to accept the evidence against them, relate the truth to their counsel and then construct reasons why that evidence is explicable or at least seek to provide facts that might mitigate the crime.

Take Rolf Harris, he accepts he has acted inappropriately and, for the most part, doesn’t deny the events he is accused of actually took place. He seeks merely to downplay the accusers’ interpretation of his intentions.

Supported by family, he walks daily to court exceptionally slowly, taking advantage of his age to imply frailty. 

This action could mitigate any sentence a judge is likely to hand down. What Harris is actually saying is that, “I will likely be found guilty but now I am no threat to anyone, I am too old and jail would not be an appropriate punishment."

It will probably work, despite the fact he is still able to feel up the occasional female fan and bounce around a stage to the applause of thousands.

Bruce Wilson is a different fish, he tried to testify that lawyer, Harry Nowicki offered him $200,000 to implicate Julia Gillard. This nonsense was rightly ruled inadmissible and an “irrelevant side-show” by Commissioner Heydon. 

But Wilson had convinced himself it had actually happened, and instead of helping him, it tainted his entire testimony.

Wilson’s best defence was not to deny the obvious, but to explain to the Commission that this is the way most unions work, that’s why so much money is spent on slush funds to get elected as a union official. 

It’s been an unregulated honey pot for decades and Labor law firms have assisted the rorts and protected the participants. 

Wilson was gone before the Commission began and should have admitted guilt saying, “What I did was wrong in law, but within the union movement it is commonplace and accepted. After all the only rules that apply to unions are the rules union officials decide are the rules. 

“The system is there to be taken advantage of, it always has been, and I’m just part of an unregulated system that I hope in future, your Honour, is able to be reformed.”

Wilson has the arrogance to believe he can fool others. He has a presence, an air of authority and the guile to have easily gained the confidence of Blewitt and Gillard. 

Blewitt couldn’t live with the shame, Gillard can.

This Royal Commission is far from over and when it is, the Victorian Major Fraud Squad, who has been working in tandem with the Commission, already knows who will be charged.

Bruce Wilson will serve time, Julia Gillard may not.

Despite the overwhelming evidence that Gillard knowingly assisted and benefited from Wilson’s crimes, I have always believed she will walk free, and the reason is this:

Gillard is smart, she avoided paying the renovators with the cash she was given directly and she always kept receipts. New money is indistinguishable from existing money. 

Look at it this way: I intend to bet $5,000 on a horse and you give me $5,000 to bet on the same horse. Because $10,000 is a bulky amount I put half in my top pocket and the other half under my hat. 

On the way to the TAB I get held up and robbed of the $5,000 in my top pocket. But I still have the $5,000 under my hat to bet on that horse.

Now, if the horse loses, I don’t have a problem, but if it wins at 10/1, I now have $55,000 and I can’t be sure who it belongs to. 

Of course the fair thing is for you and I to share $27,500 each. But no-one can be sure whose $5,000 was stolen because I took your new money and mixed it with my existing money.

Julia Gillard obviously had other monies in her account when Wilson instructed Wayne Hem to put $5,000 cash into the same account. 

When Gillard then withdraws $5,000 cash to pay her renovators, or writes a cheque, is it the money that Wayne Hem deposited for her, or was it money she already held in the account? 

Of course it’s whichever Gillard chooses, bank records won’t help, it’s indistinguishable. Gillard knows she can claim it’s hers, and that’s her out.

Unless a cheque was written from a fraudulent AWU account in favour of Gillard’s renovators, and that cheque correlated to a written invoice, and Gillard then handed that cheque to the renovators, it’s impossible to determine the source of the money and therefore if Gillard has or has not committed an offence.

Even then an offence would require proof that Gillard knew the AWU account was a fraudulent one. She claims she didn’t know. 

Now, there are many other things that Gillard did that are highly illegal. But if a solicitor is acting on behalf of a “client” there are many more outs. Particularly if that “client” is Bruce Wilson who claims Gillard knew nothing about the fraud.

When both were caught, Gillard was sacked and Wilson left the AWU. Both spent 10 days holidaying at a regular haunt of Wilson’s, the Healesville Hotel, to plan for future contingencies.

Either Wilson sees no sense in them both going to jail or he still has the hots for her.


What you've described here is, I believe, commonly referred to as money laundering.

Where is TIM.? I'm slowing up, I must have missed what she did with him when he reached his use by date.

The point is ; Seeing Gillard paid by cheque she would have to account as to where the money came from against that of the monies deposited from her employment , a forensic accountant would soon sort that out .

Carmen Lawrence what a unit she is. Did she not bully a young lady into committing suicide.? Something in my memory thinks that way !!

Larry there’s always a paper trail, paying by cheque and keeping receipts works only if your money is traceable and from cheque books banks have all the records, money in money out, new cars, houses or renovations aren’t free. No-ones said they won any money and it would be as believable as Wilson or Tomson, I believe Gillard will serve time.

Rowan Dean giving the Labor Left a good serve on Van Onselens show. He is good value and had it all over that creepy Husic.

Seeing monies have arrived into Gillard's bank account via the Union there would have to be a paper trail as to why .

Interesting take on Rolf Harris and his daily walk into court with the wife loyal as ever by his side. How could she have not known about his wandering hands?? Same with that other one from Hey Dad. How could they not know or is it the just want to guard their lifestyles.

The sad thing is that we, the Australian people have allowed a criminal into the highest office and this should be made known to everyone around the Country but the MSM is still avoiding it. Thank you Larry for all the information you have given us and SHAME on the others.

Hate to rain on your parade folks but fact is as the alp are only to pleased to point out, when u own and run the education, health and judiciary nothing will come of it. Just another exercise in frustration. To hell with the truth is alp no.1.modus operandi.

Thanks Larry. There are quite a few people who can probably anticipate an end to an incredibly lengthy and exhausting affair.

Labor must be paying Brucie a Motza for protecting the communist Juliar... The smoking gun however is the censored SLAG sacking interview when Juliar spills the beans. Brucie couldn't lie straight in bed and was caught out numerous times yesterday. Ghe fact that the labor QC Dr Toilet Brush Hanscombe didn't want to ask any questions that would dig Brucie into a further hole was notable. The only ammunition the Juliar and Brucie's lawyers have are technical bamboozlement, yet the RCommissish is awake to their tactics. Nice way to earn $10k a day as a QC...on the taxpayer teat.

Anyone else looking forward to watching the Gillard reaction as they nail her? Snarling cats comes to mind............what a laugh it will be.

Larry, that was such a good read and it has made my day. Thanks to your vigilance and your penetrating analysis together with your insights, penmanship and very reliable sources, we have all been better informed as to what's really going on. Thank you again Larry.

Surely the $5000 deposited to her account needs to be explained? Exactly why was she given this large CASH payment? Whether it was spent on renovations or not is a completely separate issue. Cash usually also infers tax avoidance. S & G also should explain all the reasons she was sacked.

If you want to see total fruit loops in action, unbelievable beyond belief, tune into Apac and the SHY and Friends Show.

My son is a uni student and he comes home with a head full of rubbish from his uni lecturers. My other sons and I reprogram him with reality every time he comes home. Uni is a place of the tooth fairies

Last night on Paul Murray Live: Nicholas Reece, ex-Gillard staffer and Melbourne uni termite dismissing the RC as a convoluted mess that's going nowhere. His excuse for Gillard's crush on Bruce Wilson was that 'she was a young woman and he was an older man.' Got that? Reece is a regular panellist on Murray's show and he usually plays it uni-cool. Last night he wore the look of a true academic loser: grubby and flustered. As usual, Chris Kenny had him on the ropes.

The ABC are as extinct as Clives dinosaurs. As a dyed in the wool traditionalist ABC
viewer, I now don't even watch the State news. And yesterday, tried to watch the Drum but then discovered "Homes under the Hammer" was on, so no contest. For years now, the young men in the household have been telling me while I was watching the ABC, "Mum, turn that shit off!" Well, I have conceded they were right all along.