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Monday, 18th February 2019

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Freedom of Information Material

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.


This material verifies what Pickering Post has been reporting over many months. The frequency and amount of the Bruce Wilson's fraud is extensive. It is unclear exactly what Gillard was privy to, instrumental in, and/or to what extent.

This material shows Gillard's partner, Bruce Wilson, was fleecing the AWU and Thiess. He was receiving separate payments in the form of secret commissions.

Line i) only of this document has been verified as Gillard's handwriting.

There are salient points that should be addressed in the form of questions:

Why did Gillard print on line i) that the ‘Application for Incorporation of this Association’ was to be in the name of the Australian Workers' Union Workplace Reform Association?

Why, when asked, did Gillard say this was a "slush fund" to be used for the election of union officials?

As an Industrial Lawyer, Gillard would have certainly known an Incorporated Association could not legally be used for this purpose.

What then did Gillard believe was the actual purpose of this proposed Association?

Why didn't Gillard confer with her firm’s client, the AWU, to ascertain the proposed Association’s purpose or its legitimacy?

Was Gillard's "advice" knowingly illegal, or outrageously naive and incompetent?

The other question, which has been canvassed often on The Pickering Post, is what was Thiess Construction's role in the hundreds of secret commissions it paid to Wilson?

Thiess claimed consistently that it believed it was paying genuine AWU invoices. These extorted funds actually belonged to Thiess.

Why then did Thiess' not demand the funds be returned and why did it also stymie Police in their investigations.

Why did Thiess even refuse to file an official complaint, thereby forcing Police to terminate their investigation?

We have noted in the past that Thiess' CEO, Joe Trio, was Wilson's brother-in-law. This may be of no consequence but it certainly raises an eyebrow.

Complete WA FOI documents:

Still awaiting on Vic FOI documents.


That's nothing.I have a sworn affidavit by someone from the unions,in front of a Crown Sergeant at the Castlemaine Police Station,that verifies what Wilson & Blewett were doing with union funds & who they were doing it with.That a fact!