Gillard demands apology

Written By komlim puldel on Jumat, 19 Desember 2014 | 20.01

The union corruption commission has said Julia Gillard had a 'lapse of professional judgment' in the 1990s.

Trade unions ... Royal Commission recommends Julia Gillard's ex-boyfriend and his alleged accomplice be referred to authorities. Picture: Nikki Davis-Jones/News Corp. Source: News Corp Australia

JULIA Gillard has called for an apology after a Royal Commission into trade unions found she did not commit any crime.

The former prime minister said in a statement she was pleased there had been no findings against her.

"Decency would require those who falsely accused me to apologise," she said.

The Commission however has recommended Julia Gillard's ex-boyfriend Bruce Wilson and his alleged accomplice in a slush fund set up be referred to prosecutors.

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To be referred ... Bruce Wilson, a former boyfriend of Julia Gillard, arrives at the Royal Commission into Trade Unions. Picture: Renee Nowytarger Source: News Corp Australia

The inquiry has concluded the former Prime Minister "did not commit any crime and was not aware of any criminality on the part of these union officials".

But it did find criticism of Ms Gillard's "lapse of professional judgment" was "justified", given the conflict of interest with her former boyfriend.

Ms Gillard rejected the report's suggestion that anyone other than herself paid for work done on her Abbotsford property.

"Australians may well ask themselves whether the millions of dollars the Abbott Government has spent on a twenty-year-old matter that was already in the hands of the police would have been better allocated to health, education or law enforcement," Gillard also said in her the statement.

The findings, in relation to the establishment of a now famous Australian Workers' Union slush fund, have been revealed in an enormous interim report of more than 1800 pages.

Apology ... Former PM Julia Gillard wants those who falsely accused her to apologise. Picture: Mike Keating. Source: News Corp Australia

The Commission recommends West Australian and Victorian prosecutors consider charging Wilson and Ralph Blewitt for alleged fraud and misconduct.

They're not the only ones in the its sights, with recommendations the commonwealth DPP consider criminal charges against a range of CFMEU officials.

Employment Minister Eric Abetz released the report's two volumes in Canberra — adding a third was confidential.

"The conduct which is part and parcel of the third and confidential report reveals grave threats to the power and authority of the Australian state," he told reporters.

Minister Abetz used the report's release to urge Labor to back its push to set up the Registered Organisations Commission and bring back the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

1800 pages ... Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz releases interim report from the Royal Commission into trade unions. Picture: Kym Smith/News Corp. Source: News Corp Australia

"I would have thought that anybody that is committed to the trade union movement would want to see a clean trade union movement — one where there is not criminality, where there is not thuggery, where there is not funny money dealings going on."

The government will consider the recommendations and make clear its response next year, he said.

"We will consider every word and every recommendation of this Royal Commission very, very carefully."

The CFMEU claimed the report made no findings of corruption or law-breaking against its officials.

"Instead, the commissioner recommends that his findings be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions and other agencies in order for them to consider whether such breaches have occurred and if any action should be taken," the union said in a statement.

"The CFMEU will deal with those issues as they arise."


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