Their leaflets warned that, with Mr Blewitt at the helm, the union risked returning to "bad old days" of corruption. They also revealed attempts to level "20 charges of misconduct and mismanagement of union funds" against Mr Blewitt.
"Unfortunately, unless something is done to restore justice and credibility to the union, the union is destined to go back to the bad old days (of corruption)," the leaflet stated.
The attempts to have the union accounts audited and Mr Blewitt investigated or ousted were crushed by the legal action [for libel], in which Ms Gillard and her then boss in the industrial unit at the law firm, Bernard Murphy, were acting on Mr Blewitt's instructions.
Mr Murphy, appointed a Federal Court judge by the Gillard government last year, said yesterday he had nothing to add to a statement he made two months ago. He said then that his reasons for leaving the firm of Slater & Gordon in 1995 had nothing to do with the AWU.
Mr Blewitt said yesterday the defamation action was ordered by Mr Wilson, who jointly controlled the slush fund.
What do we have here? Yet another, hitherto unmentioned example of our PM putting her legal talents at the disposal of a crooked lover and the corruption that was his stock in trade.
A FURTHER THOUGHT: Given that Gillard was involved in suppressing the complaints of corruption levelled by the AWU's would-be reformers, how can she continue to