I write to you today, safe in the knowledge that you are all men of principle.
I may not have agreed with every decision that you have each made. I am sure, however, that your decisions have been based on what you genuinely believe is best for our nation.
If there is one thing I know that we all agree on, it is the need for transparency.
It is only through transparency that we can guarantee honesty, and maintain the integrity not only of the parliament, but also the integrity and accountability of those public servants in high-profile positions.
With this in mind, I was hoping that one of you may take the initiative to seek a Judicial Enquiry into the conduct of Michael Lawler, Vice President Of Fair Work Australia, in relation to the FWA investigation into the HSU.
As you would be aware, due to Mr Lawler’s relationship with Kathy Jackson, Secretary of the HSU, many questions have been raised about the integrity of the investigation.
Statements from both Michael Lawler, and Kathy Jackson have included admissions that the investigation was discussed in private between them. Further statements have shown that Mr Lawler initiated Strikeforce Carnarvon to investigate the HSU prior to the FWA investigation.
Evidence has also surfaced that shows that Kathy Jackson both accessed, and copied evidence from a FWA computer during the investigation.
I will not go into all of the evidence, and all of the statements, as I am sure you have been made aware of them.
What I will say, is that Michael Lawler is the second highest ranking industrial judge in Australia, and holds a government appointed position. He is answerable to government only.
The public, need to have faith in the industrial relations watchdog. The public need to be assured that Fair Work Australia has the public’s best interest at heart. Most of all the public need to know that FWA has integrity, and is able to make judgements that will hold up under scrutiny.
There is a huge amount of skepticism in the FWA investigation into the HSU, and the level of involvement by Michael Lawler. I, and many others are of the opinion that this places a cloud of doubt over Fair Work Australia’s integrity, and taints any future investigations and rulings in the mind of the public.
I therefore ask that you consider the option of a Judicial Enquiry carefully. Transparency is always the best option, and if there is nothing to hide, then Mr Lawler should welcome the opportunity to clear his name.
May I also suggest that you don’t consider this for me, and that you think of what those in your own electorates may think?
Ask yourselves how you believe your electorate would answer this question.
Do you believe that because somebody holds a government appointed position, that they are above the law and beyond investigation, when evidence of corruption, and allegations against them come to light?
I trust your answer to the above question, and your determination to uphold the integrity of the government will help you reach a decision.
I thank you for your time.
Peter WicksFollow @madwixxy