On Friday this week Federal Court once again catches up with Kathy Jackson.
Jackson will return to court to attempt to explain the alleged misappropriation of approximately $1.4 Million in union funds.
This case has been dragged out for what is coming close to two years now and attempts to have Jackson actually explain herself have been met with excuse after excuse and with numerous failures to comply with court orders. Enough failures to comply to prompt Justice Tracey to state
“I am conscious of the many inexcusable failures to comply with the court’s orders. It’s a matter that I have taken very seriously,”
Let’s hope Justice Tracey is still in that frame of mind on Friday.
On Friday Jackson is due to appear in court for the first time since her own admission into a luxury psychiatric facility that she checked into at the last minute October last year just before she was due in Federal Court.
Most thought this was a week excuse and was just an attempt to delay proceedings, however she had a letter from a doctor that the Court described as vague and her case was adjourned until this coming Friday.
Whilst apparently not being mentally fit to instruct her lawyer she was out on the town with blogger Michael Smith on the night of the Martin Place hostage tragedy, and was also able to head into town for a pedicure while most thought she was in hospital.
In that time when she was deemed not to be mentally fit to give legal instruction, her legal representation also made a lengthy submission to the Royal Commission, and it has also been alleged that her legal team have also made queries regarding workers compensation for their client. This would make her the third member of the faction to seek workers comp payments on mental health grounds that they claim are related to work with the union. The others being Marco Bolano and Leonie Flynn.
In something that may see Jackson call the shrink once more, last week it was reported that there was a fire at Jackson’s multi-million dollar property on the NSW South Coast.
The fire which started in a wheelie bin was confined to one room of the house and allegedly according to police was being treated as suspicious, because the occupants claimed it to be suspicious.
Many people I have spoken to also think that the fire is suspicious, however no doubt for different reasons to Kathy.
I was at a function on Friday night and lots of people I spoke with mentioned the mystery blaze.
“It’s a bit like the shovel in the yard myth that Jeff Jackson claimed was crap” someone said.
Another said “this is like the flood of great convenience that destroyed Jackson’s documents but left Thomson’s untouched”. Hmmm
One bloke said “Is this another case like the exercise book being stolen or abducted by aliens?”
Someone else laughing added “… or maybe the missing tin with all the receipts?”
I actually thought it bore remarkable similarity to Jackson’s NSW ally Katrina Hart’s mystery fire last year where Hart claimed someone had set fire to a tree next to her house using wood-chips and kerosene, perhaps an arsonist from the 18th Century?
I can understand people’s scepticism due to what many have viewed as a long string of excuses to avoid any scrutiny of Jackson’s behaviour and seemingly remarkable wealth for a union employee.
In fact when we look at Jackson’s own report of the flood which she claimed at the Royal Commission destroyed all the documentation related to her finances she seems to have neglected to mention something.
In the Union branch minutes linked below Jackson’s official report states;
“She (Kathy Jackson) advised that carpets had been damaged and needed to be replaced; that some computers and copiers were damaged; and that the ceiling in parts of the building was damaged.”
The minutes make absolutely no mention at all of any financial records being destroyed, something that most would consider to be worthy of mention.
Jackson’s property is in Wombarra, which I believe is an indigenous name meaning “black duck”, quite fitting really…
The local paper reported that it was told the wheelie bins were in a different location to where they had been left.
I would presume to houses occupants believe that someone has jumped the fence or gate with the intent of burning down the house, and has decided that moving a wheelie bin and setting the contents alight was the best way? Clearly this is an arsonist with the same skillset and talent of the one that Katrina Hart claimed set fire to her tree conveniently around the time of her election campaign launch.
Whatever the reason for the bin fire that was reportedly virtually extinguished with a garden hose before firefighters arrived, we can be happy for some things.
Firstly that nobody was injured.
We should also be happy that lawyers will have no doubt had a copy of the legal documentation at their offices, and that with the smouldering bin occurring a week before court there is plenty of time for lawyers to fill in any gaps and for Jackson to recover from any shock so she can make an appearance in Court finally.
Whatever you think of the fire, one thing is for sure…
There is rarely a dull moment in Jacksonville.