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FWA v Craig Thomson (SOC)

FWA v Craig Thomson (SOC)

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The statement of claim (SOC) in the case of Fair Work Australia v Craig Thomson.
The statement of claim (SOC) in the case of Fair Work Australia v Craig Thomson.

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IN THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA (FCA)VICTORIA REGISTRY - FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIAFAIR WORK DIVISIONNo: VID798/2012
NOTICE OF FILING
This document was filed electronically in the FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA (FCA) on15/10/2012.
DETAILS OF FILINGDocument Lodged:
Statement of Claim - Form 17 - Rule 8.06(1)(a)
File Number:
VID798/2012
File Title:
General Manager of Fair Work Australia v Graig Thomson
District Registry:
VICTORIA REGISTRY - FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA
Dated:
15/10/2012
Registrar
Note
This Notice forms part of the document and contains information that might otherwiseappear elsewhere in the document. The Notice must be included in the document servedon each party to the proceeding.
 
 
Filed on behalf of
 
The Applicant
 
Prepared by
 
Val Gostencnik / Jacqueline ParkerLaw firm
 
Corrs Chambers WestgarthTel
 
(03) 9672 3000 Fax (03) 9672 3010Email val.gostencnik@corrs.com.au / jacqueline.parker@corrs.com.au
Address for service
 
Level 36, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke StreetMELBOURNE VIC 3000
. [Form approved 01/08/2011]
Form 17Rule 8.05(1)(a)
Statement of claim
No. of 2012Federal Court of AustraliaDistrict Registry: VictoriaDivision: Fair Work
GENERAL MANAGER OF FAIR WORK AUSTRALIA
 Applicant
CRAIG THOMSON
 Respondent
Table of Contents
A.
 
THE PARTIES .................................................................................................................... 7
 
B.
 
THE HSU ............................................................................................................................ 9
 
C.
 
THE RESPONDENT’S STATUTORY DUTIES RELATING TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENTOF THE HSU .................................................................................................................... 11
 
Section 285(1) – duty of care and diligence .............................................................. 11
 
Section 286(1) – duty of good faith ........................................................................... 11
 
Section 287(1) – duty not to use position improperly ................................................. 12
 
D.
 
HSU RULES RELATING TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF THE HSU ......................... 12
 
National Council ........................................................................................................ 12
 
National Executive .................................................................................................... 13
 
National Secretary .................................................................................................... 13
 
Trustees .................................................................................................................... 14
 
National funds and property ...................................................................................... 15
 
Finance Committee ................................................................................................... 16
 
E.
 
PARTICULAR OBLIGATIONS ARISING FROM THE HSU RULES .................................. 16
 
E.1.Obligation relating to expenditure of HSU funds ........................................................ 16
 
 
2E.2.Obligation relating to approval of donations by HSU ................................................. 16
 
E.3.Obligation relating to disclosure of donations by HSU ............................................... 17
 
Obligation on HSU under RAO Schedule section 237 ............................................... 17
 
Consequent obligation on Respondent under HSU Rule 32(f) .................................. 17
 
E.4.Obligations relating to employment of staff by HSU .................................................. 18
 
F.
 
CONTRAVENTIONS RELATING TO EXPENDITURE BY THE RESPONDENT USINGHSU NATIONAL OFFICE CREDIT CARDS ...................................................................... 18
 
F.1.Credit cards issued to the Respondent by HSU National Office ................................ 18
 
F.2.Purchase of escort services ...................................................................................... 19
 
Purchases before the commencement of the RAO Schedule on 12 May 2003 ......... 19
 
Purchases after the commencement of the RAO Schedule on 12 May 2003 ............ 21
 
Escort transactions involving cash withdrawals using the CT CBA Mastercard ......... 26
 
Purpose and authorisation of escort expenditure ...................................................... 31
 
Contravention of HSU Rule 36(b) .............................................................................. 32
 
Contravention of section 287(1) ................................................................................ 32
 
Contravention of section 286(1) ................................................................................ 33
 
Damage to HSU ........................................................................................................ 34
 
F.3.Use of credit cards to make $102,337.45 in cash withdrawals ................................... 35
 
The cash withdrawals ............................................................................................... 35
 
Contravention of section 287(1) ................................................................................ 39
 
Contravention of section 286(1) ................................................................................ 40
 
Contravention of section 285(1) ................................................................................ 41
 
F.4.Expenditure while on annual leave with spouse – 16-19 September 2005 ................ 42
 
Contravention of HSU Rule 36(b) .............................................................................. 43
 
Contravention of section 287(1) ................................................................................ 43
 
Contravention of section 286(1) ................................................................................ 44
 
Damage to HSU ........................................................................................................ 45
 
F.5.Expenditure on spousal travel ................................................................................... 46
 
Expenditure on Christa Thomson .............................................................................. 46
 
Expenditure on Alison Soutar .................................................................................... 55
 
Purpose and authorisation of spousal travel expenditure .......................................... 56
 
Contravention of HSU Rule 36(b) .............................................................................. 56
 
Contravention of section 287(1) ................................................................................ 57
 
Contravention of section 286(1) ................................................................................ 58
 

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