|Issue No. 251
|11 February 2005
Economics: Super Seduction
Interview: Bono and Me
Unions: The Eight Hour Day and the Holy Spirit
Technology: From Widgets to Digits
Education: Dumb and Dumber
Health: No Place for the Young
History: The Work-In That Changed a Nation
Review: Dare to Win
Poetry: Labor's Dreaming
The Locker Room
Morals Beat Hasty Retreat
Uncounted Cost Of Asbestos
Voting Farce Expands
I Beg To Differ
Taskforce Loses "Payback" Evidence
Father of two, Michael McGann, has been unemployed since being dumped by the controversial Taskforce, last October.
This month, the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, wrote to McGann to tell him the interview notes at centre of his claim against Hadgkiss had been "lost" by the Taskforce.
McGann had lodged the Freedom of Information request in a bid to prove his dumping was part of a Hadgkiss "vendetta".
The holder of the NSW Police's highest bravery award, the Valour Medal, is adamant he lost his Brisbane-based position because of evidence, critical of Hadgkiss, he gave to a 2003 Parliamentary committee.
"I told the inquiry Hadgkiss' investigators, at the Wood Royal Commission, fabricated evidence and he should have known about it," McGann said.
"As soon as I came onto his radar at the Building Industry Taskforce I was a marked man. In October, we had to reapply for our jobs and I was the only person not re-apponted."
Corporate former employers wrote recommendations on McGann's behalf but he was punted on October 26, last year.
Since then he has sought redress through the Commonwealth Ombudsman, Department of Employment and Workplace Relations and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission.
He says he is pursuing the issue to warn Australians about Hadgkiss.
"This has cost us sleep, money and peace of mind but it is not about the job any more. It is about Nigel Hadgkiss and the way he operates," McGann said.
"This Government is going to give the Building and Construction Commission sweeping coercive powers and people in authority should be considering if this is the man who should be in charge."
The 22-year law enforcement veteran is not the first former officer to raise questions about the Taskforce supremo.
Former undercover detective, Michael Kennedy, likened Hadgkiss to American "Lord of the Files", J Edgar Hoover.
In 2003, Kennedy swore evidence to the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs that when Hadgkiss had been its senior investigator, the Wood Royal Commission had routinely used illegal communications intercepts.
Kennedy told the committee Hadgkiss had used covert recordings to fit him up for falsely accusing members of the Joint Drugs Task Force of corruption. Years later, he said, Hadgkiss, himself, had taken credit for unmasking the same people.
Kennedy said he had lodged formal complaints about the "criminal and illegal activities of Hadgkiss" and others.
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