||Issue No. 318||03 August 2006|
Don't Bank on Costello's Oil Shocker
Interview: A Life And Death Matter
Unions: Fighting Back
Industrial: What Cowra Means
Environment: Scrambling for Energy Security
Politics: Page Turner
Economics: The State of Labour
International: Workers Blood For Oil
History: Liberty in Spain
Review: Go Roys, Make A Noise
The Locker Room
What Was He On About?
Belly On Balance
29 Face Secret Interrogations
And the Commission has revealed its "compliance powers" are being wielded by a former federal policeman who was accused of routinely using illegal communications intercepts.
Nigel Hadgkiss has had a dream run of federal appointments since being fingered in evidence to the NSW Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, in 2003.
Former undercover detective, Michael Kennedy, told the committee Hadgkiss had used covert recordings to fit him up for falsely accusing Joint Drugs Task Force members of corruption. Years later, Kennedy said, Hadgkiss 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.
When the Howard Government began its anti-building worker campaign it appointed Hadgkiss to head-up an interim taskforce.
Under Hadgkiss' direction, the taskforce aggressively prosecuted building industry unions and their members.
His methods drew censure from at least two federal court judges.
Another former detective who had criticised Hadkiss, Michael McGann, was sacked from the taskforce, last year,
After he lodged a Freedom of Information request, in a bid to prove his axing was part of a Hadgkiss "vendetta", the organisation claimed to have lost records at the centre of his claim.
The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations wrote to McGann to tell him sought interview notes had been "lost" by the Taskforce.
The holder of the NSW Police's highest bravery award, the Valour Medal, was adamant he lost his Taskforce job because of evidence he had given to the 2003 Parliamentary inquiry.
"I told the inquiry Hadkiss' 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 reappointed."
In February, 2005, the decorated former officer publicly warned the government to think long and hard about who it appointed to its permanent Building Industry Commission.
When the Commission was established, John Lloyd was named Commissioner and Hadgkiss a deputy commissioner.
Lloyd immediately delegated sweeping enforcement powers to Hadgkiss and fellow deputy commissioner, Ross Dalgleish.
They have the power to force workers to attend secret interrogation sessions, answer questions and produce documents. Any refusal, carries a prison term.
It was Hadgkiss who signed writs delivered to 107 Perth building workers, last month.
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