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The Royal Commission has been spun a false yarn of epic proportions about the seven tonnes of documents allegedly in the tip-truck that disgraced and corrupt former CFMEU official David Hanna claims were taken from his Mansion on the Hill at Cornubia, in the badlands south of Brisbane, to the controversial New Chum landfill site near Ipswich.
It’s a terrific tale that has been picked up and run with by media neophytes across the length and breadth of the wide brown land, which is frightening for anyone naive enough still to believe that those that tell us the news are telling us the truth. Or that they care enough to check what they are told is in fact true.
Because what we heard at the Royal Commission last week is simply seven tonnes of b*llshit, and a whole lotta witnesses have been telling Dyson Heydon a whole lot of lies; and at least one – Davd Hanna – will be going to jail because of it, and he may well yet have a few friends in there with him to keep him warm when the prison nights get cold.
Allow me to explain.
There were 4 first-hand witnesses who were at Hanna’s Mansion on the Hill at Cornubia between the 2nd and the 4th of April 20145, and saw the document boxes before they were taken to the dump.
Three of them – Rob Cameron, Bob Williams and Phil Blair – were asked by the Royal Commission to estimate the number of boxes that were loaded to be taken to New Chum, a commercial landfill run by a company named Transpacific located near Ipswich.
Each gave a slightly different estimate, but none believed there were more that 80 boxes, although Blair, who was not there on the night that the documents were moved, gave dimensions rather than numbers.
The boxes were document boxes, also known as archive boxes or bankers boxes – the type you see in most offices; they are made of sturdy cardboard, bought flat and assembled, have holes in side for handles, and a have a cardboard lid that goes on top to secure the box closed.
They will be familiar to most clerical workers, and look like this:
Now, this is where it gets interesting:.
The maximum distributed weight of the boxes is 25kg, as shown in the specifications below.
That means if the box is any packed any heavier, it breaks. The arse falls out of it, so to speak; just as the arse is falling out of Hanna’s misleading evidence to the Royal Commission as we speak.
Despite the maximum load of 25kg, it is extremely unlikely that the boxes taken from the CFMEU office actually weighed this much.
The witness Bob Williams told us so – he both said that some of the boxes were only half full, and that those that were full were not that heavy, because you could carry two of them at a time.
But let’s be generous, and ignore Bob’s testimony for a moment; and for the sake of a mathematical exercise assume that each box was packed to its maximum capacity, and weighed the full 25kg, even though it is obvious that they did not.
The simple maths then is this:
80 boxes x 25kg = 2000kg.
2000 kilograms is just 2 tonnes.
Which is a very, very BIG PROBLEM for those that value the truth. And an even bigger problem for the witnesses, particularly Mr Brian Humphrey – who gave sworn evidence that he has no familial relationship with Hanna – whih depending on the definition may or may not be true – and for the truck driver, Mr Brent Flanagan, who gave sworn evidence that he is known as Ben (when he is not) and also gave evidence about other things that we intend to call into question.
But first, the BIG PROBLEM.
The documents weighed no more than 2 tonnes.
But the load taken to the dump weighed 6.8 tonnes.
This is not an estimate, it is the exact weight of the load as measured by calibrated scaled at the New Chum landfill and recorded on an invoice tendered to the Royal Commission as the invoice for the disposal of the documents from the CFMEU office.
Which means that there was about 5 tonnes of something in that truck that were not documents removed from the CFMEU office.
Oh dear. What was it that weighed an extra 5 tonnes?
We think a few witnesses may suddenly have a whole lot to explain.
And that Michael Ravbar may be starting to look at a couple of his training coordinators tomorrow and start to wonder whether he can trust them any more than he can trust Michael Madigan from the Murdoch press.
Then figure that the answer is no.
We’re going to tell you a whole lot more about this story tomorrow. In the meantime I suggest that Mr Ravbar pull out the CFMEU phone bills, and have a good, hard look at some of his coordinators records, then marry them up against what they’ve been telling him they’ve been doing since the amalgamation. I myself would start at the bills beginning with the surname ‘H’, if you know what I mean.
Mr Ravbar may be most surprised at what he finds. Most surprised indeed.