Jackson appeals against HSU decision

Appeal ... Kathy Jackson.
Appeal ... Kathy Jackson.

Union boss Kathy Jackson has launched an appeal against a Federal Court decision to place the scandal-plagued East branch of the Health Services Union into administration.

Armed with new lawyers and a new barrister, Ms Jackson wants the full Federal Court to review last month's decision to appoint retired judge Michael Moore as administrator.

Under the scheme, all offices were vacated and Mr Moore was to hold new elections for both the state union, HSUeast, and the federal organisation, HSU East branch.

This morning, Ms Jackson's barrister, Mark Robinson, SC, said Ms Jackson had been denied natural justice when Justice Geoffrey Flick did not read her affidavit.

Mr Robinson said he would apply for the appeal hearing to be expedited, or, if that was not possible, for the scheme of administration to be stayed until the appeal could be heard.

Outside the court, Ms Jackson said it was not fair that she lost her position as executive president of the state union, along with her $270,000 a year salary, when she had "done nothing wrong".

Ms Jackson is still the union's national secretary.

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This story Jackson appeals against HSU decision first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.