Anna Patty

Anna Patty

Anna Patty is Workplace Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a former State Political Reporter and Education Editor

CFMEU tries to discredit whistleblower at royal commission

Anna Patty The CFMEU has tried to discredit a former official who blew the whistle on the union's dealings with Sydney crime figures in the royal commission into union corruption.

CFMEU internal inquiry into death threats was a 'whitewash'


Anna Patty A senior legal official with the CFMEU concedes he accepted the word of senior officials at face value without checking the facts.

Macquarie Fields front-runners lobby for Labor preselection

Stepping down: Andrew McDonald.

Anna Patty ALP preselection candidates have started jockeying for the chance to run for the NSW seat of Macquarie Fields following sitting MP Andrew McDonald's announcement on Friday that he will not contest...

Premier Mike Baird may intervene over ratepayer funding of brothel investigations

Anna Patty NSW Premier Mike Baird has signalled possible state government intervention in response to allegations that ratepayers are funding undercover operatives to have sex with prostitutes to help build a...

Call for overhaul of 457 visa training system to prevent risk of corruption

TAFE, Ultimo: The Sydney Institute generated $3.3 million from migration agents last year.

Anna Patty Sydney TAFE has been under investigation for alleged fraud in its use of millions of dollars from a training program for students on 457 visas.

Restore protections to injured workers, committee suggests

A joint parliamentary committee, including three government MPs, has reviewed the WorkCover scheme.

Anna Patty A review of the workers compensation scheme has recommended the restoration of lifetime medical benefits and legal representation to injured workers including amputees and those needing hearing aids.

Julia Gillard blamed Labor Party enemies for rumours, Bernard Murphy tells royal commission

Anna Patty Julia Gillard had blamed her "enemies within the Labor Party" for circulating rumours that money from a secret slush fund was allegedly used to pay for her home renovations, her former boss says.

Court hears underworld figure Alex George made death threats

George Alex leaves court after being granted bail.

Rachel Olding, Anna Patty, Nick McKenzie Underworld and building industry identity George Alex supposedly suffers from depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and a leg injury from a recent car crash that is so severe it may require...

Underworld figure George Alex made death threats, court told

Rachel Olding, Anna Patty, Nick McKenzie Underworld and building industry identity George Alex was preparing for his upcoming appearance at the royal commission into union corruption when police raided his home on Thursday and arrested him...

Liquidated labour hire company allegedly reformed same business under new name

Anna Patty Staff at a labour hire company that short-changed chicken processing workers and forced them to live in overcrowded share accommodation are allegedly operating the same business under a different...

Childcare centre faces legal action for paying workers $2 an hour

Taking legal action: Natalie James, Australia's Fair Work Ombudsman.

Anna Patty A Sydney businessman is to face court over allegations he underpaid some workers at a childcare centre.

CFMEU instructed staff to delete emails, royal commission hears

Kylie Wray, who directed staff to delete the emails.

Anna Patty The construction workers union directed all staff and officials to clean out their emails despite being issued with an order to produce electronic documents to the royal commission into union...

CFMEU took weekly kickbacks from George Alex companies, royal commission hears


Anna Patty The royal commission into union corruption has heard the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union allegedly received a weekly kickback of $2500 from labour-hire companies linked to crime...

More children than ever not seen by DOCS


Anna Patty The number of vulnerable children at risk of serious harm who are not seen by a Department of Community Services caseworker has increased to a record high of 53,151 in NSW, the latest state...

FWBC investigates five NSW businesses for coercing sub-contractors

Nigel Hadgkiss

Anna Patty Fair Work Building and Construction is investigating five NSW employers for the alleged coercion of subcontractors.

HSU's Jackson lashes out at Bill Shorten and Stephen Conroy as 'vultures'


Anna Patty Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson has accused Labor Party leader Bill Shorten and his allies of being in a "corrupt little gang" and of circling unions like vultures to further their...

Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson cross-examined by former lover

Kathy Jackson leaving the royal commission into unions earlier this year.

Anna Patty Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson derailed the royal commission into union corruption for more than an hour after she asked for a barrister to be stopped from cross-examining her...

Julia Gillard called to appear before royal commission into trade unions

Julia Gillard will be called to answer questions about payments for renovations to her house.

Anna Patty Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been summonsed to appear before the royal commission into trade union corruption which has heard allegations she was given money from a union slush fund for...

Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson's husband says she gave him $50,000

Kathy Jackson leaving the royal commission on unions earlier this year.

Anna Patty Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson allegedly gave her husband Jeff $50,000 from a slush fund she controlled as part of a property settlement, the Royal Commission on Union Corruption...

Michael Williamson still controlled HSU after standing down from leadership, inquiry told

Michael Williamson.

Anna Patty, Workplace Editor The corrupt former union boss Michael Williamson was still controlling the Health Services Union from behind the scenes for at least six months after he stood down from the leadership in late 2011, a...