Former Health Services Union president Michael Williamson.IT HAS been a busy week of cancellations for the man once known as Mr Millions.
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Michael Williamson has formally resigned as national president of the troubled Health Services Union. He handed in his notice via a text message to the union’s acting president, Chris Brown, on Monday.

Also cancelled is the huge ”thank you” drinks party Mr Williamson’s family was throwing for him.

Guests from across the country received an email from Mr Williamson’s wife, Julie, and daughter Alexandra yesterday morning notifying them that, due to ”unforeseen family reasons”, the celebratory drinks had to be called off.

The Williamsons last week sent invitations to their network of friends, political figures, Labor stalwarts and union mates asking them to the ”thank you” party at the Verandah bar, in Sydney’s Elizabeth Street, on August 10.

One senior Labor politician who was invited expressed disbelief that the Williamsons were throwing themselves a party.

Apart from wondering who was paying for it, he said: ”No one in their right mind would want to be seen associating themselves with Michael Williamson in the present climate.”

Alexandra Williamson last week resigned from her job as a media officer on the staff of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Earlier in the week, Ms Gillard had expressed dismay at the disclosures in the Temby report, which revealed that her staff member’s family had received millions of dollars from the union, whose members are among the most poorly paid in the country.

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