Vast left wing conspiracy? 21/8/2012
Pathetic ALP apologist and ABC broadcaster Jon Faine says Julia Gillard has no case to answer in the matter of her – as a Slater and Gordon senior partner – setting up a secret account that allowed a corrupt union official to rort his membership to the tune of $400,000.
Various hacks at Fairfax parrot the same “move along, nothing to see here”, or “it’s ancient history” lines to a story they would gnaw to the bone if it involved Tony Abbott.
So, how do they square with figures from the left demanding that Gillard explain herself?
INDEPENDENT MP Andrew Wilkie has urged Julia Gillard to make a parliamentary statement about her time at law firm Slater & Gordon, saying the Prime Minister should address “serious allegations” levelled against her to put the issue to bed.
The call came as Health Services Union national secretary Kathy Jackson pushed for the Australian Workers Union to be investigated over 17-year-old allegations that funds were received by union figures via a legal entity Ms Gillard helped establish.
Former Labor senator Graham Richardson said last night Ms Gillard had “questions to answer” surrounding allegations that the Prime Minister didn’t create a legal file for Mr Wilson when he was a client.
“If it’s indeed true that she didn’t create a file, that’s a serious matter and you’ve got to say why,” he told ABC’s Q&A.
Andrew Bolt adds a few more lefty names demanding honest explanations in this matter:
In fact, the scandal was recently raised in Parliament by former Labor Attorney-General Robert McClelland. It is being researched by a former Socialist Left unionist turned lawyer Harry Nowicki. It has been given fresh momentum for a former Slater & Gordon partner Nick Styant-Browne, It has been kept alive by allegations by former AWU officials Ralph Blewett and Bob Kernohan. The most devastating indictment was an affidavit by then AWU national secretary Ian Cambridge, now a Gillard-appointed judge of Fair Work Australia. The man who gave me the most damaging insight into the affair was another senior AWU official. The story has recently been pursued by Fairfax’s Financial Review.
Roger Franklin, online editor at Quadrant, examines just one role the PM played in her actions for the AWU squeeze-a-thon:
And there is also the question of what Gillard understood to be the association’s real purpose. Blewitt listed workplace safety, and Gillard many other objectives. According to former Slater & Gordon partner Nick Styant-Browne, quoted in The Australian, she admitted when questioned by her S&G peers to having regarded it from the start as “a slush fund”. How WA authorities might have treated the application had that purpose been honestly stated can never be known.