Straight answers required   23/11/2012

This looks increasingly likely to end in tears.

VICTORIA Police said today its fraud and extortion squad is assessing a file on alleged misappropriation of union funds, as a former AWU bagman was interviewed by detectives about a slush fund scandal linked to Julia Gillard.

All three Melbourne dailies front-paged the scandal today, and the ABC has finally decided there could be a story here:

CARO MELDRUM-HANNA: Prompted by the renewed coverage of the issue, today Nick Styant-Browne, now a lawyer in Seattle, decided to give his first television interview to reveal what he knows about the slush fund saga. He’s provided 7.30 with documents that he says shed new light on Julia Gillard’s involvement in a key transaction associated with the fund: the purchase of this house in Kerr Street, Fitzroy. One document is a previously unseen excerpt from an interview between Ms Gillard and her superiors at Slater & Gordon in which she told them she had first learned about the mortgage on the property in 1995. Another document is a Commonwealth Bank fax addressed to Ms Gillard which refers to the mortgage details in 1993. Nick Styant-Browne says the documents raise important new questions.

Styant-Browne is not vacillating:

Mr Styant-Brown said that while there was a ”spectrum” of views across the firm’s partnership, there was ”deep disquiet” about Ms Gillard’s conduct.
”There is absolutely no doubt that Ms Gillard not only knew of the Slater & Gordon mortgage in March of 1993, but was specifically involved in taking steps to facilitate that mortgage,” he said on 7.30 on Thursday night.

Gillard has just told a press conference that she could not be expected in 1995 to remember handling the slush fund mortgage two years earlier.
That roar across the nation? The non-delusional majority cranking up a mighty ”OH YEAH!!!!”

And the hacks were told ”it’s a smear campaign” repeatedly. Of course AbbottAbbottAbbottAbbottAbbottAbbottAbbottAbbottAbbott got a run. Gawd, this mob are predictable. They could bore for Australia.

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9 Comments for 'Straight answers required'

    harry buttle
    23/11/2012 | 12:47 pm

    Hopefully we will get to see how well the “Young and Na├»ve” defence goes in court someday soon.

    23/11/2012 | 8:02 pm

    Well if you ever wanted to hear a prominent lawyer using Lawyerspeak to call another lawyer an outright crook and liar then that was it for anyone with a modicum of intelligence or should that really be integrity? Perhaps you must have both to appreciate it.

    23/11/2012 | 8:16 pm

    Miss Progeny = the Lance Armstrong of Law and politics.

    Bernard Slattery
    23/11/2012 | 9:21 pm

    My sentiment exactly at the time OBSERVA. Reckon some powerful lunches will be held this weekend. And they’ll all be plotting post-Gillard scenarios.

    23/11/2012 | 11:06 pm

    Let’s just say the stench of it all must have finally crossed the Pacific and an honest bloke wanted to dissociate himself from a certain ‘spectrum’ of views once and for all. Not to mention the slaters and bugs desperately scurrying out of the sunlight as the stones get overturned with Aunty, Fairfax and the usual suspects jumping on stones proclaiming ever more shrilly-‘nothing to see under this one here folks!’

    It’s never the original sin that gets them but the missing files and attempts at a coverup that roasts them all slowly to Hell in the end. Burn you leftist bastards burn!

    23/11/2012 | 11:13 pm

    But don’t forget Bernie it’s all that nasty Misterabbit’s fault and if nice Mr Turnbull was installed they’d all vote conservative. Honest!

    24/11/2012 | 1:56 pm

    Still you gotta admire the more subtle nuanced approach to that well worn theme-
    ‘I did not have sex with that slush fund and even if I did I don’t remember so there!’

    25/11/2012 | 3:11 pm

    Keep dreaming Bernie. This vicious dirty smear led by the likes of crooked Ralph Blewitt & the liberals will lead to absolutely nothing. It will blow over. It is nothing short of a smear campaign led by bitter twisted people like you.

    The next election is not a foregone conclusion either, it could be like the 1993 unloseable election for the liberals. Given the events in Queensland and Abbotts disapproval could be a factor in next years election.

    27/11/2012 | 12:38 pm

    You may be right that Gillard can tough out the sleaze and stench of corrupt union culture that’s not all her doing but she was up to her neck in it. The broad electorate knows none of it matters for the time being but when the election comes there’ll be no hiding from the wealth of material the Opposition has at its disposal to pound home the message. Just think of the own goals kicked in the last Rudd Gillard stoush for starters. The mug punters only get to wield the baseball bat in anger cum election time.

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