THE ISSUE of the AWU slush fund scandal — and Julia Gillard’s alleged role in it as a lawyer at Melbourne firm Slater and Gordon in the 1990s — has resurfaced, with 2GB radio host Ben Fordham today stating on the record that the Prime Minister is under investigation. She insists that she isn’t.
This column has been extremely circumspect in its discussion of the AWU scandal and any potential involvement in it by Gillard, and even then our comments have been restricted to material in the public domain.
One reason for this is that the Prime Minister has demonstrated a litigious approach to published material in regard to these matters, and that approach sits on hair-trigger alert.
The other reason — as I made clear when last the scandal boiled over before Christmas — is that it has always been very obvious that the matter has some way to run.
For those readers unfamiliar with my comments at that time, they may be accessed here, here, here and here. I would also encourage anyone revisiting these articles to also read the articles I have linked to, in one or two of them, for additional analysis of the situation as it was publicly left prior to Christmas.
The purpose of my post tonight is not so much to offer new comment as to record today’s events, and to provide direction to where the conversation was left for the benefit of newer readers in particular; it seems clear that this issue is going to burst into the headlines again, and we should be ready to dissect any new material that is presented in that regard.
This latest airing of the AWU matters — and the implicit allegations stemming from them — has been triggered by Sydney radio host Ben Fordham making a public “correction” to something that was said during his interview with the Prime Minister, on air on 2GB, on 7 March 2013.
It turns out that Fordham sought to “correct” something the Prime Minister had said.
As I said at the outset, I intend to remain extremely circumspect in my dealings with any new material involving the AWU scandal and any alleged involvement on Gillard’s part; the last thing I need is a lawsuit from a trigger-happy Prime Minister.
But in posting this, readers will be equipped with everything — in the one spot — for a quick refresher on these matters; it would appear inevitable that we’ll be talking about them more regularly, in the near future, after today’s developments.
This link will enable readers to listen to the Fordham announcement on 2GB today, and includes the relevant excerpt from his interview with the Prime Minister on 7 March.
And this link will take readers to a story on the latest developments from Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, which sets out a reasonably succinct account of these.
At this point, the only comment I am going to make is that the quoted statements of support from Environment minister Tony Burke and former Attorney-General (and odious Gillard attack dog) Nicola Roxon should be disregarded as irrelevant; based, that is, on the assumption that neither of them had anything to do with the circumstances of the AWU scandal and consequently have no first-hand idea what they are talking about.
Beyond that, I note just three things:
1. 2GB announcer Ben Fordham has stated, on air and on the record, that the Prime Minister is under investigation in relation to these matters.
2. The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has emphatically denied that she is the subject of any such investigation.
3. Victoria Police have confirmed they are “investigating a complaint regarding the alleged misappropriation of funds from a union” and have (properly) refused to make any further comment at this juncture.
We will continue to follow this story, and analyse and discuss any new developments. Based on today’s events, it would seem we won’t have all that long to wait.
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