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No, sorry. What the PM did certainly was “wrong”


Yes, we’re talking about the AWU/Slater&Gordon scandal whereby PM Julia Gillard, then a Partner at Melboune Law Firm Slater&Gordon, set up bank accounts under the name “AWU Workplace Reform Association” for then AWU National Secretary and her then boyfriend (even though he was married) Bruce Wilson. These bank accounts were nothing more than Wilson’s personal slush funds containing money he had extorted and embezzled from various building firms in return for an uninterrupted supply of union labour.

It is also clear, and hasn’t been denied by Gillard, that she personally benefited from these stolen monies, including receiving extensive renovations to her house as well as other expensive personal items such as high-end clothing.

What Gillard denies is that she didn’t know a) that these were secret, fraudulent accounts for her then boyfriend’s stolen money and b) that her personal gains were obtained using some of the stolen money.

“I did nothing wrong,” she has repeatedly claimed.

Personally, I think she certainly did do a number of things that most honest and diligent people would consider “wrong”, including her failure to open up a file on this matter, as is common practice at any reputable law firm.

However, whether she technically did anything illegal is I think what she’s getting at, and that should certainly be a matter for the courts (which it currently is not).

Either way, it’s certainly a grey area, and politicians have had to resign for a lot less, because when it comes to politicians, and especially the Prime Minister, it comes down to integrity and whether that person can be trusted.

To say there’s a cloud hanging over Gillard’s head is a gross understatement.

It also comes down to judgement. On this matter the PM says she was “young and naive”. I’m sorry, but that’s not going to cut it.

I’m about the same age Gillard was then, and as much as I’d like to hope so, sorry, I’m not exactly young any more. People in their early thirties have been around the traps for at least 15 years, or about half their lives.

And this was someone, a go-getter, who was not just a lawyer, but a Partner at a law firm, and not just any law firm, but one of Australia’s big boys.

And what’s this I hear yesterday about Gillard giving permission to Slater&Gordon to release their own files (albeit not the one’s we really want to see dated 1995)?

I know PM’s wield considerable power, but a PM giving permission??? That smacks of something a dictator would do.

And a PM worth their salt wouldn’t be treating their constituents for mugs with nonsense responses to serious questions like this pathetic response seen here.

This “repeat the mantra” snubbing of the people of Australia is an utter disgrace.

The woman has clearly acted wrongly. Even her old law firm once described it as “unprofessional and unethical”.

Gillard’s response? Accuse the editor-at-large of the Australian, Paul Kelly, of being manipulated by someone? Who? Who knows? But how desperate of a PM to imply some sort of vague conspiracy and try and smear one of Australia’s most respected journalists.

There’s not much out there that could be more unbecoming of the holder of this land’s highest office.

More.

Larry Pickering:

Gillard said, “I resigned voluntarily”. That is a lie.
Gillard said, “I did not know what the accounts were for.” That is also a lie.
Gillard said, “I had receipts for work done on my property.” That is a deception. She had receipts for maybe a new lamp-shade and a fancy soap-holder.

More:

Mr Styant-Browne, now a Seattle-based lawyer, said the partnership “took a very serious view” of these and other matters, “and accepted her resignation”.

More background including Bob Kernohan’s stat. dec. and Glenn Milne’s since-pulled column.

PS Why hasn’t the AWU, currently headed by Paul Howes, been more active in recovering the stolen money, especially since a court has ordered that be done? And why is “zero tolerance” for corruption Paul Howes continuing to withhold files that could be important for any police investigation?

UPDATE

An absolute treasure trove of links can be found here – anything you might want to know, plus some updates on the latest, first linked to in comments here.

UPDATE

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott:

QUESTION:

You say Julia Gillard has questions to answer over her time at Slater and Gordon. What are those questions?

TONY ABBOTT:

This is a matter that was put on the public record not by me, but by Robert McClelland, a member of her Cabinet.

QUESTION:

What are those questions, Mr Abbott?

TONY ABBOTT:

As I said, this is a matter that was raised by Robert McClelland, a member of her Cabinet. It’s obviously, having been raised by Robert McClelland, a legitimate subject of media interest.

Subtle yet… ouch!

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Julia’s downfall


She’s stringing it out a bit.

In Larry’s latest update, there’s not too much new, just a bit of meat on the bones.

We learn the Victorian cops are procrastinating, despite laws that expressly prohibit such stalling.

A bit on Mark Arbib – yeah him; I was wondering, too.

Yes. the Pickering Post IS under a barrage of DDOS attacks; a bit silly if it’s Julia’s mob since they can be traced if the will is there. The thing about ddos attacks is that they don’t work if you’re going through a proxy or TOR… it has to be done from one’s own legit internet connection (i.e. might be interesting down the track).

It seems Slater&Gordon is willing to go down with the ship, too… OR… they reckon Julia and Co. can tough this one out.

Such arrogance, yet hardly a surprise.

It’s hard to comprehend how hard a PM can FAIL


My goodness. Just when you thought Julia Gillard couldn’t be any more of the utter train wreck of a PM she is, she has now welcomed a bunch of hijackers to Australia.

The Federal Government says 67 asylum seekers were so aggressive when a merchant vessel picked them up off Java this week that the ship’s captain took them to Christmas Island rather than continuing to Singapore.

Does that woman have any concern for our nation?Any whatsoever?

Nothin’ sus, I was “young and naive”


Once drove Mum’s car at 160km/h on the south-east freeway. Had to beat a bunch of Terrace boys in a 4WD. It’s OK, but. Nothin’ sus. I was “young and naive”.

All the kids in the neighbourhood used to meet down at the park at midnight and raise hell. It’s OK, but. Nothin’ sus. We were “young and naive”.

Someone I know of helped embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars, stolen from ordinary hard-working Australians. It’s OK, but. Nothin’ sus. She was “young and naive”.

Readers are invited to submit their own stories from when they were “young and naive”.

Release the hounds


And in this case, the “hounds” are the files Gillard’s old Lefty law firm Slater&Gordon has, the information the police have, and the files Paul Howes’ “zero corruption” Australian Workers’ Union has.

Does a prestigious law firm really want to be embroiled in a cover-up?

Do the cops?

Aren’t they there to protect this nation?

I thought Howes was, in effect, attempting to open up a new era of positive unionism, evidenced by his friendship with pariah of the Left, Andrew Bolt.

Lisa Simpson told us all that the Chinese word for “crisis” is the same word for “opportunity”.

Notice how haggard workplace relations minister Bill Shorten looks these days.

Well, Bill, it’s hard to find any sympathy for you. You’ve been covering this shit up for years. You deserve to look haggard.

And thank your lucky Roxon I ain’t calling for a jail sentence.

And your mum-in-law….

If someone who doesn’t know about this saga is reading this for he first time, know this:

The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, was implicit in the stealing of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the people she was supposed to protect.

AWU members, rather that having their rights protected, instead had their money stolen.

This money was stolen – and we’re talking hundreds of thousands if not millions of workers’ hard labour – by people who advocated the protection of workers.

Some protection.

The very people to be trusted had no other interest but their own. It’s the antithesis to the union movement – a movement that was created to protect the rights of the little guy and stop him being exploited, and yet this is what Gillard, federal court judge Murphey, and Wilson did:

THEY STOLE PEOPLE’S MONEY… and lot’s of it.

Well, they’ve thrown Wilson, the dodgy bastard, on to the scrapheap, but that shit is small fry.

Just take Gillard’s reaction when she received one soft Slater&Gordon question from a journalist who was leaving anyway.

The bloke’s gone, so who gives a shit?

But Julia Gillard’s face went palpable.

Why would that happen when she knew Mathrew Franklin’s – the bloke who asked the question but everyone knew he was quitting anyway – situation, and besides, she apparently has nothing to hide anyway?

Long story short, Julia Gillard is short-changing Australia. She is going to send billions upon billions of our hard-earned money overseas, she is an expert in robbing hard-earned money that people worked for, and the wicked witch still has the hide to try and make the average bloke or sheila feel guilty for it.

It’s high time the PM come clean


Because the longer she stalls in relation to her involvement in the ever-growing AWU/Slater&Gordon scandal, the grubbier and even more untrustworthy she looks to an electorate already betrayed by her introduction of the carbon tax she promised wouldn’t be imposed.

Her excuse of being “young and naive”, barely believable when first uttered, is now completely unreliable.

Come clean, Julia Gillard.

Via Andrew Bolt, we see more evidence today of a PM desperate to cover her tracks. Even though she was a Partner (didn’t know a big-shot law firm would have the “young and naive” as Partners), she left Slater&Gordon very abruptly after her professional, romantic, and indeed questionable relationship with corrupt AWU official Bruce Wilson – the bloke who syphoned off $400,000 of union members’ funds with Gillard’s help – came to light.

There’s a six month gap from when she left to when she started working for the Victorian ALP that has been airbrushed out of the parliamentary records.

Why would someone do that, especially someone “young and naive”?

It’s high time our PM begin treating the electorate with a bit more respect. It comes down to trust and credibility, and right now, it just feels like we have a lying thief running the show.

Also, via the link, finally the Canberra press pack is starting to ask the appropriate questions, however tentatively.

UPDATE

Larry Pickering has put up his fourth instalment of, “Is the Prime Minister a Crook?”

In it, we take a look at Bill Shorten as AWU National Secretary shutting down police investigations by not releasing files.

We look at Gillard’s co-Partner and co-conspirator, Bernard Murphy, now a Gillard-appointed Federal Court judge.

Bill Ludwig is apoplectic.

And Larry challenges current AWU National Secretary, Paul Howes, on his claims of “zero tolerance” towards union corruption.

Hand over the files. Your “zero tolerance” will assist in recovering your members’ stolen funds… but it will destroy your friends and devastate your union. Your call, Piggy.

More to come.

After all that, Labor considers opening Nauru again


Of course, the Nauru detention centre for illegal boat arrivals should never have been closed. Our borders wouldn’t be the laughing stock of the world, and up to 1000 people would still be alive, albeit not in Australia but at least alive.

Oh remember how PM Gillard huffed and puffed in feigned moral outrage at a policy that – let’s face it – worked.

SENIOR Labor figures are exploring a dramatic shift on asylum-seeker policy to reopen the Nauru processing centre as part of a two-stage proposal that could trigger the government’s Malaysia Solution if the first step does not stop boat arrivals.

More than a boat a day sometimes. It’s about time Labor woke up and stopped playing politics with people’s dreams and lives.

The (yet another) committee has handed down its report. Do something!

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