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Gillard’s ex calm under pressure at unions commission

Julia Gillard’s former boyfriend appeared in front of a packed house, giving evidence regarding his (and Gillard’s) possible involvement in a union slush fund.

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AWU commentator at The Oz forgets to note his Liberal past

Beware he who proffers helpful advice about the AWU smear campaign in The Australian.

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Time discrepancies and the strange lack of interest in Ashby affair

A peculiar double standard seems to apply in coverage of the Ashby affair versus the AWU scandal, with a blogger the one unveiling possible issues for Tony Abbott.

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Obama Birthers take over The Australian

The Australian’s campaign against Julia Gillard, kicked along by its legal correspondent Chris Merritt, has descended into ancient history and smear. Former Labor leader Mark Latham investigates.

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Sentia Media index: politics over policy in Canberra

It was the politics of Canberra, not the policy, which dominated media headlines, talkback radio and social media chatter this week.

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Reith’s backdoor into WorkChoices could work for Abbott

Calls for an inquiry into trade unions could be an effective vehicle for the Coalition to return to aspects of WorkChoices — without using that hated name.

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Essential: Gillard comes out ahead on AWU

Voters are indifferent to the AWU scandal, but still think the Prime Minister is too soft on asylum seekers.

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Julie Bishop on her own legal past: the interview with a partner

Julie Bishop, the former lawyer who has led the opposition’s charge against Julia Gillard over the AWU scandal, clarifies to Crikey her statement that she has never had a relationship with a client.

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Gillard’s legal practices ‘less than kosher’ but not unusual: lawyers

Was Julia Gillard’s behaviour as a lawyer acceptable or not? Our legal affairs reporter asks some lawyers whether she breached any rules in working with the union and her partner.

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Constant over-reach on AWU is no accident

The constant over-reach that has characterised the AWU scandal reflects its lack of substance. And there was plenty else happening in Parliament this week that didn’t get a look-in.

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Crikey Calling #2: history of a PM and Palestine

In the latest episode of the Crikey Calling podcast, Jason Whittaker and Bernard Keane go through the AWU slush fund scandal/smear and the final question time for the year, as well as the issue of the Palestine UN vote.

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AWU scandal: this ends today, one way or another

The AWU scandal will, in parliamentary terms, end this afternoon. And it seems the Prime Minister is fired up for a final showdown.

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Sentia Media index: slush fund sucks up political oxygen

The AWU scandal has sucked the political oxygen out of the media, with all the key players dominating headlines and social media chatter, writes Sentia Media’s John Chalmers.

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Bishop and her fierce battle with the English language

For an experienced lawyer, Julie Bishop sure struggles with what should be the tools of her trade: words. She badly let down the Coalition yesterday.

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Deal gone sour: bad blood between Slaters and Nowicki?

Harry Nowicki, a key figure in the claims against Julia Gillard over the AWU issue, saw a potential deal with Slater & Gordon (the law firm at the centre of the scandal) fall through two years ago.

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Howard, Honan and myth of parliamentary accountability

Julia Gillard is now under fire for taking questions on the AWU issue at a press conference — apparently she’s avoiding Parliament. That argument is nonsense: John Howard misled Parliament and got away with it.

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PM vs press gallery: anatomy of a tense encounter

The Prime Minister’s performance at a press conference on the AWU issue yesterday was strong, but her critics have already shifted the goalposts. Crikey had a fly on the wall as Gillard took on the media.

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Inside ‘misogynist nut-job HQ’: in bed with Michael Smith

Crikey ventured deep into “misogynist grubby nut-job” headquarters last week to meet Michael Smith, the former shock jock leading the crusade against Julia Gillard over her involvement in a fraud scandal.

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The mechanics of how a smear campaign was legitimised

What began as a smear campaign against the Prime Minister became a major media story only a few days ago, when it stopped being merely a News Ltd smear campaign.

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