A smoking gun? So a politician might, repeat might, have told a porky years ago to her boss and/or she might have a rather bad memory. I’m sure most Australians who even are aware of the matters discussed last night on the ABC’s 7.30 program will react with a “so-what?” It hardly contained the kind of revelation that will send the shock waves through the Labor Party caucus necessary to have Julia Gillard replaced. My guess is she is safe while the opinion polls show she is within striking distance of retaining government at the next election.
And when it comes to how the Prime Minister should react to the continuing “revelations” about her, I would recommend she have a look at how Bob Carr has been handling the attempted attacks in the Senate this week on his integrity because he once led a Labor state government with some bad political eggs in it. The Foreign Minister has been skilled at giving minimalist answers that do not give eager journalists anything with which to peg stories about real or imagined scandal.