Nov 29, 2012

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.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Amid dramatic claims that the Prime Minister had acted corruptly and Coalition demands for her resignation, this morning the opposition rushed into Parliament to move a suspension of standing orders.

The suspension, one assumed, would be to demand the Prime Minister resign, or to call a vote of no confidence to test the Prime Minister’s support, or at least demand she front the chamber and explain herself. It turned out to be to:

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119 thoughts on “AWU scandal: this ends today, one way or another

  1. Jimmy

    We cna only hope that today is the ned of this ridculous farce and that the opposition take the summer to have a good hard look at themselves.

    How this issue even made it to page 7 of a newspaper for 1 day is beyond me, let alone front page for months.

    Watergate was the worst thing to happen to journalists, they now all wnat to be the one to take down a govt – regarldess of the truth.

  2. Apollo

    I demand Gillard and Abbott to produce their birth certificates. I’ll bet you they contain secret invisible ink which certify that they were born on planet Uranus.

    They are all part of a great conspiracy for ali en invasion.

  3. Dion Giles

    All this trumped up hullabaloo from a coalition that brazenly lied our country into war.

  4. Apollo

    baaaaaaaaah, ever since your article on R.a.y H.a.d.ley your moderation system gone pathetic. outsource your moderation to NZ or Bangladesh now?

  5. Scott

    So you honestly think this will end today? No way

    This whole saga fits in perfectly with the opposition narrative that Federal Labor is a creature of a corrupt union movement that has it’s tenticles in the PM’s office.

    That the PM herself has no ethics and cannot be trusted to hold the highest executive office in the land.

    The PM is going to have to do a bit better than “I can’t recall” and “So what” if she wants to put this behind her and get her message out. Law firms don’t record exit interviews and ask questions about senior partner liability from lawyers they are disappointed to see leave the business.

    This whole affair is tailor made for the Libs and they will milk it all the way to the election.

  6. Jimmy

    Scoot – So what do you think that Gillard did wrong? Why do you think this issue deserves to continue?

    To help you respond here is the exerpt from the transcript that is causing all the trouble today –
    “This interview is between Slater & Gordon senior partner Peter Gordon and Ms Gillard, then a salaried partner at the firm.


    Peter Gordon: And last Monday I think you gave to Paul Mulvaney a follow-up which demonstrates that Slater & Gordon had drafted model rules for, for that, had submitted those rules to the relevant Western Australian government authority, that there’d been a letter from the authority suggesting that it might be a trade union and therefore ineligible for incorporation under that legislation, and that had we prepared a response submitted on Wilson’s instructions to that authority suggesting in fact it wasn’t a trade union and arguing the case for its incorporation. My recollection is that all of that happened in or about mid-1992. Is that right?

    Julia Gillard: I wouldn’t want to be held to the dates without looking at the file, but whatever the dates the file shows are the right dates, so …

    Peter Gordon: Yes. And to the extent that work was done on that file in relation to that it was done by you?

    Julia Gillard: That’s right.”

    Note the line “we prepared a response submitted on Wilson’s instructions to that authority suggesting in fact it wasn’t a trade union”, clearly the association wasn’t a union so what is the issue – that Gillard forgot she wrote a letter 20 years ago?

  7. Andybob

    Get with the program Bob ! Why would we want parliament devoting any time to the Murray-Darling basin when obviously the most important issue before the nation is …. I forget, what was it she nearly did again ?

  8. Grant Butler

    Just back from the Kimberley a couple days back. I can report that they’ve missed the boat – the monsoon has begun.

  9. Julia

    Mm.. listening to Abbott…I think he just doesn’t know what he has just let himself in for….

  10. jason white

    It only ends today, If the ALP replace Gillard

    This ends in the new new when parliament resumes with the ALP in complete tatters as the Xmas break will do Gillard government no favours as many more people will see and understand that this is in fact some meat behind the allegations

    Some very senior members of the ALP should realise this fact (Wong, Roxon, Carr etc.) and they should be able to convince the cabinet that they have to move to replace Gillard and that it is better to do this sooner than later
    Logic also suggests that if Cabinet can agree on a cabinet, together with the block that has been pushing for a Rudd return that they will have the numbers
    (Surely the Rudd block would support a compromise candidate)

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