AWU affair: press council slaps Age. The Australian Press Council has upheld a complaint against The Age and its editor-at-large Mark Baker over the paper’s reporting of the Australian Workers Union slush fund scandal. The press council found The Age should have sought comment from Julia Gillard’s former law firm Slater & Gordon before publishing a news report and feature article on the 17-year-old affair.
In an October piece "Gillard gave support for union group's registration", Baker wrote Slater & Gordon was "being accused of resisting pressure to open its file on the incorporation of the [AWU workplace reform] association. The file is believed to contain a copy of the letter Ms Gillard sent to the Corporate Affairs Commission affirming the association would be devoted to workplace safety."