Jun 12, 2014

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.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

It was a packed hearing room in Sydney this morning when star witness Bruce Wilson took the stand at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. Wilson, more famous for being a former boyfriend of Julia Gillard than for his role with the Australian Workers’ Union, took the stand at 10.20, looking as if he would rather be anywhere else.

However, he is proving to be a phlegmatic witness, not going down the Obeid-like path of failing to recall anything, and giving concise answers to questions. Counsel assisting Jeremy Stoljar kept suggesting that parts of his statement, as yet untendered, were false, to which Wilson issued calm denials. There’s little sign of the famous hot temper on display when he lashed out at a News Corp photographer a month ago, pushing the man on a public street.

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31 thoughts on “Gillard’s ex calm under pressure at unions commission

  1. Di Keller

    “Whether it is in the public interest to have so much public money spent on this, as opposed to a topic like the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, is another matter.”

    Says it all really .

  2. klewso

    Reminds me of the way Toady went after One Nation and Hanson (bank-rolled by Coleman) to prosecute and destroy her/them – then taking over their policies?
    Now he’s got a bigger wad – ours?
    Terms of reference for this witch-hunt centred on AWU (Gillard and Shorten), HSU (Thomson), and the fiery CFMEU, after his pink batts (Rudd) witch-hunt – while studiously ignoring the much more expensive Iraq (in lives and $tax)?
    [Takes a bit of the “lyin’ light” of their Budget too?]

  3. klewso

    Funny too, the relevance given to some of these unionists and conjecture, that wouldn’t get the time of day from msm any other time?

  4. AR

    Di – not to mention the reallocation of funds & resources.

  5. Suzanne Blake

    Possible Involvement? She has already admitted she was involved in the presser in the blue room last year.

    Glad Cricky is covering, not on ABC News in Brisbane last night at all.

  6. Margot Saville

    Thanks Di, Klewso and AR. Was just trying to give a bit of perspective – after all, it’s our money that is paying for this.

  7. Steve777

    If unions are rife with corruption why are they raking over the coals of events that took place 20 years ago? Rhetorical question.

  8. Bill Hilliger

    …whether it is in the public interest to have so much public money spent on this, as opposed to a topic like the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Oh god yes! The catholic church certainly would think so; after all sexual abuse on an industrial scale is their MO and will remain so once the current dark clouds have cleared. You can bet your house on that.

  9. bushby jane

    Weird that between now and then Howard already had an inquiry or whatever into the union movement and didn’t find too much let alone anything about Gillard & co noteworthy. Or perhaps this wasn’t in his usually rigged Terms of Reference. Also isn’t it amazing that the HSU whistleblower seems to be in a heap of trouble herself?

  10. Edward James

    Shorten some other Labor politicians Michael Williamson for example is circling the political drain. Politics being all about perceptions the damage is already done. It will be nice to put the iceing on the cake by watching a few more dodgy Labor party members get locked up. Are any Crikey readers aware of any politician calling publicly for certain party members to be expelled? Edward James

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