Her political career rests with Gillards survival as the PM and Leader of the ALP. If Gillard falls, then Roxon and many other staunch Union affiliated ALP Members would also face the same music.
Nicola Roxon lashes out at the media
| Author: Joe Kelly | Date: 22nd Aug 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |
ATTORNEY-GENERAL Nicola Roxon has lashed the media coverage of Julia Gillard’s departure from her former law firm Slater & Gordon in the mid-1990s, saying investigative journalists needed to run a “credibility ruler” over their stories.
Ms Roxon’s apparent attack on The Australian’s coverage led by national chief correspondent and five-time Walkley Award winner, Hedley Thomas, followed calls for the Prime Minister to make a parliamentary statement on the matter.
Ms Roxon yesterday said the mainstream media should not pursue rumour-mill stories that had gained traction in the blogosphere if they had no foundation.
She said new forms of online media had led to a situation in which more people could publish material without properly filtering substantive allegations from those which were not substantive.
However, she also included the mainstream media in her criticism. Ms Roxon suggested the mainstream media was too willing to repeat “rumours” on the basis that their constant repetition justified their news value.
“It does worry me that some of the mainstream media are prepared to then say well, look, if enough people want to keep repeating the same rumours, that turns into a story,” she said.
“We really, I think, look for journalists to add their professional standards to anything that can be raised in this way, especially when so many of the people pursuing these issues do have Liberal Party connections.”
Ms Roxon made a reference to recent investigative journalism around the Prime Minister’s departure from Slater & Gordon, saying journalistic standards required the fourth estate to exercise more scepticism.
“Part of that standard is using the professional investigative skills that journalists have to be able to run a credibility ruler over a whole range of allegations that are made,” she said.
The Australian has led the story on Ms Gillard’s departure from Slater & Gordon, revealing that Ms Gillard left the firm as a direct result of an internal probe she helped establish for her then partner and former Australian Workers Union Victorian secretary Bruce Wilson.
Thomas has broken several stories on the subject, including yesterday’s front-page story that Slater & Gordon considered sacking Ms Gillard during the investigation because her relationship with the firm’s partners had “fractured”.
The Australian’s editor-in-chief, Chris Mitchell, yesterday defended coverage of the issue.
Mitchell said Ms Roxon should be ashamed of herself. “Hedley has no political affiliations. The Left was happy to praise his work when he won the Gold Walkley for his reporting of the Dr Haneef matter. Senior ministers are using a very tired old political rogue’s tactic: trying to link the legitimate work of one of the nation’s finest journalists, a five-time Walkley winner, with the blogs of extremists. Mad Mark Latham was at it in his column this morning. It is an old politician’s tactic but it will not work.”
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Roxon’s creditability is in severe conflict with the comments highlighted above. This Government when asked questions in the House, and elsewhere never respond to the question but rather take the question in a PR type tangent and about ALP policy.
In fact the whole of Parliament has this ‘mendacity’ and capacity to deceive, mislead, and not answer questions directly.
As with Roxon’s comments above – she is citing a lack of truth or evidence in the media reporting – yet the PM who continually states – ‘I answered those questions relating to that matter previously – and I refer you to them’ … is not answering the questions. She has never answered the questions … not to the satisfaction of the electorate who are now much better informed as to the events that happened 20 odd years ago.
In last Sundays Sky News interview – the PM suggested when asked a question by Paul Kelly was being put to her as a prop questions framed by other parties – she insulted one of Australia’s most respected Journalist’s. She lost the Australian public with that attack response.
It is all hands on deck now to dump this ‘fraud’ of a PM – and further to the story above – Larry Pickering has penned two more sub-plot stories today. [Not a part of his serialised 'Is the PM a Crook' series.
WHEN LAWYERS LIE:
Judge Bernard Murphy was appointment by Julia Gillard to the Federal Court in April of last year.
He declared yesterday, “My resignation was not in any way motivated by any suggestion of wrongdoing on my part in relation to Slater & Gordon’s representation of the Australian Workers Union or Mr Bruce Wilson.”
Judge Murphy insisted he was not “sacked” from the law firm. He also
said he resigned from the firm.
“I was not involved in any investigation at Slater & Gordon in relation to my conduct in respect of the AWU or Mr Wilson,” he said.
Technically correct, Sir. Carefully worded but grossly misleading. You must have been a lawyer, Sir?
1. Bernard Murphy was not only present but assisted and advised Julia Gillard in drawing up that fraudulent document in order to launder misappropriated AWU funds.
2. He could not have been sacked anyway because he was a Senior Equity Partner. He owned part of Slater & Gordon. The only way he could be removed from the firm was to agree to a settlement. Peter Gordon made him an offer he couldn’t refuse, with conditions attached. His subsequent resignation was a mere formality.
3. No, he “wasn’t involved in any investigation”. But the investigation into Julia Gillard had certainly shown his complicity. He was caught red handed, had accepted the deal Peter Gordon offered, and left... just before Gillard was asked to.
In 2010 he asked Prime Minister Gillard for an appointment as Judge to the Federal Court of Australia. Gillard granted her former boss’s request.
As an aside, Gillard as Prime Minister, also appointed former AWU Secretary, Ian Cambridge, as a Commissioner of Fair Work Australia. The position commands a high salary.
Ian Cambridge, along with Attorney General Rob McClelland, was the author of a damning and accusatory affidavit concerning the Wilson/Gillard scandal. Ian Cambridge also has also demanded a Royal Commission into the AWU fraud.
Ian Cambridge declared today, in answer to a question regarding his demand for a royal Commission, that “... I am a member of a quasi-judicial tribunal. As a member of (Fair Work Australia) it is not appropriate for me to make public statements."
Mmmm. Did someone just break wind, again?
ADVICE TO THE PRIME MINISTER:
Do not answer any questions!
Under no circumstances answer any question from anyone, including Paul Kelly. Do not make any statements. If you do, it will amount to self harm of suicidal proportions.
You know there is much material yet to be released: Transcripts, tapes, signed statements, affidavits, the evidence of Blewitt, Wilson’s media deal, McClelland, Cambridg
e, a Federal Court Judge, former partners, colleagues and associates, the AWU, the Law Institute, Vic Police FOI material and much more.
You cannot possibly know the extent of what will be presented as corroborated evidence. Get one thing wrong and you will be mercilessly beaten all the way to the gallows with it.
Keep stonewalling them Prime Minister. You are on a hiding to nothing... unless of course you want to tell the entire truth. But that would be a silly and uncharacteristic thing to do.
Oh dear, silly me! Fancy teaching you to suck eggs when your army of well-paid minders would have already advised you of that.
Anyway, just hang in there, mate. It might all go away.
And a story published yesterday:
THE FACELESS MEN AT WORK:
I was working for The Canberra Times when I first met Alan Reid.
Alan, known as the “Red Fox”, was a political correspondent for Sir Frank Packer’s Daily Telegraph. It was a tabloid with broadsheet ethics and helped mould serious opinion. A half century later, under Murdoch, it is merely a reactionary shadow of its former self.
In those days we used Pitman’s shorthand
instead of phone recorders and bashed away on noisy mechanical typewriters with ever-sticking keys.
I recall the bent-over figure of chain smoking Alan. You would not dare interrupt his concentration as his two nicotine stained fingers danced furiously over his keys
Alan Reid was the first to use the term, “the faceless men” and it stuck.
It was in the early hours of Friday, March 22, 1963 when Alan was reporting on the ALP’s Federal Conference. It was held in the Canberra landmark, Kingston Hotel. Inside the hotel were 36 ALP delegates deciding what Labor Party policies the looming election was to be fought on.
Outside the hotel, waiting in the Canberran cold, stood the ALP leader Arthur Calwell and his deputy Gough Whitlam.
Neither were delegates to the Conference and could take no decisive part.
Alan, ever the astute reporter, awoke his photographer mate, Vladimir Paral, and that morning the iconic pics were blazened across the pages of the Tele.
The ALP didn’t win that election. If they had won, the Calwell/Whitlam Labor Government would have followed the doctrine of 36 unelected, unknown unionists.
Little has changed since. You see, the Labor Party is the creation of unions and is jealously guarded as the political arm of power-brokers. Those who do well within the union structure are rewarded with one of many inner-suburban “safe” seats. Until recently a Labor Prime Minister was unable to even choose his Ministers.
The use of slush funds and branch stacking determines who wins pre-selection for every safe seat. Talent or executive ability is a secondary requirement once you have the union boss’s nod.
[Currently, the most talentless, inarticulate moron in the Labor Party is the Federal Agriculture Minister, Joe Ludwig. Joe is famed for his cattle export exploits. Joe is the son of AWU heavy “Big Bill” Ludwig and what “Big Bill” says goes.]
Anyway, back to the “Red Fox” and fast forward to 2007. Kevin Rudd, without factional union backing, had won the Federal election for Labor. There was reluctantly no other choice of Labor leader for that election but Kevin 07. Talent was pretty thin on the ground as is usual for Labor, because of unions’ prioritising.
Kevin’s days were always numbered. He got Labor its treasured government but his use-by date was looming fast. Without a faction to garner and nurture his support he was always a dead man walking. He really didn’t know this.
Union power-brokers were casting their lots. Shorten and Abib’s NSW right had attained Qld Bill Ludwig’s blessing and the Socialist Left’s Gillard was anointed.
When the time was right the plan was seamlessly enacted. The results of internal ALP polling were circulated by Gillard within Caucus while Kevin was overseas. The polling showed Kevin to be an electoral disaster. But those polls were purposefully skewed… subscribers to the poll were already known to be anti Kevin.
Caucus had been hoodwinked into believing Kevin’s electoral support was lower than it was. Gillard was taking no chances, the numbers were now with her.
The scene was set, the challenge was on and Kevin tore back from overseas to muster what he thought were his numbers. Gillard had cunningly left him only the weekend to do so. But it was too late anyway. By Monday morning Kevin realised all was lost. He didn’t even contest. Gillard’s new-found faction had beaten him.
I remembered the “Red Fox” as Caucus members, including Ministers, filed out of Parliament House prior to that weekend. The Press had smelt the blood of Kevin and were desperate for comment. “Challenge? What challenge?”
“You blokes are unreal… it’s just another of your beatups”, a backbencher retorted. They really didn’t know!
The ALP Members we elected to Parliament actually didn’t know there was about to be a change in their leader and our Prime Minister. But the faceless men of the unions and the anointed Gillard knew long before.
Ensuing ALP jobs for unionists rained from heaven like manna.
But now there are restless and wounded men in Labor ranks and no-one hates like a dudded Labor man hates. The worm has turned and the time for the killer’s killing is nigh.
Union factions are again shuffling their cards. A new game is on, the stakes are high and someone just upped the ante with a Gillard scandal.
Link to Larry Pickerings Facebook page …
Pickering has cleaned up the ‘soap’ content in his most recent post’s and are more factual in presentation. They don’t lessen the read – but do further corner Gillard in the knowing that the longer Pickering is allowed to tell his tale – the more guilty Gillard looks.
If Gillard had any structure defence to stop this story thus far – she would have taken out an injunction to do so – right now the opinion is she’s 100% guilty of something, and perhaps 80% guilty of something that will cost her the Prime Ministership.