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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 27th Nov 2012 |
|What a day! … Australian Journalism had their collective arse’s booted out of the building.
Gillard showed again just how much contempt she has for the ‘media horde’ at large. She treated them as as fools being fed by fools. Not one in attendance did Australian Journalism proud yesterday … none of those in attendance are worth a cracker or be considered the elite of their profession.
The Prime Ministers Press Conference – 26th Nov 2012:
The ABC’s Chris Ulman gave himself a pass mark when he picked up that Gillard did not answer the question of the witnessing of the ‘Power of Attorney’ document by a previous questioner.
He asked the same question on the ‘Power of Attorney’ signing – and again drew the same response from Gillard – audio replays of these questions and responses are provided below –
To watch a full replay of the Press Conference interview – click link here – this ABC site gives a short version and a long version …
Listening to Gillard repeat over, and over again her memory that she had signed/witnessed – ‘thousands, and thousands and thousands’ … the question passed through my mind that this is one document you would never forget signing if it was illegal. Gillard is a professional politician and she is very adept at avoiding any question she does not want to give a direct response to. This was one of those occasions.
The ‘SKY News’ Paul Kelly interview:
There has been two previous occasions in the one-on-one format interview since Gillard became Prime Minister, both times Gillard seemed to lose control of the interview. In fact these are the only times she has given the one-on-one interview from memory [sic].
Firstly do you remember the ‘Sky News‘ interview with Gillard and Paul Kelly on the 19th Aug ’12 – see clip below:
The ‘4 Corners’ interview:
Secondly – Gillard has only given one other one-on-one interview since becoming PM – it was when she was questioned on the Rudd removal about her staff preparing a speech well in advance of the midnight coup to replace Rudd – that was ‘4 Corners‘ earlier in 2012 – see clip below:
If one was to review these one-on-one type interviews – Gillard became very defensive when questioned on known facts and the question went to her knowledge on the matter. Her response in both the above examples was to do her best to avoid answering the question.
This has become her trademark strategy and why she no longer gives one-on-one interviews to journalists who might be unfriendly.
The David Speers Interview – 2009
Now compare Gillards demeanour and comments as Deputy Prime Minister when she spoke with David Speers of Sky News interview in 2009. Measure the performance she offers during these interviews with the stance she took yesterday. In 2009 she wanted to be Prime Minister and was selling herself – in 2012 she is the Prime Minister and you can all go to hell …
David Speers Interview Part 1 – uploaded 10th June 2009
David Speers Interview Part 2 – uploaded 10th June 2009
David Speers Interview Part 3 – uploaded 10th June 2009
One wonders if they are the same person – she has the ability to change her tone to suit the mood – be it bereavement messages in the House, or her misogyny speech where it was all fire and brimstone.
In another time we might consider her bravado something something we could all be proud of and have respect for. Sadly – the history of this AWU scandal will never allow that to ever happen – all because past events remain unexplained and still drift with the toxic sludge all around her and those who helped cover it all up.
The AWU Scandal:
Make no mistake – the AWU scandal is a big deal and no matter how much Gillard denies and refuses to answer the questions that will assist and help clear the ‘smear’, she can expect all of those pursuing this scandal to continue their investigations and probing unabashed, and for as long as she thinks she is a fit and proper person to serve as our Prime Minister.
Nobody in the ‘media horde’ serving and stationed to Parliament House is prepared to attack this PM – she is too commanding and the sexist card is always at play and around.
Hedley Thomas is a journalist of extreme creditability and his pursuit has been relentless, yet the PM discredits him and discards him, she will not take his calls or grant him an interview to allow him to put his questions directly. In fact she no longer gives anyone a one-on-one interview anymore – not to this bloggers knowledge anyway.
What she does do is call a press conference disguised as a policy launch, but with an agenda to expand the interview on matters she wants to talk about. The media horde respond to her demands and Gillard holds sway directing who ask’s the questions, and answering them in whatever way and order she wants.
This dictatorial platform manner annoyed many at first and now it is just accepted. Nobody interrupts her – or if they do they’re shut down because she has the microphone. If you do pursue the interjections you don’t get the chance of another question, and are dropped of the invite list next time.
It has become what it is because Journalist can only respond to their editors requests and what information they have on hand, and above all they want to keep their jobs. Many are more concerned with lipstick and makeup, with camera angles and other personalised matters to make sure they look good on camera. It is hardly ever about the substance of the journalist’s questions – it is about prop questions being fed and then asking that question when called upon. It’s a staged managed event and it is not only Gillard that uses this tactic, all politicians do it – or at least try to.
The Oppositions Strategy:
The Press Conference yesterday completely destroyed the Opposition’s planned strategy for Question Time. The press conference literally finished just minutes before Questions Time commenced.
The Opposition collectively were disciplined in their rowdiness – yet looked like shags on a rock when there planned strategy had been completely out-maneuvered by the press conference.
Julie Bishop was sent into bat – and her questions were flea bites at best and easily squashed. Albanese only had to get up once to offer protection for his PM. If this is the best the Opposition can do – they are in worse shape that the ALP … it is time for Abbott to come out of hiding over the hurtful misogyny claims and defend himself and all men … it’s time for him to attack Gillard as opposed to mixed words on this AWU scandal that go to his own creditability as the alternative PM.
The BONE that is being chewed:
Gillard can now claim she has offered up two ‘shop till you drop’ news conference on the AWU scandal and at which nobody has dinted her ‘rhino’ skin.
What have we actually learnt from Gillard about her AWU involvement – she gave some legal advice, she left S&G of her own accord under a cloud about her professional conduct, and a whole bunch of money was stripped from AWU members. Where is the crime, where is the wrong doing and Gillard is doing what all criminals do – daring anybody to prove she has done something wrong. He language on this is quite clear – it is not about humility and wanting to show her willingness to cooperate – she stands defiant and challenges all her accusers to make a complaint, made an allegation.
Yet with defamation options available to her – she refuses to use the courts for that protection. Gillard knows that she will become more exposed if she does. Threatening the court action as she has done with News Ltd over minor misprints – is not the same as a lawsuit claiming that what has been printed is inaccurate and seeking damages for the defamation.
Gillard fears the witness-box … she has much to lose and Gillard fears her involvement will become more exposed. She has many to protect in this matter.
This ‘bone’ that Gillard has left for lesser people to chew on gives the taste being bare and unfruitful … yet new meat, new flavour has been found by Hedley Thomas and others during these past months.
Mike Smith by far the man with the most uncovered evidence and best knowledge of all the collective the AWU fraud represents, has been relentless in his pursuit of Gillard since he lost his 2UE broadcast position late last year over the publication he wanted to do on this story.
What weakness … it was the wrong work and used for particular effect and it worked as the 3+ million YouTube hits around the world confirmed. Gillard grows in her defiance and with good reason.
Now with the Ian Cambridge diaries, Hedley Thomas has a creditable time-line of evidence. Yet Ian Cambridge has a credibility issues as well – how was his appointment to the Industrial Commission in 1996 arranged? Why did he desert the AWU when it was he and Bob Kernohan pursuing a Royal Commission?
So from what ever corner the evidence is coming from, someone will come forward and provide the necessary ‘smoking-gun’ that will turn this matter on its head. The Nixon/Watergate scandal took some three years before it reached the top. In this matter there has been several attempts but the Unions have be able to quash the matter – i.e. bashing and threatening Bob Kernohan in the 90’s …
Whoever owns a past connected to the evidence of this AWU scandal has more than a vested interest in this whole matter just going away. Powerful forces are at work here.
Nick Styant-Browne’s – an ex partner of S&G and someone with physical evidence of Gillard’s ‘record of interview’, and other S&G firm business provided Thomas with this new information. Styant-Browne continued that feed with last weeks release of a document implying that Gillard knew about the Kerr St property purchase some 2 years before she has previously admitted. Gillard has again claimed memory issues as her defence.
The most interesting of all confirming evidence, the S&G file that could clear Gillard, or sink both her and S&G has gone mission. Law Society Victoria must be close to initiating an enquiry of their own into the behaviour of senior S&G Partners.
When can a Liar be called a Liar:
Let it be made clear – Gillard is someone with a very chequered past –
In her news conference responses yesterday – where she was able to recount in specific detail the number of times this matter has been investigated, and re-investigated with timelines, and raised over the last 17 years, something her memory was able to recall without hesitation, offers a sure indication to the fact that she does have memory surrounding this issue.
Given the number of times she has been forced to revisit this matter – all that has been revealed is that she has got better at the denial, and the selling of her memory loss into crucial areas where she has a case to answer.
When some one has a memory loss as Gillard claims over such a defining moment in her life – the ‘loss of memory’ can be caused by an emotional scarring over what professionals would call an ‘event’ in someones past.
In Gillards case – this ‘event’ being the prospect of the total loss of her career, the reality of a breakup of a relationship she was fully invested in, and then to see before her the developing storm in the what the AWU scandal represents – there is no doubt that memory of her involvement has been sub-consciously blocked.
Is that mitigating circumstances to give her a pass mark over her involvement? The flat answer NO. Plenty of people suffer such ‘events’ – yet none have gone on to become a Prime Minister. Of course, the alternative might be that she remembers everything and is relying on the Union’s cleansing of all the evidence, and is just plain lying and not wanting to incriminate herself.
The ‘Power of Attorney’ Challenge:
Gillard almost trapped herself in this ‘loss of memory’ strategy in recent weeks. Ralph Blewitt has a clear memory of what happened over the witnessing of the ‘Power of Attorney’ document connect with the purchase of the Kerr St Property.
Gillard was forced to come up with a strategy to defuse her ‘memory loss’ story on this matter. She went on the attack and placed her creditability as a Prime Minister up against her accuser in Ralph Blewitt – denigrating him in public in a most vile way – thus causing more questions to be ask about her morality, integrity, and whether the Prime Minister should be using the office of the Prime Minister to defend the individual serving in that office [herself].
Relying on memory failure is all about trying to not lie or be caught in a lie to the public – lawyers keep diaries – and diary notes of meetings.
Gillard will have her past diaries and S&G will have her time sheets and billing invoices. These are hard evidence material and if Gillard had nothing to hide, she would have offered these diaries up as evidence.
She could claim proof of evidence from these diaries – unless of course they implicated her.
What will it take:
There is so much chewing on the ‘bone’ with very little return … what answer will satisfy Gillard’s harshest critics … what will it take for this matter to go away and be fully resolved?
For me it would need a creditable journalist with no ALP allegiance and unlimited time – perhaps a Barrister who knew Criminal Law, who would question Gillard under a witness type scenario where she had to answer the question under some type if oath that resembled Parliamentary proceedures where she could be held in contempt if she lied or misled with her answers … that would appease me. Something like a Royal Commission …
To be a realist – why should she subject herself to that sort of probity? She won’t do it … and what would be the point if the Opposition gain Government at the next election.
There is a great divide here and at play – the ALP Caucus are not acting with the probity required – they are accepting of everything Gillard offers. They can not see Gillard has not answered the questions … fronting a media conference and answering questions are two different things.
At this level of probity, the highest public office in the land – all concerns should be first on the possibility that something has or did happen – internal investigations should have already taken place to disprove and clear the PM of any involvement of wrong doing. ALl this evidence is held by the AWU Union and the politicians of the day – Bob Carr, Graham Richardson, Laurie Brereton and others … when will they come forward and clear Gillard with physical evidence … saying it like Carr and Richardson have done is about serving their own self interests …
No .. this is far from a dead issue … the ‘bone’ has hidden flavours and enough to sustain this cause until the next election.
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