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EYE-BALL Opinion – Gillard’s long walk of shame is almost nigh – her past is about to catch up with her …


Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:

– 25th Apr – Prime Minister “JEZEBEL” – Does she deserve the Respect of the People? –

– 24th Apr – The Australian’s Hedley Thomas & Friends – Still hunting down Gillard over the AWU Scandal –

– 24th Apr – Our Higher Education System – Universities fudging research for Higher Funding –

– 20th Apr – Gillard’s Hubris – YUCK – has nothing but contempt for the Disabled and Education –

– 3rd Apr – Gillard v Nth Korea
– Gillard off to China to fix the problem –
– talk about an overreach –

– 2nd Apr – Gillard – twisting and turning on the spit – there are no fools like old fools –

– 30th – Be careful what you wish for
– A vote for Gillard and her supporters … … is a choice for  Unionised Socialism and Class Warfare …

– 28th Mar – Apathy – Australian’s have it in spades and deservedly so –

– 23rd Mar – Legitimacy
– Australia demands it – Gillard does not have it –

– 19th Mar – A downside of Democracy – and the ease in which past Leaders move on –

– 16th Mar – The UNION’s – someone needs to tell them – about high labour costs –

– 15th Mar – Gillard decides to jump off the cliff – she would like us to all to accept her invitation to follow – her desperation is obvious and her judgement is becoming suicidal –

– 14th Mar – Conroy’s Proposed Media Overlord
– If the Government lifted its game – then perhaps the media have an incentive to do the same –

– 12th Mar – The Speaker of the House Fails all Australians – Question time is a farce, avoiding accountability –

– 11th Mar – On Education – ‘The Munsters’ style – Bowen and Garrett put on a show –

– 10th Mar – The Nation is Slipping Away – can you feel it? –

– 9th Mar – The Dribble … it’s just so exhausting

– 6th Mar Journalist’s – the perils of Slow News Days –

– 5th Mar – Gillard and Rooty Hill – why not Gillard helping the WA Election Campaign –

– To see more EYE-BALL ‘Opinion’ posts:

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– Gillard’s long walk of shame is almost nigh –
– Her past is about to catch up with her –
– Goodnight Labor …
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 27th Apr 2013 |
The net is closing around Gillard and Australia is poised for history.   Why her Caucus still support her defies all logic and is a question in itself.   That question surrounds:

Why has Gillard not stepped aside until she has been cleared of any wrongdoing in association with the AWU scandal.

Surely if our Legal system is to be preserved and serve justice – the matter where all Public Servants are forced to step aside pending the completion of investigations when serious allegations are made – why does the Prime Minister have special privileges,  and allowed to retain her office and use that office to influence the outcome of her own investigation?

Gillard could have gone to the polls early to clear the deck on all that overhangs her – instead she chose to force all Australians into a record breaking seven month election campaign.

She could have made anyone of her new policy’s for Gonski, and NIDS an election gambit prompting an early election to seek a mandate from the people.  Yet she has chosen to rush through the legislation with a gun to the head of all the States on the Gonski reforms funding, and the NDIS – ahead of the election, and risk the House and Senate rejecting the legislation.

Gillard wants to forge her own legacy – she knows she will be beaten at the Sept ’13 Election, she does not admit it publicly, but she knows she is done.

To the detriment of all Australian’s Gillard has dug her heels in and has an agenda to muddy to waters for the incoming Government.

The dye for the next Governments performance and agenda will have been dictated to by what Gillard leaves behind.  She is that vindictive … if she was a dog – you’d call her a mongrel bitch and take her out back and shoot her.

If she were to respect the Office she serves, as opposed to using the Office to serve her own agenda – she would not play chicken with the media and the law enforcement agencies in daring them to make their charges and create the very history she knows confronts her.  She has elected to place the burden of proof on those who want to see her charged – as she is entitled to do.

But it is a devils game of bluff with such high office – Nixon tried and failed and Gillard is no Nixon.   Her bluff and bluster has all the legal minds on tenterhooks in the outcomes if they were to call her bluff.   You tell me how justice is being served in this context.

The AWU scandal has been out of the news cycle for some weeks now and is about to splash our News feeds with new version’s of old truths.  Gillard’s poll numbers will fall further with these stories and challenge her 25% numbers of a year or so ago.

At what point do the 50% or so of ALP caucus members who still support her respond …

If Gillard had any integrity left, and any respect for the office – she would do the right thing and exit before she completely destroys what remains of the ALP for decades to come.

This AWU scandal has reignited again because if the interview she gave to 2GB’s Ben Fordham on the 7th March 2013.

Gillard made a mistake in accepting this interview invitation – her normally feisty media control lapsed in the seemingly comfort privacy of her own limo from whence she gave the phone interview.

She was already having a rough week in ‘Rooty Hill’ to cover up the ‘unwelcome sign’ handed to her by the WA ALP leader who did not want her anywhere near his State election campaign.

There is no doubt Gillard underestimated Fordham’s toughness and she let him get under her guard.  She is now about to pay a heavy price for that mistake.

Whether her media advisor gave her a bad profile on Ben Fordham and thought him a lightweight – and lets face it outside of NSW Fordham is known as Karl’s sidekick on the ‘Today’ show, or whether Gillard thought she could dictate and intimidate Fordham as she does every other interviewer, is for Gillard to answer.

This ‘limo-interview’ is becoming National news and is made available again below – Interview date: 7th Mar 2013.

This interview proved just how bad a week Gillard was having in ‘Rooty Hill’ …

To have allow the interview to continue when Gillard had to have known she had lost control and knew the direction Fordham’s questions were headed was her first mistake. Fordham’s questions were incriminating and she knew her answers were all over the place.  Fordham to his credit did not back off.

Gillard was surprised by Fordham’s questions and his pursuit of precise answers to those questions.  It was something she has hardly ever been exposed to before.

She tried to respond with her usual answer but not an answer obfuscation trying all the while to politicise the response – but Fordham used his skills to corral and put Gillard on the defensive several times.   Normally in these types of interviews Gillard has all the chips – but Fordham attacked her like a puppy poodle with sharks teeth – well done Ben and you showed up the dearth in journalistic integrity in this Nation.

This is the type of questioning that serious and senior journalists have never been able to ask Gillard. In fact – all Gillard’s press conferences normally have a hand-picked guest list – and the journalists know that if they don’t heel they won’t be invited back.

There was a follow-up comment by Fordham to all his listeners this week when he was contacted by Victorian Police and asked if he would be wiling to give a statement about the interview and the comments made.

Hear that broadcast below:

In the time since Fordham’s clarification that ‘Gillard’ is under Police investigation earlier this week, National interest has again been perked.

Hedley Thomas did a story on the 24th Apr 2013 in regards to Fordham’s 2GB show revelation that he had been contacted by the Victorian police – read that story here

Since then, the story has nested and mainstream media – with the exception of News Ltd publications – have largely left it alone.

Thomas again revisited the facts and wrote another story in the ‘Weekend Australian’ – that story is published below:

Who knows PM Julia Gillard is under investigation?

| Author: Hedley Thomas, National chief correspondent | Date: Apr 27th, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

IN the days after a heated 2GB radio interview in March, during which Julia Gillard was questioned closely about the AWU slush fund scandal, a detective in Victoria’s Fraud Squad, Ross Mitchell, made a strategic decision.

One answer the Prime Minister gave during a dogged tussle in her interview with Ben Fordham stood out. Mitchell knew it when he heard it. The other detectives knew it too.

Although seemingly innocuous to those not involved in the probe, Gillard’s answer was new and pivotal. It meant police in Melbourne would need a sworn statement from Fordham in Sydney, even though as a journalist he would be expected to subsequently disclose some key facts.

The actions that Mitchell and other police took in seeking further information from Fordham led to him stating in unequivocal terms on his radio show this week something that had been previously cryptically and very carefully inferred – the Prime Minister is under formal Victoria Police investigation as a result of the 18-year-old Australian Workers Union fraud. Fordham has kept a pledge to police to not publicly reveal more than this.

He told his audience: “So, let me make this perfectly clear. The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, is under investigation by police. This is fact. I hadn’t planned to add to what I said yesterday out of respect for the detectives on the case. But if the Prime Minister’s office wants to deny she’s being investigated, as has been reported last night and today, then I will once again correct that record. Now it needs to be pointed out that the Prime Minister and her office mightn’t know she’s being investigated. But I know it. And others do too. The detectives are investigating three individuals and one of them is Julia Gillard. Prime Minister, you may not know this, but you are currently being investigated by the Fraud and Extortion Squad of the Victoria Police Force.”

Neither the Police Commissioner of Victoria, Ken Lay, nor the Prime Minister’s office has sought to dispute any of Fordham’s assertions. Nor is the PM’s office now suggesting, as it did in March, that the Victoria Police investigation has nothing to do with Gillard. The reality is that Gillard’s office cannot know the details of the probe.

Lay, who has had the opportunity to correct the record if he decided that Fordham had jumped to a wrong conclusion in naming Gillard, let it stand. Lay added: “The AWU matter is under investigation. That’s still current.”

The Prime Minister has always repeatedly, strenuously and sometimes angrily denied any wrongdoing, accusing The Australian and others of engaging in a smear campaign.

For an alleged fraud being taken seriously since late last year by seasoned detectives, Australians should ask hard questions about why large sections of their media, and particularly the public broadcaster, still baulk at reporting the AWU scandal; downplay the story or, worse, self-censor; ask few or no questions; and even mock journalists who have lost their jobs for pursuing it – Michael Smith and Glenn Milne.

Australia’s best-resourced media outlet, the ABC, has scarcely, if at all, reported the ongoing police investigation this year. Only after Media Watch questioned the ABC’s obvious reticence to look at the AWU story in any meaningful way last year, the 7.30 program belatedly weighed in. The flagship investigative program, Four Corners, has since abandoned a proposed in-depth story.

Indeed, almost everything that Fordham told his listeners on 2GB this week would surprise Australians who receive their news only from the ABC. Fordham tells Inquirer that nobody from the public broadcaster has contacted him since his revelations.

“I would have thought that the most powerful person in the country being the subject of an ongoing police investigation is a very significant story,” Fordham says. “If others choose not to see it that way, I’m more than happy to keep covering it.

“I’ve had reactions from some people saying: ‘How do you know that it’s true?’ and ‘Are you just making it up?’ All I can keep saying is that it is 100 per cent fact. I would not say something so serious about the Prime Minister unless I could be 100 per cent sure. If I were wrong on this, there would be a good argument for my dismissal and possibly worse (a defamation action for damages). It would be career suicide and totally unfair to Julia Gillard. But I’m as certain of the facts as I am of my own name.

“I’m not beating my drum and saying ‘Look at me’. But if a story about the PM being under investigation is not very interesting and vitally important, I should be in another profession. The listeners are intrigued by it because they are not hearing about it elsewhere. They are not reading about it in every publication and seeing it on the TV news.”

With questioning so far of witnesses in Queensland, Victoria, NSW and Western Australia, up to a dozen detectives are particularly interested in the creation and operation of a union election slush fund, misleadingly called the AWU Workplace Reform Association.

The entity was set up and formally registered in Perth with the help of Gillard’s legal advice (as a solicitor at Slater & Gordon) to her then boyfriend and client, AWU official Bruce Wilson, and his union sidekick, Ralph Blewitt. The two men allegedly used it as a slush fund to siphon hundreds of thousands of dollars from Thiess during the construction company’s development of a major project that required both labour and industrial peace from AWU members.

Some of the money, which was kept secret from everyone else in the union, would go into a $230,000 terrace house at 85 Kerr Street, Fitzroy, bought by Wilson (in Blewitt’s name) at an auction he attended with Gillard, whose firm would manage the conveyancing. The terrace house was Wilson’s home in Melbourne during his relationship with Gillard and his time as secretary of the Victorian branch of the AWU. The money from the property’s sale a few years later went directly to Blewitt and Wilson, not the union, whose national leadership discovered too late that the union had been used in a scam.

In his only recent public statements Wilson has backed Gillard, saying she knew nothing about any wrongdoing. They have each attacked and ridiculed Blewitt, who has said he decided to blow the whistle because two journalists lost their jobs for trying to report the issues.

For Mitchell’s taskforce, one of the most interesting features of Blewitt’s story is that he has told it in the knowledge that he faces going to prison. Having admitted to police an incriminating role in what he calls a fraud, Blewitt can be prosecuted and convicted. There has been no deal.

One of the planks of Blewitt’s story, which 2GB’s Fordham latched on to in his interview with the Prime Minister in March, concerns a “power of attorney” document bearing Gillard’s signature as the official witness. According to Blewitt, it was a false document.

Blewitt has repeatedly said the “power of attorney” was not worth the paper on which it was written. The document permitted Wilson to buy the Fitzroy terrace house (in Blewitt’s name) at auction. Blewitt, who was living in Perth at the time, claims it is bogus – that Gillard could not have “witnessed” it as they were thousands of kilometres apart at the time.

In previous rejections of Blewitt’s claims about this document, the Prime Minister insisted she always witnessed such documents properly as a solicitor. But Fordham tells Inquirer that all of Gillard’s previous answers seemed to avoid declaring outright that she and Blewitt were in the same room when the power of attorney was witnessed.

“I wanted a straight answer from the PM on that simple question when I interviewed her in March and I wasn’t going to let it go,” he said.

Gillard finally confirmed to Fordham that she and Blewitt were in the room when the document was signed. It is an assertion that could only be wrong if Victoria Police have evidence placing them on opposite sides of Australia.

Mainstream media outside ‘News Ltd’ publications refuse to report on the story – what is it that Gillard has over Fairfax that they are so intimidated from pursuing Gillard.   Gillard’s performance in that Ben Fordham interview shows she is being less than honest with the truth – if she was in the room with Blewitt she should just say it and it goes away.

Gillard has never been under oath in any of these Q&A’s – but when the police come to question her she will be under an oath or sorts.  She can refuse to answer the questions but that will only cast more suspicion – how would that look to the Australian public when a sitting Prime Minister is questioned by police and refuses to answer the questions on the basis it might incriminate her.

Now – this is the tickle … police try to entrap suspects in a lie and then produce proof to the contrary – who knows what Gillard’s Secretary has said, who knows what searches have been done with Airlines ticket sales, passenger manifests, motel room bookings, and the like.   If Gillard answers ‘I don’t recall’ then the other evidence more than incriminates Gillard because she can’t refute the claims.

We all know that Gillard lies and has told some big ones at that – she might debate they are political lies and that all politicians lie.  But with respect to the way she has answered questions on this AWU scandal, she knows there is a difference in telling a direct lie and answering in an indirect way.

The way she responded to Ben Fordham when he put it to her that she was in the room with Ralph Blewitt and she responded be it a reluctant – ‘yes’ – I bet London to a brick – that is what the Victorian Police are interested in.

The lingering and follow-up questions are numerous and just don’t go away – why all media outlets don’t run this story for its true value is a crime in itself.

Exposing a Prime Minister of Australia involvement with a fraud that happened 20 years ago and refusing to be – ‘on the record’ with her answers has to be news.

If anyone believes the past ‘staged-managed’ press conferences Gillard gave have been accurate ‘on the record’ accounts is a fool.  The right questions were never asked – they never probed or allowed follow-up questions.  All the questions were vetted and Gillard’s answers were prepped by her staff after deep consultation with legal representatives advising her what answers would suffice, and not what to say.

There have been plenty of bloggers who continue to carrying the message, and some feeder publications, but in essence the National Broadcaster – The ‘ABC’ – funded by the Federal Government and recently given an out of contract increase to funding by Gillard, has a cupboard full of Labor supporting journalists who have lost all their objectivity.   There has even been Tribunal hearings on the pro bias Gillard reporting and attacks against those who have trashed her.

The chief of these ALP loving journalist’s is former Bob Hawke media advisor Barry Cassidy – the Presenter of ‘Insiders’.   In fact one of the ‘Insiders’ bench presenters in Glen Milne was sacked from the program in late 2011 for writing about the AWU scandal in ‘The Australian’ – see SMH story her  …

I can guarantee you that Gillard is guilty of conduct unbecoming of a licensed Solicitor – her actions have not allowed her to practice Law again.   On that basis alone a series of question for Gillard to answer should be about her Slater & Gordon dismissal, and what conditions were imposed with regard to her practicing Law again.  Six months after the sacking – Gillard did not renew her Solicitors License and has never practiced Law again.

Fordham’s questioning on the use of the AWU name in the known ‘slush fund’ intent, as the ‘AWU workforce reform association’ … was also on the mark.

Gillards answers were again vague and obfuscated around the question trying to avoid direct answers.

This is important – it goes to the quality of advice Gillard claims she was offering to Wilson and Blewitt as employees of the real AWU Slater and Gordon client.

If she knew the association and their accounts was to be a ‘slush fund’ and not a re-election fund that was stated on the application to incorporate the Association – Gillard breached her Legal responsibilities and will face charges that could have her struck off.  Slater and Gordon know this and would have been the reason they dismissed her with conditions.

If Slater and Gordon were ultimately made responsible for Gillard’s conduct and faced a legal challenge from the real Slater and Gordon AWU client – Gillard’s conduct would have become a matter of public record.  The crime is in the cover-up and there are many people involved in that.

There is no way they will all stick to their stories and Gillard has to know that her time will eventually run out.

None of the then Senior Slater and Gordon Partners want to talk about it.  Gillard handed her Senior Partner Peter Gordon a High Court Judgeship  If that does not raise eyebrows on this issue then what will.  [Oops – a faithful reader picked up that it should read Lionel Murphy received the Judgeship and not Peter Gordon – … thanks Barry M … and Oops again – thanks to ‘Col at Central Coast’ – it was Bernard Murphy … not Lionel Murphy …]

Journalist worth anything would be on this story like flies on a dungheap – yet the Fairfax press stay silent and the likes of David Marr – a Director of Fairfax and muse to his own ego tries hard to pontificate his neutrality – he fails miserably.

How Oakeshott and Windsor continue to support Gillard raises more questions about what they received in return for their continuing support.   There is nothing about Gillard’s Leadership that inspires – in fact it does the opposite and Australia is the loser on so many levels.

The EYE-BALL Opinion plea for action:

A Note:  This site is dedicated to having Gillard as Prime Minster removed by all legal means in the shortest timeframe possible. 

Gillard’s Government is poison to this Nation … how do we get rid of her now?

The message has to be sent – there are some 14 million registered voters represented by 150 MP’s – 72 of which are ALP.    If each of these 72 ALP MP’s received an e-mail, a fax, a phone call, or a letter from all the people who want her gone with a simple message like the one below –  :

This is a protest message …

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

Please – send this message to as many and as often as you can – bombard the Caucus Members with a message so clear and with weight of numbers that it will force them to act.

You could also think about sending it to the Independents, Oakeshott, Windsor, Wilkie, and Brandt,  as well … Katter already votes with the Coalition, and Slipper and Thompson are a lost cause and their fate already sealed.

Links to every MP e-mail can be found using the Australian Parliamentary Website Members and Senator links below … pick your an ALP MP or Senator, or send it to all – voice your opinion now.

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  1. Barry M
    April 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Eyeball….. Check this out….one mistake in your article you may wish to change for defamation reasons. I believe I am right.
    The S&G Partner who got the Judgeship was not Peter Gordon but her partner in the crime

  2. Barry M
    April 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Eyeball this is a great article you are nailing it on the head.
    It is also interesting to note that her great supporter, Ole Bill Ludwig is at last coming under scrutiny for his time as a Director of Queensland Racing. If the Judicial Enquiry system in Queensland is above board and not corrupted as many of us in QLD think they are, Ole Bill will be exposed for the crook he is.

  3. April 27, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks Barry M you are right … have edited the text …

  4. Col at Central Coast
    April 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Should have been Bernard not Lionel Murphy!

  5. April 27, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks Col … am a little embarassed … but all’s well if it ends right …

  6. Colin S.
    April 27, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Great reading.

    I sincerely hope you are right & that it happens soonest.

    The Chairman of Fairfax is Roger Corbett, a family friend. A more fierce critic of her worth could not be found.

    So…why the reluctance?

    Milne was supposedly a great friend of Cassidy. That didn’t help.

    There is a good book in this one day but the real action should start ASAP.


  7. Barry M
    April 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Just keep up the good work and the pressure on her Eyeball, in the end all crooks crack under pressure.

  8. Barry M
    April 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Colin S, with due respect to your family friend, if he had run Woolworths as he is Chairing Fairfax, Coles would have 90% market share. He is ruining his excellent reputation by allowing the clowns such as Marr to dictate how the company is run. It is all this journalistic freedom bullshit that they go on with that is the problem. He needs to step up and take them on if he wishes to reclaim his integrity.

  9. April 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Looks like Julia’s undoing is on it’s way .
    And it appears she is aware of it , and with her mindset , I’m guessing she’s out to do as much damage as she can before they take her away…….interesting times to come methinks

  10. April 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    We can only hope and with good fortune perhaps the no-confidence motion will finish her off … it’s a chess game and its afoot …

  11. RP_Man
    April 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Brilliant article AGAIN!!
    I felt too that the “I was in the room with Blewitt” admission is going to trip her up.
    I am sure the police have evidence to the contrary.
    She should not be allowed to continue as PM while this investigation goes on, its no smear, its no lie, its not a LIB setup, she did dodgy stuff and most of those that are bringing her undone are either currewnt ALP members..or ex ALP or union members.
    Whatever the outcome, she has to go,she has no regard for anyone …that is patently obvious.
    Why they dont stand her down is a mystery, this could mean the annihilation of the ALP…maybe that what they want, maybe its too polluted to fix now.

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