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EYE-BALL JokeZone – “Toothbrushes”

June 11, 2013 Comments off
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EYE-BALL JokeZone – ‘Toothbrushes
Last Updated 11th June ’13
SmilingToothbrushes!!!

(Submitted by Dawn S.)

The kids filed into class Monday morning.  They were all very excited.

Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on salesmanship.

Little Sally led off.  “I sold Girl Scout cookies and I made $30″ she said proudly, “My sales approach was to appeal to the customer’s civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success.”  “Very good”, said the teacher.

Little Debbie was next. “I sold magazines” she said, “I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events.”   “Very good, Debbie”, said the teacher.

Eventually, it was Little Johnny’s turn. The teacher held her breath.  Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher’s desk.  “$2,467″, he said.

“$2,467!” cried the teacher, “What in the world were you selling?”

Toothbrushes”, said Little Johnny.

“Toothbrushes”, echoed the teacher, “How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much money?”

“I found the busiest corner in town”, said Little Johnny, “I set up a Dip & Chip stand and I gave everybody who walked by a free sample.”

They all said the same thing, “Hey, this tastes like dog poop!”

Then I would say, “It is dog poop, you wanna buy a toothbrush?”

I used the Juliar Gillard(Oz Prime Minister) method of giving you some crap, dressing it up so it looks good, telling you it’s free, and then making you pay to get the bad taste out of your mouth.”

Little Johnny got five stars for his assignment. Bless his heart.


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  1. Stand Alone Joke – Little Johnny and Sis’
  2. YouTube Post – ‘Charlie Sheen and his Goddesses’ – as real as it gets …
  3. Stand Alone Joke – Santa Clause – an Engineer’s Perspective
  4. Stand Alone Joke – Moral Story – Bullshit’s Reward –
  5. Various – More ‘Little Johnny’ Jokes – 1
  6. Stand Alone Joke – PM Gillard and some of her Cartoons –
  7. Stand Alone Joke – A Deserted Island Joke
  8. Stand Alone Joke – One night stand court case –
  9. Stand Alone Joke – Some Blond Jokes – I –
  10. Stand Alone Joke – Anger Management –

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EYE-BALL JokeZone – The Promised Land

May 8, 2013 Comments off
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EYE-BALL JokeZone – ‘The Promised Land’
Last Updated 8th May ’13
SmilingThe Promised Land!!!

(Submitted by Colin S.)

Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel …

“Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land.”

Whitlam said to the people of Australia …

Put down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this is the Promised Land.”

Today, Gillard has ….

Stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, put camels in plain packaging, and mortgaged the Promised Land!

I was so depressed last night thinking about Health Care Plans, the carbon tax, the economy, the wars, lost jobs, savings, Social Security, and retirement funds, I called a Suicide Hotline. I had to press 1 for English, and I was connected to a call centre in Pakistan .

I told them I was suicidal.

They got excited and asked if I could drive a truck …..


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  1. Stand Alone Joke – Little Johnny and Sis’
  2. YouTube Post – ‘Charlie Sheen and his Goddesses’ – as real as it gets …
  3. Stand Alone Joke – Santa Clause – an Engineer’s Perspective
  4. Stand Alone Joke – Moral Story – Bullshit’s Reward –
  5. Various – More ‘Little Johnny’ Jokes – 1
  6. Stand Alone Joke – PM Gillard and some of her Cartoons –
  7. Stand Alone Joke – A Deserted Island Joke
  8. Stand Alone Joke – One night stand court case –
  9. Stand Alone Joke – Some Blond Jokes – I –
  10. Stand Alone Joke – Anger Management –

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EYE-BALL JokeZone – Nelson at Trafalgar 2013!!!

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EYE-BALL JokeZone – ‘Nelson at Trafalgar 2013′
Last Updated 4th May ’13
SmilingNelson at Trafalgar 2013!!!

(Submitted by Roland A.)

Nelson: “Order the signal, Hardy.”

Hardy: “Aye, aye sir.”

Nelson: “Hold on, this isn’t what I dictated to Flags. What’s the meaning of this?”

Hardy: “Sorry sir?”

Nelson (reading aloud): ” … England expects every person to do his or her duty, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion or disability.’ – What gobbledygook is this for God’s sake?”

Hardy: “Admiralty policy, I’m afraid, sir. We’re an equal opportunities employer now. We had the devil’s own job getting “England” past the censors, lest it be considered racist.”

Nelson: “Gadzooks, Hardy. Hand me my pipe and tobacco.”

Hardy: “Sorry sir. All naval vessels have now been designated smoke-free working environments.”

Nelson: “In that case, break open the rum ration. Let us splice the main brace to steel the men before battle.”

Hardy: “The rum ration has been abolished, Admiral. Its part of the Government’s policy on binge drinking.”

Nelson: “Good heavens, Hardy. I suppose we’d better get on with it full speed ahead.”

Hardy: “I think you’ll find that there’s a 4 knot speed limit in this stretch of water.”

Nelson: “Damn it man! We are on the eve of the greatest sea battle in history. We must advance with all dispatch. Report from the crow’s nest, please.”

Hardy: “That won’t be possible, sir.”

Nelson: “What?”

Hardy: “Health and Safety have closed the crow’s nest, sir. No harness; and they said that rope ladders don’t meet regulations. They won’t let anyone up there until proper scaffolding can be erected.”

Nelson: “Then get me the ship’s carpenter without delay, Hardy.”

Hardy: “He’s busy knocking up a wheelchair access to the foredeck Admiral.”

Nelson: “Wheelchair access? I’ve never heard anything so absurd.”

Hardy: “Health and safety again, sir. We have to provide a barrier-free environment for the differently abled.”

Nelson: “Differently abled? I’ve only one arm and one eye and I refuse even to hear mention of the word. I didn’t rise to the rank of admiral by playing the disability card.”

Hardy: “Actually, sir, you did. The Royal Navy is under-represented in the areas of visual impairment and limb deficiency.”

Nelson: “Whatever next? Give me full sail. The salt spray beckons.”

Hardy: “A couple of problems there too, sir. Health and safety won’t let the crew up the rigging without hard hats. And they don’t want anyone breathing in too much salt – haven’t you seen the adverts?”

Nelson: “I’ve never heard such infamy. Break out the cannon and tell the men to stand by to engage the enemy.”

Hardy: “The men are a bit worried about shooting at anyone, Admiral.”

Nelson: “What? This is mutiny!”

Hardy: “It’s not that, sir. It’s just that they’re afraid of being charged with murder if they actually kill anyone. There are a couple of legal-aid lawyers on board, watching everyone like hawks.”

Nelson: “Then how are we to sink the Frenchies and the Spanish?”

Hardy: “Actually, sir, we’re not.”

Nelson: “We’re not?”

Hardy: “No, sir.. The French and the Spanish are our European partners now. According to the Common Fisheries Policy, we shouldn’t even be in this stretch of water. We could get hit with a claim for compensation.”

Nelson: “But you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.”

Hardy: “I wouldn’t let the ship’s diversity coordinator hear you saying that sir. You’ll be up on disciplinary report.”

Nelson: “You must consider every man an enemy, who speaks ill of your King.”

Hardy: “Not any more, sir. We must be inclusive in this multicultural age. Now put on your Kevlar vest; it’s the rules. It could save your life”

Nelson: “Don’t tell me – Health and Safety. Whatever happened to rum, sodomy and the lash?”

Hardy: As I explained, sir, rum is off the menu! And there’s a ban on corporal punishment.”

Nelson: “What about sodomy?”

Hardy: “I believe that is now legal, sir.”

Nelson: “In that case………………. Kiss me, Hardy.”


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  3. Stand Alone Joke – Santa Clause – an Engineer’s Perspective
  4. Stand Alone Joke – Moral Story – Bullshit’s Reward –
  5. Various – More ‘Little Johnny’ Jokes – 1
  6. Stand Alone Joke – PM Gillard and some of her Cartoons –
  7. Stand Alone Joke – A Deserted Island Joke
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EYE-BALL JokeZone – Julia at the Pearly Gates – Heaven or Hell!!!

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EYE-BALL JokeZone – ‘Julia at the Bank’:
Last Updated 1st May ’13
SmilingJulia at the Pearly Gates – Heaven or Hell!!!

(Submitted by Adian B.)

While on her morning ride on her broomstick, Prime Minister Julia Gillard falls off, has a heart attack and dies because the ‘accident and emergency’ dept at her nearest hospital is too understaffed to treat her in time.

So her soul arrives in Heaven and she is met by Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates. ‘Welcome to Heaven,’ says Saint Peter, ‘Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a Socialist around these parts, so we’re not sure what to do with you.’

‘No problem, just let me in; I’m a good Christian; I’m a believer,’ says the PM.

‘I’d like to just let you in, but I have orders from God. He says that since the implementation of his new HEAVEN CHOICES policy, you have to spend one day in Hell and one day in Heaven. Then you must choose where you’ll live for eternity.’

‘But I’ve already made up my mind. I want to be in Heaven,’ replies Gillard.

‘I’m sorry .. But we have our rules,’ Peter interjects. And, with that, St. Peter escorts her to a lift and she goes down, down, down ….all the way to Hell.

The doors open and she finds herself in the middle of a lush golf course.

The sun is shining in a cloudless sky. The temperature is a perfect 22°C. In the distance is a beautiful club-house. Standing in front of it are Gough Whitlam and thousands of other Socialist luminaries who had helped her out over the years — Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, etc., even Kevin Rudd – The whole of the Labor Party leaders were there (and all the socialists from other parts of the world..)

Everyone is laughing, happy, and casually but expensively dressed.

They run to greet her, to hug her (except Rudd who is still recovering from the stab wounds to his back!! ) and to reminisce about the good times they had getting rich at the expense of ‘suckers and peasants.’

They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster and caviar. The Devil himself comes up to Gillard with a frosty drink, ‘Have a tequila and relax, Julia!’

‘Uh, I can’t drink anymore; I took a pledge,’ says Gillard, dejectedly.

‘This is Hell, ma’am. You can drink and eat all you want and not worry and it just gets better from there!’

Gillard takes the drink and finds herself liking the Devil, who she thinks is a really very friendly bloke who tells funny jokes like herself and pulls hilarious nasty pranks, kind of like the ones the Labor Party pulled at the last election with their master strokes on Education, Immigration, National Broadband Network, Petrol prices, Carbon Tax, Mining Tax, Budget Surpluses, Solar schemes, National Broadband, Health Rebate, and Tough on Crime promises.

They are having such a great  time that, before she realises it, it’s time to go. Everyone gives her a big hug (except Rudd!) and waves as she steps into the lift and heads upward.

When the lift door reopen, she is in Heaven again and Saint Peter is waiting for her. ‘Now it’s time to visit Heaven,’ the old man says, opening the gate.

So for 24 hours Gillard is made to hang out with a bunch of honest, good-natured people who enjoy each other’s company, talk about things other than money and treat each other decently. Not a nasty prank or short-arse joke among them. No fancy country clubs here and, while the food tastes great, it’s not caviar or lobster. And these people are all poor. She doesn’t see anybody she knows and she isn’t even treated like someone special!

‘Whoa,’ she says uncomfortably to herself. ‘Gough Whitlam never prepared me for this!’

The day done, Saint Peter returns and says, ‘Well, you’ve spent a day in Hell and a day in Heaven. Now choose where you want to live for Eternity.’

With the ‘Deal or No Deal’ theme playing softly in the background, Gillard reflects for a minute  … Then answers:

‘Well, I would never have thought I’d say this — I mean, Heaven has been delightful and all — but I really think I belong in Hell with my friends.’

So Saint Peter escorts her to the lift and down she goes, down, down, all the way to Hell.

The doors of the lift open and she is in the middle of a barren scorched earth covered with garbage and toxic industrial wasteland, looking a bit like the eroded, rabbit and fox affected Australian outback, but worse and more desolate.

She is horrified to see all of her friends, dressed in rags and chained together, picking up the roadside rubbish and putting it into black plastic bags. They are groaning and moaning in pain, faces and hands black with grime.

The Devil comes over to Gillard and puts an arm around her shoulder.’ I don’t understand,’ stammers a shocked Gillard, ‘Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a club-house and we ate lobster and caviar and drank tequila.  We lazed around and had a great time.. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and everybody looks miserable!’

The Devil looks at her, smiles slyly and purrs, ‘Yesterday we were campaigning; today you voted for us!


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  1. Stand Alone Joke – Little Johnny and Sis’
  2. YouTube Post – ‘Charlie Sheen and his Goddesses’ – as real as it gets …
  3. Stand Alone Joke – Santa Clause – an Engineer’s Perspective
  4. Stand Alone Joke – Moral Story – Bullshit’s Reward –
  5. Various – More ‘Little Johnny’ Jokes – 1
  6. Stand Alone Joke – PM Gillard and some of her Cartoons –
  7. Stand Alone Joke – A Deserted Island Joke
  8. Stand Alone Joke – One night stand court case –
  9. Stand Alone Joke – Some Blond Jokes – I –
  10. Stand Alone Joke – Anger Management –

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EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl on – Election 2013 – Growl No: 9 – Gillard in Focus …

February 7, 2013 1 comment
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Latest ‘Harry’s Growl’ Posts:


- 6th Feb – Election 2013 – Growl No: 8 – Obeid has decided to take a few with him -


- 4th Feb – Election 2013 – Growl No: 7 – ABC’s “Q&A” proves none of them have a goddamn clue


- 4th Feb – Election 2013 – Growl No: 6 – Gillard in Cartoon Form -


- 4th Feb – Election 2013  - Growl No: 5 – Poll Results,  Senate Leadership, & Pyne’s Hitler Gibe -


- 2nd Feb –  Election 2013 – Growl No: 4 – Craig Thompson’s Bankruptcy revisited -


- 1st Feb – Election 2013  - Growl No: 3 – Roxon’s Rocky Status as the AG  -


- 31st Jan – Election 2013 - Growl No: 2 – Gillard lifts her skirts to thrill the Media  -


- 28th Jan – Election 2013 – Growl No: 1 – Senator Penny Wong … policy exposed -


- 18th Jan – Hedley Thomas and Larry Pickering – - Resume their AWU crusade against Gillard  -


- 1st Jan 2013 – Jenny Macklin – Joins Swan as another ALP Fu_kwit – Claims she can live on the Newstart allowance -


- 20th Dec – Wayne Swan – His backflip on the 2012-13 Surplus – Makes him the Fu_kwit of all Fu_kwits -


- 16th Dec – Lenore Taylor – Chief Political Correspondent for the SMH  – Part II - – A correspondent pushing her own political agenda  -


- 15th Dec – Lenore Taylor – Chief Political Correspondent for the SMH  – A correspondent with her own political agenda  -


- 14th Dec – Gillard’s Gutter Mouth – The dishonour she does to the office of the Prime Minister -


- 3rd Dec – The GREENS – Leader Milne has her head in the sand -


- 28th Nov – The Dogs have their BONE Part II – The Wilson Interview and how it reflects on Gillard -


- 27th Nov – The Dogs have their BONE Part I – Gillard’s kicked them out the house -


- 23rd Nov – The ALP and Obeid Train Wreck  – is it meant to distract from Gillard & the AWU Scandal -


- 22nd Nov – Gunfights at the OK Corral: Misandry v Misogyny – GILLARD v Ralph BLEWITT – GILLARD v Hedley THOMAS – GILLARD v Mike SMITH – GILLARD v Larry PICKERING – GILLARD v ALP Caucus – GILLARD v All Australians …


- 13th Nov – The Day the heavens began to cave in – - Obeid and his entourage to bring it all down … -


- 10th Nov – The 2012 US Presidential Election Part II – The Fallout – the GOP beating up on itself -


- 8th Nov – The 2012 US Presidential Election Part I – what does it really mean –


- 7th Nov – Bob Carr … Foreign Minister – as profiled by “The Australian’s” Ross Fitzgerald -


- 29th Oct – The Most Irrelevant of all Irrelevancy – Independents – Slipper, Thompson, Windsor, Oakeshott, Katter & Wilkie – hanging on to office rather than face the electorate –


- 27th Oct – Julia Gillard does not understand Hypocrisy – ALP Powerbrokers dump Penny Wong – makes Gillard look foolish over her ‘sexism’ claims –


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Title:
– Election 2013  - Growl No: 9 -
- Gillard in Focus - 
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 7th Feb 2013|
New Pickering images added – see end of text linked here


The Prime Minister continues to rule her roost as if her kingdom is of a mood to support her – Question time this week was a farce – nothing has changed. Opposition ask questions and the Speaker allows the Government to respond in the most abstract of ways – the Opposition makes a ‘point of order’ on relevance, the Speaker tells the respondent to be relevant and the responded continues on their merry way paying no head to the Speakers directive.

Surprising there were no questions all week on the AWU, on the HSU, on Thompson, on Slipper, all matters under investigation by the police  Surely a question to the PM about whether she has been approached by police to give evidence in any of those investigations would have been appropriate.

Let me recap on a specific point that is a central focus of the Victorian and Western Australian police. In Gillard’s August 2012 – ‘ask till you drop’ press conference, she was specifically asks if she signed a ‘Power of Attorney’ document in relation to the purchase of the ‘Fitzroy St’ property  She answered ‘that she had signed/witnessed 1000′s of documents over her legal career, how could she be expected to remember a single document’ – see video link of interview provided below.

Well here is the answer to that question based on logic and human behaviour – the evidence presented by Blewitt in his own statement to police claims – ‘the ‘Power of Attorney’ was not signed by him until a month or so after the Fitzroy St house purchase happened’. He also states – ‘it was backdated to before the house purchase, and not by him’.

Here is the rub – in any person’s past – if they know they were doing something illegal, their human instincts would remember the fullest detail of the event. In this instance, Gillard is said to have purported the document as something which it was not, i.e. signed by Ralph Blewitt before the House purchase. This document was an important document in the context of its use.

Do you think anyone would not remember such an illegality, especially a lawyer committing a criminal offence?  What was going through her head at the time – before she did it, after she did it, and the repeat conscience grab because of what she did?  Of course she would remember the signing of the document in its criminal intent.

Gillard did not answer any question about a Power of Attorney’ document at her Aug 2012 press conference – a YouTube copy of that her press conference is available below:

There was another press conference in late Nov 2012 – and the link to the ABC copy of that interview is presented here … the covering ABC story is linked here

At the 20:15sec mark of this press conference the question about the signing of the ‘Power of Attorney’ was raised. The direct question put to Gillard was whether she -’had personally witnessed Blewitt’s signing of the document’.

She did not answer the question – as the video replay shows.

Given the pleas made in this interview and the previous press conference in Aug 2012 – the pursuit of the AWU scandal did not stop, nor the pressure being applied to Gillard and her involvement. As more and more evidence became available the holes in Gillard’s explanations became more evident. Not so much holes, but the avoidance of directly answering the questions posed.

This continued pursuit by the media led her to the ‘misogynist’ speech in the House in Oct 2012 – Abbott was accused of being a misogynist – but Gillard’s womanly rant was aimed at the wrong person. You recall this was the very moment Slipper decided to resign the Speakership.

Hansard text of the misogynist rant can be read via 9th Oct 2012 Hansard – linked here … and from page 11581 …

Both Abbott’s and Bishop’s address that preceded Gillard’s rant can be read from … page 11573 of the same document.

To watch a YouTube video of the speech see below:

Subsequent to this – the Coalition spent the last week of House sitting in late Nov 2012, asking Gillard continuous questions about the AWU scandal and her involvement. Gillard did not answer any of the questions on any direct way – offering – ‘I have dealt with this matter on the record in the past.’ Gillard’s responses and the questions asked can be read via Hansard documents linked below:

  1. HOR Hansard 26th Nov 2012…from page 13140 …
  2. HOR Hansard 27th Nov 2012… from page 13447 …
  3. HOR Hansard 28th Nov 2012… from page 13714
  4. HOR Hansard 29th Nov 2012… from page 13947

In the summer recess, the Police pursued the Mike Smith complaint lodged with the Victorian police in Nov 2012. Blewitt was interviewed by Victorian police a number of times as were other witness, including Gillard’s Slater and Gordon secretary, and the person who handled the file on the Fitzroy St property.  Of the four people closely linked to the ‘Power of Attorney’ document, two have given statements to the police.

The opposition are entitled to ask the question of Gillard in the House if she has been contacted by the police with regard to the AWU scandal, if so – what has she been asked and is she prepared to answer police questions on the Power of Attorney document.

Now – if ‘Olivia Palmer’ – Gillard’s former S&G secretary has provided evidence that confirms Blewitt’s own evidence – the police will act to pursue the ‘Power of Attorney’ matter.

If the evidence is unclear or contrary – Wilson will be the next person to be interviewed.

The PM’s status makes her ‘hand’s off’ until evidence gathered is irrefutable. Obviously the police are not there yet – but Gillard has to be aware that she is in line to receive a call from the police to be interviewed, if not so advised already.   A sneaky question from Abbott would make Gillard’s caucus rotate themselves on a spit to hear her response.

Leadership:

On another matter – I love this Nation as do us all, I have pride in calling myself Australian, and my mindset is that we deserve exceptional Leaders in all forms and levels of Government.   It has been some time since we have had an exceptional leader – in fact I don’t recall one in my voting lifetime – that includes working backwards – Gillard, Rudd, Howard, Keating, Hawke, Fraser, and Whitlam.

Obama was the Messiah or so I thought in 2007 … Rudd promised much and was cut down … and when you look around the rest of the world – all are similarly void of that ‘exceptional’ leader status.

I ponder a thought – is our apathy in accepting mediocrity as the norm responsible – how do we encourage champions of industry, manufacturing  commerce, and the Corporate world into Leadership on a political context?  

Does the symbolism and reality of how our democracy operates shun those who could make substantial contributions?   Is it remunerations, the public scrutiny, the lack of privacy, the demands of time and media exposure – should the media access have their wings clipped?

I think that if we are to attract a better quality of candidate and persons with proven leadership skills from the private sector,  we need to think how politics is reported on, exposed, and used by the media to play opposites off against one another.

An example – Ministers to speak on their portfolio on a weekly basis – not the calling of a press conference to respond to attacks and/or to self promote for political gain.  Lessen the PM’s presence to hand-hold their Ministers and be visible on Leadership issues and not matters that can be dealt with by Ministers.  

Hell – if the PM has to hold the Ministers hands on policy launches, what are they doing as a Minister in the first place?

Is the PM’s need to be at every media conference, sporting events, soldiers funerals,  holding babies, and the like about Leadership or popularity contests?  To me it signify’s  insecurity, and a need to be seen to be leading, as opposed to having confidence in the Cabinet to do the job assigned and allow them to shine and rise in their own achievements.  

This is a reason why Leadership options are so limited when you look down the line of Minister’s and Opposition spokespersons.


To bring some much-needed levity – there is always the Larry Pickering Cartoons … below is a sample of his summer offerings – his images page can be access here[click on image below to enlarge] … enjoy and don’t hurt yourself with the belly laughs …

Larry Pickering also writes some very intelligent blogs including many on the AWU scandal.  Whilst not as regarded as Hedley Thomas in journalistic circles – his penmanship and his heady wit give him a take on things not easily publishable in mainstream media.  None the less … his take on events cuts to the chase and he does not mince words … his Facebook page can be accessed here


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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 6th Feb 2013|

The Obeid [Senior] testimony went viral late on his second day in the witness box.

When the prosecutor questioned Obeid about his generosity towards his fellow partner in the ‘coal lease’ scandal Ian MacDonald, Obeid delivered testimony that implicated four senior ALP MP’s, including two Federal ALP Ministers, a former Federal Senator, and the current Leader of the NSW ALP. One of the Federal Ministers has denied the allegation and an unnamed Federal Minister has come forward and verified it was he who holidayed at the ski lodge.

He also named lesser MP’s in his testimony, and the question now is why would he volunteer information about other ALP MP’s who were beneficiaries of the Obeid generosity? What was the payback for those free ski holidays? The story is re-published below:

Labor mates snowed under by Eddie Obeid’s generosity


| Author: Kate McClymont, Linton Besser, Sean Nicholls | Date: Feb 6th, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

THREE of Labor’s most senior politicians – the federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, and the NSW Opposition Leader, John Robertson – have been dragged into a corruption probe after admitting they accepted lavish ski trips from the ALP powerbroker Eddie Obeid.

In his final moments in the witness box at the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Tuesday, Mr Obeid named six senior Labor figures he said had accepted thousands of dollars worth of hospitality from his family at a lodge in the Perisher ski resort.

Mr Obeid was being questioned about his generosity to the former state mining minister Ian Macdonald, who is accused of giving the Obeid family confidential information about a government coal tender. Mr Macdonald was given a rent-free holiday at the Obeids’ three-bedroom ski lodge, The Stables, at Perisher, which costs more than $7500 a week in peak season. The Obeids also picked up Mr Macdonald’s meal tab.

Mr Obeid denied that providing such hospitality was to impose obligations on other people. ”We’re generous people and we like to share our generosity with our friends,” he said.
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He added that he thought the federal Employment Minister, Bill Shorten, had had a holiday on the slopes with Mr Burke. Mr Obeid was mistaken. It was not Mr Shorten, who doesn’t ski, but his colleague Mr Conroy, who issued a statement last night saying: ”I wish to declare one stay for two days at this apartment in either 2005 or 2006.”

In a statement Mr Burke said: ”Given the media interest which has emerged today, I declare two separate stays at this accommodation in the period 2004 to 2006.”
Eddie Obeid leaves the ICAC after giving evidence today.

Eddie Obeid leaves the ICAC after giving evidence today. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

Mr Burke and Mr Conroy said the Obeid family was not present during their stays. Both stated that although they had accepted Mr Obeid’s generosity in a personal capacity, they believed it was in the public interest to clarify the matter. The Federal Parliament’s disclosure rules state that ”any sponsored travel or hospitality received where the value of the sponsored travel or hospitality exceeds $300” must be declared.

Mr Obeid said the former NSW premier Morris Iemma, the former NSW minister Carl Scully, and the former federal minister turned lobbyist Mark Arbib had all stayed at The Stables.

Mr Iemma denied the claim. Mr Scully said he had stayed there twice but ”as this was from a fellow parliamentary colleague I did not at the time believe I was required to declare it in the pecuniary interest register”.

Mr Robertson and Mr Arbib confirmed they had stayed there but said it was before they entered Parliament.

Mr Robertson said his trip, with his family, occurred in 2007 when he was the head of Unions NSW. He said no politicians or members of the Obeid family were present.

The disclosure comes days after Mr Robertson unveiled new transparency reforms to clean up Labor’s image in NSW and counter the impact of the ICAC inquiry.

Mr Arbib, who is now a lobbyist for James Packer’s Crown Limited, said he had spent a weekend at Mr Obeid’s lodge in 2005 when he was the general secretary of NSW Labor.

Mr Obeid’s testimony came as a result of a two-year investigation undertaken by the ICAC into an allegedly corrupt 2008 coal licence tender run by Mr Macdonald that led to windfall gains for the Obeid family of more than $75 million.

During his second day of interrogation by counsel assisting the inquiry, Geoffrey Watson, SC, Mr Obeid was grilled about his own

pecuniary interest declaration, which did not mention the millions of dollars flowing through the Obeid family trust of which he and his wife were the ultimate beneficiaries.

Mr Obeid repeatedly said he did not know and could not explain the workings of the accounts, including how it was that payments made to his family’s business partners, staff and even to himself were channelled through his wife’s loan account.

Although he said he had trained and worked as an accountant early in his career, Mr Obeid said: ”I have no knowledge of these accounts.”

Taking Mr Obeid through page after page of mysterious account entries, Mr Watson said: ”It looks shonky, doesn’t it?”

”I don’t believe my family does anything shonky,” Mr Obeid said, becoming increasingly angry at the questions asked of him. This was despite the fact that he had not declared the $2.3 million he had drawn from his family trust between 2001 and 2011.

After several hours of grilling over what the commissioner, David Ipp, QC, described as the family’s ”bewildering” trust accounts, Mr Obeid told Mr Watson: ”I have spent more money than you have made in your lifetime.”

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The transcript of the testimony off the ICAC website covering yesterdays testimony can be read using the links below:

  1. Morning hearings
  2. Afternoon hearings

 Copied transcript of the testimony [afternoon] is reproduced below:

… from page 3836T …

…MR WATSON: Tell me some of the people that you’ve picked up bills for, 30 are they perhaps Ministers who could make – - -?—Well, I’m not sure – - -

- – - decisions favourable in the Obeid family?—I cannot, Carl Scully’s been there, John Robertson’s been there, Mark Arbib’s been there, I think Iemma’s been there. Over the years we have allocated time that is our family time and if the family can’t use it some of the friends ask for it so you – - -


… from page 3838T…

…MR HALE: Commissioner, nothing arising from those questions. There are two aspects that have arisen which previously have not been asked about which I would seek leave to ask about.

THE COMMISSIONER: What are they?

MR HALE: They are the ski lodge and, and the meeting at Moses’ house.

THE COMMISSIONER: Yes, proceed.

MR HALE: In relation to the ski lodge I think you identified some of the others who have stayed there, they included I think the then Premier Mr Iemma?—I, I believe so.

Tony Burke, now – - -

THE COMMISSIONER: Mr Hale, please speak over the microphone.

MR HALE: I’m sorry, Tony Burke?—Yes.

Bill Shorten?—I’m not sure if he went with Tony or whoever they take with them, I’m not sure. But a number, a number of Labor colleagues have stayed at the lodge over many years?—Yes, yes.

THE COMMISSIONER: Free of charge?—Free of charge, yes.

You entertain freely and lavishly?—Mr Commissioner, we have – - -

I’m not saying that’s a bad thing?—We own the lodge, we own the lodge, we have allocated ten weeks for ourselves. If we can’t use it we’d, we’d allow one of our friends who wants to use it.

Well, I’m not sure about friends, you certainly seem to give it to colleagues? —Well, friends and colleagues and many other friends have used it.

MR HALE: And where is this lodge?—Perisher.

Perisher And how many, how many bedrooms in that lodge?—Three bedrooms. … continues …

The prosecutor is headed in a direction with this line questioning and we all get a sense of who might be making an appearance at the ICAC inquiry.  Late yesterday Tony Burke, Steven Conroy, and John Robertson confirmed their stay at the ski lodge. We all know where this is headed … and it makes Gillard’s Ministry more tainted.

The ALP brand under Gillard is finished and you can count the days until it will be over … perhaps in two weeks when the next poll comes out, perhaps sooner, but all you have to know is that the backbenches are sweating on the swing numbers and whether they have a chance to retain their seat under Gillard’s leadership.

When the shift in support happens it will be a herd mentality, and given Rudd is supposed to already have 45 of the 52 caucus votes required, when the herd moves to switch camp it will be a landslide.  It will need to be if Rudd is to accept – if he does decide to accept the leadership he will call an election sooner rather that later, all in the hope of giving disgruntled ALP voters a chance to come back to the fold before any more damage is done to the ALP brand.

He will get rid of Thompson, the Slipper vote won’t be required, and the Unions will be shunted as a condition of the Leadership mantle.

If the above happens it will worry Abbott – his soft pedal in the House yesterday gave every indication he is waiting in the winds to see how the ALP troubles play themselves out.

All that can be said is that more will follow.


To bring some much-needed levity – there is always the Larry Pickering Cartoons … below is a sample of his summer offerings – his images page can be access here[click on image below to enlarge] … enjoy and don’t hurt yourself with the belly laughs …

Larry Pickering also writes some very intelligent blogs including many on the AWU scandal.  Whilst not as regarded as Hedley Thomas in journalistic circles – his penmanship and his heady wit give him a take on things not easily publishable in mainstream media.  None the less … his take on events cuts to the chase and he does not mince words … his Facebook page can be accessed here


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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 4th Feb 2013|

Did you watch ABC’s Q&A last night – if you did as I did – it was a case of ‘don’t fu_k it up!!!

Amanda Vanstone is quite likable now that she is not a Politician – Summers … what a hatful of hate that lady oozes … Pyne had a leash and was on his best behaviour, David Bradbury proved yet again what a void there is on the ALP Backbench and that gives the ’cause and effect’ to why the Front Bench is so woeful. The other panelist was a ‘rock and roller’ and given the fractured conversations from the other political panelists, his comments were refreshing.

Tony Jones the Presenter had an off night – he was woeful in trying to allocate time and bring the panelists back on topic.

If this is the quality of debate and current affairs broadcasting we’re in for over the next 7 months or so – someone is gonna lose it and something serious is gonna happen.

The show bogged down on the budget outcomes from policy and their costings.  Nobody on the panel was able to get their message out – neither ALP nor Coalition were honest with the audience -

Pyne tried to explain why their costings won’t be available until after the Aug 12 cut off date – Bradbury tried to tag Pyne over the $70 billion black hole, and Pyne responded about the $120 billion unfunded policies,  and the unfunded Gonski and NDS policies to become a part of the May budget.

If Pyne had a gift for finance – he would have raised the budget surplus backflip and the economic management that represents as his lead response – he did not even raise the surplus backflip.

The truth is that the ALP has forecast budgets for the last 5 years but can’t live by them –  2007-08 is an exception, and as a result they have overspent by some $300 billion or so over there term in office.  If they had of come to the May budget with a forecast $60 billion deficit for each of those years there would have been lynchings.  Yet that is what the result has averaged out at.

As for Bradbury – Swan’s under Treasurer – if he had any idea about budgets and revenues verses expenditures, he would not be spruiking and echoing the ALP stump speech on the budget surplus backflip that – ‘the revenues have fallen’ as the reason.

I again refer you to the EYE-BALL Guru table on budget extractions since 1996 and the yearly comparisons for expenditures and revenues – please see this table via this link – it shows that revenues have not fallen as the ALP states, they have grown by 8% and 10% for 2010-11 and 2011-12.   It is just that expenditures grew by larger values than budgets estimated. Of course the windfall tax collect from the MRRT did not happen and that is a management error that if it were a public listed company getting their budget forecasts wrong – they would have to face their shareholders and explain why.

To give credence to Bradbury’s qualifications and credentials to be serving as the Under Treasurer – his personal profile from the APH website appears below:

Personal

  • Born 28.2.1976, Sydney, NSW. Married.

Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • BA, LLB(Hons) (Syd), GradDipLegalPrac (ANU).
  • Electorate officer to Senator SP Hutchins 1998-2001.
  • Admitted as solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW 2002.
  • Lawyer, Blake Dawson Lawyers 2002-07.
  • Senior Associate, Blake Dawson Lawyers 2007.

see APH profile here

He has been a lawyer and done nothing else – what financial knowledge or background does he have from what he learnt as a lawyer – never been on a ASX listed Company Board – never run a business – and the answers he gave on the Government finances tonight reflect that void of understanding.

Pyne was equally dumbstruck, as was the Presenter because he could have drew the panelist’s to the real question – where does the ALP’s creditability stand given their track record the 2012-13 guarantee to deliver a surplus budget.

Pyne’s APH profile:

Personal

  • Born 13.8.1967, Adelaide, SA. Married.

Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • LLB (Adel).
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (SA).
  • Research assistant to Senator AE Vanstone 1987-90.
  • Solicitor 1991-93.

see APH profile here

Equally unqualified in financial matters …

Look – all I want to hear is intelligent debate on all the major issues – not self-protection and ‘stump’ style policy speeches used as off-topic responses to questions being asked.

Nicola Roxon was on ABC’s 7:30 Report tonight and she was equally evasive when questioned and used the ‘stump’ speech rhetoric to avoid direct answers to questions asked.

If this is the best the ABC can do – we truly are in for a disaster election campaign – media have to get tough and push Parliamentarians beyond where they want to be pushed. But to get there – they need a crash course in objectivity and who where their loyalty lies – it has to be to the people watching and waiting for answers.  

The best show on ABC last night was ‘Media Watch’ … ironic don’t you think – ABC IView linked here … oh – I did watch and learn from the Lance Armstrong story on ’4 Corners’ and stayed with the show to the end.


To bring some much-needed levity – there is always the Larry Pickering Cartoons … below is a sample of his summer offerings – his images page can be access here[click on image below to enlarge] … enjoy and don’t hurt yourself with the belly laughs …

Larry Pickering also writes some very intelligent blogs including many on the AWU scandal.  Whilst not as regarded as Hedley Thomas in journalistic circles – his penmanship and his heady wit give him a take on things not easily publishable in mainstream media.  None the less … his take on events cuts to the chase and he does not mince words … his Facebook page can be accessed here


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- 1st Feb – Election 2013  - Growl No: 3 – Roxon’s Rocky Status as the AG  -


- 31st Jan – Election 2013 - Growl No: 2 – Gillard lifts her skirts to thrill the Media  -


- 28th Jan – Election 2013 – Growl No: 1 – Senator Penny Wong … policy exposed -


- 18th Jan – Hedley Thomas and Larry Pickering – - Resume their AWU crusade against Gillard  -


- 1st Jan 2013 – Jenny Macklin – Joins Swan as another ALP Fu_kwit – Claims she can live on the Newstart allowance -


- 20th Dec – Wayne Swan – His backflip on the 2012-13 Surplus – Makes him the Fu_kwit of all Fu_kwits -


- 16th Dec – Lenore Taylor – Chief Political Correspondent for the SMH  – Part II - – A correspondent pushing her own political agenda  -


- 15th Dec – Lenore Taylor – Chief Political Correspondent for the SMH  – A correspondent with her own political agenda  -


- 14th Dec – Gillard’s Gutter Mouth – The dishonour she does to the office of the Prime Minister -


- 3rd Dec – The GREENS – Leader Milne has her head in the sand -


- 28th Nov – The Dogs have their BONE Part II – The Wilson Interview and how it reflects on Gillard -


- 27th Nov – The Dogs have their BONE Part I – Gillard’s kicked them out the house -


- 23rd Nov – The ALP and Obeid Train Wreck  – is it meant to distract from Gillard & the AWU Scandal -


- 22nd Nov – Gunfights at the OK Corral: Misandry v Misogyny – GILLARD v Ralph BLEWITT – GILLARD v Hedley THOMAS – GILLARD v Mike SMITH – GILLARD v Larry PICKERING – GILLARD v ALP Caucus – GILLARD v All Australians …


- 13th Nov – The Day the heavens began to cave in – - Obeid and his entourage to bring it all down … -


- 10th Nov – The 2012 US Presidential Election Part II – The Fallout – the GOP beating up on itself -


- 8th Nov – The 2012 US Presidential Election Part I – what does it really mean –


- 7th Nov – Bob Carr … Foreign Minister – as profiled by “The Australian’s” Ross Fitzgerald -


- 29th Oct – The Most Irrelevant of all Irrelevancy – Independents – Slipper, Thompson, Windsor, Oakeshott, Katter & Wilkie – hanging on to office rather than face the electorate –


- 27th Oct – Julia Gillard does not understand Hypocrisy – ALP Powerbrokers dump Penny Wong – makes Gillard look foolish over her ‘sexism’ claims –


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The YouTube phenomena is a marvel for would be movie makers to make their mark – one such recent discovery is a YouTube uploader named ‘Fractured Speeches’ - their work is displayed below: use this link to view via YouTube link …

This Clip has two (2) videos … the second is Masterchef’s Matt Preston’s take …


To bring some much-needed levity – there is always the Larry Pickering Cartoons … below is a sample of his summer offerings – his images page can be access here[click on image below to enlarge] … enjoy and don’t hurt yourself with the belly laughs …

Larry Pickering also writes some very intelligent blogs including many on the AWU scandal.  Whilst not as regarded as Hedley Thomas in journalistic circles – his penmanship and his heady wit give him a take on things not easily publishable in mainstream media.  None the less … his take on events cuts to the chase and he does not mince words … his Facebook page can be accessed here


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- 15th nov – Hedley Thomas exploding on Gillard – Gillard has a case to answer … -


- 14th Nov – Gillard behaves like a Guilty Person – Asks for allegations to be made -


- 14th Nov – The Australian Media – Lapdog’s at best – absolutely lost the plot on integrity, and their charter of responsibility -


- 9th Nov – Open Letter to “The Independents” Re: -
- Julia Gillard, Peter Slipper, and Craig Thompson, three MP’s who bring continued shame to our Parliament -


- 9th Nov – “Courage is an Angle” – the difference between a good day and a great day -


- 8th Nov – RUDD fires a broadside aimed at GILLARD – done under a burka to hide its true intent -


- 6th Nov – Gillard’s caucus and union support in revolt – her position becoming more untenable by the day -


- 5th Nov – Referendum Discussion Part 1 – Compulsory Voting – Eye-Ball’s – “None of the Above Campaign” -


- 4th Nov – Gillard Sunburnt – the flames of discontent begin to impact -


- 2nd Nov – A Montage of AWU Scandal Reports – Gillard to become “Open-Season” -


- 1st Nov – Education … A white Elephant – Politicising the future of young Australians -


- 30th Oct – How do you awake a slumbering nation – Politicians – the most empty of vessels -


- 30th Oct – Whistleblowers – love ‘em’ or hate ‘em’ -


- 29th Oct – Polls pressure Abbott’s Leadership – Worst PM ever holds lead and flaunts her position -


- 28th Oct – Eye-Ball’s “YUCK FILES -1” – ABC’s “Insiders” – Barry Cassidy -


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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 1st Dec 2012 |
The weeks review of events in the Gillard verses the Australian public can only point to her continued survival.

There is much debate and bluster over her continued denial to answer direct questions – the upshot is that the burden of proof is with those trying to prove she has done something wrong.  All else is conjecture, supposition, and conspiracy theory.

During the week that was, a week that – ‘will live in infamy’ to use Winston Churchill like rhetoric, Gillard has survived – be it with a mortal legacy that has cast a toxic pail all over and around her.  Those standing close to her have also become toxic.   One might say Gillard is ‘a dead woman walking’ – and the longer the ALP caucus align up behind her – the damage to the ALP brand name become bigger and ever looming large as we approach an election year.

Some of the Gillard wounding during the week was internal – the defeat of the PM by the Cabinet and the Caucus over the UN Security Council vote on Palestine wounded her more that anything the Opposition threw at her during Question Time.  Out of that Caucus defeat a new contender has emerged – Bob Carr staked his claim … and for Bob Carr his narrow ego will now be unstoppable.

One has to take stock after a week like we have just had – a review process and acknowledgement of just how much has been won, and what was the political cost in gaining the ground achieved.

Firstly – The Opposition:

Abbott’s absence from the dispatch box for the first two days was tactical and obvious.  He emerged and ask a question on the UN Security Council defeat of the PM on Wednesday,  and then on the Thursday, he spoke to a special suspension of Standing Orders to allow a 15 minute debate on Gillard’s criminality.   The rating for the Opposition for the week was 5 out of 10 – it was a mixed bag or results.

Another way to weigh up the week is to say that the Opposition landed light-weight blows in the latter part of the week – but Gillard had them covered all week.

A more detailed summation:

  • Mr Abbott is intimidated by the PM – he shy’s away from the ‘gender’ debate and the misogynist tirade has impacted on his confidence – he is afraid to be seen taking Gillard on in the ‘sexist’ debate because he fears an electoral backwash.  Gillard played a great card when she went this route – it was desperate and gave her breathing space within her own Party.  The morality of the ‘sexist’ card from a women PM will not endear herself to women across Australia, and the polls will reflect a downturn for Gillard on this week’s performance.
  • Ms Bishop [Julie] had an outstanding week – her demeanor when compared with the PM’s performance demonstrates the gap between Honourable and dis-Honourable.  Gillard’s performance highlighted by her continued dance around all the questions being put to her – has bought the Parliament great shame.   Gillard held the whole of Parliament in contempt with her performance.   But who is going to call her on it – The Speaker fail to do so.
  • For the most part the Opposition was well-behaved and restrained … exceptions were Sophia Mirabella and we all get that she has issues and finds it hard to keep her mouth shut … Bronwyn Bishop had a good week, Christopher Pyne was restrained and cognisant of the importance of staying in the chamber,  and that was about all we heard from the Opposition Front-Bench and back-benchers.
  • The Oppositions tactics bore fruit on the last sitting day of the week – Thursday – but the opportunity to nail Gillard came from an outside source.   Gillards former lover and partner in the AWU fraud Bruce Wilson, in responding to the attacks on his ‘damsel in distress’ – offer up his first interview since this matter began.  The ‘7:30 Report‘ aired Wilson’s interview on Wednesday and during that interview Wilson spoke about the letter written to the WA Corporate Affairs Commission by Ms Gillard arguing the case for the registration of the AWU Workplace Reform Association.  From that ‘letter’ exposure to the WA Corporate Affairs Commission came a waiver that allowed further text from the ‘exit interview’ Gillard gave S&G to be released.

The ‘text’ of that interview was reported in EYE-BALL’s previous post – “A slithering, slimy, spitting Lizard – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – now exposed” and – linked here.

Secondly – The Government:

It was a roller-coaster ride for the PM and the Government – full of fire and brimstone – Gillard came out on Monday fully prepared for the declared WAR the Opposition had promised.  In one foul swoop – Gillard destroyed the Oppositions options – she held her Press Conference and answered another marathon barrage of questions.  The Press gallery was again under prepared and intimidated – and they did what they always do … soft pedal …

  • The PM’s performance was again commanding – you might not like her but you have to acknowledge that she has the ability and presence to perform at her best when it is needed – and perform she did.   Her Monday Press conference an hour before Question Time took all the wind from the Opposition’s sails. It was tactically perfect in its execution and timing.  The Opposition had to wait until Wednesday before they saw the PM bleed any blood – and as stated that was a self-inflicted wound on the PM by her own party over the UN Security Council decision.
  • The PM danced up and down all her previous answers out side the House when responding to Bishop’s Question Time assault. The PM’s use of the quote – ‘I am on the record on these matters – I refer you to those previous answers’ – to help her obfuscate her answers allowed her to never answer a question directly.
  • Her minder – the fool and often court jester Albanese proved yet again that he is more deserving of a place in pre-school as opposed to being called ‘The Leader of the House’.  Surely he must review his performance and for him to think that what he offers in the House does not come from a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ comic strip suggests his proper place is somewhere other than a Member of Parliament.
  • Mr Rudd sat in the bleachers and not a peep was heard – nor a camera shot … but the whole front bench hung on every work Gillard had in response – were they looking for a sip, a misspeak, or were they being engorged by the PM’s performance?

The week is best summarised by Paul Kelly and his ‘Editor at Large’ story in the ‘Weekend Australian‘ – it is reproduced below:

Finally, the real Julia


| Author: PAUL KELLY, EDITOR-AT-LARGE | Date: Dec 1st, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

THE final parliamentary week of 2012 was dominated by the stunning political persona of Julia Gillard – fierce, feminist and unrestrained – whose will-to-survival is Labor’s last, best but highly dangerous hope.

The real Julia is unleashed in her self-righteous fury and calculated aggression. Her voice now bounces across the summer landscape invading homes, hotels and workplaces. Her arch opponent, Tony Abbott, is traduced as sexist, relentlessly negative and an agent of smear as the nation divides between those who applaud Julia and those appalled by her.

Gillard has summoned up all the hostility and prejudice directed towards her and thrown it back in the face of her accusers with added venom. At the dispatch box her vituperation assumes a shocking, sharper edge precisely because she is a woman, yet it disappears when she momentarily falters in the chamber consumed by grief and compelled to reference the death of her father whom she loved deeply.

While the media is obsessed about Abbott’s less than complex character and personality it seems struck dumb by Gillard who, in her transformation as Prime Minister, is the much more challenging psychological and political study. Was it as recent as the 2010 campaign the public got confused between real and fake Julia?

Gillard has resolved the confusion by the projection of a deeply polarising though tenacious persona, using her sex to attack her opponent, having to endure the humiliation of her past choice of male partners put on public display and recruiting a series of causes from disability to school education to entrench a true believer-caring identity.

The biggest political story of 2012 is how Gillard turned weakness into strength. Facing a primary vote in the 28-30 per cent death zone, Gillard began to operate on the assumption she was strong, not weak. It was a psychological defiance of reality and became the year’s great drama. The upshot is that she intimidated Kevin Rudd, abused Abbott as a misogynist, patronisingly told business it had nothing to complain about, loaded the budget with unfunded true-believer Labor policies and accused virtually anybody who raises the AWU slush fund affair of “sleaze and smear”.

The trap in this psycho-political drama is overreach. Has Gillard gone too far? Has she overreached on each front? Will her initial poll improvements disappear when reality strikes back? There is an irony in such questions because, of course, for the past six months Gillard has nailed Abbott for proven overreach in his exaggerations about the carbon tax, an overreach that damaged Abbott’s credibility.

But this week, Gillard did go too far. She claimed as PM an authority she did not possess. It was a mistake neither Bob Hawke nor John Howard would have made. Sitting in cabinet on Monday night Gillard, after only two ministers backed her and upwards of 10 opposed her, said her view would prevail and Australia would vote against UN recognition of Palestine’s non-member state observer status.

This transferred the issue to caucus. Gillard fought to muster the numbers but was undone by the NSW Right. She retreated only when confronted with defeat and certain damage to her leadership. It was a stark demonstration of her will to dominate and tenacious determination to impose her authority.

It is the same mindset she brings to the “war on character” against Abbott. It is the mindset that has seen Gillard erode Abbott’s public standing, expose the limitations of his tactics, provoke fresh doubts about his durability and instil hope into Labor ranks.

Both leaders are pledged to win the 2013 election by making the other unelectable. The personal poison in the Gillard-Abbott confrontation will only intensify because, on both sides, it is embedded in the character issue.

While Abbott came slowly to embrace the AWU slush fund accusations against Gillard, he is now a believer. This week, he crossed the threshold. He will run the issue against Gillard until voting day and use it as a hook to prosecute Labor from office if he wins.

The two most unexpected political events of the year were Gillard’s playing of the misogyny card and the Coalition’s year-end resurrection of the AWU slush fund from Gillard’s time as a solicitor. They are linked in an elemental fashion – the first as Gillard’s character strike against her opponent and the second as Abbott’s character strike against his opponent.

All week Abbott outsourced the attack to his female deputy, Julie Bishop. This was essential – because Abbott is a man, it is too politically dangerous for him to lead the attack on Gillard’s past.

The week ended in a stalemate. The Coalition wounded Gillard but there is no sign it has evidence that will jeopardise her leadership. Gillard, however, cannot dispose of the issue because she cannot eliminate the doubts the attack raised of alleged professional misconduct as a solicitor.

The central charge by Abbott is that Gillard as a lawyer gave misleading information to the West Australian Corporate Affairs Commission in establishing the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association acting on advice from her client and boyfriend, an AWU official, Bruce Wilson, who then used the entity to extort monies from companies.

Abbott told the parliament: “The Prime Minister’s involvement in it was this: she gave the advice and she made the representations that enabled the association to be incorporated; that facilitated the fraud.”

His second charge is that Gillard later stayed silent, which meant that funds that belonged legitimately to the AWU were siphoned off from the entity by Wilson and his bagman, Ralph Blewitt.

Abbott said Gillard’s actions were improper and unethical. On Thursday morning, going further, he said Gillard had broken the law by giving misleading information. He accepted that Gillard did not know at the time about Wilson’s fraudulent use of the fund.

But Abbott finished with an assault on Gillard’s character: “So the question for members sitting behind the Prime Minister today is: is she a fit and proper person to hold the prime ministership of our country?”

In reply, Gillard went for Abbott’s jugular. Abbott, she said, “was calling for my resignation on the basis that I had committed a crime”. He was a “rash man” and “a man who clutches for negativity and sleaze whenever he can”.

In parliament and at her press conferences, Gillard said her only role had been to advise on the incorporation of the fund. She had no role in its management nor did she operate its accounts. Explaining why she did not later alert authorities to the fraud, Gillard said she did not know about it.

Under WA law, the association could be incorporated only for limited purposes of a charitable nature.

Its declared purpose was to promote safer workplaces. However, at her August media conference, Gillard said she knew at the time of its creation the association’s purpose was “to support the re-election of a team of union officials”.

This, presumably, is why she later called it a “slush fund”. What, therefore, does the re-election of union officials have to do with workplace safety?

The link, Gillard told that press conference, is the team of union officials would stand on “a platform for change” because “they were committed to reforming workplaces” to promote safety.

This is a tortured effort to reconcile the real purpose with the declared purpose. Gillard later resigned as a salaried partner of Slater & Gordon. The firm lost its substantial account with the AWU. The association was used for large-scale fraud and this was possible only because it was registered with the name “Australian Workers Union” in the title.

In acting on behalf of Wilson, Gillard did not create a file, apparently did not tell the firm and did not believe it was necessary to get further consent of the AWU to use its name as Wilson was an AWU official.

Section 8 (1) of the relevant WA law says “the commissioner shall not incorporate an association” if its name is “likely to mislead the public as to the object or purposes of the association”.

This is why Abbott raised the breach of law. Gillard denies any such breach. Abbott’s mistake this week was to make the claim without having a fistful of legal opinions to this effect. They should be not be hard to acquire.

Is Gillard being excessively penalised for actions she took 20 years ago? Probably.

But that comes with the prime ministership. Does she deserve to lose her job? No. Will she be damaged? Yes. Will the issue disappear? No. Does Abbott run a political risk persevering with this character issue? Almost certainly.

But Abbott this week also framed the issue as an example of Labor ties to trade union corruption and lack of proper accountability.

By calling for a judicial inquiry, Abbott signals he will seek an election mandate for follow-up action in office. That might be limited to this AWU case or, more appropriately, have wider scope.

It will be seen within Labor and the trade union movement as a declaration of political war. Abbott has taken a critical decision – he will go to the next election with an aggressive pledge not on industrial relations reform but on trade union accountability.

At the 2007 election, the unions did an immeasurable service to Labor with their anti-Work Choices campaign.

Abbott now gambles that, at next year’s election, he can make trade union accountability an issue and, in the process, keep Gillard in the “AWU slush fund” frame.

The mutual character assassination is guaranteed to intensify.

Paul Kelly has a well-respected and highly regarded reputation. His Wikipedia profile can be read using this link.

The above piece is unbiased and a true appraisal of how most disenfranchised ALP supporters might feel.  They largely agree Abbott is not the alternative … they agree Gillard has Leadership skills … but they also agree she is not their elected Leader.  Collectively – these disenfranchised ALP supporters, when joined by the Coalition supporter base – all agree that this PM has a past that dishonors the Office of the Prime Minister – she is not a ‘fit and proper’ person to serve as our Prime Minister.

Do you think she would want a do-over – hardly given the way she is clinging on in a desperate attempt to right a sinking ship.  Too many Ministers have hooked themselves to her hip and connected to the ships anchor – they have all vowed to go down with the ship with her.   Time will tell how committed they are to self-sacrifice.

This continued daring and recklessness by a Government fully committed to supporting a PM with a criminal past,  is too big to admit it’s error.   Replacing Rudd was when it all started from the electorate’s perspective – but the Union plan and strategy to replace Rudd was years in the making.  Rudd was but the puppet to win Government from Howard – his fate was sealed the first day he took office – it was just a matter of time before the Unions aligned the circumstances before they acted.

Gillard represents the face of Unions – allowing Craig Thompson to continue to serve as an ALP endorsed MP was evidence of that.  His becoming an Independent was a disguise and stunt to give Gillard deniability in that she could continued to allow him to serve in her caucus.

That is an evil that has embraced this Government and the Independents who hold the balance of power know it all to well.

The AWU revelations thus far are but a scratch of the surface – the Unions are corrupt to the core.  This whole exercise started with Rudd’s assassination and Gillard just could not say no when her loyalty was tested and she was offered the PM role by the assassins.   The Unions will rue the day their collective decision was to purge themselves of Mr Rudd and go with Gillard.

The Union Mantra:

Let’s go with full disclosure here – the concept of a Union being representative of the workers and fighting for the rights of the workers is the stage setting the Unions want everybody to see.

Behind that setting is another story that has been exposed and talked about for decades.  Employers, i.e. the Corporate world have for ever done deals with Union boss’s to free up their workplace and make them free of industrial actions.  The way this has happened is by payments disguised as ‘workplace safety’ and the like, as in the AWU scandal case.

These payments are made to Union Boss’s and the corrupt Boss’s within the Union Management – i.e. the likes of Wilson and Blewitt, turn these ‘slush-fund’ type payments into their own personal expense treasure to do with as they want.

The employer gets a bona-fide tax deduction to boot, and if the money trail was followed – as with the AWU scandal – these funds will never see the light of day – they disappear through laundered transactions to turn them into personal wealth or expended in lifestyle choices.  The Mike Williamson HSU fraud is estimated at some $20 million over his time in charge – remember he was the National Secretary of the ALP at one stage.

Another fact – the 1.8 – 2.2 million Union members across Australia depending on who you listen to – pay over $1 billion in membership dues in a single year – only the members get a financial statement of how those funds are accounted for.   There is no regulatory requirement to account for the expenditure of those members funds other than to the members … a $billion dollars a year of members subscriptions – where does it go?

Now if an employee was to embezzle funds from an employee and is caught – it is a crime and they will do time.  For Unions to extort/blackmail funds from Contractors to secure ‘strike-free’ work zones – can they be deemed the same if those funds are not reported to the Union, or are kept off-book for alternative purposes?  Do the members have entitlement to these funds – is this theft by deception?  If the funds are returned for the benefit of members – is there still a crime visa viz the extortion/blackmail aspect of the transaction?

Now look again to Mike Williamson, and Craig Thompson’s Union activity – both were Union boss’s who are now facing criminal proceedings for their personal use of funds from these types of transactions.   If it was just a rorting of the Members funds that is clear embezzlement.   But to set up a complicated scam where Associations are registered, Bank accounts opened to received the cash, and all this wass done in the AWU case, under the nose of the primary AWU through the same Law Firm.  Wilson used his girlfriend to argue a case to allow the Association to be registered after being first refused – surely the ALP caucus are not fools.

Their problem is that they are all neck deep in it – they dump Gillard they risk her turning on them all and putting them all in it.  This is the crux … Gillard having had her past cleansed by the Union thugs intimidating the connected people, she can now turn on them if they leave her like a shag on a rock.

This corrupt Union exposure has a long way to go and it will involve many of Australia’s largest Corporate employers.   Thiess for example – it was Wilson’s brother-in-law that made the cash/cheque payments to the ‘AWU Workplace Reform Association.

What was the split – did the brother-in-law get a kickback for the contribution, and did the ‘Schools Rebuilding’ program managed by Gillard during the GFC cash injection, and the $100′s millions of contracts handed to Thiess have links to Gillard and the Thiess connections from 1992-95?

Now consider this scenario and look again to the AWU scandal – Wilson was king in WA,  yet he needed Gillard his girlfriend to help him set up the scam.   The firm Gillard worked for – Slater & Gordon – a well known ALP law firm – do you not think that as lawyers they would be aware of how to launder funds – and in particular these lumpy and large monies paid by Corporate employers and contractors.  This has to have been a well-tried and tested practice for decades, if not centuries.

This is the heart of the matter before all Australia now – have the Unions and their declared workforce representation now turned into a buggering of those workers so they can use the membership loyalty to leverage site payments from the contractor to guarantee ‘strike-free’ work zones, and then use those payoff’s as personal funds for personal use?

It is time to find out once and for all – and nothing less than a Royal Commission to investigate every Union in Australia, their books, their site management records, and the forensic investigations of the Contractors to find out who paid the money, and how that money was used and who it was used by.

This is what Gillard and her Union cronies are worried by – it is plausible to consider that Peter Gordon’s silence was purchased with his appointment to the High Court – if that is the case how high does the corruption go?

What lawyers do at the bequest of their clients is privileged – if it is knowingly unlawful or intended to defraud – what is the lawyers responsibility?

A lawyer can not knowingly be associated or connected with the committing of a crime, in its setup, its operations, and in the disposal of proceeds from crime.   Many are and their defence is to challenge others to prove the wrong doing – how is Gillard’s defence any different to this.  Lawyers who are involved on the shady side of life are very clever in protecting themselves and covering their tracks.

Hedley Thomas files a story today titled: “Time for union inquiry, says Michael Costa” – can be read below:

Time for union inquiry, says Michael Costa


| Author: Hedley Thomas | Date: Dec 1st, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |


SIXTEEN years after he opposed a call for a royal commission into union corruption and fraud, one-time union leader and former NSW treasurer Michael Costa has declared Australia now needs a public inquiry.

Mr Costa told The Weekend Australian yesterday he was in “total agreement” about the need for a high-level inquiry run by a serving or retired judge to investigate the management of unions, following a series of scandals.

“I believe that Julia Gillard should look at an inquiry into a range of allegations across the union movement,” Mr Costa said.

“There is a need to clear the air for trade union members over union administration generally, particularly after what we have seen in the HSU (Health Services Union).

“In fact I would go further and ask why union executives and management committees are not held to account in the same way as company executives. Unions collect money and ought to be regulated to the same extent.”

In 1996, Mr Costa was said to have been “horrified” and determined to shut down the efforts of the then national leader of the Australian Workers Union, Ian Cambridge, who was seeking a royal commission into the union’s fraud scandal.

Details of Mr Cambridge’s August 1996 diary entry, documenting strong resistance to a public inquiry into the AWU’s corruption, emerged as Tony Abbott pledged to set up a royal commission to investigate matters including the Prime Minister’s role in the same scandal.

The Weekend Australian has obtained the comprehensive diary of Mr Cambridge, a former joint national secretary of the AWU and now a commissioner for Fair Work Australia.

Mr Cambridge wanted a royal commission in 1996 after his discovery of significant corruption involving Bruce Wilson, who was Ms Gillard’s boyfriend and client when she was a salaried partner at the law firm Slater & Gordon.

His diary for August 1996 describes a meeting at the Labor Council building in Sydney, which included Mr Costa, then assistant secretary of the Labor Council; and his colleagues John Robertson (now NSW Opposition Leader); Mark Busby; and AWU NSW secretary Russ Collison.

The meeting occurred amid investigations by West Australian police, who were urged by Mr Cambridge and AWU national president Bill Ludwig to bring criminal charges for fraud over a slush fund, called the AWU Workplace Reform Association.

Neither Mr Ludwig nor Mr Cambridge knew then that the AWU’s solicitor at Slater & Gordon, Ms Gillard, had given legal advice to her boyfriend in 1992 that helped lead to the incorporation of the association.

Ms Gillard has repeatedly and strenuously denied wrongdoing and said she had no knowledge of the operations of the association.

“Fairly quickly, the discussion at the meeting moved to the question of the internal conflict within the AWU,” the Cambridge diary entry states. “(Michael) Costa mentioned a number of matters.

“Costa specifically indicated he thought that the current ‘war’ in the AWU was causing serious damage to the Right faction and that there needed to be some sort of solution established fairly quickly … to limit the damage.

“In particular, Costa said that he was horrified at the public call that I had made for a royal commission and that he was further alarmed by the subsequent calls that (union leader Steve Harrison) had recently made in respect of a (National Crime Authority) investigation.

“Costa said he thought that these sorts of things were the last thing that the faction and the movement needed and that the idea of having pecuniary interest exposures and things of that nature was just crazy.

“He then went on to say that there would be no royal commission into these things and at this point I suggested to him that I could possibly guess as to why he was so confident. Costa then openly replied that he was aware that the (federal workplace relations) minister, Peter Reith, had been spoken to about these issues and that therefore there would be no further inquiry into these matters.”

Mr Costa said yesterday his view then was that police were best positioned to get to the bottom of the fraud allegations.

“I would have strongly supported a full police investigation,” he said. “But a royal commission is something extraordinary, it wouldn’t have been justified at that time.”

Mr Reith said if he had known then of the corruption, he would have set up an inquiry.

Evidence remains the key – the AWU scandal has two missing files that would sink Gillard – the file she set up off-book when she was a partnered lawyer at Slater & Gordon, and the file containing the letter Gillard wrote to the WA Corporate Affairs Commission in support to have them reverse their decision and allow the new Association to be formed.

Without the evidence contained in those files – Gillard can carry on posturing and not answer the direct questions being asked.  Until someone has hard evidentiary proof Gillard knows she is safe.

The aftertaste is bitter for all who want her gone.  All Australia know something happened here – whether it will ever be fully exposed is a countdown exercise with reset buttons all in the ALP’s favour.

Hedley Thomas wrote a second story in today’s Weekend Australian on his thoughts for a Judicial enquiry.  His story appears below:

Information at hand for a sharp, short judicial inquiry


| Author: Hedley Thomas | Date: Dec 1st 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

THE judicial inquiry that Tony Abbott pledges will unpick the Australian Workers Union fraud scandal if he becomes prime minister can be short, sharp and inexpensive.

Much is on the public record in statements by Julia Gillard and others. Banking records first obtained when the AWU’s national leadership called for a royal commission into this scandal in 1996 remain readily available.

There are affidavits sworn by union officials who will need to stand behind what they said back then or risk perjury charges.

The documentary material includes the transcript of Gillard’s interview with her firm in 1995, and more than 160 pages of contemporaneous diary entries by Ian Cambridge, the AWU’s cleanskin national joint secretary, now a commissioner for Fair Work Australia.

Investigating lawyers in a formal public inquiry will not take long to understand the anatomy of the scam.

Senior AWU and Labor Party figures who have known these facts since the mid 1990s hope that some of the media commentators continue to plead ignorance.

A judicial inquiry, however, will dig out the truth. It will do it quickly because the scam that permitted Bruce Wilson and Ralph Blewitt to rip off hundreds of thousands of dollars is not very complicated. Information kept from the AWU permitted the scam to start in June 1992.

Secrecy and a lack of transparency allowed the scam to embezzle about $400,000 of AWU funds over a few years.

At the start, the secrecy occurred on several levels. If there had been openness and transparency on one of those levels, the scam would have been exposed.

First, there was the failure to tell the AWU of the vehicle that would be used to perpetrate the scam. The vehicle was a legal entity registered under laws in WA as the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association Inc yet the union itself had no idea it had been brought into existence.

If the union’s national leadership – or almost anyone with standing in the AWU other than Wilson or Blewitt – had been told then of this entity’s existence the scam would have collapsed before any money was misappropriated.

Lawyers familiar with union rules know they cannot create new entities that carry the union’s name, on the unverified say-so of the lawyer’s own boyfriend and his sidekick. Gillard argues she had no need to inform the union because her clients, Blewitt and Wilson, were elected union officials. But these sorts of decisions need to be properly debated and approved by committee.

Second, there was a lack of transparency within the firm of Slater & Gordon, where Gillard then worked as a salaried partner, attending to the legal work of Wilson and the AWU.

Gillard’s failure to open a file in relation to her legal work to help incorporate the association meant that for three years nobody else in the firm knew anything about it. Further, Gillard did not consult any of the other partners about her work that led to the incorporation of the association, notwithstanding the expertise of her colleagues in the area. Gillard has said it was not unusual to do minor legal work without opening a file.

Slater & Gordon has said it was bound by client confidentiality and could not tell the AWU about the existence of the association.

Third, there was a failure to inform the WA commissioner for corporate affairs, the public servant in Perth who was responsible in 1992 for ensuring people seeking to register entities were not attempting to sow the seeds of a scam.

The commissioner never knew what Gillard and her clients always knew – that the association was a union slush fund.

Any public servant looking at the actual application documents back then (and any member of the public who now reads those as well as the association’s elaborate “rules” that Gillard admitted writing) would reasonably conclude that it all purported to be about the promotion of workplace safety for AWU members on the job. Gillard says part of the association’s purpose was the election of union officials running on a workplace safety platform.

A judicial inquiry, if one is set up by an Abbott government, will hear of an overall pattern of omission from the AWU itself, within the law firm that employed Gillard, and from the government authority responsible for permitting the association’s registration with its misleading name and purpose and rules.

Gillard has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, saying she had no knowledge of the workings of the association.

But, once incorporated, the proper-sounding AWU Workplace Reform Association would issue invoices for fictitious AWU services in safety that were promptly paid by Thiess.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars flowed into the related bank accounts and even into a hole in the dirt in Blewitt’s backyard. The cash flowed into the purchase of a $230,000 terrace house in Melbourne for Wilson’s use. Gillard has denied the cash helped her pay for the renovation of her own nearby house at Abbotsford.

Neither Gillard nor Wilson has denied that $5000 was deposited into Gillard’s account as claimed in a statutory declaration by former union employee Wayne Hem. Although they cannot recall it. If the deposit occurred, it is unclear where the $5000 came from, and Wilson has denied Gillard received any benefit from the slush fund.

I am not in full agreement that a short judicial enquiry will fix or fully expose this Union mess and how far it encroaches into the political arena.  Any Judicial or Royal Commission type enquiry focused solely on the AWU, and perhaps the HSU as well, will represent a narrow reach.

The concept of Unionism needs a complete overhaul with any result needing to have accountability along the lines of Company Directors and the fiduciary responsibilities put in place.    In the short-term – the investigative journalist pursuing this story would love to hear from anybody who is in a position to assist.

It is time for a short break – this site will focus on much lighter matters over the next few weeks – some JOKE updates, some Movies and TV reviews, more GURU stuff, and perhaps a few days where the beach sounds good.   I wish to thank all who have supported the site over the past year and remind all that free speech is alive and well at this site.

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- 28th Nov - A slithering, slimy, spitting Lizard – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – now exposed -


- 26th Nov – The Collective v the Abstract – Gillard is aware of her wrong doings -


- 25th Nov – Distressed Damsel Gillard’s Black Knight – Bruce Wilson’s 11th hour offer to defend Gillard -


- 24th Nov – The Jewish v Arab problem – A naive perspective -


- 24th Nov – Hedley Thomas plunges the knife – Gillard mortally wounded -


- 23rd Nov – Immigration and Asylum Seekers – What is the real answer -


- 20th Nov – Schoolies Week Starts – The Booze for Kids debate again heats up -


- 16th Nov – How Deep does the AWU corruption cover-up go? – An exposé on innuendo, evidence, hearsay and conjecture -


- 15th nov – Hedley Thomas exploding on Gillard – Gillard has a case to answer … -


- 14th Nov – Gillard behaves like a Guilty Person – Asks for allegations to be made -


- 14th Nov – The Australian Media – Lapdog’s at best – absolutely lost the plot on integrity, and their charter of responsibility -


- 9th Nov – Open Letter to “The Independents” Re: -
- Julia Gillard, Peter Slipper, and Craig Thompson, three MP’s who bring continued shame to our Parliament -


- 9th Nov – “Courage is an Angle” – the difference between a good day and a great day -


- 8th Nov – RUDD fires a broadside aimed at GILLARD – done under a burka to hide its true intent -


- 6th Nov – Gillard’s caucus and union support in revolt – her position becoming more untenable by the day -


- 5th Nov – Referendum Discussion Part 1 – Compulsory Voting – Eye-Ball’s – “None of the Above Campaign” -


- 4th Nov – Gillard Sunburnt – the flames of discontent begin to impact -


- 2nd Nov – A Montage of AWU Scandal Reports – Gillard to become “Open-Season” -


- 1st Nov – Education … A white Elephant – Politicising the future of young Australians -


- 30th Oct – How do you awake a slumbering nation – Politicians – the most empty of vessels -


- 30th Oct – Whistleblowers – love ‘em’ or hate ‘em’ -


- 29th Oct – Polls pressure Abbott’s Leadership – Worst PM ever holds lead and flaunts her position -


- 28th Oct – Eye-Ball’s “YUCK FILES -1” – ABC’s “Insiders” – Barry Cassidy -


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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 29th Nov 2012 |
The Australian’s Hedley Thomas has filed his story on the revelations contained in the transcript of the S&G ‘exit interview’.  The story refers to the ‘letter’ Gillard wrote to the WA Corporate Affairs Commission advocating the intentions for the Incorporated Association.

That story appears below:

Proof: PM told firm what she won’t tell parliament


| Author: Hedley Thomas | Date: Nov 29th, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

JULIA Gillard admitted during a secret internal probe to writing to a government department to help overcome its objections to the creation of an association for her then boyfriend and client, union official Bruce Wilson.

The revelation, contained in a document released today after 17 years, comes after days of stonewalling by the Prime Minister, including in parliament, on the question of whether she had personally vouched for the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association.

The document, a record of interview between Ms Gillard and her law firm, Slater & Gordon, in September 1995, reveals the association was initially regarded as ineligible because of its “trade union” status.

Ms Gillard overcame the obstacle by writing to the Commissioner for Corporate Affairs in Western Australia in 1992 and arguing that the decision to bar it should be reversed.

Ms Gillard also wrote the association’s rules, which emphasised worker safety but made no mention of its true purpose of funding the elections of union officials.

The document reveals she “cut and pasted” some of the rules from her earlier personal work incorporating the controversial Socialist Forum, which she helped found at Melbourne University in the 1980s.

Ms Gillard has admitted providing legal advice to help Mr Wilson and his union colleague Ralph Blewitt set up the association, which was later used by the two men to defraud hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Prime Minister later described the association as a “slush fund” for the re-election of union officials, but she has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying she had no knowledge of the workings of the association.

But Opposition Leader Tony Abbott claimed Ms Gillard may have broken the law in arguing the case for the association to be incorporated.

“Plainly on the basis of the documentary evidence of the unredacted (Slater & Gordon exit interview) transcript, she gave false information to the West Australian authorities,” Mr Abbott told the Nine Network this morning.

“For a senior lawyer to make false claims to an important statutory body like this is a very, very serious matter… it’s in breach of the law I would think and it’s certainly very, very unethical.”

Manager of opposition business Christopher Pyne today called on the Prime Minister to resign.

“I think her position is entirely untenable and if the Prime Minister had any respect for the parliament, for the Australian public or for the Labor caucus she would resign as Prime Minister today and allow the Labor party to select a new leader and to move to put this sordid mess behind us.”

But Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten said there was “no smoking gun” in the fresh revelations.

“Let’s be really straight, what do you think it is that the Prime Minister has done wrong? What law has she broken?” Mr Shorten told Sky News.

“People just want to make this great fuss about a 20-year vendetta against the Prime Minister.”

In parliament this week, Ms Gillard has refused to answer repeated questioning from Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop on whether she wrote to the West Australian authority to vouch for “the bona fides of the AWU Workplace Reform Association”.

On Monday, she told parliament: “The claim that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition has now made is a claim that appeared in The Age . . . The correspondence she refers to has never been produced, so the claim has been made but no correspondence has ever been produced.”

Yesterday she told parliament she had “dealt with these matters fully”.

“I have dealt fully with my role in providing legal advice on the incorporation of this association. I have provided detailed answers on this. They were provided in press conferences; they have been provided in this parliament,” she said.

Later she added: “Once again, we are in a situation where the Deputy Leader of the Opposition is asserting things she has got no sources for, except she read them somewhere.”

Last night, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said she had “no recollection of receiving or sending the claimed correspondence in this matter”.

The evidence that she did write to the West Australian body is contained in a section of transcript from the September 11, 1995, tape-recorded interview with Ms Gillard during an internal probe led by Slater & Gordon’s then senior partner Peter Gordon.

Some of the transcript was provided to The Australian in August.

The latest section of transcript is being released now by the firm’s former equity partner, Nick Styant-Browne, after Mr Wilson’s interview on the ABC’s 7.30 meant his legal confidentiality as a former client of the firm was waived.

In his 7.30 interview, Mr Wilson explained some of Ms Gillard’s role and legal advice in making “the necessary changes” for the association to be approved.

In the section of transcript from the 1995 Slater & Gordon interview that was released, Mr Gordon asked Ms Gillard about those changes: “Do you recall whether, when it was necessary to argue the case with the, with the relevant Western Australian authority, whether you consulted anyone else in the firm as to what would or would not get, become acceptable or appropriate?”

Ms Gillard: “I once again don’t recall talking to anybody else in the firm about it.”

Mr Gordon: “Beyond that, and it seems from the file, that after that letter it was successfully accepted as an incorporated association and duly was created and presumably accounts were set up.”

Ms Gillard told Mr Gordon she had nothing to do with the association’s accounts, and that she attended only to its incorporation.

Mr Gordon referred to Ms Gillard’s letter to the government authority and he stated that, “it appears from the file to be the letter arguing that it ought to be not construed as a trade union – did you have anything personally to do with that incorporated association afterwards?”

Ms Gillard: “No, I did not.”

It was unlawful under the Associations Incorporation Act for an association to be named in a way “likely to mislead the public as to the object or purpose”.

After the association was incorporated, about $100,000 from its accounts went towards the purchase of a $230,000 Melbourne terrace house in 1993 for Mr Wilson to live in. Ms Gillard went to the auction and witnessed a power of attorney document for Mr Wilson to buy the property in Mr Blewitt’s name, while Slater & Gordon managed the conveyancing and organised the mortgage.

The association issued invoices in its official-sounding name and received money for work that did not exist.

Neither Ms Gillard nor the firm of Slater & Gordon told their client, the AWU, about the existence of the association carrying the union’s name, resulting in further fraud and the draining of accounts amid police investigations into separate fraud allegations involving Mr Wilson.

Ms Gillard had not opened a file at the firm for her legal work for Mr Wilson on the association. Her legal partners were unaware of its existence until August 1995, when Mr Wilson’s separate Victorian slush fund was exposed and police were called in by the AWU’s national leaders to launch a fraud investigation. Ms Gillard’s conduct at the time and the firm’s internal review of her actions led to a breakdown in trust and relationships, resulting in her leaving.

Elsewhere in the newly released section of transcript, Mr Gordon was concerned that other partners at the firm might have been involved in the matter and the legal work that Ms Gillard had performed.

He asked Ms Gillard: “And last Monday I think you gave to (fellow legal partner) Paul Mulvaney a follow-up which demonstrates that Slater & Gordon had drafted model rules for, for that, had submitted those rules to the relevant Western Australian government authority; that there’d been a letter from the authority suggesting that it might be a trade union and therefore ineligible for incorporation under that legislation; and that we had prepared a response submitted on Wilson’s instructions to that authority suggesting that in fact it wasn’t a trade union and arguing the case for its incorporation. My recollection is that all of that happened in or about mid-1992. Is that right?”

Ms Gillard: “I wouldn’t want to be held to the dates without looking at the file, but whatever the dates the file shows are the right dates, so . . .”

Mr Gordon: “Yes. And to the extent that work was done on that file in relation to that, it was done by you?”

Ms Gillard: “That’s right.”

Mr Gordon: “And did you get advice from anyone else in the firm in relation to any of those matters?”

Ms Gillard: “No, I didn’t.”

Mr Gordon: “Did (the firm’s recognised lawyer on incorporations) Tony Lang have anything to do with the model rules or the drafting of them?”

Ms Gillard: “No, I obtained, I had just in my own personal precedent file a set of rules for Socialist Forum, which is an incorporated association in which I’m personally involved. And I’ve just kept them hanging around as something I cut and paste from for drafting purposes.”

Ms Gillard assured him Slater & Gordon had nothing to do with setting up bank accounts for the association and that nobody at the firm, including herself, had anything to do with the association beyond advising on its incorporation. Mr Gordon asked Ms Gillard: “Can I ask you then – following the last thing that we did to setting up the incorporation, which appears from the file to be the letter arguing that it ought to be not construed as a trade union – did you have anything personally to do with that incorporated association afterwards?”

Ms Gillard: “No I did not.”

Mr Gordon: “Right, to the best of your knowledge did anyone at Slater & Gordon?”

Ms Gillard: “To my knowledge, no one at Slater & Gordon had anything to do with it post that time.”

The Australian asked Ms Gillard’s office yesterday whether she had anything to add to her previous statements about her role. A spokesman replied last night that Ms Gillard “has no recollection of receiving or sending the claimed correspondence in this matter”.

“The Prime Minister sighted, witnessed, dictated and signed thousands of documents in the course of her legal career,” he said. “Any correspondence in this matter would have been received or sent in her capacity as a lawyer acting on instructions. As the Prime Minister has noted, the application to incorporate the (association) was lodged by its office bearer, Mr Ralph Blewitt. The decision to incorporate the association was made by the WA Commissioner of Corporate Affairs.”

Ms Gillard said on Monday, when asked why the AWU was not informed about her role in the incorporation of the association: “Did I need to separately advise the AWU this was occurring?

“Of course I didn’t. The people I was dealing with were elected officials of the AWU.”

Asked why she did not disclose the existence of the association to the AWU three years later, amid a police probe into Mr Wilson’s other slush fund, she said: “I did not have in front of me any evidence of criminality or wrongdoing but there was a lot of rumour about what was happening in the Victorian branch of the AWU at that time. In those circumstances, I came to a personal decision about ending my relationship with Mr Wilson and I did so.”

Additional reporting: Lanai Vasek

There is need to take a breath … in a world filled with challenges that are overwhelming Leaderships all over the World – there is an equally decisive battle being engaged in the evil our Leaders are involved with, verses the good being done by others opposing that political corruption.

That battle is a losing battle where political and corporate corruption abounds.   This AWU scandal has been a 20 year fraud and many attempts to expose it have failed.   Failed in part because those who run the Nation have influence and control over the cover-up.

One can now see a glimmer of light shinning brightly in the distance – indicative of a small victory in this AWU Scandal cause.  Gillard’s role has been exposed and her tenure is a matter of time, yet she is in a position to continue her denial because of the evidence having been ‘cleansed’, as a part of the cover-up.   There is a long way to go before the full extent is revealed – but the first crack has appeared.  Conclusions are easy – the hard evidence is hard and that small crack will prove defining.

For the MP’s on the ALP side who have known about this all along and hid behind the Union bullyboys – we all now get to watch who among you will come out over the next few days to continue their line to protect the PM.

The ‘evil’ is now exposed – the dam wall has burst and if justice be served – the flood gates will open up on new evidence.  Those who have known about this all along will perhaps re-appraise their position and fall into line, agreeing to whatever is necessary to fully expose the AWU Management’s handling of the cover-up of the fraud.

Rob McClelland needs to make his position clear – as does Nicola Roxon and the allegations that she took over the Gillard/Wilson file.

Bill Shorten is next and his explanation is required on why he as the ACTU Secretary did not pursue this matter given his knowledge of the fraud when he became the boss of the ACTU.  Paul Howes will be pressured as the ACTU boss to act as well …

Bill Ludwig needs to be asked under oath about his involvement  – as does Ian Cambridge and how his appointment to the NSW Industrial Commission came about.  Bob Carr will not escape his role, nor Graham Richardson.

What ever transpires in the House this afternoon – none of the Gillard supporters will enjoy their Xmas break.   How the Independents respond to this new tranche of evidence may see this Parliament dissolved some time soon – I won’t hold my breath!

Congratulations to all who have pushed this matter are premature, but today is a good day … and Hedley Thomas, Mike Smith, Pickering, Dowling, Bolt, Jones, and the many other bloggers and media editors who have given this story air – are entitled to champagne type celebrations.

Gillard and her minders will figure on a strategy to deal with this and the Australian people will be left to decide via polls and the like.

Gillard’s performance this afternoon will decide if she remains the PM into the new year.   This matter will continue and will gain coverage in the void of Parliament over the Xmas recess … speculation will become rampant – Ministers will go to ground on the matter as the caucus canvass’ numbers for alternative Leaders …

The odds on a Leadership change before the next election are now long odds on … when it happens is still the question.   Well done to all … but the fight continues,   we may have won a battle – but the War is still to be won.

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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


- 26th Nov – The Collective v the Abstract – Gillard is aware of her wrong doings -


- 25th Nov – Distressed Damsel Gillard’s Black Knight – Bruce Wilson’s 11th hour offer to defend Gillard -


- 24th Nov – The Jewish v Arab problem – A naive perspective -


- 24th Nov – Hedley Thomas plunges the knife – Gillard mortally wounded -


- 23rd Nov – Immigration and Asylum Seekers – What is the real answer -


- 20th Nov – Schoolies Week Starts – The Booze for Kids debate again heats up -


- 16th Nov – How Deep does the AWU corruption cover-up go? – An exposé on innuendo, evidence, hearsay and conjecture -


- 15th nov – Hedley Thomas exploding on Gillard – Gillard has a case to answer … -


- 14th Nov – Gillard behaves like a Guilty Person – Asks for allegations to be made -


- 14th Nov – The Australian Media – Lapdog’s at best – absolutely lost the plot on integrity, and their charter of responsibility -


- 9th Nov – Open Letter to “The Independents” Re: -
- Julia Gillard, Peter Slipper, and Craig Thompson, three MP’s who bring continued shame to our Parliament -


- 9th Nov – “Courage is an Angle” – the difference between a good day and a great day -


- 8th Nov – RUDD fires a broadside aimed at GILLARD – done under a burka to hide its true intent -


- 6th Nov – Gillard’s caucus and union support in revolt – her position becoming more untenable by the day -


- 5th Nov – Referendum Discussion Part 1 – Compulsory Voting – Eye-Ball’s – “None of the Above Campaign” -


- 4th Nov – Gillard Sunburnt – the flames of discontent begin to impact -


- 2nd Nov – A Montage of AWU Scandal Reports – Gillard to become “Open-Season” -


- 1st Nov – Education … A white Elephant – Politicising the future of young Australians -


- 30th Oct – How do you awake a slumbering nation – Politicians – the most empty of vessels -


- 30th Oct – Whistleblowers – love ‘em’ or hate ‘em’ -


- 29th Oct – Polls pressure Abbott’s Leadership – Worst PM ever holds lead and flaunts her position -


- 28th Oct – Eye-Ball’s “YUCK FILES -1” – ABC’s “Insiders” – Barry Cassidy -


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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 29th Nov 2012 |
All week the  Opposition’s tactic has been to try to entrap the PM in a lie, or misleading the House.   The tactic has looked farcical at times with Gillard using return hubris to dump on the Deputy Opposition Leader, and the Opposition Leader.

The HOR Hansard record of Question Time events yesterday can be read using this link – HOR Hansard 28th Nov 2012 -

[Page 50 of the Hansard record, and page 66 of the PDF file record.   The link to the Hansard record of all sittings of the HOR this week is here.]

The arrogance shown all week by the PM does not carry the levity of say a Keating, or a Bob Hawke.  Howard could never behave like this and that was one of his strengths … but to see some of the facial masks Gillard has used this week, her tone changes turning her into whining, screeching, ‘bitch in heat’ type performances, and though she be the PM, she has never shown the Office she represents the respect it deserves.

This behaviour coming from a sitting PM – whilst playing down the woman aspect for fear of being labeled a ‘misogynist sexist nutjob’ … the performance of the PM all week and for her time in the job has and continues to makes one very uncomfortable.   Gillard’s performance in the House this week will be her undoing – the Australian people do not like bully’s – and Gillard has proved to what lengths she will go to prove she is a misandryst and will use her sex leverage to attack anybody who threatens her.

Australian women and men will judge her … the pride the women had in her becoming our first female PM will and is evaporating – all a result of the way she has behaved in the position of PM – and how her misandryst mantra is damaging women’s issues all over the world.

To add to this – how can anyone respect a ‘crook’ with a past that besmirches the integrity of the Office of the Prime Minister.

Close inspection by observers of body language inform the signs Gillard has put out this week is not all bravado.  She has wavered at times.

Just how close some of the Opposition’s questions have come near the mark can only truly be known by Gillard.   The body language observers confirm that Gillard is showing she has something to hide in her return fire.

Her tactic all week has been to counter-attack and for the most it has worked, as demonstrated by her early fire press conference an hour before Question Time on Monday last.

The Opposition has looked largely ineffective in their performance allowing Gillard to dance around the Deputy Opposition Leaders questions.  That was up until last night … the shit hit the fan and today’s House session will be defining.

On Lateline last night – the ‘smoking gun’ was revealed – or evidence that it did exist.  It’s existence was alluded to earlier that day when Shadow AG Senator George Brandis spoke in the Senate and labeled Gillard in a way that many have wanted to hear for a long time.

Mr Brandis’ Senate speech is presented below:  [Hansard record linked here - refer page 36 of the Hansard Record - and page 48 of the PDF file.]

Senator BRANDIS (Queensland—Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (13:29):

For more than a year, and increasingly over recent weeks, there has been growing concern over the scandal involving the Australian Workers’ Union Workplace Reform Association—described by Ms Julia Gillard as ‘a slush fund’—the use of the association to defraud AWU members and donors to the fund, and the role of Ms Gillard in the creation and operation of the fund. The Prime Minister’s response to the scandal has used every tool in the political spin-master’s kit. First she sought to discredit and professionally damage the journalists who broke the story. Then she ridiculed it. Pre-emptive press conferences were used as a device to avoid answering specific and detailed questions on the floor of the parliament. But, as new and more damaging facts have emerged on an almost daily basis, the Prime Minister’s attempts to portray the story as insubstantial and fanciful—to laugh it off and deride her accusers—have come to seem increasingly desperate and improbable.

The allegations against her are serious, they are made by experienced and credible people and they cannot be ignored. They come from both of the national newspapers, the Australian and the Australian Financial Review, as well as the other Fairfax titles, the television networks, including the national broadcaster—somewhat late to the party, it must be said, but nevertheless now pursuing the issue with vigour—and, now, virtually the whole of the Australian media. The journalists who have led the investigation include Hedley Thomas, one of Australia’s most awarded investigative journalists, with five Walkley Awards to his name; Leigh Sales of ABC’s 7.30; Mark Baker of the Age and Laura Tingle of the Australian Financial Review—hardly right-wing ‘nut jobs’. The reality is that the Prime Minister faces serious and specific allegations of improper conduct, and possible illegality, which go to her personal integrity and fitness for office. Her tactic of ridiculing her accusers and avoiding the issue only reinforces the growing public perception that she has something to hide.

Amid all the complexities of the various legal transactions and money flows, the central facts of the case are essentially quite simple. In 1992, the AWU Workplace Reform Association was established as a vehicle for fraud. In the course of the next few years, the substantial sums of money paid into the bank account operated by the association—both by innocent members of the AWU and commercial donors like Thiess, wishing to support its ostensibly honest objectives—were diverted to the personal use and benefit of two AWU officials in particular, Mr Bruce Wilson, then the Victorian State Secretary of the AWU, and Mr Ralph Blewitt, who has been described as his ‘close associate’. Among other things, $100,000 of those funds—effectively, stolen money—were used towards the purchase of a house at 85 Kerr Street, Fitzroy for the benefit of Bruce Wilson. In an interview on 7.30 last night, Wilson confirmed the use of moneys from the fund for that acquisition. For reasons which have never been explained, the property was purchased in the name of Ralph Blewitt under a power of attorney given to Wilson. The solicitor who drew the power of attorney was Ms Gillard. Ms Gillard was also involved in the conveyance of the property, and indeed attended the auction in February 1993.

The association was a sham from the start. It was set up on the advice of Ms Gillard, then a partner of the law firm Slater & Gordon, and she acted professionally in its establishment. The AWU was a client of Ms Gillard’s firm. At the time, Wilson was in a personal relationship with Ms Gillard. This fact itself raises issues of potential conflict of interest. It also demonstrates the implausibility of Ms Gillard’s attempts to characterise her involvement as an arm’s length professional transaction of whose nature and context she was unaware.

It is important to understand Ms Gillard’s knowledge of the nature and purpose of the AWU Workplace Reform Association, for that is a central issue in the case. This is how Ms Gillard described the association in her exit interview from Slater & Gordon on 11 September 1995:

It’s common practice, indeed every union has what it refers to as a re-election fund, slush fund, whatever, which is the funds that the leadership team, into which the leadership team puts money so that they can finance their next election campaign. … they can cost $10,000, $20,000—they’re not cheap. So the usual mechanism people use to amass that amount of money is that they require the officials who ran on their ticket to enter payroll deduction schemes where money each week or fortnight goes from their pay into a bank account which is used for re-election purposes from time to time. They also have different fundraisers, dinners and raffles and so on, to amass the necessary amount of money to mount their re-election campaign.

She went on to say:

” … The thinking behind the forming of incorporated associations is that it had been our experience that if you did it in a less formal way, you just had someone, say Fred Bloggs, say, oh look, I’ll just open a bank account and everybody can put the money into there, the problem developed that when the leadership team fractured, as relatively commonly happens, you got into a very difficult dispute about who was the owner of the monies in the bank account, so it was better to have an incorporated association, a legal entity, into which people could participate as members, that was the holder of the account.” …

So there is no doubt, no doubt whatsoever, that, at the time she was involved in setting up the slush fund, Ms Gillard knew what its purpose was—indeed, the choice of an incorporated association as the entity to hold the funds for union election purposes was Ms Gillard’s brainchild, her ‘thinking’, as she said.

However the objects of the association, set out in rule 3 of the rules, do not disclose that the purpose of the association was to be a holding entity for trade union election campaign funds. A variety of vaguely-expressed, rather innocuous objects are recited, declaring the association to be for the advancement of workers’ wellbeing and like purposes, not to finance the election of the ticket of a faction of officials within the union. On a fair reading of the objects clause, the conclusion seems inescapable that the provision is written to conceal, not to explain, its purpose. The concealment of the true purpose of the association is even more plain from an advertisement placed in the West Australian newspaper, which describes the purposes of the association as follows:

The Association is formed for the purpose of propagating and encouraging workplace reform for workers performing construction and maintenance work.

It is important to set out subclause 2 of the objects clause, which provides:

The property and income of the Association must be applied solely in accordance with the objects of the Association and no part of that property or income may be paid or otherwise distributed, directly or indirectly, to members, except in good faith in the promotion of those objects.
But that was not to be.

If it was Ms Gillard’s ‘thinking’ and Wilson’s and Blewitt’s intention to set up the association as a device for deceiving contributing members and external donors into believing that their donations would be used consistently with the objects of the association or, indeed, for a purpose associated with the broader objectives of the AWU itself, but in fact the money was to be used for their own private purposes—namely, their election campaigns—then, at that stage, there was a conspiracy to defraud the donors, and all persons who assisted in or facilitated the setting up of the organisation, with that awareness, were parties to the conspiracy to defraud.

In the extract from her exit interview which I have quoted, Ms Gillard in effect admitted that, at the time, she knew that the funds would be used not for the purposes indicated by the name and objects of the association but for the private purposes of Wilson and Blewitt. In other words, she knew the association she acted in setting up was to be used to deceive companies into donating money for a purpose alien to that which they thought their donations would be used for and members into contributing for a purpose alien to what they thought their contribution would be for. If that was the case, she was a party to a conspiracy to defraud.

One of the external donors, Thiess, actually says it was misled, and made a complaint to the police dated 22 August 1996. In the event that the Thiess funds were misapplied, there was a crime committed when they were paid—namely, the crime of obtaining money by false pretences. Furthermore, it was necessary, in order to obtain the registration of the association, for Ms Gillard, as the solicitor responsible, to certify to the Western Australian Corporate Affairs Commission that the association was being incorporated for a bona fide purpose consistent with the incorporating documents lodged. She did so. In doing so, she made a knowingly false declaration which appears to be in breach of section 170 of the Western Australian criminal code.

Furthermore, the certification provision, section 5 of the Western Australian Associations Incorporation Act, also requires the applicant to verify that the association has more than five members. Ms Gillard did so. However, the association, as Ms Gillard well knew, only had two members—Wilson and Blewitt. While there might be room for argument about the vagueness of the objects, there is no vagary about this: Ms Gillard falsely certified the association to be compliant in respect of its number of members. She knew it was not and, once again, appears to have breached section 170 of the Western Australian Criminal Code. As well, since one of Slater & Gordon’s principal clients was the AWU, Ms Gillard must be taken to have been aware of the rules of that union. She must therefore have been aware of the fact that the establishment of such an association would have required a resolution of the executive of the union. No such resolution was ever passed. Ms Gillard either knew that or neglected to inform herself of it. The certification to the Western Australian Corporate Affairs Commission of compliance seems also to have been false in that respect.

One thing which makes this matter particularly suspicious is that no file was created. Thus, Ms Gillard’s work was effectively concealed from her firm, an issue about which she was challenged in her exit interview, and which ultimately meant that she had put Slater & Gordon into a position of conflict between two clients—the association and the Australian Workers Union itself, which resulted ultimately in the loss to that firm of the AWU, one of its biggest and most lucrative clients—no doubt one of the reasons for Ms Gillard’s hasty exit from the firm. The AWU work went to the rival Labor-associated law firm Maurice Blackburn and, by a remarkable coincidence, the solicitor who took it over is none other than the person who serves as Attorney-General in Ms Gillard’s government, Ms Nicola Roxon. To add further intrigue to the affair, the file containing the original documents, which would reveal in more detail Ms Gillard’s knowledge and involvement in this matter, has mysteriously and inexplicably disappeared from the archives of the Western Australian Corporate Affairs Commission and cannot be located.

I do not have time today to explore the subsequent use of the Workplace Reform Association to defraud its members, in particular by the acquisition of the Kerr Street property and the cash payments transacted through the fund. I will deal with those matters on a subsequent occasion. But it is already clear that, from its inception, Ms Julia Gillard’s involvement in this matter has been characterised by concealment, deception, professional misconduct and, it would appear, several breaches of the criminal law.

These are explosive allegations under privilege and are based on the evidence trail.  This statement began to trickle into the media arena late last night which led to the Emerson v Pyne Lateline debate that further ignited the flame under Gillard.  [Link to Lateline Iview replay with transcript of the Emerson v Pyne debate.]

The Australian‘ published further extracts from the S&G Gillard ‘exit interview’ to use Brandis’ language – which confirms what he alleged in the Senate – that extract is reproduce below:

Young Gillard answers the boss


| Author: Not Credited | Date: Nov 29th, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

This is an extract from the transcript of a meeting between Slater & Gordon senior partner Peter Gordon, general manager Geoff Shaw and salaried partner Julia Gillard on September 11, 1995.

PETER GORDON: All right, well, let’s talk about the AWU Workplace Reform Association Account. That account, as you’ve said, is an account which was the account belonging to an incorporated association by the same name which was incorporated by Slater & Gordon at (Bruce) Wilson’s, on Wilson’s instructions following your advice to him which you described earlier.

JULIA GILLARD: That’s right.

PG: And that happened in or about mid-1992.

JG: That’s right.

PG: And last Monday I think you gave to Paul Mulvaney a follow-up which demonstrates that Slater & Gordon had drafted model rules for, for that, had submitted those rules to the relevant Western Australian government authority, that there’d been a letter from the authority suggesting that it might be a trade union and therefore ineligible for incorporation under that legislation, and that we had prepared a response submitted on Wilson’s instructions to that authority suggesting that in fact it wasn’t a trade union and arguing the case for its incorporation. My recollection is that all of that happened in or about mid-1992. Is that right?

JG: I wouldn’t want to be held to the dates without looking at the file, but whatever the dates the file shows are the right dates, so . . .

PG: Yes. And to the extent that work was done on that file in relation to that it was done by you?

JG: That’s right.

PG: And did you get advice from anyone else in the firm in relation to any of those matters?

JG: No I didn’t.

PG: Did Tony Lang have anything to do with the model rules or the drafting of them?

JG: No, I obtained, I had just in my own personal precedent file a set of rules for Socialist Forum which is an incorporated association in which I’m personally involved. Tony Lang and I drew those rules some years ago. Tony more than me. And I’ve just kept them hanging around as something I cut and paste from for drafting purposes, and I obtained, I don’t quite recall how now but I obtained the model rules under the WA act and I must have done the drafting just relying on those two sources. I don’t have any recollection of sitting down with Tony or any other practitioner and talking through the draft of the rules.

PG: Do you recall whether when it was necessary to argue the case with the, with the relevant Western Australian authority, whether you consulted anyone else in the firm as to what would or would not get, become acceptable or appropriate?

JG: I once again don’t recall talking to anybody else in the firm about it.

PG: Beyond that, and it seems from the file that after that letter it was successfully accepted as an incorporated association and duly was created and presumably accounts were set up. I should ask did we have anything to do with the setting up of the accounts or was that done by the officers of the incorporated association?

JG: Slater & Gordon didn’t have anything, did not have anything to do with setting up bank accounts for that association. We attended to the incorporation.

The Smoking Gun reference:

PG: Can I ask you then following the last thing that we did to setting up the incorporation, which appears from the file to be the letter arguing that it ought to be not construed as a trade union, did you have anything personally to do with that incorporated association afterwards?

JG: No I did not.

PG: Right, to the best of your knowledge did anyone at Slater & Gordon?

JG: To my knowledge no one at Slater & Gordon had anything to do with it post that time.

The Opposition’s tactic yesterday and all week has been to draw Gillard into a lie or a misleading of the House – yesterday’s question was asking Gillard whether she signed the ‘letter’ alluded to by Brandis.

The question was asked four times and Gillard ‘danced-around’ the question each time.  The question was: [page 56 of Hansard record - page 72 of the PDF file record.

Ms JULIE BISHOP (Curtin—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:34):

My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to the Prime Minister's answer in the House on Monday as to whether she had written to the WA commissioner for corporate affairs to vouch for the bona fides of the AWU Workplace Reform Association:

… the association is only incorporated if the … authority … is satisfied … Clearly, the registrar must have been so satisfied, or they would not have incorporated the association.

Given the Prime Minister's statement this week that she provided legal advice to establish the association and her failure to rule out writing to the commissioner on Monday, I ask the Prime Minister again: did she at any time write to the commissioner for corporate affairs to vouch for— (Time expired)

This question is different formats was asked several more times during the session - not once did Gillard give a direct response to the question.  It was obvious she was avoiding the answer because she knew that a truthful response would have her on the record and admitting her involvement in setting up the vehicle that was used to accomplish the fraud.

The evidence of the letter sent to the This WA Corporate Affairs has 'gone missing'.  The file has been reported lost, as has the S&G file where a copy of this letter would normally be held on file.

It is not hard to make a case that a protective 'cleansing' has happened to protect Gillard and goes to a larger crime - that is t cover up a crime and will involve a great number more people and their connections that have the ability to make files disappear.

The evidence of the 'letter in question' is a part of the 'dare-game' Gillard is playing - 'produce the letter or else it is all hearsay'.

She knows or has been advised by her puppet masters that the file has 'gone', and she can carry on the way she has in the House all week in the knowledge that all that she has to deal with is hearsay.   Should she get through today without losing too much more skin in the game, she will lead the Government into next year and perhaps beyond.

The Opposition need a defining day in the House today - a lot of it will play out before Question time happens ... but the Speaker - all week struggling with remaining unbiased - will again be tested.

Both Independents - Windsor and Oakeshott appeared on 'Capital hill' late yesterday afternoon and expressed their desire to see the Parliament run full term.  A 'vote of no-confidence' can be discounted on the comments they both made.

They still have stars in their eyes over their position of importance in this minority Government.  This author has sent numerous e-mail messages to both these MP's on the matter of Gillards integrity and her right to serve as the Prime Minister - never once have either sent a reply response.

I think they are both men who want to do good - and they both feel that this is their last term ... why would they want to cut it short ?

Any talk by either of them about the people's interest being served is false rhetoric - much as Emerson makes a fool of himself when he states the Australian people don't want to hear or read anymore about the AWU scandal.  The misread is there ... the Australian electorate may be treated as fools by this Government - yet they understand criminal behaviour and Gillard as a bees-dick away from being caught in her own honey trap.  If justice be served it will happen - but then how often is justice really served?

All the morning the lovesick Emerson continues to prostituted himself on National TV protesting Gillards innocence and that she 'has done nothing wrong' ... he remains the biggest fool in Parliament.  He behaves like a juvenile love-sick goon who still pines for Gillard in a romantic way - he is blinded by his affection for his Leader.   It is obsessive like, and to think that in the context of him being a Minister serving the highest office in the land - Emerson's continued defense of the PM is sheer lunacy.

As a ALP voter all my life - with the alternative - 'None of the Above' vote cast in half a dozen elections during that life - I find this ALP Government not worthy of office - I never voted for Gillard, I did vote for Rudd ... and most of Australia who did vote for Rudd have never forgiven Gillard and the Unions for what they did.

That is my motive in pursuing Gillard - she has never been worthy in my eyes ... yet this Cabinet full of her ex-lovers feel they are safe as long as Gillard is safe - hence their unqualified support.  If Gillard goes so do they ... one hell of a motive to stand before the whole Nation and lie about what they know about what happened and give Gillard their support based on what they have been told - not on what the evidence proves did happen.

Prediction:

Today - more of the same mis-direction and obfuscation by Gillard - she will not give a direct answer - if she does she knows the flood gates will open ... this will be decided by Caucus who will respond to the poll data - if Gillard retains her current levels then she will not be rolled - that is what Politics has come to in this Nation -

A PM with a past that will see her former friend and ex-lover most probably go to jail for deeds that were facilitated by Julia Gillard - our PM ... where has the integrity of all MP's gone ... where is the moral ground example from our Leadership?

Gillard has besmirched the office of the PM for the next in line to serve and for those that follow.  She has no idea what her performance means in the long term.  She demonstrates daily that she is without conscience, without morality,  she possesses integrity that can be best described as - 'you've done nothing wrong unless others can prove you have done something wrong' ...

This Nation is a step away from protests and violence over this issue ... if that happens will Gillard then get the message ...

Comment contributor Gerry was right - a joint Task Force by Victorian and WA police to investigae this matter in full is a solution if the Opposition can't get the job done in setting up a Royal Commission ...

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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 26th Nov 2012 |
The collective voice from the ALP Ministers and MP’s in support of Gillard in recent weeks and over the weekend is openly available from all areas of the media – yet the rumblings continue.

Who are her detractors,  who among them want to see Gillard on a spike?

Who among us all want to see her expose for all her lies and her maleficence as a puppet on behalf of the Union heavies who resurrected her life and her career?

Yesterday – a day where Wilson finally comes out and offers his ‘fraud based’ view that ‘Gillard is innocent’ – created pause before the final assault in the House today.

The Opposition have as much to lose as does the Government in this sitting week.  The theatre will be important and the Speaker will have her task put to the test early.

Preparations are being made, strategy planned on both sides, and the anticipation for all those who think Gillard a ‘crook’ they are hopeful the Opposition can do their task.

On the other side, Albanese spent the weekend trying to find precedence to intervene if the questions to be put to the PM have foundation – his role will be to obfuscate the Oppositions time at the dispatch box, to create mis-direction and raise ‘point’s of order’ and have the Speaker rule.  All a part of a plan to waste time and obstruct the Oppositions declared intent.

In essence it is a ‘chess game’ where opening moves will declare intent and strategy giving the Government a chance to respond in kind.

Those hoping for a clear winner on this first day of the House’s last session before rising for the two month Xmas break, will be disappointed.   If by Wednesday the Opposition has not drawn blood, then it will be safe to say that Gillard will survive the week and possibly into next year.

There are some ‘jokers’ – the Independents and what they intend to do should a motion of ‘no confidence’ become a part of the Opposition strategy.  The Opposition will not play that move unless they hold indications from the cross-benches as to their vote intention and they feel sure they have the numbers.   It’s a card you don’t play more than once in a sitting week.

The money trail is for the physical evidence – the questions for Gillard are based in Law and her role as a lawyer and Partner in the Slater & Gordon Law Firm.

For Gillard to claim as she has in that – ‘I have done nothing wrong’ – all the Opposition have to do is trap her in her own testimony in the House.

Examples:

  1. Who was S&G’s primary client – and this goes to Gillard’s responsibilities to her S&G Partners, to her oath as an ‘Officer of the Court’,  and to her personal integrity in doing the ‘practice of law’, in the full knowledge that what she was doing represented a betrayal of her fellow Partners, and her ‘oath of office’ – the target of enquiry and questions should be about:
  • Did Gillard have any authorisation from the primary client S&G represented – i.e. AWU Victoria – to open up the Wilson Associations and the Bank accounts that became a part of those Associations,
  • What did Gillard do to ensure the interests of the AWU primary client was first and the foremost consideration in the advice Gillard was offering to Bruce Wilson,
  • Gillard’s reasons for keeping the file she opened on behalf of the Wilson advice as private and confidential, and off the S&G file database, needs to be explained in full given that that file is now ‘missing’,
  • The circumstances of how she became aware of the fraud and what action she took – aside from her admitted action of breaking off the personal relationship she had with Wilson,
  • Did she consider reporting the fraud – firstly to her Partners and the primary client in AWU Victoria, and secondly, to the police as her ‘oath of office’ required her to do so,
  • When did her relationship with Wilson begin, was it as a result of the S&G work she was doing for the existing AWU client, or was it from connections that were not associated with her professional job as a lawyer with S&G – i.e. did Wilson seek Gillard out to help with his planned fraud because S&G were representing AWU, and Gillard was connected to the existing AWU client,
  • Gillard needs to explain how she became aware of the fraud, i.e. did she discover something untoward, or was there an admission, or did she have suspicions she investigated and then discovered the premise of the Wilson fraud,
  • Depending on the response to the previous point – when did she report the discovery of the fraud to her fellow partners, if at all, how did the S&G partnership become aware of her involvement with Wilson and her connection to the Associations used to conduct the AWU fraud,  and was her record of interview with the S&G Partnership under a Q&A type investigation about a discovery  to the extent of S&G’s liability given Gillard’s complicity in the Associations being established -
  • Was the S&G actions after the discovery of the fraud in not advising the AWU primary client to do with the Firm protecting itself?
  1. The second major issue of enquiry arising from the scandal revolves around the discrepancies in Gillard’s statements.  Her response in the House to Julie Bishop’s questions on the 1st Nov ’12 – Hansard record inked here – see page 95 of PDF file -  relating to when Gillard became aware of the fraud, and when the fraud was reported to the police draws doubt on the honesty of her response.   This goes to the Ian Cambridge affidavit – linked here – which provides a time line structure of events that do not align with the statements already given by Gillard. For Example:
  • Ian Cambridge claims that the AWU S&G were representing did not become aware of the Wilson fraud until 1996, some 12 months after S&G did their own internal investigation that resulted in Gillard taking an extended leave of absence, why didn’t S&G report the Wilson fraud to the AWU primary representatives. This suggests gross probity issues on behalf of S&G and prejudicial conduct that cost their client large sums of money as the accounts Wilson still had control after the fraud was discovered were still be accessed and monies withdrawn.
  • The question has been answered by Gillard that she cannot be sure if defrauded funds were not used for personal use, or she did not benefit personally from those defrauded funds – her subsequent response to all questions on this matter since that – ‘I did not do anything wrong’ – hinges on this issue. If it can be shown that Gillard did receive a financial benefit – her creditability is completely destroyed. The evidence in this issue has to be so convincing, that even her worst enemies concede that she did not receive a benefit.
  • Bruce Wilsons claimed over the weekend that Gillard is innocent, his first comments made on the issue ever. They carry no weight. In fact, it draws more attention when her Ministers come out saying because Wilson has now made his claim, Gillard is innocent and the ‘smear’ campaign should stop. All questions have not been answered. It defies common sense that Ministers of the Government should take the position to defend Gillard when the law associated with her conduct has not been answered or put to her.
  • There is also the question for Ms Roxon, did she have, see, or deal with the S&G AWU file surrounding the Gillard/Wilson connection as a part of her responsibilities to Maurice Blackburn, her employer, and the new lawyers representing the AWU after they transferred their account from S&G.
  • What does Ms Roxon know about the Wilson fraud – and is she able to discuss the matter or is she still bound by attorney/client privilege.   Can Wilson give permission for Roxon to give a candid response to questions arising from her involvement.

The issue of the attorney client privilege can and is working to protect S&G and Gillard.  That same protection is working for Roxon in that sh can stay silent and argue that she is complying with the law.

As Gerry – a frequent commentator on this site has stated – nothing less than a Royal Commission into this, with an expanded mandate into all Union funds and the reporting of their use for all Unions in Australia will discover what really happened.

The AWU wanted this matter kept quite – and that includes ALP heavies including current MP Bill Shorten, past Senator Graham Richardson,  Premier Carr and his connection to the Ian Cambridge appointment to the NSW Industrial Commission at a time when Cambridge was pursuing a Royal Commission in 1996 into the AWU scandal.

This toxic sludge has been buried and gathering a catharsis of pent up emotion and conjecture – a Royal Commission will uncover the deep roots of Union fraud at the highest levels.   This is the achilles heel of the Union movement – snap it now and you get rid of a century of corruption and intimidation dominating the ALP faction groups and the backroom deals done withe the faceless men to get their charges appointed as Senators and pre-selected in safe Labour seats.

Australia has a chance here to cleanse the stacked deck.   All Australians should see this opportunity for what it represents.   Write you local Member and give them your view and dare them to do the right thing.

It begins this afternoon – tune in for Question time at 2:00pm AEDST – let the games begin.

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Overnight Bruce Wilson broke his silence on the Gillard involvement in the AWU scandal.

The timing could not be more calculated with the House set to resume Monday [tomorrow] – and the Opposition’s fore-warning to the PM over the past week that they plan to strip back her life and expose her in full for her past sins connected with  the criminal aspects of the AWU fraud.

Why didn’t Gillard report the fraud to the police when she claims she discovered it for the first time in 1995?  As a lawyer it was her duty to report the crime … she has not responded to this question when asked by Julie Bishop in the House on the 1st Nov ’12 – see this link to Hansard [edit updated 26/11/12] on the questions posed.

Bruce Wilson has made his first on the record comment to be published in papers around the Nation tomorrow [Monday].  Snippets released in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ today highlight Wilson saying -

“Julia Gillard had absolutely no knowledge of anything that went after and people can search and continue this hunt all they like but they will find nothing. Nothing,” Fairfax quoted Mr Wilson as saying.

These statements released a day before Gillard was to face her possible demise in the Parliament House sitting over the next week has caused a pause in the media’s thinking and momentum in building the story.

The past weeks has seen a build up of revelations and presentation of circumstantial evidence all painting Gillard into a corner.   To reassess some of these events – please visit the following links to get first hand reporting on the past matters raised in the last week:

  1. Firstly – Paul Murray of Sky News presents the Nick Styant-Browne release of documents on his 22nd Nov broadcast that included a statement of fact about when Gillard new about, and how the purchase of the Kerr St property was funded.
  2. Secondly – Bill Shorten gave an interview on Lateline on the 21st Nov – and called the ‘slush-fund’ accounts as ‘inappropriate’ and ‘unauthorised’, thus distancing himself from Gillard – see video of interview linked here:
  3. Thirdly – Wayne Swan defended Gillard yesterday – 24th Nov, in the light of the past weeks fresh accounts against Gillard’s role in the AWU scandal/fraud – i.e. the Hedley Thomas stories based on the Ian Cambridge diaries and other matters including:
  • the $5000 cash deposit to Gillard’s bank account – story linked here
  • the implication of ALP Member Chris Hayes in payments to ‘slush fund’ accounts – story linked here
  • the connections made over a, AWU ‘slush-fund’ $15,000 cashed cheque and a $10,00 bank cheque paid for by these cashed funds that appear to have been used to pay for renovations to Gillards home – see story here
  • the Ralph Blewitt confession to Victorian Police made Friday last – see ’7:30 Report’ interview here
  • Wayne Swan gave a press conference yesterday – 24th Nov – to offer comment that called Nick Styant-Browne ‘disgruntled’, and Ralph Blewitt as ‘lacking creditability’ and that – ‘it is all a smear campaign’ – watch Sky News video of his interview hereread story here
  1. Now hear Sky News video comment from the ‘Daily Telegraph’ journalist STEVE LEWIS about what Bruce Wilson said in his statement  – linked here … read Daily Telegraph story here

There had been a building expectation about next week’s Parliamentary House sittings.

Yesterday Gillard appeared to be a fully cooked turkey awaiting a thanksgiving feast … today with the release of the Wilson statement it has caused a holding pattern where the turkey has put back in the oven for further cooking.  Perhaps the Wilson ‘fork-test’ reveal some blood ooze indicating more cooking is required – maybe the story is still a little underdone and has more to offer.

Some questions for Bruce Wilson -

  • Why has Bruce Wilson chosen to talk now when all looked lost for Gillard?
  • Why has he refused to give an account for well over 12 months since this story gained new life?
  • Why has Wilson made claims to discredit Ralph Blewitt as someone that was a – ‘very risky’ – source of information?  ['The Daily Telegraph' gave this comment in the linked Sky News video above.]
  • A skeptic might ask – was Wilson paid for his story -
  • Was he asked to make a statement by the PM, or advisors acting on behalf of the PM given how desperate things were looking for the PM heading into next week?

Swan’s claims in his defence of Gillard yesterday that Blewitt has ‘creditability’ issues, and S&G former Partner Styant-Browne was ‘disgruntled’.

If one was to use Swan’s pretense for discrediting both Blewitt and Styant-Browne – what can be said of Wilson’s creditability?  What about the Ian Cambridge diaries, the Bob Kernohan claims,  the acknowledgement by Gillard that she knew of the fraud in 1995 and did nothing about it other than to break off her relationship?

Blewitt has taken a risk in coming back to Australia to make his statements.  His request for an immunity deal has been granted and it will keep him out of jail.   He has nothing to lose in the claims he has made other then to either confirm his creditability over the events of the AWU fraud, or settle old scores with Bruce Wilson and Julia Gillard.   Either way claims that Blewitt is less than creditable have foundation, but then the same applies to responses from Bruce Wilson and Julia Gillard.

One could be cynical and draw some lines in the sand and allow a constructive appraisal of Swan’s defense of Gillard.

Take Swan’s tirade against Rudd earlier this year,  … see YouTube clip below with Swan’s and other Gillard Minister’s comments about Rudd and the ALP Leadership earlier this year – comments begin from 3:50 sec mark -

Watching this clip will bring back painful memories for ALP supporters, and again remind us how far the ALP caucus has disconnected from the ALP support base.

To compare Swan’s comments with his concession days ago about Rudd being the architect of the GFC response that saved Australia – give Swan’s own creditability a sewer dump as well.

The EYE-BALL Guru has called Swan the dumbest Treasurer ever in many of his posts where he highlights Swan’s ineptness at his responsibilities as the Treasurer … this might be a biased opinion … but then when the facts and figures are measured, Swan has given us all plenty of reasons for this assessment.

How should anyone regard any statement from Bruce Wilson given Mr Swan’s easy dismissal of Ralph Blewitt and Nick Styant-Browne’s statements under creditability issues?

One could say it is all smoke and mirrors – and any real evidence will come from a ‘follow the money’ type investigation.   It is still the best way to get to the bottom of the matter and that goes again to Hedley Thomas, the Ian Cambridge diaries, and the investigative journalism underway in digging up the Bank account statements and obtaining copies of the cheques and deposit slips and pursuing the trail of funds.   This is a timely exercise but it will be precise.

If Gillard is involved there is no chance of her or her ‘cleaners’ tinkering with this type of evidence – i.e. – past history over the lost files from Slater & Gordon, and the West Australian storage facilities can only point to a previous ‘cleansing’ of the background evidence to protect Gillard.

For more on this see the latest ‘Kangaroo Court of Australia’ story on the appointment of Federal Court Chief Justice Patrick Keane as a High Court Judge – linked here.

Reading between the lines on this Shane Dowling story,  one might thing Keane reward in a High Court posting, was for doing his part in losing files crucial to the AWU fraud.   As Shane Dowling states – there will be more in this as the ‘missing files’ becomes more of an issue.

The ‘Bolt Report’ discussed the Bruce Wilson comments this morning – view YouTube clip of this discussion below:

Gillard and her media team have made a complete mess of what should have been a clean skin-issue from the outset.  Had she gave a full and frank account of her involvement many years ago – this issue would not be coming back at her as it has done time and time again.

The reason why she has not been able to give a full account is because it would incriminate her.  It would reveal how her behaviour as a Lawyer is the reason for the ’cause and effect’ of the scandal in the first place.  Since she first responded to the AWU allegations – the comments have been about her being ‘a young and naive’ person that has not flown, then it became – ‘I did nothing wrong’,  and the evidence has shown that she did do plenty wrong.  What will her next defense be?

What will she now offer – will she claim that Bruce Wilson’s account of her involvement is something we all should take on face value … hardly.

Nothing has changed and the headlines about the Bruce Wilson comments has allowed the turkey to now become fully cooked, rested and now awaiting a feast for all of Australia’s ‘disgruntled’ voters.

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B elow is a YouTube video giving a Left wong British MP’s perspective on the ‘sexual assault’ allegations against Assange.

The video runs some 30 minutes – but the Assange discussion commences from the 14 min mark, and the full frontal exposure of what the sexual assault detail alleges runs from the 20 min mark.

It’s compelling viewing if anyone does not fully understand the nature of the sexual assault allegations, and the motives behind the charges and extradition process.

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SmilingJulia at the Bank:(Submitted by Warwick M.)

Prime Minister Gillard walks into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to cash a cheque.  As she approaches the cashier she says “Good morning , could you please cash this cheque for me”?

Cashier: “It would be my pleasure Miss. Could you please show me your ID?”

Gillard: “Truthfully, I did not bring my ID with me as I didn’t think there was any need to.  I am Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Prime Minister of Australia !!!”

Cashier: “Yes  Miss, I know who you are, but with all the regulations, monitoring, of the banks because of impostors and forgers, etc I must insist on seeing ID.”

Gillard: “Just ask anyone here at the bank who I am and they will tell you.    Everybody knows who I am.”

Cashier: “I am sorry Prime Minister but these are the bank rules and I must follow them.”

Gillard: “I am urging you please to cash this cheque.”

Cashier: “Look Prime Minister this is what we can do: One day Adam Scott came into the bank without ID.   To prove he was Adam Scott he pulled out his putting iron and made a beautiful shot across the bank into a cup.   With that shot we knew him to be Adam Scott and cashed his cheque.  Another time, Pat Rafter came in without ID. He pulled out his tennis racquet and made a fabulous shot where the tennis ball landed in my cup.   With that spectacular shot we cashed his cheque…  So, Prime Minister, what can you do to prove that it is you, and only you, as the Prime Minister of Australia ?”

GILLARD  stood there thinking, and thinking and finally says: “Honestly, there is nothing that comes to my mind.  I can’t think of a single thing I’m good at.”

Cashier: “Will that be large or small notes, Prime Minister?”

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