ROYAL COMMISSION or bust into AWU scandal and Prime Minister Julia Gillard, it goes to the highest office in the country with too many involved - from Gillard, Shorten, Ludwig, Roxon and others and of course McClelland too. The questions out there are so many, the allegations everywhere that not having a Royal Commission is bull dust and a different set of rules for the privileged and the elite.
and for today's news:
JULIA Gillard has fended off questions about why she did not speak to police about an alleged fraud linked to her former boyfriend, Bruce Wilson.
The Prime Minister was tackled in parliament today on the matter, and her assertion in the chamber yesterday that “anybody who has an allegation of dishonest conduct should take it to the appropriate authority to be dealt with”.
Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop asked Ms Gillard that as a practising lawyer registered in Victoria in the 1990s, bound by professional conduct and practising rules, “why didn't she inform the appropriate authority of Mr Wilson's fraud when she became aware of it?”.
Ms Gillard said that “the appropriate authorities were engaged in this matter”, but did not say why she had not contacted police.
The Prime Minister was a lawyer at Slater & Gordon when she formed a legal entity for Mr Wilson, an Australian Workers' Union official, that was purportedly for the purpose of achieving safe workplaces.
But during an internal investigation three years later by the partners of her law firm, Slater & Gordon, following serious allegations that the entity had been used by Mr Wilson to misappropriate hundreds of thousands of dollars, Ms Gillard admitted it was a “slush fund” to raise cash for the re-election of union officials.
She did not create an internal file for the work, telling partners she had not intended to charge for the work.
Ms Gillard left Slater & Gordon soon after, amid the partnership's “very serious view” of her conduct.
In August, she fronted the media on the issue, claiming she was the victim of a “smear campaign” driven by “misogynists and nut jobs” on the internet.