Once again Julia Gillard has adopted spin over substance, this time over power bills.
When I say 'spin', I'm trying very hard to be charitable. I really mean BS.
The MRRT (mining tax) that Gillard and Swan so deftly negotiated with major miners raised no tax in its first quarter and will raise very little, if anything, in ensuing quarters.
The reason? Non Royal Minerals are being stockpiled or left in the ground. Waiting for prices to recover or Abbott to gain office in under a year. He will then fulfil his promise to abandon the tax.
It would answer public disquiet over the massive fraud that you were responsible for. Latest polls suggest the majority of Aussies believe you are either hiding something or lying. So why not?
When Peter Gordon dragged Gillard in to explain the fraud it quickly became clear that she was not only complicit, she was a beneficiary. S&G were now terribly exposed.
The Press gallery in my time was a reputable one. In those days, if two journalists had been sacked on a Prime Minister’s insistence because they were getting too close to the truth, all hell would have broken loose.
Julia Gillard, with the assistance of the Speaker, will use her best vitriol in a vain attempt to defend herself in this the last Parliamentary sitting.
However, there are two serious points both she and the Opposition have forgotten.
Today's 'The Australian' provides the 'smoking gun' that Julia Gillard has challenged existed, claiming there is no evidence she wrote to the WA Commissioner for Corporate Affairs to establish the now infamous fraudulent 'slush fund'. Ms Gillard's official reply last night when presented with the evidence, she (again) can't recall that she misled the WA Corporate Affairs Commissioner.
Incredibly, Gillard’s ex-boyfriend, Bruce Wilson, in hamfistedly seeking to shield Gillard has inadvertently sealed her fate.
A work associate of Bruce Wilson claims he is now a mere shadow of his former self.
“I’m no mate of his”, he said. “I’m not even sure he has any mates but if what I have read about him is true, I mean if he was a man about town and a mover and shaker, he certainly isn’t that now. He is broken and delusional, sort of distant.
“The times I have spoken to him he’s been sort of odd... he opens up and tells you all sorts of stuff. Then he walks off without saying goodbye or seeya or anything!
“Sometimes he doesn’t turn up to work for days. Then when he does arrive it’s like he’s never been away. I actually quite like him but he shows all the signs of a heavy user of something.”
I asked him if Wilson had ever discussed Julia Gillard. “No, not in a direct way. He has often said his life was fucked and every relationship he ever had was fucked. He swears he has never done anything really wrong and all this talk about fraud and stuff is total bullshit.”
Oh well, he certainly had millions of union funds at his disposal while his girlfriend was unaware of any wrongdoing. Now his girlfriend has billions of Treasury funds at her disposal while her ex is unaware of any wrongdoing.
Funny how the worm turns.
I was expecting Bruce Wilson to be quite convincing, a pre-requisite of a con man, I thought. But after the first minute of the ABC interview I turned to my wife and said, “This prick is actually going to deny everything!”
A Press conference announced with insufficient notice to allow her educated accusers to catch a plane to Canberra is a clever tactic but not clever enough to absolve the Prime Minister. Those who know of Gillard’s background know of her guilt, and now there are more of them.
Bruce Wilson’s defence of Gillard was to be expected. Anything other than a defence of his ex would confirm his own guilt. And many unionists say vast sums are still hidden out there in accounts somewhere.