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Thursday, 24th April 2014

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Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, recently returned to the fray over concern that news sources are being threatened by the Gillard Government.

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OH, WHAT A LOOK!


 

Successive AWU questions from Julie Bishop appear to have unsettled our Julia. Her confident upbeat demeanor vanished like Costello’s surplus as she again refused to answer the question.


Gillard’s body and facial language displayed emphatic discomfit as Ms Bishop exhibited her best death-stare and waved a copy of a slush fund cheque in her face. 

Everyone noticed Gillard’s reaction. The House went from bedlam to silence as the cry of, “You are corrupt!” stunned both sides. 

Those three words, that one outburst, exposed a chink in Gillard's armour and marked a course-change in the AWU saga.  Now the time is right for Abbott to join with Bishop and all other front benchers in an all out attack.

Abbott’s “There will be no carbon tax under...” lie is losing traction. It has run its course. A reminder every couple of weeks will work better than twice a day. 

Many will disagree with me but I have never thought the famous carbon tax lie was politically significant. It was an unavoidable lie for Gillard. It was a lie forced on her by the Greens. She felt she had no choice if she wanted to be PM and boy did she want to be PM. 

There were alternatives. Gillard did not need to sign an agreement with the Green devils, she had them in her pocket anyway. It’s inconceivable the Coalition could ever have aligned with the Greens. it was never even discussed. 

But Gillard wanted this arrangement formalised and was prepared to pay the price.

Gillard stared into her Cornflakes that morning, thinking, thinking. “I went into this election with a ‘no carbon tax’ promise but how the hell could I have suspected a hung Parliament? It’s all different now. Hey, I’m a woman, what’s a little white lie, everyone knows even blokes lie?”

“Bugger it, I’m going to sign a deal with that pillow bitin’ bastard. And I reckon I’ll give Windsor and Oakeshott me best come-to-bed look and if that doesn’t work I’ll keep chuckin’ billion-dollar deals at ‘em until they fold.

“Jules baby, you are goin’ to be Australia’s first elected female PM. What a bloody ripper! I could get three terms out of this... if only that Wilson shit doesn’t come up again.”

You see Tony, didn't you notice? That’s her weak spot! Not the carbon tax.

The media ball is slowly starting to roll and they are waiting for you to grasp the nettle. How can media get serious about something the Leader of the Opposition doesn’t think is important enough to even ask a damned question about?

Those commentators who are "waiting for a smoking gun" have not read the AWU Cambridge Affidavit, which was co-written by her own colleague Rob McClelland. It’s a message they don’t want to hear.

If the Lefties of the Press gallery had read it, they would have known exactly what Gillard needed to explain in that out-of-the blue, no-questions, no-answers farce she called a Press conference. 

I mean, why would Gillard have supplied answers when nobody knew what the questions were?

Or was that the general idea, Julia?


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