You won’t be following the various union and Labor Party scandals that have been simmering here in Julia Gillards Australia over the last few years. Peter Slipper, the sleeziest Speaker Parliament has seen, Craig Thomson, using union funds for hookers and as his piggybank, Michael Williamson, President of the governing party (ex) and yesterday charged with another 28 counts.
Then there is Julia herself, set up a slush fund for her then boyfriend, Bruce Wilson, through which nigh on half a million dollars of union members funds seems to have been siphoned off…
Acted against the interests of her client, and Wilsons employer, the AWU (Australian Workers Union), and didn’t keep her fellow partners informed. Her excuse? She was 33 and a partner in a major law firm, but she was ‘young and naive’, so that’s ok then…
Michael Smith, an ex copper and a radio journalist was prepared to discuss this on his radio program, but a couple of hours before broadcast the Prime Minister rang some spineless hack who was running the station and persuaded him to sack Smith.
No broadcast, and Mr Smith went hungry.
After a conversation with the Prime Minister a story was spiked and the journalist following it was sacked.
How do you pronounce ‘malfeasance in office’?
A brief overview of the issue is here. If you feel like being shocked have a good look, and believe me, it is only part of the whole story.
Anyway, this issue is starting to reach a boil, and Ms Gillard is not a happy bunny.
Today, in Parliament, the deputy leader of the Opposition, Julie Bishop, asked Ms Gillard a question, and the bile, the hatred, the venom which nowadays permeates this Parliament needs to be heard to be believed.
Not a happy bunny at all.