Julie Bishop won't back down, nor will Victoria Police, nor will I
There are very serious crimes disclosed in The AWU Scandal and I know that police are taking the investigation of those crimes seriously - as you'd expect.
Bruce Wilson controlled large amounts of cash during his operation of the AWU-WRA and the AWU Members Welfare Association bank accounts. He'd want to have very good explanations as to what he did with the money.
Wayne Hem says that he deposited $5,000 in cash into Julia Gillard's bank account, at a time when she was paying back 100% of the borrowed value/price for her home, plus a $20,000 further bank loan, plus an advance on her salary - and during which time her home was being extensively renovated. Hem says the cash was handed to him by Wilson. Within weeks of Gillard receiving that money, Wilson was informed that he would be charged internally within the union and referred to police over allegations of fraud involving the AWU Members Welfare Association and other accounts. Didn't it cross Ms Gillard's mind to disclose the receipt of $5,000 from Wilson just a couple of weeks earlier to the union?
Wilson was advised about the charges against him on 4 August, 1995. On 9 August, 1995, Ian Cambridge wrote to the Commonwealth Bank referring to the frozen accounts and the "dispute" between Bob Smith and Bruce Wilson, who as Cambridge recorded at the time were represented by Maurice Blackburn and Slater and Gordon respectively. According to Bruce Wilson, Ms Gillard continued to represent him legally up until the August 17 meeting at the Commonwealth Bank when about $160,000 in bank cheques were made out to construction companies, returning money that Wilson had received.
Here's the letter from Cambridge to the bank recording Maurice Blackburn and Slater and Gordon as the respective law firms.
So, a deposit from the boyfriend of $5,000 cash, just weeks before he is advised in writing that he is being investigated for fraud, Ms Gillard continues to represent him legally, but does not advise anyone about the $5,000 cash deposited into her own account from him.
No, I'm with Julie Bishop on this.
Bishop vows no let-up in pursuit of Gillard and AWU
- BY:MILANDA ROUT
- From:The Australian
- February 11, 2013 12:00AM
DEPUTY Liberal Leader Julie Bishop has vowed she will not back down in pursing Julia Gillard over the Australian Workers Union scandal.
Ms Bishop said she "won't flinch" from asking questions in parliament, given a Victorian police investigation into the affair was under way.
"Absolutely not," Ms Bishop told Sky News's Australian Agenda when asked whether she would back down. "This goes to her character, her judgment and the not insignificant matter of hundreds of thousands of dollars going missing from the AWU."
Ms Bishop said there were still many unanswered questions.
The Prime Minister has emphatically denied any wrongdoing in the matter and has said she knew nothing of the operations of the AWU Workplace Reform Association at the centre of the scandal.
Ms Bishop also said she had no relationship with the Prime Minister and it was pretty "extraordinary" that the two most senior women in parliament did not speak. "I have friends on the other side of parliament . . . I have an easy rapport with a number of people on the Labor side but that does not include Julia Gillard," she said. "Yes, it is pretty extraordinary. I have certainly gone out of my way to strike up some sort of conversation but it seems I am not Julia Gillard's favourite politician at present."
Ms Bishop also said she would consider giving Kevin Rudd a job in foreign affairs if the Coalition won the election.
"I have always believed in merit-based appointments."