UPDATED - bombshell from Ben Fordham of 2GB - Julia Gillard is being investigated by Victoria Police in the AWU Scandal
Australia's media, media lawyers in particular, are just plain weird - Ben Fordham makes "claims' while Gillard's propositions are always facts.

Deny, Deny, Deny. True to form and entirely unbelievable

This is a really amazing story leading the News Limited online publications tonight.

Julia Gillard denies Ben's claims.   Right.  Here's what happened.

7 March, 2013 - Ben Fordham interviewed Gillard.   Gillard made certain admissions and claims about her personal involvement in the creation of a Power of Attorney used in a property purchase by her boyfriend Bruce Wilson in 1993.

Some days later, Victoria Police contacted Ben Fordham, identified themselves and asked Ben for a statement explaining how his interview with Ms Gillard came about and that it was in fact Ms Gillard with whom he was speaking on the radio on 7 March.   For the interview to be used in evidence that is the process police adopt.   I know that because the police contacted me to take statements from me in similar circumstances about Craig Thomson.

Today, Ben Fordham simply told his listeners what's happened.    Victoria Police have contacted him, stated they are investigating the Prime Minister's role in The AWU Scandal and they've invited Fordham to make a statement.

Unless Ms Gillard is calling Ben a liar, saying he made the contact from police up, I can't see how her denials are worth anything.

If she's unhappy tonight, she will be unhappier yet tomorrow.   Sleep well as the presses roll.

 

 

Julia Gillard denies radio host Ben Fordham's claims she was being investigated by police over the AWU slush fund affair

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard's office has denied claims from a Sydney radio host that she was being investigated by police over the Australian Workers Union slush fund affair.

Ms Gillard has consistently denied any wrongdoing in relation to the slush fund affair.

2GB host Ben Fordham told his listeners today he wanted to correct comments made by Ms Gillard during an interview in March that canvassed the AWU case.

Fordham said the police were still taking statements and had asked him to make a formal statement relating to the March 7 interview.

"When I mentioned this police investigation, the Prime Minister sought to clarify something. Julia Gillard wanted to make it clear to you that she was not one of the people being investigated.

"I am correcting that record this afternoon because I know for a fact the Prime Minister is being investigated by police over the slush fund scandal. She was being investigated at the time of the interview."

Ms Gillard had told the station about the investigation on March 7: "Let's be a bit careful. Do not slur me with that.... you should then clarify that has nothing to do with me."

A spokesman for the Prime Minister this afternoon rejected the new claims, saying Ms Gillard stood by her previous comments on the matter.

"Nothing has changed from our previous statements," the spokesman said.

In response to the broadcast, a Victorian Police spokeswoman said: "Our Fraud and Extortion Squad is currently investigating a complaint regarding the alleged misappropriation of funds from a union. Victorian Police will not be providing running commentary in relation to this investigation. The investigation remains ongoing."

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