I spoke with Dennis Shanahan of The Australian this morning. Dennis is a highly respected journalist and The Australian newspaper is a journal of record with very high standards of accuracy and a track record of correcting errors when they're made.
Dennis told me this morning that he stands by the accuracy of this story at the time it was written.
Professor Gillard steps up
- The Australian
- August 31, 2013
Ms Gillard and alumni of Adelaide University will establish the taxpayer-funded executive office she is entitled to as a former leader within the university grounds. Her appointment as an academic will be formally confirmed and announced after next Saturday's election.
As you know last week Ms Gillard was named in proceedings in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court and we wrote to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Adelaide drawing his attention to those proceedings.
Our correspondence was noted.
Today I've spoken with the Communications Manager of the University of Adelaide. I asked if the University was about to make an announcement or if it wished to say anything officially in answer to the media stories that Ms Gillard was about to be appointed as an Honorary Professor.
The answer to every question I posed was a very polite, "The University has no comment to make."
Ms Gillard is apparently engaged in rebuilding her public profile.
Julia Gillard to end self-imposed exile at two public forums
The 90-minute interviews will take place at the Opera House on September 30 and the Town Hall on October 1 and include 30 minutes of questions from the audience at each venue.
Dr Summers, who was an adviser to Paul Keating during his prime ministership, has been one of Mr Gillard's most outspoken defenders – before and after she was replaced by Kevin Rudd after serving three years and three days as prime minister.
'We treated our first woman prime minister disgracefully while she was in office and, now that she has been driven out, it seems she is going to be denied having her achievements recognised,'' Dr Summers wrote after Ms Gillard was removed.