Senator Cash must explain "Gillard won't be charged, she's a former PM" as AWU Scandal court case halted
It's now 4 weeks since we first asked Senator Michaelia Cash to explain this statement:
"Julia Gillard is a former prime minister and because of that she won't be charged".
On 2 May we ran a story on corruption involving the parent company of Thiess Contractors which paid over $400,000 into the Gillard/Wilson 1990s slush fund. At the time Ralph Blewitt was the only person facing charges over the crimes and we brought you the news:
On 25 May 2018 Ralph Blewitt will make his first appearance in the Perth District Court........ (In his trial he will) call Bruce WILSON, Julia GILLARD, Bernard MURPHY, Nick JUKES, Joe TRIO and others to the witness box - along with documents created or authorised by them.
We also wrote about my private prosecution alleging GILLARD knowingly gave false evidence to the Trade Union Royal Commission.
In that context it was worrying to hear that Minister for Jobs Senator Cash was reported to have said that Gillard wouldn't face charges because she's a former PM.
I wrote at the time:
If that is so it makes for a marked departure from our traditions of equal justice before the law.
I will today ask Minister Cash to confirm whether or not that's the government's position.
Many of our readers wrote to the Senator and asked her to confirm the quote - some were quite pointed like this note from Roger
I am writing to ask for a yes or no answer. Did you say words to that effect?
Two weeks later and not one reply from Senator Cash - so on 16 May 2018 we published a follow up Senator Michaelia Cash and protecting Ms GILLARD
By this stage dozens of readers were writing to Senator Cash.
It's now 4 weeks since our first reports - and despite her considerable ministerial staff not one of our readers has received a reply or acknowledgement from Cash's office.
Last Friday the only prosecution of charges arising from Gillard's AWU scandal was dropped.
No one is currently facing charges over The AWU Scandal - crimes involving about $1M in today's money.
And the current minister for jobs, Michaelia Cash won't respond to reports quoting her as saying that Gillard's status as a former PM protects her from charges.
She must have a lot on to leave those requests for comment at the bottom of her priority lists.
So what has the Senator been doing that's kept her too busy to explain her remarks?
She's been helping out at the West Coast Eagles.
Collaborated with others to see more women.
And that was just Twitter! Michaelia says a lot more on Facebook:
Promoted stargazing with the ABC.
And found time to meet with refugee activists to discuss how our Government can give away even more stuff to refugees.
As to any response to our notes - there's been no touch and no trace.
Of ministerial responsibility.