heat is on gillard over awu scandal

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    THE Prime Minister had been expecting to return for the final parliamentary sitting week of the year on Monday believing she has done enough to secure her leadership until the next election.

    But after new and serious allegations raised last night about the AWU scandal that won’t go away, Julia Gillard will instead face renewed and intense scrutiny over what she knew about it and when.

    You can bet that the Opposition leader Tony Abbott will bring on a suspension motion at the first opportunity, calling on her to give a full explanation to the Parliament.

    And it is entirely possible that after the new allegations raised last night, that the crossbenchers may well finally give it to him.

    The Opposition has been chipping away at this issue in Parliament for the past month.

    The PM has attempted to bat them away, and the media, with the rebuttal that she had already answered all the questions there needed to be answered and had done nothing wrong.

    Last night former partner at the PM’s law firm Slater and Gordon, Nick Styant-Browne, directly challenged the PM’s integrity and her recollections of the slush fund she set up for a former boyfriend and AWU boss Bruce Wilson.

    Styant Browne also suggested that there were documents that showed a significant discrepancy in Ms Gillard’s claims of when she knew that money from the fund was allegedly used for a mortgage on a house she later lived in with Wilson – a mortgage which her firm facilitated.

    The PM last night responded by claiming that she had no recollection of the documents he had referred to.

    This may not be enough to convince the Independents to continue to protect her from making a full statement to the house over the issue if Mr Abbott, as expected calls for a suspension motion or a referral to the privileges committee. It was certainly not enough to convince several Labor backbenchers last night that the PM will be able to avoid directly confronting this issue in Parliament for much longer.

    We will have to wait and see.

    What has been settled, however, is the nonsense still being peddled by the ABC yesterday morning that the revival of this 20 year old case had been a News Limited conspiracy. The new allegations were raised only eight hours later by, yep you guessed it, the ABC.
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