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Ralph Blewitt Interviewed on 7.30

Ralph Blewitt, the former sidekick to Australian Workers’ Union official Bruce Wilson, was interviewed by Leigh Sales on the ABC’s 7.30 program this evening.

At her press conference today, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said this of Blewitt:

“Let me remind you who Mr Blewitt is. Mr Blewitt is a man who has publicly said he was involved in fraud. Mr Blewitt is a man who has sought immunity from prosecution. Mr Blewitt is a man who has fled Indonesia to avoid a police interview in relation to land fraud, although he denies wrongdoing in the case. Mr Blewitt says he owes money on another Asian land deal. Mr Blewitt admits to using the services of prostitutes in Asia. Mr Blewitt has published lewd and degrading comments and accompanying photographs of young women on his Facebook page. Mr Blewitt, according to people who know him, has been described as a complete imbecile, an idiot, a stooge, a sexist pig, a liar, and his sister has said he’s a crook and rotten to the core. His word against mine, make your mind up.”

 


Gillard’s Second Press Conference On The AWU And Slater & Gordon

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has held her second press conference on matters concerning her time as a lawyer with Slater & Gordon in 1993-95.

Julia Gillard

Speaking to the Canberra press gallery 50 minutes before Question Time in the House, a sharp and at times angry Gillard, her voice occasionally wavering, took questions for 48 minutes about her dealings with Bruce Wilson and Ralph Blewitt and her role in the formation of a slush fund. [Read more…]


Gillard Accuses The Australian Of Smears: “I Have Done Nothing Wrong”

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, today accused The Australian newspaper of smears in its reporting of her involvment with the AWU during her time as a solicitor at Slater and Gordon in the 1990s.

Julia Gillard

Speaking in Brisbane, Gillard was asked about The Australian’s report today that an Australian Workers Union staffer, Wayne Hem, paid $5000 into a bank account at the behest of Bruce Wilson. The report claims Wilson said the money was for “Julia”. Gillard did not respond to the allegation directly, but reiterated: “I have done nothing wrong.” [Read more…]


Gillard In Marathon Press Conference Over Slater And Gordon

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has held a marathon press conference answering allegations about her work as an industrial lawyer in the 1990s.

Julia Gillard

In a press conference lasting for 73 minutes, Gillard attacked “misogynists and nutjobs” on the internet over the “sexist” allegations in relation to her work at the law firm Slater and Gordon 17 years ago. [Read more…]


Paul Howes: National Press Club Address

This is the text of Paul Howes’ Address to the National Press Club.

Howes is the National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union.

Paul HowesIt’s great to be back at the National Press Club, and I appreciate the invitation.

It feels as though in Australia today no-one is interested in talking about the big challenges.

No-one wants to roll up their sleeves up and get on with the job.

Fighting for what you believe in is no longer interesting in modern politics.

The national conversation has become dominated by vacuous drivel about particular phrases, styles and presentation.

It’s like an inane feedback loop that builds to a conspiracy of mediocrity between our political class and the commentariat – a crime that I am as guilty of as anyone.

In this current political environment, it’s easy to forget where you’ve come from, and to lose sight of where you’re going.

This navel-gazing suits the conservatives.

It makes it easier for them to chip away at the foundation stones of our egalitarian society.

It makes it easier for billionaires and mega corporations to plunder our public resources without giving anything back.

It makes it easier to defeat the ideals that the labour movement stands for.

The time to fight back is now. [Read more…]