Julia Gillard’s office has reacted strongly to suggestions that the Prime Minister did something wrong in her work as a solicitor at Slater & Gordon in the 1990s.
As the final day of parliamentary sittings for the year unfolded, Gillard has complained to Fairfax newspapers over “the grievous misrepresentations in your reporting” of the AWU slush fund affair.
Her office has also issued a statement calling on the opposition to give up its “discredited smear campaign”.
Text of statement from Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s spokesperson, as published in Fairfax newspapers.
Statement from a spokesperson for the Prime Minister:
It’s time for the Liberals to give up their witch hunt and start talking about things that matter.
The whole country is sick to death of Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop pursuing a discredited smear campaign against the Prime Minister, when we could be talking about jobs, health, and education.
After months of speculation about a smoking gun, the Liberals have nothing.
So, the Prime Minister wrote to the WA Commissioner? So what? She did what lawyers do. Act on instruction. Provide legal advice.
So, the Prime Minister can’t remember writing one letter from 20 years ago. So what? Lawyers write thousands of letters in their careers.