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Craig Thomson Says He Was Set Up

Craig Thomson has defended himself against allegations of misuse of union funds in an extraordinary interview with Laurie Oakes on Channel 9.

Thomson claims threats were made against him in 2004 that he would be set up with “hookers” to “ruin my potential political career”.

He argues that other members of the Health Services Union had knowledge of his credit card and driver’s licence numbers. He says “proof of a phone call is not proof of who is on the end of the phone…cutting right through it, Laurie, it was not me.” [Read more…]


Laurie Oakes Wins Gold Walkley For ALP Leaks Stories

The Channel 9 journalist Laurie Oakes has won this year’s Gold Walkley award for his coverage of the ALP leaks during the election campaign.

The first leak was used by Oakes in a question to Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the National Press Club on July 15. [Read more…]


Laurie Oakes Asks Julia Gillard About Her ALP Vision

This is Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s response to a question from Channel 9’s Laurie Oakes about her ALP vision.

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Day 12: Peril

There was no mistaking the danger the Gillard government faced yesterday.

That there is someone inside the government, someone “close to home”, who is leaking damaging allegations to the media, brought intrigue and treachery to the election campaign. It wreaked havoc with the political messages Labor has been transmitting for the past two weeks.

The allegation that the Prime Minister spoke out in Cabinet against pension increases and the parental leave plan fed into the most damaging impression of all, that she is not what she seems.

It is especially dangerous because it’s the very same allegation that hovered around Kevin Rudd before Gillard deposed him a month ago. [Read more…]


The Narrative: Week Two Begins

If a weekend can be said to start on Friday morning, this past weekend began with Julia Gillard throwing away whatever credibility she had left on the issue of climate change. It ended with a poll showing Labor leading the coalition by 52% to 48%.

Gillard’s speech at the University of Queensland on Friday morning to announce a revised climate change policy had been eagerly awaited. Everyone knew that Rudd’s poll numbers had dropped almost instantly he dropped the Emissions Trading Scheme last April.

At any other time, her announcement of a raft of measures to promote renewable energy and to halt the building of new coal-fired power stations might have been well received. [Read more…]


‘Moving Forward’, Gillard Addresses Press Club; Laurie Oakes Steals The Show

As speculation about an early election continues, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, addressed the National Press club today.

Gillard’s speech was overshadowed by a question from Channel 9’s Laurie Oakes about events on the night of June 23 when Kevin Rudd’s leadership was challenged.

Oakes put to Gillard a claim that she reneged on a deal with Kevin Rudd to give him more time to turn around the political fortunes of the government. Gillard said the discussions were confidential and she would never talk about what happened that night. [Read more…]


Howard Attacks Obama and US Democrats

Less than twenty-four hours after Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the 2008 United States presidential election, the Prime Minister, John Howard, has attacked the Illinois senator over his policy of withdrawal from Iraq.

Responding to a question about Obama’s policy of withdrawing US troops by March 2008, Howard said: “If I was running Al-Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008, and pray, as many times as possible, for a victory not only for Obama, but also for the Democrats.”

The attack is unusual because it is considered undiplomatic for a head of government of one nation to intervene in the electoral process of another. [Read more…]


Howard And Latham Meet In Election Debate

Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Mark Latham have debated each other on national television.

It was the only debate between the two leaders during the 2004 federal election.

The debate, on Channel 9, featured a panel of journalists: Laurie Oakes, Michelle Grattan, Malcolm Farr and Jim Middleton. [Read more…]


Howard Rejects Call For Royal Commission On Intelligence Services

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has rejected a call by a senior security official, Lieutenant Colonel Lance Collins, for a Royal Commission into Australia’s intelligence services.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, John Howard, leaked to The Bulletin magazine, and reported tonight by Laurie Oakes on Channel 9 news, Collins alleges a long list of intelligence failures:

“Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, delay in the (Willie) Brigitte case, warning of the Bali bombing, breakdown of order in the Solomons … the independence of East Timor, death of an intelligence officer in Washington, resumption of Indian nuclear testing, fall of Suharto, the media-reported Indonesian capture of an ASIS officer, the Sandline affair and the testing of sarin nerve agent on an Australian farm by a Japanese religious sect”.

The Prime Minister said tonight that he will provide Lt. Collins with a detailed reply, but rejected the call for an inquiry. [Read more…]


Laurie Oakes, Cheryl Kernot And The Unreported Story

For some years now, Australian media outlets have refused to report widespread rumours concerning the private life of Cheryl Kernot.

This claim is made by Laurie Oakes in an article in today’s edition of The Bulletin.

Oakes refers to the publication this week of Kernot’s book, Speaking For Myself Again, a title the veteran Canberra journalist says should be Making Excuses For Myself Again.

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