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GILLARD: NAILS IN HER MUESLI

Like a cornered bear, Julia Gillard is at her best when she is poked with a big stick.

“I did nothing wrong,” she declared emphatically this afternoon. “These matters have been raised and cycled and recycled.”

This afternoon she held another marathon press conference on the ongoing affair surrounding a “slush fund” established within the Australian Workers Union. It was a move designed to get on the front foot before the Opposition dug into the details during question time.

 

“I did nothing wrong.” Julia Gillard at the press conference. Photo by Alex Ellinghausen via smh.com.au.
 

It signalled a number of changes in the woman and the Government’s ...

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58 Comments

  • Reply November 26, 2012

    Wendy Harmer

    Great piece, Gabrielle. Welcome to The Hoopla! We are very proud to have you as one of out wonderful contributors!
    “Sprinkling nails on her muesli” – love that!

  • Reply November 26, 2012

    Mia

    Here is a wonderful idea. To the media who keeps reporting this smut. I couldn’t give a fat rats about something that happened in 1995. I want to know what legistations and policies are being put on the table and how they will impact me and my family. And to the opposition, stop the smut and scandal finding mission and start giving us something to make us want to vote for you because from where I stand you are as bad and imbecilic Ralph Blewitt. I am over it. Clean out the liberal party and start again. The Labour Party in melbourne have put their policies out recently and I have not heard one thing about this on the media. They are too busy reporting this rubbish and Bert Newton ops (opening story worthy apparently). A this rate tmv and nw are to be considered has hard hitting journalism.

    • Reply November 28, 2012

      Jan McCready

      Me too! Apparently the Libs thinks the Labour Party is managing everything perfectly since they have nothing to ask the government about except something that happened 20yrs ago. And Kevin I’m sure is a very “nice” man, but he too should get over it and get on with what is happening now….and Maxine!

  • Reply November 26, 2012

    JessB

    Great work Gabrielle, I have to admit to never really being interested in politics, and feeling a bit worried about that lately. I love that I have somewhere I can go to have these things explained and discussed without feeling ridiculous!

  • Reply November 26, 2012

    Janet G

    So there is something about a redhead (male or female) and a temper. Good on her! If someone has specific allegations of fraud with hard evidence that involves the PM then the police will obviously be knocking upon someone’s door. As it is, it sounds like another ‘utegate’ debacle for the opposition to me. .

  • Reply November 26, 2012

    Robert Hanan

    Great choice Wendy.

    • Reply November 26, 2012

      Wendy Harmer

      Yes, we are very pleased with ourselves. Thanks Robert.

  • Reply November 26, 2012

    Georgia

    I think Waleed Aly wrote a very good article recently(?) in “The Monthly” about how politics is now about digging into a person’s past to find the tiniest misdemeanor to blow up into a flaw in “character”. It shits me to death that PM Gillard has to use ANY of her mind, her energy and her talent to counter this rubbish. I wish we had a decent media. Thanks Wendy and all here at Hoopla for your articles. I wouldn’t want the PM’s job for anything. They are attacking her like they did Cheryl Kernot, Carmen Lawrence, Joan Kirner….anyone that can get a carbon tax through and a mining tax must be an achiever and have negotiating talent. If PM Gillard is ever given a breather (they did the same to Christine Nixon) she might get a chance to govern the country. Get out of her way!

  • Reply November 26, 2012

    Norelle

    Yes – poor Julia (and poor us) – what a big fat waste of time.

  • Reply November 26, 2012

    Gail

    Nailed it Gab.

  • Reply November 26, 2012

    snifferdog

    Julie Bishop has dealt herself and her career a serious blow, taking this on for her boss, Abbott.
    I think we all remember what happened to another smear campaign against another sitting prime minister by another Opposition Leader.
    That one did not end well at all for said Opposition Leader.
    Still, Bishop plods on, unaware she is flogging a long dead horse. The spectator stands are empty. Crowd gone home. The crowd has decided policy and economy matters are way more important than what Abbott and Bishop have to offer.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    Liz

    So true,when are they going to get over it,
    past is past that’s not what we need to dwell on,
    we don’t need to live in the past,
    PM has the future in mind.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    mary

    Waleed writes many sensible pieces

    So sad he doesnt want to enter politics

    Just named Australian Muslim of The Year

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    Jenn j McLeod

    I’m glad it’s not just me wanting to see the pollies we are paying actually get on with the job of our country’s future, rather than wasting all their time on the past. Enjoyed this article.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    lindy

    I also find this rubbish that the Opposition are obsessed with, who cares about 20 years ago and our Prime Minister giving legal advice to two union officials. I do however find it disturbing that ABC news24 and Fran Kelley introduced this item as the Prime Minister helping to set up a slush fund… did they not listen to the press conference, the Prime Minister provided advice but did not set up the fund or any bank accounts. The ABC are guilty of inaccurate reporting quite often, I remind all of the reporting after Mr.Abbott said about lack of experience bringing up children, at that time Tim Palmer on the Drum said that the Prime Minister demanded an apology, at no time did she , she answered a question by saying that mr. abbott could eplain what he meant. This kind of inaccurate reporting changes the story markedly and it is time that the media looked to the facts.

    • Reply November 28, 2012

      anne louise

      So true Lindy. Makes me so irate. Grrr!

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    Caroline B

    Agree wholeheartedly with Gabrielle & everyone who’s posted here. I’m v interested in political debate but it was obvious months ago that this is a total non-story – all smear, no substance.

    No one I know could care less about this issue – another case of the Canberra Press Gallery losing its way up its own orifice it seems to me. If JG has ‘Questions To Answer’, ask them – she’s given several opportunities now, as well as parliamentary Question Time.

    Can we please get some debate about real policy issues? NDIS? The environment? Education? Health care? Anything but more of this waste of space….

    • Reply November 27, 2012

      JohnnyBoy

      Agreed Caroline B, as Paul Keating sain so eloquently, all tip and no iceberg!

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    JoanneH

    Julie Bishop must be desperate to allow herself to be used by the now “soft and gentle” Tony Abbott to smear dirt at the Prime Minister. Her performance in Parliament was ineffectual, and Julia made her look shrill and bitchy.

    She has now admitted meeting up with the discredited ‘bag man’ Ralph Blewitt in a reckless effort to find anything she can use to try and bring down a Prime Minister.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    NarelleM

    Well said Gabrielle, and also all the other contributions. What a load of cods’ wallop this all is. simply a taste of LNP “we were born to rule, and we do it best” tripe.
    Julie Bishop looked shrill and pathetic, but then they have no policies, well none any of us have seen or heard, so getting government by deception and lies is their only option.

    Loved Lindy’s comment about ABC changing what is said in the way they report it (paraphrasing). It seems most news editors go for the tabloid ‘shock value’ in how a stroy is headed and then reported. The gist of the whole matter can so easily be altered by using an inappropriate word.

    Biggest problem is the men in politics and media don’t like having a woman in charge. Especially when she is doing a great job unde a hung parliament and with so many wishing to cut her down.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    Bob

    How long is it since Julie Bishop, opposition spokesperson on foreign affairs and deputy leader, has asked a question on foreign affairs? I can’t remember one. It is time for Julie and “gentle Tony” to get over it and to use question time to ask questions that relate to the nation’s interest. They are only doing themselves harm with the current tactics of smear and innuendo.
    Julia Gillard is a cut above both of them and has performed and achieved brilliantly in a difficult and obstructionist parliamentary environment.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    JohnnyBoy

    Beautifully put Gabrielle. Agree with everyone except Jonah. He (she) still doesn’t get it This is our PM and she and her team are doing the best thay can to drag the rest of the country with a kicking and screaming conservative rump into the 2020′s. Heard somene on ABC media referring to Julie Bishop today as a “trained” lawyer. What does that mean, house trained or trained as an attack dog. This is a waste of her hair and the PM’s time. Please just get out of her way you idiots and as the incumbent of the highest public office one can aspire to in this great land, let her get on with it. If you don’t like the policy – go vote, and please stop attacking the office of the PM. It is degrading and demeaning to all who have held or aspire to hold it. And Jonah, Ranga is a term not tolerated in school grounds, by the way what colour is your hair? I respect your right to an opinion, but not an insult. I am not sure you are actually serious in your second para. though. It is a remark that the Chaser could just about make sound funny.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    moorie

    There is nothing good about Julia Gillard according to the Daily Telegraph, it wouldn’t matter what she did or said she would be wrong/dishonest etc. When did journalism become a political tool….?

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    moorie

    Excuse me Jonah but PULL YOUR HEAD IN!!!!!

    • Reply November 27, 2012

      mary

      Thanks, moorie, I join you shouting PULL YOUR HEAD IN!!!
      I also don’t like the term ‘Ranga”…..I was one…..but believe, as they are becoming a real minority, they are usually VERY strong, opinionated people

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    Rhyll McMaster

    While speaking recently to someone in high finance who votes Liberal they said Abbott is seen by their side of politics as not the right person for the job of steering the economy, should he win the next election – in other words agreeing with Gillard that Abbott is an economic illiterate. This person also cast doubt on Hockey’s abilities, lamenting that this current Opposition was not a good one. If the other side of politics is not happy with Abbott and his team, it must be bad. Gillard should set herself the task of making sure the electorate understands how unhappy the financial sector will be under Abbott.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    Royce

    Ha ha… read Mr Siffhausen again… .HAS to be tongue in cheek.

    You know what? Even if Julia had been up in it to her kneck… I reckon most voting plods wouldn’t care much about something so far in the past. Poor judgement must have a use by date….

    • Reply November 27, 2012

      Wendy Harmer

      Jonah’s comment has been removed for legal reasons.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    Lozza

    What a grovelling little article, and so typical of the stuff The Hoopla produces. I think The Hoopla must be up there with Vex News when it comes to pushing pro-Gillard spin. Soon it will be writing stories about Ralph Blewitt’s facebook page.

    • Reply November 27, 2012

      jonah stiffhausen

      Mmm, that’s funny. Comments the editorial staff disagree with seem to be disappearing. C’mon guys and girls, free speech and all that. Ain’t much fun if everyone agrees. Starts to resemble a sheep pen. Bah.

      • Reply November 27, 2012

        Wendy Harmer

        Jonah there’s a world of difference between disagreeing and making defamatory claims about people – you know exactly what I’m referring to. No site can afford to open itself to legal action. And I’m certainly not about to. We’ve emailed you asking you to tone it down. If you can’t be civil. You can’t play. Them’s the rules.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    Jenny

    It’s a bit late now to be banging on about something which happened so long ago. I don’t know the facts of the case – I doubt that anyone other than those involved would know accurately either. If there was something really bad going on, surely it would have been pursued by the police when it first came to light?? I don’t much like what I have seen and heard of Ralph Blewitt, and now the ex-boyfriend has come out and stated that Julia knew nothing about the corrupt activities he was involved in. For heaven’s sake, let it go Tony and friends!

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    ro.watson

    Ouch on nails in the muesli…Julie Bishop and Julia Gillard would both know,as former lawyers, that unless their former clients waive personal professional legal privilege they are constrained. They can say nothing without instructions about their former clients’ legal issues,or what they did for their clients. Some stuff may be on the public record. I am a coarser than before ex-lawyer, and that is my understanding of the law and ethics, as it relates to work done for clients.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    Sarah

    if Tony Abbott had said these things he would have called a misogynist but Julia couldn’t say anything else because a woman said it But as Jenn said the pollies should get on with the job they are being overpaid for on the both sides.Worse than little kids

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    Jody M

    We all seem to forget that politians work for us and as such we are their employers. As an employer we have the right to question what our employees do whilst they work for us (once thay are elected to parliment) but not to question what they did before they joined our employment. If they have committed a crime then the police/law will deal with it not the employer. Lets draw a line in the sand and say that all politians are human (apparently they are) and have skeletons in their closets but what they did prior to being elected is ultimately none of our business.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    MoniqueN

    Have to agree with Julia Gillard on this one, it’s time for Julie Bishop & Co to “put up, or shut up”.

    If you have something concrete regarding this matter then lets see it, otherwise lets all turn our attention to something more productive.

    Of course it is evident that the Opposition (despite increasingly desperate attempts) have nothing they can use to back up these allegations, now the trick is going to be finding a way to back out of the corner they’ve painted themselves into without looking entirely ridiculous – good luck with that!

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    ro.watson

    Anyway, just on this notion of “slush funds”~ presumably what is meant by this term is a secret cache of funds which only some individuals or part of a group have access to….I am assuming, and I could be wrong, that such slush funds are a bit like “secret trusts”~often made by rich people ?

    Also , as I understand it, a “slushie” is an icy concoction with some cordial thrown in.

    Whatever would be the state of the nation if cordial relations were established between government and opposition in a “hung” parliament?

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    ro.watson

    Anyway~ Onya the Hoopla for deleting material which interferes with our freedom of speech within lawful constraints by pushing boundaries that are set for everyone’s benefit by the rule of law.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    ro.watson

    My view is that if it is a bad law ~ change it. That old saying “when injustice becomes law, resistance becomes survival”…..

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    ro.watson

    I support the Hoopla’s editorial control.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    ro.watson

    Am I sucking up~ yes. I feel safe and protected on this site because I know the women running it have discernment.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    ro.watson

    To make myself clear, I support the Hoopla deleting hate speech. I read my above gobblygook comments on freedom of expression, and self-delete because of a lack of clarity.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    ro.watson

    Meanwhile~ I think it is good we read hate speech briefly, until it is deleted, just so we know the extremities…..

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    Lynn

    I’ve heard on the Canberra rumour mill that the Libs are going to roll Abbott early next year. Maybe Bishop is actually auditioning.

    • Reply November 28, 2012

      MazT

      Hmm, “auditioning”. I have wondered that too, after initially thinking it was Tony avoiding the “sexism” tag. Currently my thoughts are … if this is a real issue, Tony could deal with it as it is beyond sexism, so why isn’t he? Up the alley of any Opposition Leader one would think. Perhaps Julie thinks she is auditioning, but I suspect the boys – TA, Pyne and Hockey – have set her up in having her run with this. a) Pyne & Hockey see her as a threat to their own aspirations (recall the Shadow Treasurer job a while back) and this a way to get her job, if not TA’s, and b) Tony knows that if this backfires, he would have definitely been gone from his own party as well as finally the electorate. Julie is expendable. Unfortunately, it seems she has played into the plan by adding straight defamation into her handling. I think she’s been played.

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    Glenn

    Excellent article Gabrielle.All this shows is the coalitions desperation,they have no idea how to counteract Julia Gillard,some genuine policy might help, and in doing so Julie Bishop has ruined her career and for what and for whom?
    Since the Mysoginy speech people have been sitting up and taking notice of the PM not only for the content of the speech but also that it displayed the true strength and depth of character of Julia Gillard as opposed to the shallowness of Abbott.When will the coalition realise that the average Australian of whatever political persuasion sees this for what it is,a smear campaign.

  • Reply November 28, 2012

    Ann Noyd

    Oh piffle. Gillard needs some tutoring in comportment. Screeching like a fishwife, seething with hatred towards TA and her general unpleasantness are an embarrassment. She needs to clear the air and get on with the job.

  • Reply November 28, 2012

    Ann Noyd

    Its vexing how pro-labor this site appears to be. U need balance folks otherwise thehoopla will have zero credibility.

    • Reply November 28, 2012

      JoanneH

      You don’t have to be pro-labor to admire Julia Gillard strongly standing up for herself while Tony Abbott cowers behind his “loyal girl”. They must be feeding him tranquillisers to stop him from jumping the table in Parliament.

    • Reply November 28, 2012

      really

      And it’s vexing how pro-liberal the murdoch media and the comerical TV stations are, does this also both you? If not, perhaps it would be easier if you stop reading the Hoopla.

  • Reply November 28, 2012

    mary

    I was talking to some Brits today and as tories they admire Ms Gillard

    They think Mr Abbott is an extremist and creepy

    The advisors don’t get it at all!!

    They all tarnish brand Australia after that tweet about Ms Bishop and Mr Abbott today

    Disgusting and repugnant

    Time for the next gen to come through!!

  • Reply November 29, 2012

    Claire

    My respect and admiration for Julia Gillard grows and grows. What a lady!! Mary, Abbott IS CREEPY.
    His offsider is just as creepy. TA is on a slippery slope and, with any luck, will be repllaced. Malcolm Turnbull seems the only likely candidate. I wonder………?

  • Reply November 29, 2012

    Miranda Muer

    My respect and admiration continues to grow as well Claire. Great article Gabrielle Chan. Julia Gillard is a woman on a mission to lead Australia. She is a modern day version of Liberty Leading The People and fortunately because she is the PM she wields a position of power and a platform with which to command recognition and acknowledgement in a society and a world where womens voices are regularly discarded and rejected or simply completely ignored. Amongst other things she’s taken on the enormous fight against misogyny and paedoplilia simultaneously, no wonder she’s getting hammered by the media and the priveleged white mens-club factions. She has stirred a lot of pots. All the “sexist pigs” coming out of the woodwork like packs of dogs surrounding their prey. It will take more than that to bring her down, if ever. We can all see what’s in progress. It’s tall poppy syndrome ramped up 1000% particularly because she is a woman and is gaining worldwide respect for her values, beliefs, and policies and I am hoping she wins by a landslide victory at the next elections.

  • Reply November 29, 2012

    anne louise

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/114829216/Gillard

  • Reply November 29, 2012

    anne louise

    Mmmmmmm! Nails.

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