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Once was lost but…

How convenient is this for Gillard and Labor?

A FILE detailing Julia Gillard’s role in helping set up a union slush fund from which her former boyfriend stole hundreds of thousands of dollars has disappeared.

Law firm Slater & Gordon yesterday said it could find no documents relating to the work done by Ms Gillard — a former salaried partner of the firm — in establishing the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association in 1992.

Police believe the association was used by Ms Gillard’s former boyfriend and senior AWU official Bruce Wilson to steal more than $400,000, including about $100,000 which helped fund the purchase of a Fitzroy unit bought with Ms Gillard’s professional assistance.

Slater & Gordon managing director Andrew Grech told The Age last night that the firm had not been able to locate any documents relating to the controversial transaction.
‘‘We have not been able to identify any such documents following extensive searches of our archival records,’’ Mr Grech said.

‘‘If there are such documents, we don’t have them. They could have been misplaced, or lost. I simply don’t know.’’

Gee if I did not know better I would have to think that maybe someone is protecting a certain ranga’s arse by misplacing an embarrassing file in the office shredder….
Oh the joys of Labor in power….

Cheers Comrades


  1. deknarf says:

    And is the NO Coalition any different? Whatever way you look at it the garbage has been removed from the tip and dumped at Parliament House — on both sides of the respective Chambers!

  2. Brian says:

    So a law firm Julia Gillard hasn’t worked for for 19 years can’t find documents from 20 years ago, and in fact can’t even say whether they existed in the first place? It’s hardly Watergate.

    This whole thing, along with the Abbott-punched-a-wall-once fiasco, have both been pointless fishing expeditions by media hacks and idiot bloggers. There is no smoking gun that either did anything so wrong that it should impact on their political careers.

  3. Iain Hall says:

    I really think that the dodgy dealing concerning a union slush fund is of far more importance than any alleged bad behavior by a student pollie.
    That said i can’t imagine that a firm like Slater and Gordon would be purposefully lax about their record keeping, even for items twenty or more years old which is why I find this disappearance rather suspicious

  4. Ray Dixon says:

    You left out the bit where S & G explained that files are only kept for 7 years after which time they are routinely shredded. Even if there’s more to this than Gillard has admitted to there’s also something called the Statute of Limitations. In short, Iain, this is looking for a smoking gun that no longer exists and mere witch-hunting (no pun intended).

  5. Brian says:

    I really think that the dodgy dealing concerning a union slush fund is of far more importance than any alleged bad behavior by a student pollie.

    That’s the problem, though, there is no evidence of “dodgy dealing” on Gillard’s behalf. She set up a fund for her boyfriend at the time, who subsequently used it in the course of rorting union funds. “Post hoc ergo propter hoc” applies here. Just because she set up the fund doesn’t mean she did so with criminal intent. The worst you could say about her is that her taste in men isn’t too flash.

    And Ray is right. Law firms didn’t archive everything in the pre-digital age. Dancing around and saying “there is no evidence, probably because it has been destroyed” is ridiculous. It’s just one conspiracy theory on top of another.

  6. Brian says:

    Incidentally, I forgot to mention that we have a situation down here in Vic. where an MP named Geoff Shaw has been found by the state ombudsman to have rorted his travel privileges. Yet the Liberal Premier (who governs by a one seat majority, funnily enough) is refusing to sack him or even strongly criticise him. And of course not much coverage of this fact in the press or from Liberal-loving bloggers like yourself Iain, to an issue with far more currency and relevance than what Gillard did or didn’t do 20 years ago.

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