Unions+con-men+lawyers+sleaze = Julia Gillard?

I first came across Australian politics some 25 years ago when trying to sell a turnkey power plant to be located in W. Australia. I found myself trying to negotiate through a morass of cronyism together with convoluted local and national politics which I never did succeed to decipher.  Since then I have been a fascinated – but always confused – observer of Australian politics. I never did manage to sell that particular power plant in Bunbury but I did manage to see a couple of Test matches at the WACA. I have subsequently sold steam and gas turbines  in Australia where these projects did not attract the same level of political interest. But I still have  a very meagre understanding of how things actually get done within Australian politics.

An Australian political cartoonist – Larry Pickering – has been running a series of articles on his blog (4 parts – so far – with part 5 yet to come just published). The contents seem to reveal a web of corruption and deceit encompassing a crooked union leader, the AWU, dirty weekends, a law firm and Julia Gillard who was then employed at that firm. Somewhere along the line Ms. Gillard was apparently sacked from the law firm and then entered politics. The revelations appear quite explosive to me but I note there is almost no coverage of these in the Australian media. I am not quite sure what to make of the apparent disinterest of the MSM. It could be that the “revelations” are pretty tame and just represent  the “normal” and expected behaviour of Australian politicians?

Part One: Our Prime minister is a Crook

Part Two: Is our Prime Minister a Crook?

Part Three: Is our Prime Minister a Crook?

Part Four: Is our Prime Minister a Crook?

UPDATE!

Part 5: Is our Prime Minister a crook?

Larry Pickering’s cartoons are pretty interesting as well. The Bolt Games are over now and I like this one:

Cartoon by Larry Pickering

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4 Responses to “Unions+con-men+lawyers+sleaze = Julia Gillard?”

  1. Vividhunter Says:

    I would probably agree with your summation of our first female PM, and the woefulness of Aussie politics in general. I don’t think we’re alone in the world though at feeling a sense of hopelessness whenever we consider the terrible choices on offer. 😦

  2. Wombatwal Says:

    It seems odd that no one in the media is running with this.
    Even the toxic Murdoch press have said nothing as far as I know.
    The opposition say nothing.
    Is this all fair dinkum?
    Is it made up?
    If it is true then Gillard has to go ASAP.
    But nothing is happening.
    Why?
    No conspiracy theories please.

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