Julie Bishop’s Career Defining Gamble
Julie Bishop has made serious allegations against the competence and integrity of a sitting Prime Minister. But does she have any proof to back up her claims?
The stakes are high as Deputy Opposition Leader Julia Bishop accuses the Prime Minister of “breaking the law” when she allegedly set up an unauthorised incorporated association to facilitate an elaborate fraud perpetrated by her then boyfriend Bruce Wilson and fellow AWU official, Ralph Blewitt.
It’s a courageous allegation, as Sir Humphrey Appleby might say, and one which the Deputy Opposition Leader will be required to substantiate fairly quickly with concrete evidence.
Former lawyer Julie Bishop has stated that when Julia Gillard was a partner with Slater & Gordon she established an unauthorised union association to enable Bruce Wilson and Ralph Blewitt to access for the purposes of financial gain.
”The reason [Ms Gillard] didn’t open a file within Slater & Gordon … was because she and Wilson and Blewitt wanted to hide from the AWU the fact that an unauthorised entity was being set up…” Ms Bishop said.
”She created the stolen vehicle that the bank robbers took to the bank, to rob the bank.”
Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has been conspicuously silent on the matter allowing his deputy to lead the charge on the serious allegations.
However the Gillard Government is vehemently denying the Opposition’s claims.
The opposition says Ms Gillard was, at best, guilty of “gross and utter incompetence” as a lawyer, because she failed to ensure the AWU executive had approved the formation of the association.
Ms Bishop said she had met with Mr Blewitt in Melbourne for ten minutes last Friday but said this morning she found the man she described as a “self-confessed fraudster,” who has made allegations over the affair was “not credible.” Ms Bishop dismissed claims the Oppositions pursuit of the AWU affair was sexist.
“She is using the charge of sexism as a sword against her critics and as a shield against having to answer any questions,” she said.
Leader of the House Anthony Albanese condemned Ms Bishop’s meeting with Mr Blewitt and compared it to Malcolm Turnbull meeting former treasury official Godwin Grech at the height of the ‘Utegate’ saga in which emails were faked.
“Meeting with a scum bag to try and bring down a prime minister, this says a lot about Julie Bishop’s values, it says a lot about the Liberal Party,” he said.
Someone is going to end up with egg on their face, and it may well be Julie Bishop.
No wonder Abbott is keeping himself at a safe distance.