The front page story in The Age today:
Gillard files missing, say lawyers
Search fails to find ‘slush fund’ records
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.’
Anyway, that’s how it begins. How it will end is anyone’s guess.