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[Trish Crossin] told the Prime Minister: “I don’t think I am here for a sleepover”, prompting Ms Gillard to admit she was not endorsing her for the Senate seat and would be backing Ms Peris to replace her. Ms Crossin also confronted Ms Gillard over whether her dumping was a result of her support for Mr Rudd – a suggestion the PM rejected.

Instead, Ms Crossin said Ms Gillard again insisted it was about her “legacy” as Labor leader. “I said, ‘Is there something for me – a board position, an agency, an ambassadorship’,” Ms Crossin said.

“She said, ‘I am the Prime Minister, I don’t get involved in organising those sort of arrangements’. I said to her, ‘Well, that can’t be possible you are just about to organise a Senate preselection unilaterally. And surely if you wanted people to go willingly you would arrange for life after politics for them’.

“That’s when she said to me, ‘I’ve got nothing to offer you. I am offering you nothing’. People have said to me, what are you getting from this? Where are you going? And when I have said to them ‘well, nothing, absolutely nothing’, they are quite surprised.

“They are shocked at the brutality of it.

That’s from the Herald Sun.

Offering an inducement to vacate a Parliamentary seat is a bit naughty so I’m not surprised that Gillard couldn’t be that blatant. It amounts to sale of office. Yet given Crossin’s response this must be common. On the other hand, Gillard has made a true statement:

I’ve got nothing to offer you. I am offering you nothing.

We’ve all known this for some time.

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59 Responses to Join the queue

  1. Alfonso

    “is there something for me – a board position, an agency, an ambassadorship’”……..
    This expectation means it’s certain none of the above are merit based. I’m shocked. Hilarious to see an ex pollie with so little talent, someone useless in the private sector, that a sinecure is required to keep them off the dole or supplement the parliamentary pension.

  2. Leigh Lowe

    Spot on Alfonso.
    That bit leapt off the page at me too.
    I don’t find it surprising that a Labor luvvie would expect lifetime patronage but the way Crossin so glibly reports this request to be parachuted into a compensatory post is astounding.

  3. Leigh Lowe

    Spot on Alfonso.
    That bit leapt off the page at me too.
    I don’t find it surprising that a Labor luvvie would expect lifetime patronage but the way Crossin so glibly reports this request to be parachuted into a compensatory post is astounding.

  4. Samuel J

    Bravo Julia Gillard. That’s exactly the right response. I imagine Julia saying “you’re fired”. Finally I’ve found one thing I think Gillard did right. Crossin was a time server and deserved to be fired. She deserves nothing else – already she has sucked at the public teat too long and will enjoy a large pension. Of course this applies to many ALP members. I’d admire Gillard more if she said “you’re fired” to about 120 of her colleagues.

  5. Samuel J

    The other thing about Crossin – how she can be so isolated from reality to think she would get sympathy by saying she wasn’t offered an Ambassadorship etc. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  6. Gillard’s worried about her legacy?! She’s already left an immense legacy: first female PM, worst PM in history, as well as $250bn+ in debt! Furthermore, why does she think making a purely tokenistic appointment of an Aboriginal woman to the senate is a worthwhile exercise at all? An Aboriginal woman achieving a position through her own efforts proves we live in an egalitarian society – a worthwhile aim for any society. However you cannot short-circuit the process of creating an egalitarian society just by making an artificial appointment of an Aboriginal woman. So she has achieved nothing good for society though this appointment, yet she still thinks it’s part of her “legacy”. Typical of the left – it’s less about doing, more about seeming to do.

  7. Leigh Lowe

    I’ve got nothing to offer you. I am offering you nothing.

    Excellent line.
    That is going on my ballot paper in September.

  8. Rabz

    “I said, ‘Is there something for me – a board position, an agency, an ambassadorship’,”

    The nepotistic, parasitic labor entitlement mentality in a nutshell.

    Can anyone name one positive outcome Crossin’ has achieved (other than for Crossin’) in her 15 years with the snout in the taxpayer trough*?

    *Gouging NSW, Qld and WA taxpayers’ money for mendicants in the Nothing Territory doesn’t count.

  9. lotocoti

    Senator Crossin instructed the Prime Minister’s office to remove the line from the official press release because it was a lie.

    So at the eleventh hour, somebody has finally become a little squeamish with the PMO’s flexible attitude towards the truth.

  10. Matt

    Dare I say it – if this story is true Gillard actually has done something that brings credit to her office! It’s a Christmas miracle.

    If Crossin leaked this story, she is a fool who is too stupid to occupy a place in the national parliament. She comes across as greedy, whiny and bitchy – what a trifecta.

    Still, it goes some way to demonstrate the sense of entitlement that infects politics in Australia – most obviously on the left but also on the right.

  11. Popular Front

    All this Peris/Crossin nonsense is leaning on the assumption that an utter novice in Peris is just going to stroll into the Senate because Gillard gave her the nod. She has to convince the NT population to vote for her first and that is not guaranteed IMHO. I shall LMAO if the Gillard/Peris machinations fail and given the dirt that is flying about the Top End lately it is a distinct possibility.

  12. Paul

    I think Gillard/Peris (what happened to the Kneebone part of her name?) may find that Aboriginal people aren’t as stupid as they obviously think.

  13. Tintarella di Luna

    first female PM

    yest selected but not elected.

    Women of Australia history yet to be made by the first woman elected Prime Minister of Australia. Gillard can never lay claim to that.

  14. boy on a bike

    I’ve seen quite a few colleagues booted over the years, and have had to boot a few people myself. In most cases, the boss usually tries to do something to smooth the way for the person getting the boot. The fewer the hurt feelings, the better.

    Perhaps Gillard simply lacks empathy? Or, because she was sacked for gross incompetence, she only knows one way of moving people on – and that’s the hard way?

    In a world stuffed with highly paid useless UN sinecures and feather bedded climate change institutes, I’m gobsmacked that Gillard failed to line up some sort of golden parachute to ensure Crossin went quietly and quickly.

  15. Matt

    I’m gobsmacked that Gillard failed to line up some sort of golden parachute to ensure Crossin went quietly and quickly

    Wasn’t Greiner referred to ICAC for allegedly indulging in those sort of shenanigans?

  16. Keith

    They are shocked at the brutality of it.

    Gee Trish, if that’s brutal, what do you call the philosophy of Emily’s List?

    I’ve got nothing to offer you. I am offering you nothing.

    A pretty common line where sacking occurs, but in the liars party this is considered seismic. But, I don’t applaud it because it’s a one-off and doesn’t signal any change in philosophy, delivered in spite.
    Pity the PM isn’t a bloke, then Trish could scream misogyny.
    Trish is now free to contest the polls in her own right, but apparently she can only see herself in terms of an appendage to a political machine. Not used to doing the hard yards herself.

  17. Matt

    Of course, it was unfair dismissal

    This idea that Crossin and her defenders are spruiking that losing an elected position is somehow analogous to unfair dismissal is grotesque.

  18. Keith

    Wasn’t Greiner referred to ICAC for allegedly indulging in those sort of shenanigans?

    It was also the essence of Windsor’s fake allegations against John Anderson.

  19. boy on a bike

    There isn’t a federal equivalent of ICAC. If Gillard wanted to do it, there is no body she could be referred to for formal investigation. Greiner’s problem was that he was ratted on.

  20. Representing an electorate is—or, at least, ought to be—a civic duty, not employment. Though our arrogant but beloved PM, in handing Sen Crossin her pink slip, has appropriated—as she is so often wont to do—a task which should belong only to the electorate, the fact that far too many pollies look upon their representative responsibilities as employment—or, worse, as a career—does not mean that losing their seats ought to treated anything like the unfair dismissal of a salaried employee.
    Imagine that you’re an unpaid volunteer working every second Thursday arvo in a Red Cross bookshop until the manager tells you that, with the sad decline of literacy, and with many younger prettier volunteers requiring positions, your charitable services are no longer needed; do you have a case for unfair dismissal, particularly since you’ve grown accustomed to helping yourself to countless cuppas and choccy Teddy Bears in the tea-room? Of course not.

  21. Up The Workers!

    The icing on the cake in all this public airing of dirty, soiled A.L.P. laundry, would be if Nova Peris-Kneebone-Batman’s racist appointment by Juliar results in the Liberals winning the position at the election.

    Now THAT would be justice with bells on!

  22. Anne

    Am I the only one bothered by Gillard’s inherent racism…or is “reverse” racism okay…. because Aboriginals are victims, right… nice…. empowering.

    Merit, schmerit…it’s all about the colour of your skin Sentator!

    That’s not screwed up at all.

  23. candy

    This is one of the reasons the polls turned against Ms Gillard last week.
    She shows no loyalty, but only treachery and cold hearteness to a long term serving member of her party.

    unfair and un-Australian and the polls show what people think of j.gillard for it.
    It’s called unfair dismissal.

  24. Econocrat

    Is it an offence to offer or seek an inducement to not stand as a candidate at an election?

  25. Keith

    The icing on the cake in all this public airing of dirty, soiled A.L.P. laundry, would be if Nova Peris-Kneebone-Batman’s racist appointment by Juliar results in the Liberals winning the position at the election.

    That is exactly why I would like to see Crossin running as an independent at the election. The labor vote would be split, and a CLP candidate would romp it in. However, if she did, I reckon the job offers would come flooding in. All she has to do is announce that she’s running, and Gillard would make it happen pronto.

  26. Matt

    unfair and un-Australian and the polls show what people think of j.gillard for it.
    It’s called unfair dismissal

    No – its called politics. Losing office is part of the game.

    Crossin is a grown woman who has been in politics for over 15 years. She should stop whining about supposed unfairness and stop grasping for more taxpayer dollars.

    Crossin is making Maxine McKew and Cheryl Kernot look gracious in defeat.

  27. .

    Justice would be a Parliament with no Greens or ALP seats after a double dissolution election.

  28. H B Bear

    What part of “unrepresentative swill” does Crossin not understand? In the Senate the Party (and Emilys List) giveth and they taketh away. The only difference here is that it was done crudely, by an incompetent and unpopular PM and for racially motivated reasons.

  29. Dot, your wish will become very close to being granted (the DD bit) if the ALP/Greens play funny buggers in the Senate after the next Federal election.

  30. boy on a bike

    Is it an offence to offer or seek an inducement to not stand as a candidate at an election?

    Let the electorate decide the punishment.

  31. .

    Dot, your wish will become very close to being granted (the DD bit) if the ALP/Greens play funny buggers in the Senate after the next Federal election.

    Do what must be done, Lord Abbot.

  32. papachango

    Honestly I dunno who is worse here.

    Gillard for breaching her own proposed anti-discrimination laws by sacking a woman based on her colour then appointing a token Aboriginal in her place who has no experience, and isn’t even a party member. Thus setting the cause of Aboriginals earning merit-based positions back by several decades. She even fucking admitted it was a race-based appoitnment.

    Crossin for expecting a cushy post-politics job as a God-given right, and leaking this to the media, like it’s all good and normal.

    I suppose Gillard telling her to sod off was a good thing, but sweet jesus, she must have to work hard at being this appallingly incompetent.

  33. Lew

    Crossin was a Rudd supporter.Is she so stupid that she would expect Gillard,given the opportunity, to do anything other than back-stab her. And as far as expecting to be handed an Agency or Ambassadorship….. what the hell is she on? Other “traitors” should beware ,Gillard still has scores to settle and given her vicious nature will do so.

  34. Fleeced

    They are shocked at the brutality of it.

    Oh, the brutality…

    What a nasty bunch of people. What a disgusting (but unsurprising) expectation.

  35. Cold-Hands

    I think Gillard/Peris (what happened to the Kneebone part of her name?)
    Peris divorced him.

    With stories similar to Pickering’s take on her charitable work spreading throughout the NT, Nova’s chances of securing a Senate Seat have taken a battering. It would be poetic justice if she missed out.

  36. Richard D

    I love the Irony of someone from the Left being a victim of Affirmative Action.

    Affirmative action probably had something to do with her gaining the position in the first place but now she finds that there are other people above her on the Victimhood hierarchy.

    The idea of her own rules & principles being applied to her is a shock.

  37. Leo G

    “Offering an inducement to vacate a Parliamentary seat is a bit naughty”.
    Sounds dishonest, eh?
    Could this be another possible criminal abuse of public office to add to the list?
    A Commonwealth public official is guilty of an abuse of public office offence if they:
    -exercise any influence that they have in their capacity as a Commonwealth public official; or
    -engage in any conduct in the exercise of their duties as a Commonwealth public official;
    -and do so with the intention of

    either:
    -dishonestly obtaining a benefit for themselves or for another person; or
    -dishonestly causing a detriment to another person.
    The Criminal Code Act penalty for such an abuse of public office is imprisonment for 5 years.
    Any point in referring the matter to the PM’s accomplice Attorney General?
    Who is that now?

  38. Andrew

    While you feel sorry for how Crossin was shafted, that attitude is a rather shallow one considering that she expects someone to give her a ‘cushion job’

  39. “I imagine Julia saying “you’re fired”.”

    How un-Australian. The correct term is “you’re sacked!”

  40. That Crossin even asked indicates quite clearly that she has little expectation of being employable in the private sector.

  41. I think, Mr Beer, that the correct expression is “given the bullet*.”
    * not a death threat.

  42. candy

    I don’t think it’s too much to expect good communication and interpersonal skills from a PM or say CEO, and some respectfulness of ‘employees’, in this type of situation. It’s what one would want for onself, surely.

  43. Clancy of The Underpass

    The Gravy Train carriages are slowly coming off the rails.

    Toot.. Toot…

  44. .

    So will Squire Trish Lackland appeal to the Papess, Lady of the Lake Burley Griffin and Everqueen of Yarralumla?

    Holy Billy the uncrowned King Elect might have a different Captain’s pick.

  45. Maws

    “I imagine Julia saying “you’re fired”.”

    I think you mean “youse are foired”

  46. boy on a bike

    Being an MP is not defined as employment. Which is why MPs are paid an “allowance”, not a salary.

  47. Up The Workers!

    Yes, no doubt about it, the ‘Bogan with the Slogan’; the ‘Droner from Altona’ certainly has class.

    Even her mocassins have high heels – and you don’t see classier than THAT in downtown Altona!

  48. mundi

    Agreed, both as bad as each other.

    What Labor givith, Labor taketh.

    Frankly she should be thrown out of the labor party for her comments. not surprised at all that she expected a cushy job and golden handshake.

    she ate from the trough just like the other pigs, and now shes squeeling.

    she could just put her lself as an independant on the senste ballot, but we all know she wont, she got her postition because of the letters ALP under her name. any other human being in a similiar postition would have won too.

  49. mundi

    papachango, Gillard didn’t break her own anti descrimination laws: they allow for discrimination that promotes equality for a minority. Afterall the law the real point of the law changes was to remove freedom of speech and legalise affirmative action.

  50. ‘I am the Prime Minister, I don’t get involved in organising those sort of arrangements’

    And that was when Crossin should have known. As soon as Gillard finds it necessary to remind her audience that she is the Prime Minister, some kind of pomposity and excuse-making always follows.

    Try the following examples:
    Interview with Mike Willesee
    Interview with Jon Faine

  51. Jim Rose

    partonage to resigning members of parliament is as old as the hills.

    MPs soliciting favours for their electorate is standard practice too. It is acceptable for an MP to lobby Ministers for funding of programmes and projects in which they have a political or professional interest.

    Patronage is central to ensuring the loyalty and accountability of subordinates in Washington. The blue book lists 6,000+ positions within the president’s gift.

    Under patronage, there was accountability. Loyalty and responsiveness to political mentors are essential attributes

    Civic-minded reformers objected to the inefficiencies and corruption alleged to be inherent in a system of patronage. A merit based public service was supposed to be more accountable and the monitoring of shirking was easier because you could not fire people!!

  52. Aliice

    Lew says
    “will to kill weak decadent Westerners who smugly believe both that they should be wealthy whilst simultaneously championing policies that cause deprivation and misery”

    They are dealing with a ranga control freak. What else could they ezpect?

  53. Aliice

    Bugger Lew didnt say that at all…wrong paste, old paste.

  54. Aliice

    Lew said “Other “traitors” should beware ,Gillard still has scores to settle and given her vicious nature will do so.”

  55. Marky

    Am I the only one bothered by Gillard’s inherent racism…

    I honestly don’t think racism figured into Gillard’s decision, here. At least, it wasn’t the primary reason. Trish Crossin wasn’t dumped because she’s white; Nova Peris was slapped on there to give Gillard some political mileage. Sure, it’s racist, but as a byproduct of a craven attempt to ingratiate herself with the Aboriginal community, which was the real objective.

  56. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “I honestly don’t think racism figured into Gillard’s decision …”

    … followed by an account of the self evident favouring of one race over the other!

    The Slapper herself said she wanted to wheel a particular race into the “appointment”. She said that herself!

  57. Jessie

    Cold Hands at 11.30

    Nicholson in The Australian has a laugh along similar lines.

    The stab in the buttocks – beyond me :)

  58. Cato the Elder

    She wasn’t sacked as a senator, she was simply replaced as No. 1 on the ALP senate list for the NT.

    Since the Territory only elects 2 senators and has always (so far) returned one senator of each flavour, her chances of re-election lower down the list are negligible. She’s not employed by the ALP, so how is it unfair dismissal?

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