[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.
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.