The Australian has a story about the so-far missing letter to WA. h/t pete m in the Forum.
The revelation, contained in a document released today after 17 years, comes after days of stonewalling by the Prime Minister, including in parliament, on the question of whether she had personally vouched for the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association.
The document, a record of interview between Ms Gillard and her law firm, Slater & Gordon, in September 1995, reveals the association was initially regarded as ineligible because of its “trade union” status.
Ms Gillard overcame the obstacle by writing to the Commissioner for Corporate Affairs in Western Australia in 1992 and arguing that the decision to bar it should be reversed.
Ms Gillard also wrote the association’s rules, which emphasised worker safety but made no mention of its true purpose of funding the elections of union officials.
The document reveals she “cut and pasted” some of the rules from her earlier personal work incorporating the controversial Socialist Forum, which she helped found at Melbourne University in the 1980s.
Remember that this scandal is just the tip of the iceberg of corruption which has eaten the heart out of the trade union movement and the ALP. This has gone on over many years, with the assistance of the progressive chattering classes and the MSM, most notably the tapayer funded ABC (news and current affairs especially). Taking up the comment that they didn’t really help deliberately, that they just ignored or could not see what was happening, that is a fair call to some extent. But the whole point of being an educated person is to try to understand what is happening in the world of ideas and in public affairs, and to communicate that to students and the interested public. Our academics and intellectuals have largely failed in that responsibility.
The media have a similar mission, at a lower intellectual level, apart from those who have higher education (which is most of them these days). Clearly the expansion of higher education has lowered rather than lifted the standards of the MSM and the quality of public debate. Work that out.
Nothing is gained simply by cutting off the head of the serpent, the whole infrastructure of ideas, groups and influential players has to be revealed and subjected to scrutiny in the light of day.
Homeward bound. This evening I take to the air from LA and return to reactivate the Lower Neutral Bay faction on Friday morning. You guys make sure nothing bad happens in the meantime!