The ‘Richo’ mentioned in the title is Graham Richardson, who is now a respected political commentator. Formerly, he was a Senator in the Australian Federal Parliament for 11 years. During some of that time, he was a senior Government Minister in the former Federal Labor Governments, serving as Minister for both the Hawke and Keating led Governments. His opinions of late have effectively dumped on the Labor Government led by Prime Minister Julia Gillard…..TonyfromOz.
Even Graham Richardson thinks Julia Gillard has – as I put it yesterday - put power before principle and lost both:
In defending Slipper, she ditched all ethics and principles in an effort to hang on until tomorrow. Through all the crises she has faced, it appears that the PM’s goal is to get through the day…
There can be no excuse for the long list of serious errors of judgment. When the crunch comes, she is just not good enough for the office she holds.
Footnote: If Tuesday was the worst day in the life of this government, worse is to come. Soon, the Treasurer will introduce a mini-budget of sorts. You don’t need to be an economist to know that the cost of refugees has blown out by billions, the mining tax will raise next to nothing, company tax receipts are way down and GST revenue is tanking.
The stench spreads. Dennis Shanahan:
The Gillard government is continuing to gag debate and stifle attempts to air the issues surrounding the commonwealth’s decision to settle its dispute over sexual harassment with Peter Slipper’s former staffer James Ashby.
While Nicola Roxon seems to have pulled in her horns as Attorney-General after overstepping the mark as the first law officer in siding with one litigant in a civil case of harassment, the government continues to throw a blanket of spurious excuses over parliamentary debate of her behaviour.
In yet another breathtaking display of double standards in relation to Slipper’s position as Speaker, the government is pretending nothing can be said about the case despite Roxon’s own repeated public interventions.
Yesterday, it simply used the gag as a tactic to kill debate on Roxon’s “abuse of process” and political manipulation.
In parliament yesterday, Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop asked Ms Roxon why she overrode official government guidelines to offer James Ashby, who had launched sexual harassment allegations against Mr Slipper, a settlement of $50,000. She asked if this was an attempt to prevent the release of the offensive text messages from Mr Slipper.
Moving a motion to suspend standing orders to require Ms Roxon to explain her role in the Slipper case, Ms Bishop also asked Ms Roxon why she had described the Ashby litigation as “vexatious” and an abuse of process while aware of the content of the texts.
She also asked if Ms Roxon had informed any other member of the government of their contents.
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.