Gillard launches attack on Blewitt
Prime Minister Julia Gillard launches an extraordinary, blistering attack on Ralph Blewitt as the Opposition ups the ante over the AWU affair.PT4M48S http://www.dailylife.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2a4ae 620 349 November 27, 2012
JULIA Gillard was at her best again in taking the fight up to her critics over the AWU affair. Well prepared and tough, she gave no quarter. Her message was: I've done no wrong, and if you think otherwise, make the accusation, produce the evidence.
As a lawyer, she knows how to defend herself. But also, no convincing case has been advanced to indicate she was party to wrongdoing, or knew of it.
She was, however, operating among dishonest people, one of them, Bruce Wilson, her then boyfriend, and the other, Ralph Blewitt, now a chief accuser, to whom she has given one hell of a character reference.
Blewitt returned to the fray on the ABC last night. For the Prime Minister to be in a public altercation with a self-confessed crook is hardly desirable, even though her word must be good against his. She is paying a high price for the rough company she kept in the 1990s.
The opposition's question time attack fell flat after Gillard's pre-emptive strike. But the Coalition is not backing off - in fact, Julie Bishop ramped up the allegations when she later said Gillard had been involved in a breach of the law.
It now comes down to how the public sees this battle. The opposition thinks that tarnishing Gillard will work to its longer-term advantage. The huge file that Tony Abbott's chief of staff Peta Credlin had when she was pictured with Bishop said it all.
Gillard is banking on ordinary people being turned off by the rehashing of matters ''re-recycled over 20 years.''
Putting the knife in, she told voters Abbott, unlike John Howard, did not have ideas for the nation's future - hence the ''sleaze and smears''.