Gillard threatens legal action …

… and an article is immediately withdrawn from The Australian, and a cringing apology published.

Strangely, however, follow-up articles in other papers have (apparently) published the text that raised Juliar’s ire.   As a quotation, which they can (apparently) get away with.

When a Prime Minister threatens to sue a journalist for defamation, Boadicea and I usually reckon it’s tantamount to an admission of guilt – but this time we could be wrong.   What is undeniable is that this spat has spotlighted a grubby episode in Juliar’s earlier life; one that was in the public domain but played down, at the time, to such an extent that many of us had never heard of it.   Even if today’s accusation is completely false, it’s a reminder of the sort of crim that she used to knock around with.

The sleaze within some Unions and the ALP (Australian Labor Party) which has recently been revealed, makes me wonder just how corrupt Labor is.   Starting with Kev’s political assassination, we’ve seen WikiLeaks dob in Senator Mark Arbib as the Americans’ spy, we’ve seen Juliar unashamedly reverse her promise on the Carbon Tax and MP Craig Thomson finally exposed for spending many thousands of dollars of HSU (Health Services Union) money on booze and prostitutes (admittedly a grand old Australian tradition) and now Juliar’s youthful indiscretions are coming back to haunt her.

What a barrel-load of corrupt bastards!   I can yet foresee the AFP (the Feds) being summoned to arrest the entire chamber, and the Governor-General forced to order a second dismissal.   But her (the G-G’s) daughter is married to Bill Shorten, an ex-Union boss and Labor power-broker who currently holds the position of Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation.   No chance!

For a different slant on the brouhaha, try this article in Crikey.

Author: Bearsy

A Queensland Bear with attitude

21 thoughts on “Gillard threatens legal action …”

  1. Thank you, Sheona.
    How utterly embarrassing!
    I shall perform the appropriate penance. 😳

  2. Some people might argue that ‘an American spy’ would convey the intended meaning without any resort to apostriphication of any sort, given, in particular, that Senator Arbib is a non-Septic and operating furth of the USA. A spy for the Americans and not of the Americans so no need for any sort of possessive usage. In my opinion.

    IC,OC, BW.

  3. LW – enjoy your moment of triumph. 🙂

    JM – Quite right. It would have been far better.

  4. Araminta :

    Um, Bearsy, just a small point but you might want to check your spelling of ” indescretions”, in the penultimate paragraph.

    Hi Ara.

    Just a small point but you might want to check the meaning of ‘penultimate’.

    Up here, it means second last and not third last.

    Yours Aye

    JM ( known to Bearsy as JW apparently)

  5. True, Mr Mackie. I ignored the last line, it doesn’t count as a paragraph in my opinion, but that’s just my view.

    I can certainly be accused of inaccuracy, and I plead guilty; well sort of!



  6. Seems to me that people who put themselves up for public office should expect to be written about and have allegations made against them, it is the nature of the beast innit? I would say taking out legal injunctions only goes to make people think you’ve got something to hide!

    Are the papers in bed with the pollies in Aus too then?

  7. Too many of them, yes. Murdoch gets everywhere.
    The ‘shock-jocks’ are not, as a general rule, but few take much notice of their ‘OTT’ ravings.

  8. Araminta – the one before that is known as the “pre-ante-penultimate” paragraph.
    Not a lot of people know that. 🙂

  9. Hi Bearsy

    Having had one’s fun on the grammatical front, I have to say that one of the joys of my visit to your country was having the chance to read about your pollies and their ongoing goings-on at both State and Commonwealth level. I thought that your journalists were, for the most part, far ahead of ours. Well-written and incisive articles were commonplace and a delight to read.

  10. We have some gems, JM, but we have our share of dross, too.
    Our Draconian defamation laws can also pose limitations which are not immediately visible.

  11. Bearsy: I learn something new every day, the sequence here is clearly:


    Why does a common language have to be made so difficult?

  12. Because there is not a common language. They are all individual tongues. But at least, they’re mutually comprehensible, most of the time. 🙂

    It’s the devil’s own job to convince some of you Charioteers that Australian does not, in any register, follow British rules of speech.

  13. Bearsy: Look you, (solid Welsh expression denoting emphasis), by HERE I do not mean the Sceptered Isle, I mean the US of A. Usage of language in the UK, I know nothing about, as has been clearly demonstrated.

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