JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

PM hits out at Coalition's 'nasty personal politics'

Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Video will begin in 5 seconds.

Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

'Corrupt!' MP ejected

Liberal MP Andrew Laming is ejected after yelling "corrupt" at Julia Gillard during question time.

PT0M0S 620 349

A Liberal MP has been ejected from Parliament after accusing the Prime Minister of being corrupt.

Julia Gillard has hit out at the Coalition, accusing it of ''nasty personal politics'' after facing fresh questions about her role in helping set up a union slush fund her former boyfriend used to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop sought to table in Parliament what she said was a copy of a $67,000 cheque from the AWU Workplace Reform Association — which Ms Gillard helped establish as a partner at law firm Slater & Gordon in 1992 — and a Slater & Gordon trust account, from which funds were drawn to purchase a Fitzroy unit in 1993.

In a press conference in August, Ms Gillard said that at the time of the purchase she did not know that funds from the association or any other accounts related to the union were used to buy the property.

''As the lawyer advising on the conveyance, does the Prime Minister stand by her statement that she didn't know the money came from the union slush fund that she had assisted in establishing?'' Ms Bishop asked.

Ms Gillard refused to directly address the question, saying she had publicly dealt with the issue.

''I stand by all of my statements on this matter,'' she said.

In a fiery question time, Liberal MP Andrew Laming was thrown out of the chamber after shouting at the Prime Minister ''you are corrupt''.

Later on Twitter, Mr Laming was unrepentant. ''Booted from Parliament for commenting on the PM's refusal to answer questions on AWU dealings,'' he wrote.

Ms Gillard has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. She broke off her relationship with her former boyfriend, Bruce Wilson, when the fraud was discovered in 1995.

In addressing Ms Bishop's questions, Ms Gillard referred to a comment made by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on Monday in which he said he would ''leave the nasty personal politics to the Labor Party''.

''Can I ask if the Opposition Leader endorsed the asking of this question?'' Ms Gillard said.

Ms Gillard said Mr Abbott's strategy was ''offensive'' but Ms Bishop hit back, saying it was offensive for the Prime Minister to suggest Mr Abbott was dictating her questions.

Ms Bishop said Ms Gillard had not answered the question and it was ''patently untrue'' for her to say she had dealt with the matters.

Ms Gillard said the questions were a ''cover-up'' for the Coalition's lack of a plan for the nation's future.

Follow the National Times on Twitter

72 comments

  • When will these self-absorbed clowns (both Labor and Liberal) get down to the business of government?

    Commenter
    doh
    Date and time
    October 31, 2012, 6:16PM
    • something is brewing and I can't wait for it to explode

      Commenter
      SGH
      Location
      COMO
      Date and time
      October 31, 2012, 6:20PM
      • And so the drip drip drip of allegations, denials, and insinuations continues. Aside from the old "there's no smoke without fire" phrase, perhaps it is time for Parliament to be dissolved and the voters to be allowed to have their say of the so called elected officials of this country?

        Commenter
        Wee Jock
        Date and time
        October 31, 2012, 6:20PM
        • She hasn't answered these questions.
          We the Australian voting public have a right to know what sort of person is heading our country. If what Gillard told Slater & Gordon was true that she always knew the association was a slush fund then she has brought about her own questions on this as to her honesty and integrity.
          Her failure to address these specific questions and the way she played the MSM for fools with her August , waste of time, press stunt only muddies the water.
          If she was not at fault you would think that she would absolutely want to clear the air.
          The fact that the most important 2 files have been found to be missing is most damning.

          Commenter
          Ron OKnox
          Location
          Vic
          Date and time
          October 31, 2012, 6:21PM
          • Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. The PM has done nothing almost nothing but play nasty personal politics against Tony Abbott this year, she can dish it out but not take it. The irony is astounding.

            Commenter
            Hills Sider
            Date and time
            October 31, 2012, 6:22PM
            • I'm amazed. Who knew Andrew Laming had a voice? When he manages to turn up, he gets ejected!

              Commenter
              Mark Harrison
              Location
              Brisbane
              Date and time
              October 31, 2012, 6:25PM
              • Nasty personal politics? What about her "misogyny" rant?

                Commenter
                Hamish
                Location
                Docklands
                Date and time
                October 31, 2012, 6:29PM
                • Andrew Laming is obviously wearing his having been expelled from the House as a badge of honour; sadly he's too stupid to realise that the sum total of these collective vitriolic diatribes will resulut in Labor being re-elected next time around because public disdain for the opposition will have become complete. On a positive note it might just ensure that sanity finally prevails in the Liberal Party, a new broom is put thru' and Malcom Turnbull is elected to its leadership.

                  Commenter
                  Magnus
                  Location
                  Abbotsford
                  Date and time
                  October 31, 2012, 6:30PM
                  • Ever since Abbott was elected as leader of the Liberals, all of the Labor Party has been targetting him on a personal basis for the last two years. It is now a bit rich for the PM to claim that she is being personally attacked. She installed the path of the current government.

                    Commenter
                    MM
                    Location
                    NSW
                    Date and time
                    October 31, 2012, 6:32PM
                    • So, uh, less than a year out from an election when is the Opposition going to start presenting itself as an alternative government? Policies? Cohesive, coherent budgetary measures? Anyone? All we get from this lot is negativity to cover up for their fiscal black hole. Abbott as PM is scary enough. Hockey at the economic levers, heaven help us. It's time to move on from Slater and Gordon, it's over. Time to move on from the great carbon tax scare, that's over too. The opposition is clutching at straws now that they have comprehensively failed to force an early election.

                      Commenter
                      Lejuan
                      Location
                      Canberra
                      Date and time
                      October 31, 2012, 6:33PM

                      More comments

                      Comments are now closed

                      Related Coverage

                      Featured advertisers

                      Special offers

                      Credit card, savings and loan rates by Mozo