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