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sisemen 6th Feb 2013 06:20

How did you do that Andu? I picked up a point in your post, made my own and then your post reappears after mine.

Strange.

Andu 6th Feb 2013 21:06

Fixing a typo, sise.


DUMPED Labor Senator Trish Crossin has revealed the brutal details of the night her political career was terminated at Lodge in an "unfair dismissal" including the moment the Prime Minister told her: "I am offering you nothing."

Senator Crossin, who will be awarded a taxpayer-funded pension for life when she leaves politics at the next election has confirmed she asked the Prime Minister for an appointment to a board or an ambassadorship on learning she would be dumped, a suggestion that was angrily rebuffed by the Prime Minister.

Accusing the Prime Minister's Office of asking her to sign off on a press release that falsely claimed she backed the installation of Olympian Nova Peris as her replacement, Senator Crossin also said Ms Gillard had conceded she would win a rank and file ballot but insisted her "legacy" as Labor leader must include installing an Aboriginal woman in the Senate.

Supporters of Kevin Rudd's return to the leadership are using the story of Senator Crossin's political execution to try and push Gillard supporters to switch camps this week amid claims Mr Rudd is closing the 71:31 gap at the last leadership ballot to just a handful of votes.

Admitting she had nothing left to lose, Senator Crossin said her treatment should prompt MPs to think long and hard about the Prime Minister's judgement.

"I do think people are now seriously questioning how she might behave in the future," Senator Crossin told the Daily Telegraph.

"She can't do anything else to me now. People have said to me, I could be next. What if I am next ? Of course, it was unfair dismissal."

Many MPs had assumed Senator Crossin was sacked by phone but it has emerged she was ordered to fly to Canberra to attend a meeting at the Lodge, suspicious of what it meant but oblivious to the fact Ms Peris was already travelling to Canberra to be announced as her replacement.

She had spent the morning in Melbourne organising the sale of her elderly mother's home to raise a nursing home bond before flying to Canberra for her political execution.

After some formalities she told the Prime Minister: "I don't think I am here for a sleep over" prompting Ms Gillard to admit she was not endorsing her for the Senate seat and would be backing Ms Peris to replace her.

Ms Crossin also confronted the Prime Minister at the Lodge over whether her dumping was a result of her support for Mr Rudd a suggestion she rejected again discussing her "legacy" as Labor leader.

"I said, 'Is there something for me a board position, an agency, an ambassadorship'," Senator Crossin said.

"She said, 'I am the Prime Minister I don't get involved in organising those sort of those arrangements.' I said that her, 'Well, that can't be possible you are just about to organise a Senate pre-selection unilaterally. And surely if you wanted people to go willingly you would arrange for life after politics for them.' That's when she said to me, 'I've got nothing to offer you. I am offering you nothing.'

"Some of the scuttlebutt around here is people have said to me, 'what are you getting from this, where are you going to'. And when I have said to them well, nothing absolutely nothing, they are quite surprised.

"They are shocked at the brutality of it. They are shocked at me personally because I am a hard worker and I put in."

The next day, Ms Crossin was sent a draft press release by the Prime Ministers chief of staff Ben Hubbard which included a line from Senator Crossin endorsing Ms Peris as her replacement despite her telling the Prime Minister she would not do so.

Senator Crossin instructed the Prime Minister’s office to remove the line from the official press release because it was a lie.




Read more: Night the PM knifed me | News.com.au

500N 6th Feb 2013 21:09

I read that article. Makes very interesting reading.

Andu 6th Feb 2013 21:09

Larry Pickering paints a less than flattering profile of soon to be Senator Peris here. Not mentioned by Pickering, but the new husband looks young enough to be her son.

sisemen 6th Feb 2013 23:24

It really is reading like the script from Downfall.

I guess we can add 'bully' to the list of Dullard's achievements now (but we probably knew that all along didn't we campers?)

SOPS 6th Feb 2013 23:57

It really does make for incredible reading, but does give a good insight as to what makes her tick.

MTOW 7th Feb 2013 01:06

Is the current husband husband #3? If so, some might be tempted to say she goes through husbands almost as fast as she goes through government funds.
There are some clever people out there. Saw this on another site:


Best line of the day:

“He must be Obeid”

(with apologies to Rumpole)

Worrals in the wilds 7th Feb 2013 05:22


"She said, 'I am the Prime Minister I don't get involved in organising those sort of those arrangements.' I said that her, 'Well, that can't be possible you are just about to organise a Senate pre-selection unilaterally. And surely if you wanted people to go willingly you would arrange for life after politics for them.' That's when she said to me, 'I've got nothing to offer you. I am offering you nothing.'

"Some of the scuttlebutt around here is people have said to me, 'what are you getting from this, where are you going to'. And when I have said to them well, nothing absolutely nothing, they are quite surprised.

"They are shocked at the brutality of it. They are shocked at me personally because I am a hard worker and I put in."
They'd also be shocked because it's not the ALP way. Traditionally people are looked after, as we all know by the number of former Labor pollies swanking around as Ambassadors to sunny places. :suspect: I'm not saying that the PM organizes it personally, but someone does. Even Rudd got a 'thanks for playing' sweetie, and he didn't even play all that nicely. :ooh::}

It's one of the things that keeps people loyal, even when they get dirked by the machine. Sure, there a few tell all books in the following years (and maybe a regular newspaper column :hmm:) but at the time of the dirking most good ALP people are looked after well enough to keep their mouths shut.

Not this time; hell hath no fury, and I don't blame her. :eek: I'm just curious as to whether she's done anything to deserve it, or whether she's just found herself in the way of Madam's 'legacy.'

FullOppositeRudder 7th Feb 2013 05:30

Closing the gap .....
 
Larry Pickering's most recent contribution in his blog today is one of the most profound assessments of an "untouchable" topic I've read. It will probably be challenged, and refuted, but most white fella people who have walked alongside the aboriginal people in the bush for a while will find more than a grain of truth therein.

Andu 7th Feb 2013 05:35


I'm just curious as to whether she's done anything to deserve it,
She backed KRudd. In Eileen's eyes, that's enough to consign her to oblivion.

I see Pickering has withdrawn his comments feature for now. Did somebody get to him? Some of the comments were refreshingly 'intemperate'.

RJM 7th Feb 2013 05:38


it's not the ALP way
Julia Gillard is anything but the ALP way. That shouldn't take too much longer to sink through the skulls of the AWU heavies who keep Gillard's bus on the road.

david1300 7th Feb 2013 06:27

Yesterday between commiutments I heard a part of a conversation between ve Austin (ABC) and Ross Fitzgerald, talking on how the Labor Party has lost it's way. I'll be listening to the full audio later (about 13 minutes), but I though others might find it interesting.

This is what they say about Ross Fitzgerald:
Ross Fitzgerald is Emeritus Professor of History and Politics from Griffith University. He's written major works on the history of the Labor movement and the party in Australia.

He recently made a scathing critique of Labor under Julia Gillard, describing the party as not a party but a political Automatic Teller Machine. My Comment - yep, an ATM trying to by votes and voters to keep them in power. But who will top up the machines cash?

Ross Fitzgerald on Labor - ABC Queensland - Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

parabellum 7th Feb 2013 08:27

Was their spelling really that bad?;)

500N 7th Feb 2013 08:49

"Comment - yep, an ATM trying to by votes and voters to keep them in power. But who will top up the machines cash?"

Obviously not the mining tax :O




Croozin 7th Feb 2013 10:06

Joolia will need to make another trip to the ATM for a BIG bite - two more boats "intercepted'(!) of Christmas Island today. Christmas Island usually means from Indonesia, which usually means non-Tamils, which always means, no quick return. Ca'ching!! yet again, for the poor old taxpayer.

david1300 7th Feb 2013 10:17

@parabellum - my finger trouble on iPad :) :ok:

Andu 7th Feb 2013 10:23

McTernan and his team, along with Eileen and all her ministers will be on their knees offering prayers of thanks to God (even if they don't believe in Him) for the current "shock! horror!" sports scandal. You can bet the ABC and the MSM will talk this up as much as they possibly can for as long as they possibly can -anything to keep their favourite political Pardee's succession of utter failures off the front pages and TV screens.

Am I the only one utterly gob-smacked at the way this has been handled to date? Naming no one, but two Government Ministers piously intoning to the cameras that "it", whatever "it" is, is "huge" and "widespread",and "across all codes", effectively blackening the names and reputations of each and every high profile sportsman in the nation. Anyone in a first grade team who proves him or herself to be clean should sue the socks off Clare and Lundy.

Clare Prop 7th Feb 2013 12:35

I had a look on The Drum today (yeah I now I should get out more)

All those people saying how poor little Thomson had the presumption of innocence....

My coments about Magna Carta and how Toxin had tried to overturn 800 years of civil liberties with her reverse onus of proof legislation and that they can't have it both ways didn't get printed.

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Edited to add...nor did my comment about the only ones who were definately innocent were the HSU members whose money dissapeared with his blessing, even if it wasn't him who spent it....:ugh:

Andu 7th Feb 2013 20:37

Timing is everything. Is it co-incidence that it's all come to light two days after parliament has resumed and Eileen has uncomfortable questions to answer?

This "across all codes" "scandal" reeks of McTernan. Anything to keep this dysfunctional government's cockups off the front page.

CoodaShooda 7th Feb 2013 23:10

But what has "all come to light"?

It seemed to me that every professional sportsman and sports administrator in the country was being tarred in an effort to shift politics off the front page.

But then I'm an uncharitable cynic, well on my way to grumpy old man status. :E


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