In the context of the current Victoria Police investigation and the finding made by Chief Magistrate Lauritsen, it's interesting to revisit George Brandis's announcement of November last year.
I would add that the case for a Royal Commission or similar enquiry has grown considerably since then with our unsettling discoveries about Craig Thomson, Michael Williamson, Bruce Wilson and others.
The terms of reference for that enquiry were announced here.
I have a great set of headphones courtesy of the Czechoslovakian Princess and a recent birthday so the sound in Muso's extravaganzas is a real treat for me! This is a beautiful song and there were moments where that music combined with some of the images Muso selected to engender feelings of sorrow and maybe even compassion for the subject of Muso's video. Fleeting moments. They passed very quickly. But moments nonetheless!
The overwhelming feeling I am left with now is of having observed something pitiful and pathetic, built on a farrago of lies.
On 29 November 2012 The Age published this story by Mark Baker.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard enabled the incorporation of a union slush fund from which her boyfriend later stole hundreds of thousands of dollars by formally denying to authorities that it was a trade union organisation.
A newly released document confirms that a letter Ms Gillard wrote to the WA Corporate Affairs Commission in mid-1992 rejected the commission's assertion that the Australian Workplace Reform Association was ineligible for incorporation because of its trade union status. The document also confirms that Ms Gillard, then a salaried partner with Slater & Gordon, drafted the rules for the association - without opening a formal file, without consulting the senior partners and without taking advice from expert lawyers within the firm.
The revelations contradict Ms Gillard's claims at media conferences and in Parliament that she played a limited role in the formation of the association, from which her then boyfriend Bruce Wilson and his crony, Ralph Blewitt, later misappropriated more than $400,000.
Asked by Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop on Monday whether she had written vouching for the bona fides of the association, Ms Gillard told Parliament: ''The claim has been made but no correspondence has ever been produced.''
Here are some extracts from the Hansard recording Ms Gillard's statements in the House of Representatives that day, 29 November, 2012.
It's amazing how easily we forgot. The date of those protestations was 29 November, 2012.
On 19 December in the start of the holiday season The Australian newspaper published this QC's opinion delivered by Western Australia's former Anti-Corruption Commissioner Terry O'Connor QC.
In the interests of no misunderstanding arising from any editing of Terry O'Connor's opinion I present it here in full with my commentary from 19 December, 2012.
We now know that Victoria Police are considering charges of criminal conspiracy to cheat and defraud, creating and using false documents, obtaining property by deception and receiving secret commissions against Bruce Wilson, Ralph Blewitt "and others". In that context this opinion seems particularly prescient.
The Nielsen published figures for radio ratings include 12 midday - 4PM and 4PM - 7PM imeslots.
Here are the Sydney figures for all stations in the 3PM to 6PM slot that reflect Ben Fordham's Sydney Live program. Congratulations Ben, the market leader in both AM and FM bands! That makes Sydney's 2GB the leader in every timeslot AM and FM - a truly remarkable performance.
Here's the Sydney radio ratings result for the last survey for 2013.
Congratulations to Alan Jones, the undisputed market leader in Sydney radio. And to Ray Hadley, far and away the most listened to broadcaster in Sydney mornings, to Chris Smith in his commanding position in afternoons and to my mate and a bloke who I reckon is one of the great professionals of the radio and television capers Ben Fordham who has shared by shifting fractions the market leading position in the Drive slot throughout the year.
2GB's results are no accident. They come from knowing the audience and being true to them. I'm very proud to be able to fill in on the station in the first two weeks of January.
As a listener - and as a temporary subbie - thanks and congratulations 2GB!