This weekend sees a sea-change in the reporting of the Gillard AWU scandal. State Premier threatened, Companies blackmailed, Drill rigs pirated, Explosives stolen, and it’s the same cast of characters involved in all the stories by Hedley Thomas and Michael Smith in this weeks The Weekend Australian.
Numbers involved include top politicians, companies and unions, law firms, and bureaucrats. This political thriller, of crime, sex, deceit and intrigue is a plot that just could not be made up.
There are Judges, Commissioners, Prime ministers, Premiers and Ministers involved. Union leaders, bikies, businessmen and lawyers too. Then there’s Michael Smith:
This fourth story sets out the history leading up to the Dawesville Cut project and the steps that led to Carmen Lawrence’s cabinet deciding to award the contract directly to Thiess without putting the work to tender.
My headline is a slight change to my favorite movie’s headline, “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, Her Lover”, a Peter Greenaway’s masterpiece ‘arthouse’ film starring Helen Mirren.
The Cook, the Thief His Wife & Her Lover : The wife of an oafish restaurant owner becomes bored with her husband and considers an affair with a regular …
Former Prime Minister Gillard asked in Parliament, “Who is Michael Smith?”
I guess she now has no doubt! Smithy’s first two scalps go for sentencing next week, Williamson and Thomson, and a new target is found, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s lawyer.
Just one year ago: Who is Michael Smith? – Michael Smith News