News

Government should set up inquiry into PM: Abbott

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott pledged to start an inquiry into Coalition allegations against Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Friday.

Mr Abbott said if elected, he would set up a judicial inquiry into allegations Ms Gillard acted improperly during her time as a lawyer with Slater and Gordon in the 1990s.

But he said the current government should act now to set up such an inquiry, on grounds the public could not wait up to 12 months for the next federal election.

Mr Abbott made the pledge, but refused to directly allege any criminal activity by Ms Gillard approving a re-election fund for union officials in 1992.

"Now, let's have the inquiry. Let's have it now. Let's get to bottom of these things and if the Prime Minister has nothing to hide, she won't run scared from this inquiry," he said.

Liberal heavyweight Senator George Brandis called a press conference on the matter on Friday, but he also was not prepared to directly allege Ms Gillard did act in a criminal manner, despite making a statement to that effect under parliament privilege in the Senate on Thursday.

Instead, Mr Brandis said it appeared to him and the Coalition, Ms Gillard may have breached criminal and commercial laws in helping to incorporate the fund - but he could not provide any evidence to guarantee his inherent allegation.

The Coalition has for months been alleging improper behaviour on the Prime Minister's part during her time as a lawyer, when she acted for her former boyfriend Bruce Wilson and his Australian Worker's Union colleague Ralph Blewitt.

Ms Gillard has repeatedly denied she was involved in any wrongdoing.

The Coalition has so far failed to provide any definitive evidence Ms Gillard knew she was involved in any wrongdoing at the time.

Topics:  julia gillard, tony abbott




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Back to basics for Springborg after leadership loss

LEADERSHIP LOST: Lawrence Springborg has been dumped as the leader of the LNP in Queensland.

Dumped Opposition Leader returns to electorate

Elderly man recovering in hospital after tractor fall

An 83-year-old man was airlifted from his property at the Head near Killarney after falling from a tractor.

83-year-old airlifted to Toowoomba Hospital

Tackle Flu campaign headed for Warwick

Darling Downs Public Health Unit Director Dr Penny Hutchinson and Indigenous Health Worker Karen Taylor wear the 2016 2016 Tackle Flu shirts that are available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged between 15 and 24 years who receive their flu shot at the clinic.

Flu campaign targets Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths

Latest deals and offers


Blue Light Disco on tonight

Reagan Adams and Logan Laidlow at a Blue Light Disco.

Disco at the Redbacks tonight

Mayor: confidence is key to filling empty shops

Former Destination Southern Downs business implementation manager Tracy Dobie has announced she will be running for Mayor. Photo Contributed

Dobie to lead economic development committee

Warwick commercial property market in ‘decline’

The old Mango camping store on Albion St is for sale/lease at the moment. It's been empty since late February after housing the camping business for 10 years.

Business confidence affects commercial property sales

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.