There will be no principles in a government I lead …
PROSTITUTES in Asia! PM on Monday:
LET me remind you who Mr Blewitt is … Mr Blewitt admits to using the services of prostitutes in Asia.
Prostitutes in Australia. ABC News, August 23, 2011:
JULIA Gillard has been again forced to defend Labor backbencher Craig Thomson, amid new allegations which appear to cast doubt on his denial that he used his union credit card to pay for prostitutes.
Stand by your man. Neil Mitchell, October 20, 2011:
HOST: Do you stand by Craig Thomson as a member of your team?
PM: I certainly do…
Company they keep! PM yesterday:
THE Deputy Leader of the Opposition has confessed during those interviews to being in the company of Ralph Blewitt on Friday – I’m now dealing with the lack of standards of the opposition and the company they keep.
Company they keep. Channel 10’s Meet the Press, Sunday:
NICOLA Roxon: I think the most substantive allegation is maybe she didn’t choose that wildly – wisely, her boyfriend. Now, all of us, I reckon, have chosen boyfriends and girlfriends in the past.
Hugh Riminton: Oh, I’ve had some terrible boyfriends. I’ve had some terrible boyfriends over the years.
Roxon: We may not always be, you know, on reflection, think we’re wise choices. But that is, I think, the only real issue here.
Lewd comments! PM on Monday:
MR Blewitt has published lewd and degrading comments and accompanying photographs of young women on his Facebook page.
Lewd comments. PM on October 9:
ON the conduct of Mr Slipper and on the text messages which are in the public domain – I have seen the press reports of those text messages and I am offended by their content … but I also believe that, in making a decision about the speakership, this parliament should recognise that there is a court case in progress and that the judge has reserved his decision. Having waited for a number of months for the legal matters surrounding Mr Slipper to come to a conclusion, this parliament should see that conclusion.
Double standards! PM on October 9:
WHAT I will not stand for – what I will never stand for – is the Leader of the Opposition … peddling a double standard.
Double standards? Leigh Sales on ABC 7.30 on Monday:
MR Blewitt, you just heard what the Prime Minister had to say about you in the parliament today. Why should anybody believe what you say?
Blewitt: Well, in response, I would say this: Julia Gillard has been labelling this a smear campaign. I think it’s a bit hypocritical of her to now come out and try and smear me to detract people from the main event here.
Gerald Moses writes to the Sydney Morning Herald, November 26:
WHEN I began my professional life in 1958, the senior partner of the firm I worked for used to say: “You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.”