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Turnbull Concedes Rudd Is Not Involved But Attacks Anyway

Malcolm Turnbull has finally conceded attacks on Kevin Rudd cannot be sustained. This has not, however, stopped him from going on the attack.

Of course there was another lively session in Federal Parliament today with calls from both sides of the house for the relevant parties to resign. Despite Malcolm Turnbull’s concession that attacks on Kevin Rudd couldn’t continue in regard to the Utegate affair, he tried a different line of attack. Turnbull’s attacks on Kevin Rudd today centered on a Bennelong car dealer.

The car dealer approach Rudd “at a small business function” that he “attended with the member for Bennelong.”

So what is the point that the Leader of the Opposition is trying to make here. Surely Kevin Rudd is allowed to talk to people at functions he attends and if people ask questions of him surely they are entitled to answers. The purpose of this car dealer approaching Mr Rudd was to ask about the OzCar scheme and whether it was up and running. Surely this was reasonable and attacks of this nature can not be sustained either.

Is this just a tactic by Mr Turnbull to divert attention away from the fake email the he relied so heavily on?

The last week has shown that Malcolm Turnbull lacks the judgment to be the alternative Prime Minister. Not checking the validity of information before launching such a vicious attack and not knowing when move on are pretty basic skills required of any politician. Mr Turnbull needs to move aside as Leader of the Opposition or the Liberal Party needs remove to him to save themselves and get on with the business of opposition and leave these poorly founded attacks behind them.

Wayne Swan has tabled documents which show that he did not give preferential treatment to John Grant. So the subject should be closed.

There clearly has not been any corruption from Kevin Rudd or Wayne Swan and the opposition needs to stop flogging this dead horse. It clearly is not going anywhere.

There is important work to be done in Parliament. The politicians in Canberra need to get on with it and stop their petty bickering before Parliament breaks.

Utegate Email Is A Fake.

Investigation by AFP officers into the email at center of the OzCar affair have tracked its origin to a computer in the Treasury Department.

It has been revealed that the email originated from the Treasury Department and was sent to Treasury official Godwin Grech. Federal Police this morning raided Grech’s home. Grech was interviewed by Police with Police emerging from his home at about 1 pm with three hard cases.

Police have also established the email as a fake.

Police also want to interview a former staffer of Malcolm Turnbull, Paul Lindwall, who is also a former Treasury colleague of Godwin Grech.

A firm link to Malcolm Turnbull has does not seem to have been established at this stage and there are people from both sides of the political spectrum working at Treasury, but it does seem to be getting closer.

During a fiery session in Parliament today The Government focused much of its attack on the email issue with the Opposition calling it a diversion from the issue of Wayne Swan misleading Parliament. While this may be the case it could also be said that the Opposition trying to steer focus to Wayne Swan could be a diversion away from Malcolm Turnbull and the fake email.

With the Opposition still trying to attack Wayne Swan about providing assistance for Ipswich car dealer John Grant it also seems clear that he hasn’t received anything that he wasn’t entitled to. If this is what assistance from Wayne Swan gets you then I don’t think I will be going to him if I need help.

So what happens next?

As far as I see it Kevin Rudd seems pretty much clear, although there will be a bit of mud still to clean off.

Wayne Swan has some explaining to do and does not seem to be completely clear. It will be a tough week for him.

Malcolm Turnbull is also in for a tough week. Although he is not in any real trouble yet things seem to be hotting up and it is yet to be seen what his involvement in the email scandal is, if any at all.

Things are continuing Stay tuned.

Kevin Gives Malcolm An Ultimatum and Swanny Says He Is Not Going Anywhere.

Kevin Rudd has given Malcolm Turnbull and ultimatum to produce the email at the centre of the Oz Car scandal within 24 hours or resign.

Speaking outside a church in Canberra, Mr Rudd said “Mr Turnbull and the Liberals have been boasting for a long time now that they are in possession of this information. Well the time has come to produce this information to the parliament for authentication.

“If when parliament resumes in 24 hours, Mr Turnbull fails to produce this email, this email upon which his entire case against the Government is based, for authentication he has no alternative but to stand in the parliament, apologise, and to resign.”

The Opposition has been looking for a chink in the Labour armour and they obviously thought this was their best chance yet. Unfortunately for them the pivotal evidence that they claimed to have doesn’t seem to exist and they need to produce it now to justify their allegations.

Deputy Prime Minster Julia Gillard told ABC television “Mr Turnbull’s got a very big problem.

“It turns out that there is no such email so Mr Turnbull … has got a pretty big decision to make, he can either produce the email that he’s been carrying on about for days or he can tender his resignation.

“His credibility has been so shot that there will be no other alternative.”

Treasurer Wayne Swan has fended off calls for him to resign saying media reports that his position hangs in the balance and that he should resign over the OzCar affair are “ridiculous” and “absurd”.

Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull claims Mr Swan has misled parliament over claims that he did not assist car dealer John Grant. “If you look at the emails that are on the public record, what you can see is Mr Grant didn’t receive any assistance from OzCar or Ford Credit. He didn’t receive any assistance at all,” Mr Swan Said.

Certainly Mr Rudd seems to be in clear air at this stage but Mr Swan would seem to have a bit of work to do yet before he is in the clear. Email records tendered to a Senate inquiry on Friday into the OzCar program showed that Mr Swan was being kept in the loop regarding Mr Grant’s application for finance. Whether any undue influence was applied is yet to be seen.

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey however has chosen not to speak on the affair today. He refused to comment on the email or who had seen it.

He did say that Wayne Swan would be hounded by the Opposition on the matter over the next few days. “Wayne Swan this morning dodged a few bullets. Over the next few days he will not be able to avoid answering questions, detailed questions, about his relationship with John Grant and exactly what he did to help John Grant,” Mr Hockey said.

“Over the next few days we will be asking a lot of questions of the Treasurer. We expect a lot of detailed answers.

Clearly it has become an issue to hot to handle except in the sanctuary of parliament.

Stay Tuned.