The mainstream media has finally grabbed the story of Tony Abbott being forced to repay taxpayers nearly $9,400 after receiving travel expenses to promote his book Battlelines in 2009. Naturally, according to Tony, it’s all Kevin Rudd’s fault:
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has accused Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of organising a dirt campaign against him over an incorrect claim for travel expenses.
Sorry, Tony, but that’s not true. If you could try to keep up just for once you’ll know that this was discovered – by chance – by independent journalist Margo Kingston.
Give up trying to blame the Government.
And speaking of dirt campaigns, who was it in the Howard Government who phoned senior staff in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) during the 2007 election campaign asking that they dig up whatever dirt than can on Kevin Rudd’s wife Therese Rein. Was it the minister, Joe Hockey? We’d like to know given your disapproval of dirt campaigns. Ms Rein, we all know, owned a string of employment service agencies funded by – you guessed it – DEWR (now DEEWR) under their Job Services Australia program.
I’d keep quiet about dirt campaigns if I were you. How does the old saying go? Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.