Unions ACT boss Kim Sattler is still refusing to take a bullet for Julia Gillard despite the PM’s best efforts to make her the fall guy for the unedifying spectacle on Australia Day.
Today in The Age Michelle Grattan is not giving up on the yarn:
Ms Sattler made several contradictory comments about the affair. She initially told The Canberra Times Mr Hodges had not spoken to her. She told News Ltd’s Sunday papers that Mr Hodges had spoken to her and said Mr Abbott had said the embassy should not exist. ”I do now accept that wasn’t what Tony Abbott said,” she added.
On Saturday she said Mr Hodges had quoted Mr Abbott as saying people should ”move on” from the tent embassy. Yesterday she claimed the News Ltd report that she had contradicted Ms Gillard was inaccurate. Mr Hodges ”told me what Tony Abbott had said – that people should ‘move on’ from the tent embassy”, she said yesterday. Ms Gillard said the two statements Ms Sattler had issued accorded with her own version of events.
One suspects we’ll all be very bored of the whole saga long before we come close to the truth. Although with the Terror reporting that an Angry Wilkie might support a motion of no confidence it would be quite a thing if Kim Sattler was responsible for bringing down a government.