Where’s Godwin?

Gungahlin Al 4 August 2009 86

So what has happened to Godwin Grech? The senior Canberra Treasury official with the amazingly gothic [ED – Dickensian surely?] name splashed onto our screens and papers and the central player in the OzCar scandal or Utegate affair or whatever journos in need of a ‘handle’ choose to call it. And a man seriously in need of a good Estimates course he was…

But following the revelation that the email on which Malcolm Turnbull skewered his future as Opposition leader and potential PM was a fake, we saw plenty of footage of Godwin’s home being raided by AFP people and computers being taken away. (Why do police always feel the need to take the monitor as well, I wonder?) But we saw nothing of Godwin himself…

Now the Australian has revealed his whereabouts – he’s in “a psychiatric ward in Canberra” from which he has admitted to faking the email in question.

We’ve got one of those have we?

Not questioning whether that state and location of their informant throws some doubt onto the subsequent revelations, the Australian says no more about that intriguing aspect.

They charge instead into the re-emergence of Peter Costello (go figure) and pondering over the stupidity of the Liberals allowing a TV crew into their offices at the critical moment when the email was revealed as a fake (what were they thinking?), and other deep matters of the nation.

But back to Canberra’s Godwin Grech. Has he been in the ‘ward’ the whole time since his disappearance? Is it the constructing of a ‘temporary insanity’ defence? Has he been busily writing his memoirs or his bit for the script for an upcoming Kennedy-Miller mini-series on the rise and plummet of Malcolm Turnbull? And how have things been in his bit of Treasury in his absence? That must be one intriguing corner of town lately. Who is ‘Acting Godwin’?

Where’s Godwin?

[ED – having heard the audio of Turnbull’s office breathlessly realising one of the many, many ways an email can be faked I am astonished that no-one with any technical knowledge at all is employed in a Leader of the Opposition’s staff in this day and age. Muppets]

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Thumper Thumper 4:19 pm 26 Nov 09

Godwin could be a great australian euphanism.

ie, to do a godwin, or they were godwined.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:37 pm 26 Nov 09

So it would appear. His behaviour certainly seems to be more than an innocent mistake, or whatever term you may choose to apply.

Although, perhaps he is simply out of his depth in his belief that MT is the man to lead the Libs back into power. 😉

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 12:34 pm 26 Nov 09

Indeed HC. There was some criticism here at the time of my thoughts on Grech’s behaviour. He has now been exposed as far from someone simply out of his depth, but rather someone complicit up to his eyeballs in party-specific scheming, and PS ethics be damned.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 8:24 am 26 Nov 09

More hot water for Godwin: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/26/2753811.htm

“My immediate motivation is to place myself where I think I could be of most valuable to MT [Malcolm Turnbull] and the party,” it reads.

“At this stage I am probably more valuable here in Treasury, albeit the personal risks I am taking. I am also doing some fundraising for MT, he tells me that the cupboard is bare.”

Nice work GG, haha.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 9:33 am 07 Oct 09

Word on the street is that Godwin can be found at his nearest Centrelink office…


frontrow frontrow 11:54 am 07 Aug 09

Of course he will be promoted. The bigger the stuff up the bigger the reward it seems. If you think it is a peculiarly public sector thing, you should check out the CEO of Irish Premier Division footbal club Galwey United.

j from the block j from the block 11:50 am 07 Aug 09

Holden Caulfield said :



Is there any better way to find a public servant other than lolcatz?

If only there was some site dedicated to beanie babies on top of computer monitors that look like prominent figures.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:13 am 07 Aug 09
Anna Key Anna Key 9:50 pm 05 Aug 09

wishuwell said :

I smell conspiracy.I put foward the theory that Godwin is a double agent

Exactly, and following my previous post, Grech’s name is an anagram of Go Ch. Red Wing. Clearly a chinese plot to keep Deng Xiao Rudd in power

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 8:52 pm 05 Aug 09

WanniAss said :

weeziepops said :

Looking only at the case in point and not the person/personality, I wonder what the APS response to such a situation will be.

Probably a promotion to Defence Materiel

ROFLMAO but oh, so true. Worked there WanniAss? I did, for several years.

bannister bannister 8:46 pm 05 Aug 09

Godwin is a filthy mess.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:43 pm 05 Aug 09

Which makes his diagnosis* none the more clear MWF old sport.

*”Im still betting on a bad case of “I’ve got caught”.

MWF MWF 7:26 pm 05 Aug 09

Pommy bastard said :

Just a thought, does anyone know what mental illness diagnosis Gretch has been given, which resulted in his long stay in hospital?

As far as I am aware you would need to be suicidal, or have an illness which made you a danger to yourself or others before staying on a ward for this length of time.

Schizophrenia? Manic depression? Psychosis?

Or just catch all “mental health problems”? Hmmmm?

Just because WIN News showed Canberra hospital doesn’t mean Gretch is in the Psych ward in the Canberra hospital, maybe it was just a convenient shot held on file?

Gretch has and, in all likelihood, still has a very high salary and very forgiving private health insurance. With the right private health insurance all of us could go into Hyson Green for a “nice rest”. If one requests to be admitted to a publicly funded psych ward in Canberra one has no chance in hell.

Pelican Lini Pelican Lini 4:37 pm 05 Aug 09

Yes Malcolm is a sleaze and a bully but GG didn’t just appear out of nowhere.
It’s on the public record that he is very well known to the Liberal Party and even worked for Joe Hockey.
It’s also been reported that he has been leaking from the APS for a long time, including directly to the former Prime Minister.
He has now learned the hard way just how much reward is in store for people indulging in such behaviour.

WanniAss WanniAss 4:32 pm 05 Aug 09

weeziepops said :

Looking only at the case in point and not the person/personality, I wonder what the APS response to such a situation will be.

Probably a promotion to Defence Materiel

crankymum crankymum 4:04 pm 05 Aug 09

Does no one else think that Turnbull was disgustingly sleazy?

I mean, he and his minions *OBVIOUSLY* cultivated this distressingly unwordly, idealistic, gullible, possibly-neurologically different (aka Autism Spectrum) man… am I waaaaay off the mark in thinking Mr Turnbull a despicable human being for allowing this?

BTW… not all politicians are morally bankrupt, and neither are all political facilitators. Mr Turnbull and his cohort/ilk, probably – all pollies, well… no I don’t think that is a reasonable thing to say.

weeziepops weeziepops 3:15 pm 05 Aug 09

I mean, being sacked. Not being sack, which might be quite nice.

weeziepops weeziepops 3:14 pm 05 Aug 09

Looking only at the case in point and not the person/personality, I wonder what the APS response to such a situation will be. If a person does something like this but does so while incapacitated by mental illness, can he/she avoid being sack or is the decision based solely on the end result (which was bringing the APS into disrepute, perverting the course of official business or something?)?

dodgydave dodgydave 2:52 pm 05 Aug 09

The inside of a psychiatric unit shouldn’t be an unfamiliar experience for Godwin given he used to work for Treasury. He needs to stop talking to newspapers and focus on his recuperation.

But how Malcolm and Eric A didn’t realise they had a stick of dynamite in front of them at their clandestine meeting is beyond me. All the evidence pointed to a very loose cannon with delusions of grandeur who, for reasons yet unclear, had an unhealthy hatred of the current Government.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 12:02 pm 05 Aug 09


AUDITOR-GENERAL Ian McPhee has cleared the Rudd government of making any improper representations on behalf of Labor mates, instead accusing senior Treasury official Godwin Grech of giving special treatment to a Liberal Party-affiliated car dealer.

So in the end, Mr Grech has an unorthodox but spectacularly self-destructive and labour-intensive method of bringing attention to his problematic actions.
Some nice little Liberal party myrmidon has loved the betrayal, hated the betrayer, and so rewarded the stooge with what he deserved.
(ie: Someone who would betray his sworn loyalties to profit himself by swearing loyalty with us would betray us eventually, too… Get rid of him.)

And now, when he comes out of it all trying to tell his side of the story, he has ‘mentally impaired recollection and false document creator’ stamped on his forehead.
Shame it had to blow up on the Opposition leadership, though.

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