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Where’s Godwin?

By 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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86 Responses to
Where’s Godwin?
Pandy 12:43 pm 04 Aug 09

Leave the sick man alone.

TAD 12:35 pm 04 Aug 09

There’s Brian Hennessy House as well.

AG Canberra 12:28 pm 04 Aug 09

disproportionately? I reckon he’s getting all he deserves. Any public servant that uses his position to try and assist the opposition is a criminal.

Lets not forget that public servants are paid (with tax payers dollars) to serve the government of the day. They are not paid to feel sorry for the other blokes and try and help them.

If this bloke isn’t delusional now – he certainly was when he fronted up to the Senate inquiry and (after a 90 minute strategy meeting with Abetz and Turnbull) spoke about an email he knew he himself had made up….

Whatsup 12:23 pm 04 Aug 09

YouWhat said :

The ethics of taking an interview from a man in a psychiatric unit is doubtful, at best. By definition he’s not in his right mind (and yes, he self-admitted, but the medical profession concurs or he wouldn’t be treated). Yet all of the media are happy to ignore the fact he’s in a vulnerable state and are off and running.

+1

YouWhat 11:42 am 04 Aug 09

The ethics of taking an interview from a man in a psychiatric unit is doubtful, at best. By definition he’s not in his right mind (and yes, he self-admitted, but the medical profession concurs or he wouldn’t be treated). Yet all of the media are happy to ignore the fact he’s in a vulnerable state and are off and running.

His email forgery and collusion with the Opposition were well outside the ethical bounds for a public servant, and as a senior figure he should damn well have known better, so no sympathy on that count – but it’s very sad to see someone self-immolate so thoroughly and publically. He’s killed his career, damaged his physical and mental health, and quite probably put every personal relationship in his life under severe strain if not demolished them entirely. No wonder he’s in a psych ward; I’d be depressed too. The poor bugger is going to disproportionately pay for his mistakes for years to come.

Granny 11:06 am 04 Aug 09

It was probably a rhetorical question, I think, weeziepops.

weeziepops 11:02 am 04 Aug 09

Granny, if the OP knows that, why did he ask whether we have a psych ward?

Thumper 10:40 am 04 Aug 09

Actually, he’s living at my place as a house elf.

Pommy bastard 10:36 am 04 Aug 09

Not everyone who goes into a mental ward is mentally ill either…

housebound 10:21 am 04 Aug 09

Whatsup said :

The man is ill and in hospital. Leave him alone.

+1. No one goes to a PSU for fun.

In answer one of GA’s questions, perhaps the police take the monitors because they are mac users. No one’s yet told them what those strange boxes under people’s desks are.

Gungahlin Al 10:19 am 04 Aug 09

Whatsup said :

The man is ill and in hospital. Leave him alone.

He allowed an interview – he put himself back in the public arena.

Whatsup 9:59 am 04 Aug 09

The man is ill and in hospital. Leave him alone.

Granny 9:52 am 04 Aug 09

weeziepops said :

There is a ward at the public hospital and Hyson Green at Calvary.

Um, I’m pretty sure Gungahlin Al does know that ….

weeziepops 9:49 am 04 Aug 09

Of course we have a psych ward. Did you think we shipped people with mental illness interstate or something? There is a ward at the public hospital and Hyson Green at Calvary.

Thumper 9:48 am 04 Aug 09

Apparently he is a very, very sick man.

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