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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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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 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 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 8:24 am 26 Nov 09

More hot water for Godwin:

“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 9:33 am 07 Oct 09

Word on the street is that Godwin can be found at his nearest Centrelink office…,25197,26176349-601,00.html

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.


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