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OZTENNIS
Jun 21st, 2009, 02:05 PM
I opened this thread here because I don't think many Aussies venture into the (American) Politics subforum.


Australia PM escalates car spat


http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45673000/jpg/_45673656_-1.jpg Mr Rudd has called in the police to investigate the e-mail he says is fake

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has challenged the opposition to prove claims that he abused his position to help a friend's car-dealing business. Mr Rudd said opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull must resign if he fails to produce an e-mail on which the claims are based by Monday afternoon.
Mr Turnbull has called for the prime minister to stand down, accusing him of lying to parliament over the issue.
Analysts say it is the biggest test of Mr Rudd has faced since he was elected.
The row has been brewing for weeks, since it emerged that car dealer John Grant lent a car to Mr Rudd for use in his constituency.
Mr Grant is a friend and neighbour of the prime minister, and opposition politicians believe Mr Rudd tried to help him secure money from a Treasury fund called OzCar to help his business.
Rudd warning
On Friday Treasury official Godwin Grech told a Senate committee he thought he could remember receiving an e-mail regarding funding for the car salesman.
An e-mail then surfaced in Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper purporting to contain that exact request from the prime minister's office.
"Hi Godwin, the PM has asked if the car dealer financing vehicle is available to assist a Queensland dealership, John Grant Motors, who seems to be having trouble getting finance," the alleged e-mail said.
"If you can follow up on this Asap that would be very useful."
Mr Rudd, however, says the e-mail is fake and has asked the police to investigate.
He also issued a stark warning to the leader of the opposition.
"If when parliament resumes in 24 hours Mr Turnbull fails to produce this e-mail, this e-mail upon which his entire case against the government is based, for authentication, he has no alternative but to stand in the parliament, apologise and to resign," he said.
Mr Rudd and his Treasurer Wayne Swan have both denied in parliament trying to help Mr Grant obtain funds.
Mr Turnbull said they both misled parliament and have to quit.

hdfb
Jun 21st, 2009, 02:47 PM
How about they both resign and we can have Julia Gillard as PM. :hearts:

Golovinjured.
Jun 22nd, 2009, 02:30 AM
Krudd is a fucking twat, what a poser. :weirdo:


I should be PM.

Daniel K
Jun 22nd, 2009, 02:55 AM
Ooh hope he resigns and we get Julia.

Mattographer
Jun 22nd, 2009, 02:59 AM
We wants Julia :)

eck
Jun 22nd, 2009, 03:10 AM
Why Julia?
Sorry I'm a bit out of the loop.
I think Malcolm Turnbull just complains about everything, and he has no valueable input whatsoever.

Golovinjured.
Jun 22nd, 2009, 03:25 AM
y r these people pm or opposition leader.


they're already filthy rich. $$$.



I want lil johnny back tbh.

Keadz
Jun 22nd, 2009, 06:14 AM
Julia would own both of them. :)

They claim they understand what is is like for the every day Australian but they are both multi-millionaires. Then Kevin attempts to not sound like a pretentious fuck-wit by using stupid cringe worthy Australian sayings. What a douche. :o

Malcolm is OK because he doesn't come across as such an ass hole.

Langers
Jun 22nd, 2009, 06:51 AM
Julia, if that ever happened I'd be out of the country. :wavey:

Keadz
Jun 22nd, 2009, 07:55 AM
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:lol:

Harvs
Jun 22nd, 2009, 08:06 AM
if Julia ever becomes prime minister im moving to Burkina Faso...
everytime she speaks with that whiney bogan voice i want to punch her in the face, aaaaaaaaagh.

that being said i hate kevin rudd too... why is the leader of our country a fat ugly nerd?
we need someone cool like obama...

Golovinjured.
Jun 22nd, 2009, 08:17 AM
Two words.




Pauline Hanson.

eck
Jun 22nd, 2009, 10:26 AM
Two new words.


Try again.

Golovinjured.
Jun 22nd, 2009, 10:26 AM
She t0tally should try again. :inlove: Go Pauline, GO!

eck
Jun 22nd, 2009, 10:28 AM
You should try again. :)

Golovinjured.
Jun 22nd, 2009, 10:52 AM
It's not a joke if you have to explain it. ;)

eck
Jun 22nd, 2009, 11:30 AM
;)

OZTENNIS
Jun 22nd, 2009, 02:03 PM
Pauline Hanson is racist.

Kevin Rudd is doing the best he can in very difficult international circumstances. People moan about how the government said they were going to do such and such before the election but have failed to deliver. Well we live in a very different world now than back in 2007. Harvs, you judge people way to much on their looks :lol:

Julia Gillard is never given enough credit for her intelligence and knowledge. She might sound like Kath Day Knight's long lost sister but she packs a punch in parliament and would make a good Prime Minister.

I'm with eck, Malcolm Turnbull complains too much and doesn't often put forward legitimate alternatives. He is very strong though.
I was disappointed to see Peter Costello leave, he was the opposition's best hope at the next election.
And as the saying goes, you can't have a strong government without a strong opposition

eck
Jun 22nd, 2009, 04:15 PM
I like Julia though, she's so ..................radiant.

eck
Jun 22nd, 2009, 04:19 PM
But anyways, Rudd is no longer implicated in that whole email scandal...I don't think

Turnbull :yeah::weirdo:

Golovinjured.
Jun 22nd, 2009, 11:35 PM
That must be so embarrassing for him. LOL. :rolls:

Harvs
Jun 23rd, 2009, 12:54 AM
Pauline Hanson is racist.

Kevin Rudd is doing the best he can in very difficult international circumstances. People moan about how the government said they were going to do such and such before the election but have failed to deliver. Well we live in a very different world now than back in 2007. Harvs, you judge people way to much on their looks :lol:

Julia Gillard is never given enough credit for her intelligence and knowledge. She might sound like Kath Day Knight's long lost sister but she packs a punch in parliament and would make a good Prime Minister.

I'm with eck, Malcolm Turnbull complains too much and doesn't often put forward legitimate alternatives. He is very strong though.
I was disappointed to see Peter Costello leave, he was the opposition's best hope at the next election.
And as the saying goes, you can't have a strong government without a strong opposition

it matters. they are representing our country. why must our single most important person be fat and ugly.

Golovinjured.
Jun 23rd, 2009, 05:28 AM
He's such a dweeb though.. :help: