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This is PM Agenda.Good afternoon, welcome to the program, I'm David Speers. Well question time has drawn to a dramatic and bitter close for the year, with the AWU slush fund affair dominating the final sitting day of parliament. New evidence, new information was released into the public domain this morning, parts of an exit interview Julia Gillard gave her law firm Slater and Gordon. The opposition seized that new information to go a big step further in the campaign that it's been waging against the Prime Minister this week. Tony Abbott went on the today show on the nine network cueing Julia Gillard of breaching the law. Take a look. Well, it demonstrates that she misled the West Australian corporate affairs commission. That is obviously a very serious matter. That would certainly appear to be in breach of the law, so this is a very serious matter. She gave false information to the West Australian authorities. Now, for a legal partner, for a senior lawyer to make false claims to an important statutory body like this is a very very serious matter. It's in breach of the law I would think. It's certainly very, very unethical. This new part of the Julia Gillard transcript from 1995 included an admission by Julia Gillard that she had corrected the West Australian corporate affairs commission query about this association being set up. The query has been "is it a trade union?" She agreed, " no it was not a trade union. "That evidence was enough for Tony Abbott to accuse her of breaching the law and Christopher Pyne to call on the Prime Minister to step down. I think her position is entirely untenable. If the Prime Minister had any respect for the parliament, the Australian public for the Labor Caucus she would resign as Prime Minister today and allow the Labor Party to select a new leader to move on to put the mess behind us. For an opposition of business leader to ask the Prime Minister to resign is no small matter. The Prime Minister addressed what had been revealed in a statement. She said in the statement she answered all week on this particular question, the letter supposedly written by the Prime Minister to the West Australian government authority she had no recollection of writing such a letter. It is 20 years ago. In this 1995 interview that we can now see the transcript of she agrees some communication to vouch for the bona fides of this association. She aggress saying it was not a trade union. It certainly wasn't a trade union, it was an incorporated association. But still the opposition questions continued. When question time got under way at 2 o'clock the Prime Minister moved on to the front foot. She moved a suspension to force the opposition leader to state his case for once and all giving him 15 minutes to do so. Here are the highlights of Tony Abbott's speech on the matter.The Prime Minister wrote to the corporate affairs Commission stating that the purpose of this association was workplace safety, but it wasn't workplace safety. Presumably she said that it wholly complied with the law, only it didn't, it didn't, because the law requires it to have of at least five members. The Prime Minister knew full well that the association had but two members. It is actually illegal, illegal to provide false information to the Corporate Affairs Commission the charge, madam speaker, is that the Prime Minister has been at the very least a dodgy and unethical lawyer, she's been incompete tent and untrustworthy Prime Minister. Let's have the judicial inquiry...Here, here!The ju digs inquiry that Mr Ian Cambridge the then National secretary of the Australian workers union was calling for at the time, has been calling forever since. There has been unethical and illegal conduct here, an abundance of unethical, illegal conduct here, much of it has been facilitated at the very least by the Prime Minister and the advice that she has given. But in that 15-minute address to parliament Tony Abbott did not specifically repeat the words from the today show that we saw just a few moments ago, in the Today Show transcript he says, that would certainly be in breach of the law. It is in breach of the law, I would think. This afternoon as you heard there in parliament the closest he came to that was to say there has been unethical and illegal conduct here, an abundance of it, unethical and illegal much of it facilitated by the Prime Minister. He also said that she'd been at the very least a dodgy and unethical lawyer, she's been an incompetent and untrustworthy Prime Minister. Now is because he didn't repeat the actual allegation that a law had been broken by the Prime Minister well, Julia Gillard wept on the attack, said this had blown up spectacularly in Tony Abbott's faceThe leader of the opposition after all of the months of smear has had an opportunity today to put up. He has not been able to do so. The Leader of the Opposition is now handcuffed to an allegation against me that I committed a crime and he is handcuffed to the fact he does not have the any evidence of that. Now, a decent man, a decent man would apologise for this course of conduct, a decent man would recognise that he has gone too far, that he has made an error, that he was relied on a false report, that he cannot prove what is being said. I would remind the Leader of the Opposition that the application to incorporate the association was signed by raffle Blewitt, he took responsibility for it, his signature and the person that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition is now in regular contact with, a man who this morning alleged a crime, who today has backed down to conduct unbecoming, and who now is just scrambling around grasping at straws to try and extricate himself from the fact he has put himself in exactly the same position the Member for Wentworth did in the Gretch and Ute Gate affair. Has he backed down? Apparently not, the spokesman for the opposition lead area has told me he does stand-by all of his statements this morning. There are still clearly some questionable matters in the incorporation of this association. Why did Julia Gillard argue in the application that was made, that this was going to be an association for workplace safety, when it was clearly a fund for the reelection of union officials? Her argument on that is reelecting the union officials was about workplace safety, but that does appear questionable at the very least. Also the number of members required to incorporate an association, five under the law. This only had two. But s any of this illegal behaviour? That's where the argument now is. Tony Abbott is standing by his accusation that this is - this would certainly be a breach of the law. The Government certainly does not believe it is. We will have more on this coming up this hour. Also look at some of the policy on this final day of parliament. The Government's poker machines reforms finally getting through parliament on this last sitting day of the year. We will hear from a couple of the crossbench players on that. A check of some of the other top stories with Suzanne Latimore. David of thanks. Our top story, champion cricketer Ricky Ponting announces his retirement. He confirmed the third and deciding test against South Africa will be his last. The decision came down to results. Based on my results and my output in this series so far. It hasn't been what I expect of myself, and not to the level that I feel is required for batsmen and players in the Australian team. As I said all al long I continue to play this game as long as I felt I could contribute to wins, play well enough to help the team win games. Over the last couple of weeks I think my level of performance hasn't been good enough to do that. I'll continue this season to play out the rest of the summer for Tasmania, I'm looking forward to a full season of Big Bash with the Hobart Hurricanes. It is important, I could sit here all day and reflect on my career, and I could talk about the great teams I played and the great players I played with, the great players I played against, I honestly believe that's for another time. Current test skipper Michael Clarke paid tribute to his mentor, struggling to remain composed during a media conference today. I spoke to Ricky, Ricky spoke to me, sorry after the Adelaide Test match.Yeah, he made his decision, I guess, over the last little while, the last few days. Yeah, the boys were obviously hurting at the moment. He's been an amazing player for a long time. That will do me for today, sorry, I can't answer that. The news came during question time in Canberra, both the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader ended the year with a tribute to the former captain.It means, of course, he is going to go into the next phase of his life with a lot of gratitude and a lot of thanks from the Australian community, full as it is of cricket tragics it means people are going to miss watching his performances. We wish him well for whatever the future wins. Here, here!Madam speaker, I rise join the Prime Minister on congratulating Ricky Ponting for a superb innings as a cricketer and captain, someone who has given tremendous pleasure to cricket lovers and tremendous pride for Australians who followed the team's success under his leadership. He is undoubtedly one of the all-time greats of one of the very great games. A heat wave is sweeping across southeastern Australia, SA has been put under a total fire ban, although a cooler change is bringing some relief there. In the meantime in Victoria the mercury is predicted to reach in the forties with a fire ban in the Wimmera and Mallee districts. Wind gusts have been battering the city, a storm cut power to 50000 homes, one man died in the storms when a tree fell on his caravan. Now to the weather forecast, very hot conditions continuing in the southeast of the country. It will be cooler with showers in the south.12 minutes past 4 o'clock eastern daylight time back to David Speers and PM AgendaSuzanne, we will have more after the break on this dramatic final day of parliament. We will be talking about policy as well as the row over the AWU slush fund. Stay with us.

P You're watching PM Agenda on this final day of parliament for 20126789 as we mentioned earlier it has been a dramatic end to the parliamentary year with much of the focus on the AWU slush fund. The opposition leader is standing by the claims he made this morning. The Prime Minister has in his words misled the Western Australian corporate affairs commission, certainly in breach of the law. We saw in question time this afternoon the back and forth between the two leaders on this. The opposition leader going to the advice Julia Gillard raffle Blewitt and Bruce Wilson in 1992 in establishing this workplace reform association where she had argued this was an association in the interests of workplace safety. When it was actually a re-election fund for the two union officials pointing out the fact there weren't the requisite five members for this association. As Julia Gillard responded no evidence that she broke any law. Demanded an apology and called on Tony Abbott if he was a decent man, she says, to retract what he had said earlier in the day. At the end of this Tony Abbott demanded a judicial inquiry, he won't get one, they go into the long parliamentary debate. A stalemate in this, we will return to an election year next year. Watching along were all of those on the crossbench, they've been somewhat bemused by this debate some of them, preferring to focus on policy, there have been some important policy moves as well. Independent MP Rob Oakeshott joins me, thanks for your time. I will get to the poker reforms in a moment, this AWU slush fund affair you witnessed a dramatic exchange between Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott. What do you make of it? Do you think the Prime Minister has been unethical or done anything illegal? No, and no. And the opportunity was there to put the cards on the table. The opportunity is still there, the parliament is still running and personally I believe in an evidence trail. I think most Australians who are fair-minded believe in an evidence trail. It is not there. So the moment has come, in my view, for that Peter Credland folder to be walked into the parliament, put on the table, let's go through it see what is true and not, refer what is of concern to the appropriate authority. I'm thoroughly over the abuse of the Australian parliament for the political purposes. Rob Oakeshott hold this thought. I know you want to hear this the Prime Minister despite an acrimonious end to question time. This is the valedictory speech, they are meant to say nice things. I do say thank you to those who make parliament possible for us and reflect on the year that has been, the year of 2012. In so doing Deputy Speaker, I do want to mark the final day of house sitting is actually on a significant Australian an verse tee, 60 years ago today that gov Whitlam won the by election that brought him to this house. Our thoughts are with him this year and on this anniversary, I recall particularly the example he has given us in the house of a parliamentary career dedicated to the highest of purposes, the public good. We will as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations with China in the weeks to come have an opportunity to reflect on his remarkable legacy to the nation in opening us up to our world and particularly to China. Speaker, as we reflect on the year that was, this was a year of some happy days, every Australian who takes even the smallest interest in diplomacy felt pride in our international status when we were elected to the United Nations' Security Council. It was a good day to be Australians. But good days in Australia often revolve around sport more than they do around diplomacy if the truth is told. A year of Australian achieve nment sport too. Sydney won the Aussie Rules Grand Final and Melbourne won the rugby league Grand Final and speaker the world has changed. Unfortunately the Bulldogs weren't there in the AFL Grand FinalOr the Grand Final. We're now getting commentary on everybody's Bulldogs. Queensland won the shield in the A-League with Brisbane and the Origin series again so not everything has changed. Here here!The achievements of our athletes were simply Olympic, we cheered for seven superb Olympic medals for our athletes at the track, the Velodrome kayaking, sailing and in the pool. We were delighted by the world beating performances of our Paralympians, we were proud of all who represented us in two sets of great games, the Olympics and Paralympics. This has been a year of historic events, the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen of Australia. I was able to pass on the nation's congratulations through Her Majesty's son Prince Charles visiting us recently. We saw the reelection of an American president, I was able to pass on congratulations to him in person this month. We welcomed the Chinese leadership transition which saw general secretary Xi jing ping to being our trading partner. A year with sad days, remarkable Australian died this year, Murray Rose who swam like a fish and Jimmy Little who sang like a bird, sir Zelman Cowan spoke of a touch of healing, Hughes who showed us the shock of the new, Bryce Courtney who showed us the Power of one. We farewelled the inDom nit tabl Jim Stynes and Margaret Whitlam. We haven't forgeten Pete Furness and five years without Matt Price. My family and I were moved by the kindness of the members of the house and the Australian people on our own loss. We remembered friends and members of the house who died, Joe Reardon, frank Walker, Lionel Bowen, Gordon bill knee and Senator bar Scott. The loss of Judith Adams is keen lie felt by her many friends in this place. Speaker, seven Australians died for us in Afghanistan this year.The parliament has honoured each of them as we should, as the year ends we will remember them. We will think of their families, facing the toughest Christmas of their lives. We will care for their 32 mates wounded in service in Afghanistan this year. Speaker, we had the opportunity too to acknowledge the amazing courage of corporate Daniel Geran who saw him awarded the Victoria cross, amazed us with his grace and hue mill tee having seen that huge honour awarded and their mates still serving us overseas in Afghanistan and the world. Speaker coming closer to this parliamentary chamber there are many people I would like to acknowledge and thank you: to the Leader of the Opposition and the opposition generally I hope they enjoy some rest and respite over Christmas with their families: to you, speaker, speaker Anna my sincere congratulations on some days I feel like I should be offering words of apology to your predecessor, Mr Slipper for his service as speaker as well, during the course of the year. To the Deputy Speaker and the panel and everybody who worked so hard sitting in that chair to keep the business of parliament turning through. To Henry Thomson, my department's parliamentary liaison officer, his team, thank you very much and thank you very much for making sure that I listed everybody in these remarks, including them, that was very clever, but they do do a great job. To the clerk and deputy clerk thank you very much for everything you do for both sides of parliament and for the parliament generally, to keep the business of the parliament on track here in the House of Representatives. To the sergeant at arms, to the attendants, to the guides, to all those who reach out to people in the parliament and help make it work, thank you very much for your special efforts. To the parliamentary library, Hansard staff, the table office, the parliamentary relations office, to those who look after our magnificent lawns and gardens, to those who do the cooking to those who operate the switchboard, the computers, security, everyone else who makes sure parliament works we do thank you. If we could thank too our parliamentary cleaners, and if I could sneak in just a little reference to my own, to Anna and Lewisa who come and clean my office they lift my spirits a lot of mornings. To Aussies, thanks for the coffee I'm reliant on it, it is an institute Don Watson called it the only place of communion in the building, he might be right about that. To childcarers, they're doing some of the most important work that gets done under this roof, thank you for your efforts. To the staff of HRG who diligently got people where they needed to be, sometimes under extraordinary pressure, thank you for your efforts. To Commcar drivers who assist us in getting us where we need to get to, thank you very much for your ongoing courtesy and support. To broadcasting staff, I don't know if I Australians are always grateful for the work you do, seeing some of the images of parliament on your TV screens, but you do your best to faithfully record parliamentary proceedings out in the wider world and thank you for that. To the press gallery, I will host a function for them tonight and I think what I've got to say is probably best reserved for off the record. Deputy Prime Minister, to my Deputy Prime Minister, the treasurer, thank you for being the guardian of our budget making sure that all of our budget works for us, thank you for being acknowledged around the world as a great treasurer, for your stewardship of our National economy. And too for being a guardian of Labor values and Labor purpose, thank you very much.To the Leader of the House, Ahbo, our Minister for fighting Tories and doing so much more, thank you very much for everything you have done to contribute to the successful work of the parliament this year. I think many members are aware, certainly on our side of the parliament, of the extraordinary lengths that you go to.To the Senate leadership team to Senator Evans and Conroy, a study in contrasts, they're a great sen nat leadership team, to Senator Evans on a tremendous health kick as people would have seen, not only done well as a Senate leader this year, he's a far for Svelt human being and healthier human being for it. I want to thank them for their efforts and occasionally reminders about how long they've been doing with difficulties arising not having numbers in in that chamber, how that he have reminded us about some of those things. To my cabinet, ministry and parliamentary secretaries, time doesn't permit me to name them individually, but they are a remarkable team. I thank you them for their extraordinary efforts. They are always full of enthusiasm, full of ideas, I always go out of my way to listen to my colleagues and to treat their ideas with respect. I thank them for many so supportive and for their enthusiasm and Labor faith. Can I thank the team of whips here and in the Senate, they do remarkably hard work, I thank them for their efforts. Can can I say generally to my parliamentary colleagues, to all of them, whatever office they serve, to the Back Bench here and the Back Bench in the Senate, we have emerged from 2012 strong and as a political party of purpose. No-one can leave 2012 doubting the courage of the Labor Party to come to this parliament and to get the big things done. I'm tremendously proud of you and the way that you have worked under some extraordinary pressures. To the secretary of Prime Minister and cabinet, Dr Watt in the tradition of frank and fearless advice, Ian is among the best, thank you to him, to all at PM & C for their support of me, I'm very well served by my department and very grateful for it. To the entire Australian Public Service I can pass on to you the thanks of your Ministers, thank you for what you do to support the agenda of government and to serve your fellow Australians, too often public service is denigrated in our society. This is a moment to applaud it. Thank you for what you do. Here here!To George Wright the ALP organisation staff and volunteers, our true believers in their many thousands and growing, thank you for our new true believers as well, I know how hard you work, you'll be out there for us in 2013 and we move finally in 2013 to an election phase. To the staff who work with the Labor MPs and Senators, whether they work as staff in lek rat offices or staff in Ministerial offices thank you very much for your efforts. There's been some public commentary on political staff this year, but I want our staff to understand miem view about them, and my view about what they do to a person they are people who could Ply a more profitable trade in the private sector, they choose instead to dedicate their lives to the future of our nation. That is to be applauded. Thanks to you for what you do for Labor and for our country. I particularly want to acknowledge Jim Chalmers, Dr James Chalmers to use the full name and official terminology who departs the Government after years of service. He has been a remarkable contributor to his party, and to the work of this government, and I expect that in the years to come he will continue to be a remarkable contributor to our nation. To my Chief of staff, Ben Hubbard all of my staff in the Prime Minister's office, to my electorate staff, some of whom have been with me since the very start of this journey, since I was first elected in 1998, thank you very much for everything you do. To my branch members and volunteers I wish that I could be with you for more time than I am able to be, but thank you for keeping the faith locally and doing all of your hard work.To my speech writers, they've deliberately inserted a little reference to themselves, in these notes, so I think it is probably worth saying they've got one of the less enviable jobs in Australian public life, people always very very keen to give them a character assessment along the way, but thank them for their hard work too. To my friends from the Australian Federal Police, we have survived another year together, sometimes in more difficult circumstances than Prime Ministers and AFP details have faced in the past. Thank you very much for them for their efforts. Finally to my own family, to my partner, Tim, to my family in Adelaide I'm looking forward to spending some time together, we will make sure that we spend some time in Adelaide over the Christmas break, and to make sure that we are there together for what will be a different Christmas for us and our family.Speaker, in a few weeks when the working year ends I wish everybody a time of rest and recovery. I will be doing that, I know those around the parliament will be doing that, and then we will be back, ready to go, full of energy, in 2013, and I am really looking forward to the contest to come, thank you. Here here!The leader has the opposition has the floor. Thanks, madam speaker, yes, 2012 has been an interesting year, every year is an interesting year. 2012 has had its moments. We had a change of government in Queensland. We had a change of leadership in China, we had, obviously the Olympics and the Paralympics come around again, Australian athletes did magnificently in both. We had the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings, that was a terrible, terrible stain, but so many people are trying to bring healing even from that. We had tragedy, but progress in Afghanistan. Of course just in the last few days, madam speaker, we had the completion of the Howard Anderson Turnbull, Murray Darling plan which reflects well on many people in this parliament, although I do acknowledge the deep concerns over the implementation of the plan, which are held by many people in the basin communities.Madam speaker, I thank you for the difficult task that you perform well. I thank the clerks for their guardianship of the standards of the parliament, the PLO with the work they do with all members, the library for making us seem more knowledgeable and wise than we often really are. The attendants who keep the place running smoothly, the guides who introduced this building to the public, the drivers who get us to places on time, the cleaners, who have had a lot of work to do this week, in particular, my own cleaners Olga and Maria deserve a special mention. Of course my colleagues, I'm incredibly well served by my senior colleagues, warren Truss the leader of the National party, jewellery Bishop the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Christopher Pyne the Manager of Opposition Business, Joe Hockey the shadow treasurer, all of them have shown tremendous team spirit, all of them have had excellent years. I acknowledge my staff led by Peter Cridland, my strong right hand I acknowledge and honour my family. We acknowledge all -- all of us acknowledge our families, we could not be here much for their patience, forbearance and tolerance. Here here!They are the people who suffer through our public lives. We must remember them at this time, and perhaps resolve to be better to them next year, although I doubt we will be, given the burdens and demands that will fall upon us in an election year.We don't know when an election will be, but this may well be the last opportunity to provide a valedictory before then, I should note now, madam speaker, that some discontinuing girbd members of my team will not be recontesting the next election, Alby Schultz, Joe gash Judy Moylan, Mal washer, sue Von Boswell. I see Russell broad bench is retiring. I don't think he is, I've been miss conformed. A vicious Victorian lot to your list. What grem Lyn is there in our system? What grem Lyn is this? And he shouldn't, he shouldn't. We need a strong and conscience hpt driven voice in the particle and inside the coalition. I rescind my resignation. Well said, Albe. Finally, madam speaker, look, this has been a year of ups and downs, a year of ups and downs for most Australians, I'm sure it's been a year of ups and downs for both sides of this parliament. ? 2012 has had its exhilarations and its frus traces we must hope 2013 will be a better year, we always hope that every year will be better than it's predecessor, I'm sure that in one respect at least 2013 will be a better year than 2012, it will be an election year. Here here!None of us are in any way trying to avoid that, all of us on this side, for all of us on this side it couldn't come quick enough. We look forward to it very much. Here here!So both Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard very much looking forward to the election year next year. The reflections on 2012. Let's go back to Rob Oakeshott. Thank you so much for hanging in there listening to all of that, Rob Oakeshott. Can I ask you for your thoughts on this year. I remember, of course, in that period of negotiation forming minority government you drove a number of reforms to how parliament works. How do you think it's going? Well, apart from the contest between leadership it's going pretty well, the committee structure is working harder than ever. It is having real input into policy legislation is passing the parliament with a lot of input from a lot of members, other than just the major party of the day and private members business is passing. We're about to have half a dozen private member aers votes, in previous parliaments just would not have existed. Ticking it long, the perception from many is shaped around the leadership, the contest of leadership. That is ugly, I concede that. What goes on in question time is the impression many people take. Let me ask you about the policies that went through the house at least the poker machine reforms, after some delay for the installment of mandatory pre-commitment for the smaller clubs, are you happy with the outcome? I'm happy we have of got a outcome. This area of all areas of public policy probably covered by power and money and influence more than any other, so to actually get a piece of legislation through the parliament itself is an achievement. It will make a difference, we will wait and see how the politics plays out next year before an election, I imagine it will be a political issue into next year. Not over yet. As far as the Productivity Commission saying that problem gambling is a drag on productivity in this nation we have to do something about it, doing it in two reports over the last decade, today the Australian parliament did something. Let me bring in Adam van green in Canberra. This outcome on the pokies reform you voted for. The amendments are going to be a couple of elections about before the mandatory pre-commitment is going to be implemented. A reluctant vote, the only way that any legislation was going to get through was weakening it down further. We started the week with a pretty weak piece of legislation that was a step in the right direction, a small step could have been so much more. It was pretty enlightning for me to watch the pokies lobby come to town, patrol the corridors of parliament, work hand in glove with the senior Labor factional leaders, through a combination of pressure and threats managed to weaken down a weak piece of legislation even further. At least it will do something, but it's pretty clear that big money still weeldz some pretty considerable influence here. So in your view, Adam Bandt we are going to have the same problems in relation to problem gambling continue for some years? Another now a couple of years for those families who are literally struggling to put food on the table to feed the kids because someone in the family has got a gambling addiction, another few years where we will see serious measures to help them. Rob Oakeshott, do you accept that the pokies lobby has delayed action for the families? The parliament has, there is enormous influence from the vested interests. That's why over the weekend at the start of the debate I was calling for every single member of parliament to par tis pat in the debate, have a vote, delayer what your latest donations are from some of the powerful interests so we know what the conflicts of interest are. The latest Australian Electoral Commission figures we can get our hands on have the Labor Party making 90 million dollars in 2011 alone and the Labor Party making $10010 million. A lot of money, a lot of these may have come from the vested interests. By all means participate, vote and do what going to do anything, put your cards on the table from a doe magss point of view as any company director or any member of any club would have to do, allow us all to just see who is making what decisions and why. As we head into this long summer break contemplating the election year ahead, Rob Oakeshott what's your thinking at the moment on whether you're going to run again? What will your argument be to the electorate if you do, about what you've achieved in this term? The second before the first, the second is pretty clear, it will be results beat insults. We have worked hard in the parliament to do the hard slog of the detail of policy reform, and many local outcomes. They're there in hospitals and universities, Pacific Highway funding I have a strong story to tell about results, up against people who are taking the mickey of me sitting on a toilet supporting a campaign with websites linked to the National party with" get rid of Rob "smears, they can knock them sls out of that. Results beat insults. As far as decisions about next year I'm still in the mindset of very much delivering on the last election result of just two years ago, that is to work my damnedest every single year to work as hard as I can. I've been in six elections, this time around I always make decisions about six months out, talking to family, supporters and staff. We haven't gone into that process as yet. So I'm attracted to it, I want to do it, there is more than just me involved. Really we haven't entered that election cycle yet at our end. Me a call and I'll give you a clear answer in a couple of months time. The polls, your chances of being reelected are they a factor? You weigh everything up, it's a game for winners, you don't want to spend a lot of money and lose. That's part of the consideration in all honesty. Every single candidate would probably have the same view. That will be in the mix. Don't believe the polls that are being put out by the National party or others, the meat on the ground is pretty good. Adam Bandt for you, the Greens as we move into the election year will have to justify their partnership with Labor in this term and no doubt put distance between the two parties particularly in your seat, you battle it out with Labor. How will you do that? What are the issues you will point to difference between the two parties? We are going to see a couple of them play out between now and the end of the year in the next week or so. We're going to see a meeting of Co ago with obviously the Prime Minister and federal Ministers and the state Ministers. What we're going to see there is a significant weakening of environmental laws where these -- COAG - we hear about how awful they are, they're going to be a charge of improving - judging whether projects meet environmental standards. That's a trashing of bob walk's legacy, you know you almost imagine that the stopping of the Franklin Damn wouldn't have happened under this government. We are going to see that and see at the end of this year up to 150000 single parents being kicked off their benefits and on to the dole, where they're going to be plunged further into poverty. They're instances that I'll be saying to the electorate you have a choice, you can vote for people who will, as the Greens stand up against this rising tide of inquality or you can vote for Labor and get more of the same. It's going to be a fascinating year ahead, no doubt about that. We better let you both go and go back to divisions happening in the house before it wraps up for the year. We wish you well for the long summer break and look forward to talking to you again. Adam Bandt and Rob Oakeshott thanks for that. We will take a break then back with the political editor of 'The Australian' Bruce Shanahan, the question time for the year, where did things end up on the AWU slush fund affair.

P On this final parliamentary sitting day what better way to wrap things up talking to Dennis Shanahan the political editor of 'The Australian' newspaper. Thanks for joining us. Starting with the AWU affair dominated all week in parliament, rather dramatically this final question time today. Now Julia Gillard tried to move on to the front foot by bringing on the debate at the start there, putting Tony Abbott on the spot. He clearly was ready to go, though with a 15 minute speech. Stayed out of this all week and launched into it today with the invitation from the Prime Minister detailing where he believes she's gone wrong. This morning he said that would certainly be in breach of the law this afternoon he was using words like" possibly unlawful "or" appears to be a breach of the law "what did you make of it all? You're right on the tactical point. It was pretty clear Tony Abbott was ready to get up and go from the opening bell. There was no problem about trying to surprise him with a 15-minute speech. He had it already there. He handled the 15 minutes quite easily. Now, I think on the substance of the speech basically the put up or shut up that Julia Gillard challenged him to he did go to the nub of the issues about the AWU. He had the advantage that this morning, of course, all of the media carried a new disclosure from the Slater & Gordon interview which confirmed that the Prime Minister had in fact argued for the establishment of the Australian workers union Workplace Relations - workplace reform association, sorry, and that this took it actually a step further in her involvement in the establishment of that entity, and it also meant that she had made representations in the letter to the WA Corporate Affairs Commission. This is confirmation of something around for a while. Tony Abbott did take a big stick to it this morning and say to give information, false information or misleading information to the Corporate Affairs Commission is a breach of the law. He hasn't backed away from that in the general argument, although he was more calm and subdued in the parliament. I think Julia Gillard's response, which really wanted to go to Tony Abbott, you could see that during the week the Prime Minister was pretty frustrated with the fact that she had to face Julie Bishop all the time. Today she wanted to unLeech her attack on Tony Abbott and she certainly did, but I think that she is still having difficulty answering questions fully and frankly in the parliament, and I think at the end of the day, while Tony Abbott won't get up his judicial inquiry and he will be still accused of not putting up, he's finished the day much better than - in a much better position than the coalition began the week. The Prime Minister will at least hope that it has killed it for the moment and in the new year it will be finished. The agenda may have moved on by then. That's right. Look at what we did learn in this added piece of the transcript from the Slater & Gordon interview in various newspapers this morning. She as you said had communication with this Western Australian government authority. It seems there was a quest for clarification on whether this association was a trade union. She clarified no it's not a trade union. She essentially said today where's the big deal in that. She didn't recall this communication 20 years on. Where's the big deal in what she said smThat's right she said it's not a big deal, and, of course, she can't recall the letter, the letter is missing, it's missing from the file. We don't know exactly what is in the letter, we're taking what is in the letter from the transcript of the Prime Minister's words, and her partners at Slater & Gordon. The issue is how did she describe it to the West Australian Commission. Did she hide the fact it was a reelection fund as opposed to something for workplace safety? Well, one assumes she didn't describe it as a union reelection fund because that would have made it a union fund, and she did say, and we know from the previous transcript, that the Prime Minister told her partners at the time that she did know it was a union slush fund, she used that description herself. She said she believed it was more the reelection of union officials, so there is a difficulty there on the definition and the information given to the West Australian Commission. I don't think that issue is going to go away. What about the opposition in all of this? We saw Julie Bishop a few days ago over reach then clear it up saying the Prime Minister benefited from the slush fund, Tony Abbott his language this morning was tougher, his office says he stands by everything he said this morning, in the parliament he used the words" possible, " appears to be. The Government is saying this is a Godwin Grech, where it blew up in their face. Is there a comparison? There is obviously a comparison in that we have somebody supplying information or informational gagses has v been made against the Prime Minister. The difference in the Godwin Grech situation was that Godwin Grech created false material which was given to the coalition, they based their claims on that. The claims that Tony Abbott is making today is not based on false material. It is based on documentary evidence from Slater & Gordon, from a transcript of Slater & Gordon and from documents and proceedings in WA, with the establishment of the fund. Now, one thing, though, that has moved in the Prime Minister's favour on this issue, is that over the week, we have seen her being able to deny as best she can, because she says she can't recall things, but deny as much as she can that she had any personal benefit from this fund. That's a very important point, and today Tony Abbott did not suggest that she had received any personal benefit. So I think that is a real plus for the Prime Minister, as this saga continues, but I think that the new point is one that will not go away. Well, we're going to have to wrap things up there, Dennis Shanahan, thanks for joining us. That's all we have time for the program. After the break the very latest Sky News. Live Captioning by Ai-Media ai-media.tv