It is unclear whether (changed from, ‘likely that’) Kevin Rudd attempted to do a favour for a mate and lied to parliament about that. It is certain that Wayne Swan attempted the favour and took personal interest in seeing that the favour worked – Swan should resign and be replaced by Lindsay Tanner who will make a better Treasurer. The pair are now desparately trying to turn the issue into an attack on the opposition’s credibility. Swan is trying to deflect attention away from his obvious interest by emphasising the ‘missing email’ issue.
There was almost certainly no email – that’s why Kevin Rudd is being so strong in his denials of it – the Labor Party has long-standing experience in handing out favours to mates and would not leave an evidence trail. The civil servant probably got a FAX or a phone call. The poor guy will face long-term retribution from the Labor Party hacks installed into the civil service for trying to do his job honestly – my sympathies to him.
But overall the issue is small bikkies. The tens of millions of dollars of squandered Federal funds being directed at sloppily-designed school projects, the poorly-thought-through road projects, the gravy-train like adjustment packages being paid to greenhouse gas polluters are more cogent reasons for sacking this incompetent duo.
Update: The email – it did exist – is now claimed to be false and a sting seems to have been implemented but it is unclear by who. Much more to come. The nonexistence of the email, again, being used by Labor to deflect attention from Swan’s clear guilt.