Prime Minister Gillard has called on producers of ABC1’s Four Corners to produce evidence that her office staff had drafted a victory speech two weeks before she toppled former PM Kevin Rudd in July 2010.
Last night’s episode of Four Corners included an interview with Gillard in which she was grilled on whether she knew her office was plotting the downfall of Rudd.
But today Gillard told ABC radio that she had been invited to the ABC1 programme to speak about the government’s achievements since the 2007 election.
She said this morning that “no question, no television program, nothing” would ever change the facts that she made up her mind on the day she told Rudd of the challenge.
Four Corners pressed her on what she knew, when…
“I am not surprised that, whether it’s people in my office or people more broadly, in the government or the Labor Party, were casting their mind where circumstances might get to,” she told the programme.
But Four Corners pressed her to answer the question. Several times.
“I’ve given you the answer I’m going to give you,” she said.
In any television interview, the subject should always enter into a conversation when there is trust between the parties involved.
Rudd declined Four Corners’ requests last week.
Source: The Age