Picture this: you were prime minister. You made friends and enemies. You left politics with plenty of money in the bank and draw a pretty pension (around $300,000). You snap up a new role as chair of mental health charity, Beyond Blue. Eyebrows rose because you had a problem with a man checking his watch in parliament. People wonder how you’re going to tackle much more complex problems.
Picture a couple of months later and you’re attending an event as Beyond Blue chair. You win a raffle. You draw the winning ticket.
Your prize is a $5,600 worth three-month lease on a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet C200.
Tellingly, Gillard widened her eyes and looked around the room for validation rather than consulting her own conscience. Comes with practice.
“You’ve done so much for this country,” she was told by Women of Melbourne MC Jen Hansen.
“I’ve spent a lot of my life drawing ALP raffles where generally there wasn’t a prize and if you did happen to win the meat tray you had to give it back or you would have been torn limb from limb. So, thank you very much,” Gillard replied.
So many words.
Yet, no words.
Remember in 2007 when Gillard paid back over $4000 to the Department of Finance because her partner had used her taxpayer-funded car while driving around trying to sell his hair care products?
There are two types of people in this world: those who serve themselves and those who genuinely want to serve others.
It’s understood she later called and asked if Beyond Blue could use it for future fundraising.
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