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BESTIES: Age editor fails to disclose friendship with key player in Gillard embezzlement tale

MarkbakerMark Baker, the editor-at-large of The Age newspaper, who has been reporting on the Prime Minister’s supposed embezzlement conspiracy theory in some detail, was the best man of Nick Styant-Browne, the disgruntled ex-partner at Slater & Gordon who has been talking up the controversy in recent times.

Sources familiar with lefty friendship circles in Melbourne say Styant-Browne and Baker are as thick as thieves, even though it’s a long-distance Seattle-Melbourne bro-mance.

Baker, thought to be very displeased at being passed over for the editor-in-chief’s job at The Age, has surprised observers by extensively reporting on the claims by the PM’s foes that imply or even occasionally assert the PM – in the 1990s – was the beneficiary or architect of a fraud.

They have mostly rehashed the extensive investigative work of News Limited scribes although new elements from Styant-Browne

The senior journalist has not disclosed to readers his close personal association with Styant-Browne, now a Seattle based lawyer, long considered a foe of Gillard’s and her former mentor at the firm, now Federal Court judge, Bernard Murphy, so we’re doing it for him.

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  1. Gets better and better

    Posted by callie | November 26, 2012, 21:42
  2. Where do you get the idea that this is all about embezzlement ? It’s about her falsely claiming to have witnessed a signature on a POA. And misleading Corporate Affairs in WA. In other words, improper conduct.

    Posted by heinrich | November 26, 2012, 22:56
  3. “It’s about her falsely claiming to have witnessed a signature on a POA. And misleading Corporate Affairs in WA. In other words, improper conduct.”

    Something which there is literally no evidence for.

    Posted by Cannonball Z | November 26, 2012, 23:35
  4. In spite of Styant-Browne’s attempts to make mmuch of it, the whole thing looked like a fairly routine conveyancing transaction and the fax doesn’t prove that anything. What if she knew about it in 1995 rather than 1993!?

    Posted by whatismore | November 27, 2012, 0:12
  5. I am glad you told us about Mark Baker’s connection to Nick Styant-Browne. It makes his articles more convincing. He obviously knows the true story about Gillard if he has been talking to Nick Styant-Browne, even though Baker probably can’t publish everything he knows yet.

    Posted by Lozza | November 27, 2012, 8:37
  6. ^^^^

    Or Baker knows it’s a lot of crap and is trying to help his mate “get” Gillard for some imagined injustice around 20 years ago.

    How childish.

    Posted by 2353 | November 27, 2012, 8:40
  7. Her backflips trip her up….

    Early in the press conference she stated. “What I did was I provided advice as a lawyer about the incorporation of an association. I did not incorporate an association” but then later she said “: Hindsight’s a wonderful thing, isn’t it? It’s a wonderful thing over 20 years. But put yourself in my shoes incorporating that association.”

    Posted by sunshine | November 27, 2012, 9:29
  8. OMG, you’re not seriously suggesting a reporter is getting information from someone he’s knows. I’m shocked!

    Posted by Susie | November 27, 2012, 9:59
  9. Lets face it most of the journalists ( and I use that term very loosely) who work for Murdoch suffer from a lack of integrity in fact they probably can’t spell the word. How about we do a forensic investigation into some of them and find out what sleazy activities they got up to in their past. None of them are capable of being PM of this country and people should be reminded of what it takes to do the job before they sling insults and unfounded accusations. Go JG you are a hero and the misogynists will rot in their own bile!

    Posted by BadAbit | November 27, 2012, 10:02
  10. Oh here is a quote from Oscar Wilde – “Journalism is unreadable and literature is never read”. That pretty much sums up the level of intellect of most msm (not all) journos in this country. I think now, msm journos rate lower than used car sales people on the integrity scale.

    Posted by BadAbit | November 27, 2012, 10:07
  11. “Something which there is literally no evidence for.”

    Because files in two states have mysteriously disappeared. Not dodgy?
    Gillard’s evasive responses to every question are very shifty. Her incandescent call to Chris Mitchell early on to kill the story which he said was more over the top than anything he’d received from previous PMs like Keating … put it all together. Something’s going on.

    Posted by heinrich | November 27, 2012, 11:37
  12. So these guys know each other? So obviously that means everything they say or do are lies? Because they happen to know each other & Mark Baker didn’t happen to disclose that he knew Styant-Brown?
    Who would know more about Gillards’ malfeasance than her superior in S & G – none other than Styant-Brown?
    Why did Gillard “leave” S & G & never practice law again?
    And Gillard cries about ‘personal attacks’ on her & bleats misogyny yet it’s OK for her to do severe personal attacks on Blewitt et al?
    Hypocrisy much?
    Why was this story to be published in The Australian last year spiked by Gillard & the reporter sacked?
    But now it’s OK for the story to come out?
    If what Pickering, Smith & others have written or said are lies then the courts are available for Libel & defamation aren’t they?
    But with truth as an absolute defence, what to do except lie, obfuscate, bluster & bully.

    Posted by Mohammed al-Qunt | November 27, 2012, 11:48
  13. sick of this non-story.
    And The Age has lost credibility over their re-hash. Blind Freddie could have seen they had no substance and the fact these 2 are pals confirms there is nothing, zilch.

    Say three Hail Marys and flagellate yourself.

    Posted by The Pope | November 27, 2012, 19:27
  14. Yep.
    Someone happens to know someone else so the lying slapper is automatically not guilty.
    What tripe.

    Posted by Marilyn | November 28, 2012, 14:15
  15. “But put yourself in my shoes incorporating that association.”

    Where did those shoes come from?
    Town Mode?
    Did the money used to pay for them have any garden soil on it?

    Posted by Marilyn | November 28, 2012, 14:16
  16. So this merely confirms Baker has the un-redacted S&G files.
    No way he could get his work passed Fairfax legal if they hadn’t confirmed the bona fides of what was being written.
    No way Baker would be writing, as fact, that Gillard wrote a letter of comfort to the WA commissioner re AWU-WRA unless he had a copy of that letter.
    I fail to see how disclosing his friendship with NSB has any bearing on the story. Every journo in the country is either too scared, or too left leaning to even mention this story, barring a few patriots. His friendship with NSB simply gives him access to the good oil as it were.

    PS: @BadAbit, Baker works for Fairfax you goose, not New Ltd.

    Posted by LeftRightOut | November 28, 2012, 15:52
  17. Thanks for the correction LeftRightOut. You sound like a person with the same level of hatred for anyone who doesn’t agree with you, calling me a “goose” for making an honest mistake. This seems to be a trait of most right wing lightweights whose vocabulary is limited to abuse just like your right wing mates!

    Posted by BadAbit | November 28, 2012, 16:41
  18. I think these two are more than just mates. Boyz it takes one to know one and you are one ! kisses.

    Posted by Cr Craig | November 28, 2012, 17:14
  19. Thanks for the visit D.A dispite thuggery ant threats from human resourses (K.B)

    Posted by Malvern | November 28, 2012, 22:10
  20. gillard will be gone by monday. new evidence coming out tomorrow

    Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2012, 0:06
  21. This really has been a cracker of a week on the original and best reality show called politics.
    Who could script such pearlers such as Wilsons appearance on 7.30 report.
    There will no doubt be soggy treasure hunters digging up the backyard at Blewitt’s old house right now (138 Warwick Road, Duncraig).
    Julia will probably call in sick today.
    The other highly amusing and telling highlight from this week of laughs was the sight of Swannie and Albo sitting behind Jules as she made lame defensive jokes whilst avoiding answering any questions. Both of those clowns never cracked a smile, they looked almost in a daze as if dreaming whether or not their time had come, no doubt with re-arranged Boss and Dolly lyrics urging them on in their silly little heads.

    Posted by chris | November 29, 2012, 6:38
  22. This really has been a cracker of a week on the original and best reality show called politics.
    Who could script such pearlers such as W_ilsons appearance on 7.30 report.
    There will no doubt be soggy treasure hunters digging up the backyard at B_lewitt’s old house right now (138 Warwick Road, Duncraig).
    Julia will probably call in sick today.
    The other highly amusing and telling highlight from this week of laughs was the sight of Swannie and Albo sitting behind Jules as she made lame defensive jokes whilst avoiding answering any questions. Both of those clowns never cracked a smile, they looked almost in a daze as if dreaming whether or not their time had come, no doubt with re-arranged Boss and Dolly lyrics urging them on in their silly little heads.

    Posted by chris | November 29, 2012, 6:49
  23. This really has been a cracker of a week on the original and best reality show called politics.
    Who could script such pearlers such as Wilsons appearance on 7.30 report.
    There will no doubt be soggy treasure hunters digging up the backyard at Blewitt’s old house right now (_138 Warwick Road, Duncraig).
    Julia will probably call in sick today.
    The other highly amusing and telling highlight from this week of laughs was the sight of Swannie and Albo sitting behind Jules as she made lame defensive jokes whilst avoiding answering any questions. Both of those clowns never cracked a smile, they looked almost in a daze as if dreaming whether or not their time had come, no doubt with re-arranged Boss and Dolly lyrics urging them on in their silly little heads.

    Posted by chris | November 29, 2012, 6:52
  24. None of it is wrong or illegal or a crime and it was 20 frigging years ago with none of the people accused of misusing the money were ever charged so what is the point.

    Get up Gillard for torturing children.

    Posted by Marilyn | November 29, 2012, 6:59
  25. I read on Wikipedia that the person who runs this site (see the About link above), “has been active in the past in the Labor Party, and particularly the Labor Right faction”. Some other interesting information there as well.

    Posted by It'sObvious | November 29, 2012, 9:10
  26. This really has been a cracker of a week on the original and best reality show called Game of NWO Puppet Thrones.
    Who could script such pearlers such as Bruce’s appearance on 7.30 report.
    There will no doubt be soggy treasure hunters digging up the backyard at Ralph’s old house right now (138 Warwick Road, Duncraig).
    Which goose in the PMO thought dragging out Bruce for the PM’s defense was a bright idea? Now he has dropped her right in it.
    Red Rooster will probably call in sick today.
    The other highly amusing and telling highlight from this week of laughs was the sight of Swannie and Albo sitting behind Jules as she made lame defensive jokes whilst avoiding answering any questions during her desperate and lonely fight for political life. Both of those clowns never cracked a smile, they looked almost in a daze as if dreaming whether or not their time had come, no doubt with re-arranged Boss and Dolly lyrics urging them on in their silly little heads.

    Posted by c_hris | November 29, 2012, 13:18
  27. fuck this automod bullshit. fuck billy and steven too

    Posted by chris | November 29, 2012, 13:19
  28. This really has been a cracker of a week on the original and best reality show called Game of NWO Puppet Thrones.
    Who could script such pearlers such as Bruce’s appearance on 7.30 report.
    There will no doubt be soggy treasure hunters digging up the backyard at Ralph’s old house right now (138 Warwick Road, Duncraig).
    Which goose in the PMO thought dragging out Bruce for the PM’s defense was a bright idea? Now he has dropped her right in it.
    Red Rooster will probably call in sick today.
    The other highly amusing and telling highlight from this week of laughs was the sight of Swannie and Albo sitting behind Jules as she made lame defensive jokes whilst avoiding answering any questions during her d_esperate and lonely fight for political life. Both of those clowns never cracked a smile, they looked almost in a daze as if dreaming whether or not their time had come, no doubt with re-arranged Boss and Dolly lyrics urging them on in their silly little heads.

    Posted by chris | November 29, 2012, 13:20
  29. This really has been a cracker of a week on the original and best reality show called Game of NWO Puppet Thrones.
    Who could script such pearlers such as Bruce’s appearance on 7.30 report.
    There will no doubt be soggy treasure hunters digging up the backyard at Ralph’s old house right now (138 Warwick Road, Duncraig).
    Which goose in the PMO thought dragging out Bruce for the PM’s defense was a bright idea? Now he has dropped her right in it.
    Red Rooster will probably call in sick today.
    The other highly amusing and telling highlight from this week of laughs was the sight of Swannie and Albo sitting behind Jules as she made l_ame defensive jokes whilst avoiding answering any questions during her desperate and lonely fight for political life. Both of those clowns never cracked a smile, they looked almost in a daze as if dreaming whether or not their time had come, no doubt with re-arranged Boss and Dolly lyrics urging them on in their silly little heads.

    Posted by chris | November 29, 2012, 13:20
  30. This really has been a cracker of a week on the original and best reality show called Game of NWO Puppet Thrones.
    Who could script such pearlers such as Bruce’s appearance on 7.30 report.
    There will no doubt be soggy treasure hunters digging up the backyard at Ralph’s old house right now (138 Warwick Road, Duncraig).
    Which goose in the PMO thought dragging out Bruce for the PM’s defense was a bright idea? Now he has dropped her right in it.
    Red Rooster will probably call in sick today.

    Posted by chris | November 29, 2012, 13:22
  31. The other highly amusing and telling highlight from this week of laughs was the sight of Swannie and Albo sitting behind Jules as she made lame defensive jokes whilst avoiding answering any questions during her desperate and lonely fight for political life. Both of those clowns never cracked a smile, they looked almost in a daze as if dreaming whether or not their time had come, no doubt with re-arranged Boss and Dolly lyrics urging them on in their silly little heads.

    Posted by chris | November 29, 2012, 13:23
  32. The other highly amusing and telling highlight from this week of laughs was the sight of Swannie and Albo sitting behind Jules as she made lame defensive jokes whilst avoiding answering any questions during her d_esperate and lonely fight for political life. Both of those clowns never cracked a smile, they looked almost in a daze as if dreaming whether or not their time had come, no doubt with re-arranged Boss and Dolly lyrics urging them on in their silly little heads.

    Posted by chris | November 29, 2012, 13:23
  33. The other highly amusing and telling highlight from this week of laughs was the sight of Swannie and Alb_o sitting behind Jules as she made lame defensive jokes whilst avoiding answering any questions during her desperate and lonely fight for political life. Both of those clowns never cracked a smile, they looked almost in a daze as if dreaming whether or not their time had come, no doubt with re-arranged Boss and Dolly lyrics urging them on in their silly little heads.

    Posted by chris | November 29, 2012, 13:25
  34. The other highly amusing and telling highlight from this week of laughs was the sight of Swannie and Albo sitting behind Jules as she made lame defensive jokes whilst avoiding answering any questions during her desperate and lonely fight for political life. Both of those clowns never cracked a smile, they looked almost in a daze as if dreaming whether or not their time had come, no doubt with re-arranged Boss and D_olly lyrics urging them on in their silly little heads.

    Posted by chris | November 29, 2012, 13:25
  35. The other highly amusing and telling highlight from this week of laughs was the sight of Swannie and Albo sitting behind Jules as she made lame defensive jokes whilst a_voiding answering any questions during her desperate and lonely fight for political life. Both of those clowns never cracked a smile, they looked almost in a daze as if dreaming whether or not their time had come, no doubt with re-arranged Boss and D_olly lyrics urging them on in their silly little heads.

    Posted by chris | November 29, 2012, 13:26
  36. avoiding? that is the magic automod word? wtf

    Posted by chris | November 29, 2012, 13:27
  37. @sunshine Just finished watching question time and it looks like Gillard did NOT incorporate, that was someone else, a fact it appears the opposition was aware of.

    Posted by Pistolletti | November 29, 2012, 16:13
  38. LeftRightOut |: you are out of touch. Fairfax no longer have in-house lawyers and nothing gets vetted. The editor ‘legals’ stories.

    That’s why they have made a hash of it.

    Posted by The Pope | November 29, 2012, 16:52
  39. Pistolletti : lawyers don’t incorporate. They just write letters.

    Nothing to see here, Beat-up of the year and a pathetic one at that.

    Posted by The Pope | November 29, 2012, 16:54
  40. Can Julia stop bagging Blewitt? FFS all he did was use some prostitutes and she bagged him for it. Makes me look bad when it’s ALP/Union policy. Everyone does it.

    Posted by Shagger Thomson | November 30, 2012, 19:50
  41. Dear shagger he raped his sister you dog

    Posted by Big boy | November 30, 2012, 23:51
  42. Posted by Long gone | December 1, 2012, 11:48
  43. Baker says this report is false. You should verify your info before reporting, otherwise your credibility is nil.

    Posted by ben | December 2, 2012, 12:54
  44. So What,
    words favoured by the Goverment last week.

    Posted by jock | December 3, 2012, 7:02
  45. Had Julia and Bruce married, Ralph, being a good mate of both of them, most probably would have been the best man.
    Bruce’s God father, Bill Ludwig, who had plans for Bruce to be PM, would have been pulling strings and making arrangements for a reception fit for a future PM.

    And now Bill Ludwig is Julia’s God father, how time changes everything.
    Sad if poor old Bill’s hopes are shattered again.

    Posted by jock | December 3, 2012, 7:25

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