The PM’s response to the recent accusation that he knew that the “children overboard” story was false before the last election.
He asks a valid question – why now? Why has it taken so long for Scrafton to come forward? We find out from the Democrats that Scrafton was not called before the Senate inquiry into the matter. But as the PM asks – it has been nine months since Scrafton quit his job, why this long to come forward?
KERRY O’BRIEN: You say that you’ve finally been prompted to speak up now because of the way the 43 retired former Defence chiefs and senior diplomats were denigrated last week for questioning the Government’s honesty.
Are you saying that kids overboard also comes under the heading of truth in government?
MIKE SCRAFTON: Yes, I think it does.
Can I say that’s not my only motivation.
There is nothing I can personally gain out of this except having my reputation restored.
All of the books and monographs and articles that were written, the Senate report, all paint me in a pretty dastardly light as an evil, manipulating parliamentary MOPS adviser.
I had a non-political role in the whole process.
So part of my motivation is just clearing up the record.
Kim Beasley of the ALP presents some long standing questions. From this transcript it seems, perhaps, that there have been questions about the Scrafton phone calls for some time.
According to ABC Online, Mr Scrafton believes he can support his claims. This isn’t looking good for the PM and the government, that’s for sure. Even if it doesn’t turn out to provide a definitive answer to the question, it’s surely going to have an adverse impact on public perception of his credibility.