Here's Julia Gillard’s apology to senator Nick Xenophon for a false allegation in her auto­biography

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Julia Gillard has published an apology to South Australian independent senator Nick Xenophon for falsely allegeding that he was “infamously excluded from univer­sity for a period as punishment for stuffing a ballot box full of voting papers he had somehow secured”.

The claim was made on page 320 of her political auto­biography My Story.

Xenophon has accepted Gillard’s admission saying that he’s “glad it’s over”.

See her apology, published in The Australian today, in full here.


http://www.scribd.com/doc/273649079/Hon-Julia-Gillard-6-August-2015

The former PM appears to have got off lightly for her defamatory mistake.

ALP speechwriter and author Bob Ellis had his 1997 political memoir, Goodbye Jerusalem: night thoughts of a Labor outsider, pulped and publisher Random House paid $277,000 in damages to then Liberal ministers Peter Costello and Tony Abbott over false claims about their time in the Young Liberals.

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