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.
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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