A burning issue behind AWU smoke

Behind the fog of the AWU scandal are many policy issues key to the electoral success of the major parties. When, or if, the scandal is settled, voters might just notice Labor's concerted grab for the SME constituency.

There will be new claims and counter-claims over the Gillard/AWU scandal again today. The appearance of a section of the transcript of her interview by senior partners at law firm Slater & Gordon is, at last, new material of substance.

In previous days, Prime Minister Gillard has looked self-assured, batting away media questions, for the simple reason that there was nothing of substance to add to the implied allegations against her.

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