Slush fund 'paid for Gillard reno'

Explosive claims made at royal commission into union corruption link former PM to slush fund.

Julia Gillard was home when a union official corruptly paid $7000 for renovations on her property, according to explosive allegations to a royal commission that put the former Labor prime minister at the centre of a secret union slush funds scandal.

Former Australia Workers Union official Ralph Blewitt claimed yesterday that he paid a tradesman working at Ms Gillard’s Melbourne house in September or October 1994 on the orders of her then boyfriend, former AWU leader Bruce Wilson.

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