Comments on Dennis Shanahan “Trio's fate now out of their hands”, 22/06/2009, http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25669052-17301,00.html
It has been reported by the ABC that the email has been found, but it was a fake email and reportedly it was concocted within Treasury.
So, it seems that Swan should definitely be packing and going from Treasurer, not only he misled the parliament, but also the fact that the email came from within his own department.
There is also a question about senior Treasury figures, such as Treasury head and Mr Godwin Grech's supervisor. Why didn't they see the improperness of those emails sent to them and Swan's home? They are supposed to be working in the public interest both independently and not affected by political favors. There should be some heads rolling from top bureaucrats.
The Treasury has done a very poor job recently, such as the cash handouts as stimulus, the overly optimistic forecast of above trends economic growth for a number of years used in the government's 2009-10 budget. It has become too political at the expense of being independent public services.