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Talkback radio host Michael Smith to revisit controversial interview on 2GB

Michael Smith 2GBTalkback radio host Michael Smith will revisit the interview that spurred his exit from 2UE on rival station 2GB on the drive show tomorrow.

Smith, who has been filling in for 2GB drive host Ben Fordham over the summer, will interview the former Victorian Australian Workers Union (AWU) boss Bob Kernohan about the alleged misallocation of funds in the 1990s by former AWU official Bruce Wilson.

The interview comes three years after the Fairfax Radio Network refused to air Smith’s prerecorded interview with Kernohan on the subject as it allegedly implicated former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in the misallocation of funds.

Gillard, who was in a relationship with Wilson at the time and a lawyer with Slater and Gordon, helped provide legal advice to establish the AWU Workplace Reform Association and Victorian Police allege this was later used to siphon money from construction company Thiess to buy a house in inner Melbourne, The Australian reports. 

Fairfax Radio management refused to broadcast the interview as it allegedly linked the former Prime Minister with the union fraud 16 years before, and Smith departed the radio station soon after.

He has since been a prolific blogger on the website Michael Smith News, and a regular on Ben Fordham’s show Sydney Live. He confirmed in November he would host the 2GB show in Fordham’s place during the summer.

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