Godwin Grech's email to Malcolm Turnbull - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
From: Godwin Grech
Sent: Friday, 5 June 2009 10:41 PM
To: Malcolm Turnbull
Perhaps one way of getting me before a Committee to give evidence is to refer the OzCar Guarantee Bill, which is scheduled for Senate consideration in just over a week, to a Committee Inquiry.
Although we will be silly not to allow the Bill through, a short Committee Inquiry could be useful.
But it is important that any inquiry involve only me from Treasury.
Once this gets more momentum, they may try to stop me from appearing and send up one of my bosses instead.
I am the only person in Treasury to have worked on OzCar - quite remarkable really given that they normally allocate teams of about 10 people to such projects; but I have carried this on my own from the very start.
My point is that you will be on firm ground if you demand that only I appear.
I am happy for you to start using my name in Parliament or in media interviews when pressing for this.
In your interview with the ABC this morning, you referred to a Treasury official. I am OK for you to refer to me publicly to make it clear who you are after.
Also, with Swan daring you to haul up the relevant Treasury staff for investigation in Parliament on Thursday - you can simply dare him to follow through with his 'offer'.
I really do believe there is meat in this one.
Swan is probably more exposed than Rudd. Sure he disclosed the fact that he was making representations for Grant - but what is not appreciated is what I did - with the approval of the TO and Swan - in trying to get finance for Grant.
Ford Credit and the subsequent decision by ERC to allow Ford Credit to participate in OzCar - with Swan as ERC chair - is relevant to all of this.
Perhaps we should talk to sort out next steps.
Also, I am happy to meet with you and perhaps Abetz (no staffers) - to show you the various emails I have.
This may help you decide how strong you may want to push.
Let me know what you want to do.