Campaign countdown: Is it payback time for Kevin?
Kevin Rudd might be flat out carrying on like one of those sacked Japs who keeps showing up for work - UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon had a meeting in New York yesterday with Mr Rudd in his capacity as, erm, a backbencher. But there’s now a strong view in Labor circles after Laurie Oakes’ bombshell question to Julia Gillard at the Press Club yesterday that the former PM has in fact been a very busy little bee.
Leo Shanahan has had a close look below at Oakes’ question in a piece he filed straight after Gillard’s Press Club ambush yesterday, and the 170+ readers comments are illuminating as many people clearly believe the new PM should reveal to the public exactly what transpired with the alleged leadership deal.
The most worrying result for Ms Gillard, who may be just one day away from calling an election, is that if Mr Rudd is the source of the leak to Laurie Oakes, it signals that the former PM is now well and truly off the leash and may continue to dump on his successor and her factional boosters in the lead-up to polling day.
The story is running everywhere, which of itself is a bit of a nightmare for Ms Gillard as she tries to control the message ahead of the election campaign.
Some pieces around the sites today that are worth a look - writing in The Australian today Matt Franklin states that Labor figures are very strongly of the view that Kevin Rudd is the source of the leak.
Malcolm Farr in The Daily Telegraph says that he received a text message from a Rudd confidante declaring “It is true” of the alleged deal which Oakes put to Gillard.
Lenore Taylor in the SMH does a tidy job summing up the implications for Ms Gillard’s credibility and character in this comment piece. It begins: “Julia Gillard wants Australians to see her as a calm, measured, consensual leader, not an easy image to portray when you’ve taken the top job by brutally knifing a serving prime minister on the eve of an election.”
The Libs are all over it like a cheap suit. Tony Abbott, who knifed Malcolm Turnbull last December, with Malcolm having previously knifed Brendan Nelson, says that Julia must come clean about how she knifed Kev. Ah, pollies.
Don’t miss: Get The Punch in your inbox every day
Get The Punch on Facebook
Read all about it
Up to the minute Twitter chatter
The latest and greatest
Good morning Punchers. After four years of excellent fun and great conversation, this is the final post…
I have had some close calls, one that involved what looked to me like an AK47 pointed my way, followed…
In a world in which there are still people who subscribe to the vile notion that certain victims of sexual…