Leadership destabilisation has a habit of becoming self-fulfilling. The more people in a party diss the boss the lower he drops in the polls.

The most relaxed member of the ALP. Picture Renee Nowytarger

The lower he drops in the polls the more people in his party diss him. Rudd seems to be in a death spiral this long weekend. Crusty old party elders such as Graham Richardson and Keith De Lacy are joining the pack of baying wolves.

Rudd’s about as popular as Tim Cahill in his camp this morning.

But as Matthew Franklin and Samantha Maiden quote a Labor source in this morning’s Australian: “Nothing will happen unless Julia acts. And there is no sign she will. She is being a very loyal deputy.”

Phil Coorey in the SMH says senior Labor ministers are rallying around their boss in the hope they can prop him up long enough to get through the election.

Coorey says:

But there remains deep concern inside Labor that the row over the mining tax is preventing the government from talking about its key messages and there has been growing internal pressure on Mr Rudd to shut it down.

It is understood the Prime Minister has heeded the message and resolved over the weekend to personally negotiate with the miners from now on with a view to reaching a settlement.

Doesn’t that sound a bit familiar? On Wednesday June 2nd the Australian splashed with: “PM takes control of mining talks”. It’s not clear what the difference is between “personally negotiate” and “takes control of mining talks”, but I guess he’s giving it another go.

Regardless, Rudd better hope it works. In the Daily Telegraph Simon Benson and Andrew Clennell say Gillard would have the numbers in the caucus if she were to make a move.

MPs were asked by The Daily Telegraph over the past week if they would support Ms Gillard in a leadership bid before the election.

The majority, which appears to now represent a growing sentiment in the caucus, said they would, claiming they could see no way up from the Government’s poor standing in the electorate.

Glenn Milne reckons she’d romp it home in a contest with Tony Abbott.

Meanwhile where’s Abbott? He’s under the radar this weekend, no doubt enjoing a run in the Sydney sun and watching the death spiral intensify with a certain level of glee

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    • Against the Man says:

      09:51am | 14/06/10

      Mr K Rudd our dear PM. It seems your own party has no confident in you. I am surprised you are dealing with the shame and embarrassment so well. I’m glad I won’t go down in history as australia’s worse PM. C’mon Julia take control and take over, your time is now. Ruddy knows you are a threat and I’m sure will plot your demise.

    • Dave C says:

      10:00am | 14/06/10

      Very interesting indeed. Its so true that is Gillard wants the leadership of the ALP then its hers for the taking. It seems she has done the best to reinvent herself from the hard left union lawyer who defended the warfies to the soft left IR minister who took on the more extreme members of the union movement. She even took on the AEU and won on the NAPLAN tests. It seems she has become the darling of the ALP by taking on the ALP’s sacred cows. If she becomes PM and compromises with the miners then the Govts biggest problems (Rudd himself and the mining tax) are neutralized.

      The biggest thing she has of course is that her communication skills are much much better than Rudd (mind you my 7 week old baby girl could convey a message better that Rudd at the moment) Australia has stopped listening to Rudd and now its Gillards time if she wants it.

      What the Libs and Nats will have to do in the event of Gillard becoming PM is purely attack her on policy. Continue the debt and deficit line and tell the voters that the BER is a sign of Labours waste and mismanagement. That is all they have on Red Julia at the moment IF she decides to step up now.

      As for the future, Rudd will win the election by 5 seats or less and will depart the ALP leadership within 12 months post election. Gillard will be PM against a more confident Abbott.

    • Evan Findlay says:

      10:18am | 14/06/10

      In the circumstance of Julia becoming Prime Minister before the election the Liberal party would have to drop Tony from opposition leader and install either Joe or Malcolm to have any chance in the upcoming election. Having Julia as Prime Minister would most certainly leave only males voting for him and I don’t think there would be many of those. Personally though I would much prefer to see Mr Combet get the role.

    • Ben81 says:

      12:08pm | 14/06/10

      Evan, you’d love the distraction of a leadership change in the Liberal party wouldn’t you.  One of yours for one of theirs, is it?  It doesn’t work that way, and if too many women are as shallow as you suggest and vote solely on gender that’s another problem entirely.

    • Northern Steve says:

      12:35pm | 14/06/10

      Er, she won against the AEU?  Hardly.  Gillard contacted the union the evening before the NAPLAN deadline and agreed to a review of the MySchool site, which is what the AEU was after.  (Initial review results were released this week providing for at least some of the more significant changes the AEU were after.)  Sure, she rushed to put out a media release saying the AEU had given in, but that doesn’t make it true.  She also was told to pull her head in by State Education Ministers for suggesting parents could run the tests.
      Let’s call it a draw, hey?  Teachers got a voice and some of the changes they wanted, Julia got the press.  Doesn’t mean she’ll get my vote though.

    • Brad Coward says:

      12:48pm | 14/06/10

      Evan, if I read you correctly…you suggest that should Abbott have to face off against Gillard in an election, only males would vote for Abbott as the entire female population would throw support to the female leader.

      Evan, may I tell you…you seriously underestimate the common sense and rationality of all Australian women.

      Julia Gillard’s lack of aministrative ability has contributed to the mess that the Rudd government now finds itself in.  Would I vote for someone who proudly justifies the cost of her every administrative mistake as something that had to be done because it had to be done.  Not likely !

    • Robert Smissen , rural SA says:

      04:03pm | 14/06/10

      Evan the idea of Red Julia as PM would be downright disasterous, but your suggestion that Combet as an alternative who is left of the loony left is just a sick, sick joke! ! Australia would be marching inextricably to it’s doom! ! !

    • Evan Findlay says:

      05:29pm | 14/06/10

      Brad Coward and Ben 81,

      I fully understand that your comments are based solely on your political bias but when I make a comment it is based on research and fact. In recent polls in the Fairfax media the information that was collated was subsequently dissected and revealed what the informed and intellectual minds within the electorate already knew, and that was that Tony Abbott’s biggest hurdle to winning government was that female vote, across all age groups, where turned off by him. In case you two simpletons didn’t realise, approximately half of the voting electorate is female. I don’t need to tell you anymore, you surely can work it out from here. The other point I should make is that if women are given the choice between a right wing christian fundalmentalist, who continually patronizes and devalues the female gender, and a female leader who empowers others females and is seen as a shining light for professional women making it in a male dominated world, then Mr Abbott will be quickly dispatched. Even your right wing journalistic friends at the Australian agree. Julia would eat Abbott for breakfast. And I know what you are saying, and I agree. It’s a gender based thing.

      And Brad if you could read, you would have digested in my comments that not all men would be prepared to vote for Abbott either. In fact, other than the usual suspects on this blog,I have failed to find a man who is prepared to vote for him. Most that I talk to hate Rudd but hate Abbott even more which makes for an interesting election. As long as Brown remains a small target he is assured of a place in Australia’s political history.

      And Brad we already know you won’t vote Labor so your last sentence possesses nothing more than humor value.

    • Evan Findlay says:

      05:39pm | 14/06/10

      Robert Smissen,

      If you knew your politicians, which obviously you don’t, you would know that Greg Combet is in the ilk of Bob Hawke and has clearly demonstrated his negotiating skills, his superior knowledge of industrial relations and his ability to articulate a constructive and meaningful argument. Let’s not forget that during the waterfront dispute it was he and Corrigan that reached an agreement, not the industrial relations minister, Peter Reith. He has a very sharp mind and an even sharper tongue.

      I will lay money that he will one day lead this country. It may not be now but it will one day be in the future.

    • Ben81 says:

      06:21pm | 14/06/10

      Evan, you said having Gillard in charge would “most certainly leave only males” voting for Abbott.  You are wrong about that, and you among many other people are plain wrong about what you think is Tony Abbott’s attitude towards women. 

      No need to write a short essay and resort to calling me a simpleton for pointing out that it’s a silly thing to say, and you’re one of the last people who should be complaining about people basing comments on political bias instead of fact.

    • Robert Smissen , rural SA says:

      11:30pm | 14/06/10

      Evan I will stand by what I said & I know him for the lefty that he is

    • acker says:

      10:00am | 14/06/10

      Sometime, somewhere probably during the next week, some Labor MP in a a marginal seat will say bugger it and let it slip probably at the Parliment House morning doorstop they want to ditch Kevin. In a marginal seat what have they got to loose “loss of seat” yet a leadership change to Gillard offers them another 3 year term.

    • T.Chong says:

      10:01am | 14/06/10

      Bring on Gillard ! rudd is too much of a “wanna be"Howard.
      Fun and games as Right Punchers get all hot and bothered about Gillard.
      Childless?  Communist? etc, the world will end !
      She runs rings around Abbott , and as for J. Bishop?  - her (Bishops) reliance on a Zoolander type stare whenever asked a question or comment is starting to get stale, she needs to bring more in to her repetoire.
      If / when Gillard takes over, then the LNP will be in panic mode.
      .Bring it on !!!

    • WKH says:

      10:56am | 14/06/10

      T chong….dumped him have ya…LMFAO….And you think Gillard will be your new Messiah…This is getting just plain hilarious…Every time that woman opens her mouth you can hear the collective shudder out there in the community. I’m hoping like hell she goes for it and she will she is just lying at the moment. Electoral oblivion from then on.. The Labor party will need to reinvent itself if it ever wants to govern again. Stuffed because the Prime Minister proved to be so incapable he let three inexperienced advisers run this country. They will be responsible for the rise of the even more damaging “Greens”..now theres a worry. This is just awesome viewing…the collapse of a party and a man from such dizzying heights in such a short span of time. It’s a car crash and you just can’t look away. Keep chippin away there T Chong…You and a few others here have provided me with endless hours of amusement…wish I had time to go back and read some of your earlier predictions when your leader was running hot. LMFAO…...WRONG..But you knew that all the time though didn’t you….

    • KM says:

      11:23am | 14/06/10

      Rudd for Gillard??? is one ignoramus with another one!
      It’s the same as replacing Dumb with dumber… She voted and still supports those very same policies Rudd actioned. The same People, the same policies, the same incompetents.

    • nosthow says:

      11:47am | 14/06/10

      @WKH - I think you will find there is no cause for joy re the Coalition as the Polls show votes bleeding to the Greens not the Coalition . Abbott is the problem there - unelectable as this countrys Prime Minister - a Redneck at best !

    • Peanuts says:

      06:30am | 15/06/10

      What gives Gillard the right to govern Gender,she was not voted in as PM,she is only a token the same as any Labor policy,much as I didnt vote for rudd he is the choice of voters in the majority, gillard, is the same desperate nsw style attempt to cover up incompetence,constitutionally this should be challenged.The poor and haphazard policy choices are that of the party as a whole,even if only four people make any decisions,Labors presumption that changing leaders to fix up deliberate policy blunders is a joke surely.
      Labor strategy is now this,Keep in power by being all things to all men,no matter the consequences,when the policy fails change leaders and that will deflect any responsibility from the new leader,door stops media bites and a slick pr campaign on twitter will solve any problem.
      The simple fact is Labor now takes no responsibility for its decision making,they simply change the messenger, this apparently makes all the stuff ups legitimate,they change the salesman not the product,the policy remains,nothing changes. Truely a Communist Organisation

    • dick j says:

      04:53pm | 15/06/10

      Rudd’s blah ,blah, blah wore thin about 9 months ago. The public just can’t bear it anymore. Julia’s drone, drone, drone will have the same effect .
      People stop listening as they can’t bear to hear.

    • nosthow says:

      10:26am | 14/06/10

      The sooner Ms Gillard takes the reins of the Labor Party the better. With Ms Gillard at the helm Abbott is a goner. It would be disgraceful for Labor to be beaten at the election, which still could be 10 months away (April 16th 2011 is the last legal day for calling an election as per the AEC website) due to having the wrong person in the leadership. Even the Liberals would be better served by having Turnbull in charge - a Gillard/Turnbull battle would be something to see !

    • Bag pipes says:

      04:51pm | 14/06/10

      Turnbull is finished,unpopular,unliked and unsuitable for public life he waxes between right labor and left libs a truely uncommitted indivudual,a Republican who craves the Westminister system for credability and is one who cannot be allowed to ruin the libs chances by trying to please the greens and run a personnal agenda he simply a labor politican who is a member of the liberal party

    • acker says:

      05:27pm | 14/06/10

      @Bagpipes.. take Turnbull at your peril, he is the Gary Ablett Snr & Jnr of the lower house of parliment from what I can see, Julia Gillard is more like the Brian Lake who can stop a few of his goals (unlike Schwartzer against Germany)

    • Evan Findlay says:

      05:46pm | 14/06/10

      Is that the real Acker, formerly of the Brisbane Lions?

    • Bag pipes says:

      07:19pm | 14/06/10

      @acker Der,read it again aka i just pointed out that I believe Turnbull is the enemy within,Im in agreeance,jeeezzzuzzzz,but my car still has the steering wheel on the right,where it should be

    • Mike Creighton says:

      10:40am | 14/06/10

      The prospect of a PM (Gillard) who doesnt hold press conferences in front of a church (Rudd) or pepper his politics with outdated theology (Abbott) is in itself enough to make me feel better about where this country is headed.

    • B. Wilson says:

      02:23pm | 14/06/10

      Gillard doesn’t do church photo opportunities, she does football opportunities - equally stupid, equally unintelligent, equally air-head and and equally planned for maximum public impact.
      The woman is inexperienced, incompetent, and extreme left-wing. If she had any decency or respect for the Australian public, she would immediately confirm that she would not accept the Prime Ministerial role because that the public voted in a Rudd/Labor government on the understanding that he was the leader they were voting for, and NOT HER.
      Why would Labor swap one incompetent money-waster (Rudd) for his money-wasting, Labor light-weight gender-balance understudy who perpetrated one of the most costly messes of our time:  “The Gillard Education Revolution”) ?  There isn’t one individual in the current Labor party with any brains.  What has she done of any value to any of us, other than to follow Rudd - well I hope the Australian public assists her in following Rudd out of office.  Why should she be forced upon us just because she is there, because she is deputy Prime Minister?
      She should go - in disgrace.

    • Anjuli says:

      10:46am | 14/06/10

      Maybe Gillard won’t take leadership as she fears of being the leader of a one term government.She might be a consummate politician and her mates seem to like her on the surface, but is she popular with the public.

    • Frank Drebbin says:

      10:50am | 14/06/10

      Gillard would be terrible.

      Apart from overseeing some of the biggest disasters of the last 2 1/2 years, she is totally unrepresentative of mainstream Australia.

      A total embarassment.

    • Fatty Arbuckle says:

      11:01am | 14/06/10

      What has Gillard got to offer, besides bigger ears?

    • stephen says:

      11:18am | 14/06/10

      Well Fatty, lets start with bigger brains, then we’ll move on to honesty, credibility, forthrightness, a good command of the language, clear thinking and she’s also in the Labor Party. (Last one’s important).
      And the next time Mr Abbott goes to Dubbo Zoo, he should stay there.
      “And take Johnny with yer, mate”.

    • Evan Findlay says:

      11:33am | 14/06/10

      Vast deposits of popularity for a start.

    • Brad Coward says:

      12:53pm | 14/06/10

      Evan….what a pity that popularity doesn’t equate to ability !

      Anyone remember Whitlam and Hawke ?  Beattie and Bligh ?  Don’t forget good old Peter Garrett !

      It seems that even the true believers are coming to Canberra to bury Rudd, not praise him !

    • Evan Findlay says:

      06:03pm | 14/06/10

      Brad Coward,

      Are you categorically stating that the economic reforms of the Hawke/Keating government were not in the best interests of this country? Even your beloved Howard and Costello praised these two for their contribution to delivering Australia from a banana republic.

      And if we are talking politicians who had popularity and failed to deliver then you forgot to mention Howard. Other than the GST and the superannuation co-contribution from the government, what other economic reforms did he subject the Australian economy too? I didn’t bother mentioning Costello as we were talking about popular leaders, and he was neither. Let’s talk Reith, Abbott, Bishop, Fraser,Peacock, Hewson, Peterson, Tuckey, Joyce, the list on the conservative side of politics is endless.

      And at least in the Labor party they have true believers unlike the Liberal party who represent a ramshackle of small interest groups lacking cohesion.

    • Daniel says:

      11:05am | 14/06/10

      She should have replaced Kevin07 long ago. My only issue is she thinks is left wing but she really isnt. She is just another lawyer

    • Allan says:

      11:21am | 14/06/10

      With the waste of Public Funds in the roll-out of the BER and the Home Insulation programs equalling the income from the proposed RSPT , believe that Gullible Gillard would find it hard to avoid her complicity in the decisions made in the kitchen Cabinet.
      I cant wait to vote at our local primary in the 9 x 7.2 metre transportable building that took six months to make usable and cost the public purse $250k.
      That’s when Gullible Gillard will learn if the public think she is competent.

    • acker says:

      11:41am | 14/06/10

      A widespread public service issue the over costing of building projects I suggest, I noticed that indigenous housing in the Northern Territory was costing over $300,000 per unit for some very small 3br houses which is about 2.5 times dearer than top of the range pre-built houses.

      Lack of commercial acumen and over centralization right across state and public service unfortunately, and it is costing Australia billions each year in wastage. And will continue to until the issue of over concentration of public servants in Canberra and State Capitals is adressed and the public service postions including senior ones are put out where the interface with the Australian community occurs…outer suburbs..regional centres..rural towns..remote communities…the public service needs to be moved out to where the public and land mass are.

    • improprietous says:

      11:30am | 14/06/10

      Surely as part of the kitchen cabinet gillard is part of all the blunders,super tax,insulation and that endless classic Copenhagen,sheds for schools@12$ mil a piece,no computers,except for union card wielding school teachers,the true secret with gillard is she knows the knuck draggers who vote for her,knows if she sells the struggle streeters a load of crap they will buy it, and by the way are there still 20,000 solicitors in nsw retained on $300,000,pa as legal support,for not working, the morons who vote labor need to have a close look at gillards mates,a close look means to examine,dont worry its not an exam or anything you have to spell

    • Aitch B says:

      11:41am | 14/06/10

      Oh no!! She’s wearing Joan Kirner polka dots…... God help us!!

    • Andy says:

      12:08pm | 14/06/10

      Comrade Gillard running this country is one of the scariest prospects I can think of.

      Labor should have gone with Simon Crean before the last election and they should go with him this time too.

      The entire Rudd/Gillard/Swan team has been a total failure, not just one third of it.

    • Steve Putnam says:

      07:45pm | 14/06/10

      The “entire Rudd/Gillard/Swan team” has kept us out of recession. The economic stimulus package, which was done here before it was copied every else in the world, is the correct use of a budget surpless and was the brainchild of the above three (plus Lindsay Tanner). Your assertion Andy, is totally baseless; why don’t you just admit you’re a rusted on Tory who wouldn’t vote for Santa unless he was standing for the Liberals.

    • bernie says:

      12:40pm | 14/06/10

      Good one aitch b, i noticed polka dots too , gillard would be just as inept as a leader as kirner was in victoria. i remember gillard backing lathams crazy medicare gold. its a fact that labor hasnt got a clue on how to manage economy all they do is create debt, debt and more debt. unlike tony abbott ,doubt if any of the so called ‘labour big 4’ has a degree in economics.

    • Brad Coward says:

      12:57pm | 14/06/10

      That’s the ALP for you.  Ready to nail Mr Rudd to the cross…..the true believers helping Mr Rudd to carry the cross to the mount !

    • Evan Findlay says:

      06:05pm | 14/06/10

      Brad Coward,

      Maybe we could ask the former opposition leaders to carry the cross. Plenty of them!

    • All Labor politicians are the same, don't trust th says:

      01:38pm | 14/06/10

      Gillard is clearly as incompetent as the rest of them. It not just Kevin that is useless, they are all as bad as each other. In addition to that she is as spineless as Rudd in that she has not stood up take on Rudd in the leadership. God help us if such are hardcore lefty is gifted the top job from the Labor party. She will make work choices look like a fair deal. She is just another Labor polly that is incapable of organising a piss up on a brewery.

    • Brad Price says:

      01:56pm | 14/06/10

      Ms Gillard has done well by not be a media harlet. She, like Rudd will have a limited life span as leader once she is constantly in front of the cameras.

      Labor won the election on Rudd’s popularity. I don’t believe Australians generally subscribe to Socialist Federal policy anymore.

    • Dave Donaldson says:

      02:30pm | 14/06/10

      I totaly agree with Improprietous.I have never seen a more inept Government than current fed Labor! what great achievments-Border security non existent,BER waste,insulation deaths and waste,Mining super tax,$900 handouts which mainly went overseas and current debt of $130billion the list goes on and on.Improprietous is also correct in saying you would have to be a moron to vote for these wastful DUDS.

    • Susan says:

      03:23pm | 14/06/10

      No difference between Rudd and Gillard.  They sing from the same songbook.
      She’s just a bit better looking.
      He indulges in repetitive, meaningless rhetoric, usually hyperbolic.
      She does this less, but she has that awful voice which will be assaulting your ears more frequently if she were PM.
      And she has overseen the disgraceful rorting in the BER.

      The only member of the government I reckon would be an improvement as PM is Stephen Smith.

    • Carl Palmer says:

      09:11am | 15/06/10

      I agree. Steven Smith appears to be the only ALP politician with any substance. I’d say he’s done a great job of distancing himself as far as he can from his colleagues.

      As for the rest, they are all tarred with the same brush particularly the”Kitchen Cabinet” so you can toss them all out. They couldn’t organise a chook raffle without costing billions and then having the temerity to justify the spend.

    • Saskia says:

      03:26pm | 14/06/10

      I don’t think so.

      Three letters:  B E R.

    • Wordburger says:

      03:34pm | 14/06/10

      You people are getting your knickers in a knot about nothing. A few bad polls compared to two and a half years of bad results for the Liberals (three and a half years if you go back before the election loss). And the bad results came out right at budget time in the lead up to an election. This is the perfect opportunity for swinging voters to come out swinging, in the hope of picking up a few barrels of pork, but I would be surprised if they dumped Rudd when the time comes for the hard decision. Contrary to the opposition/media campaign of the hour, the Rudd government has been anything but incompetent. Only two poor performances from Peter Garrett and Joel Fitzgibbon to mar an otherwise excellent first term. As if anyone is going to buy this leadership challenge crap when you’re talking about a PM who achieved the highest satisfaction ratings on record. And why would anyone opt for a mates-in-high-places hanger on from the Howard era to replace him?

    • Jezabel says:

      05:16pm | 14/06/10

      uuummm….mate….what planet are you on? Obviously there’s no way for to actually find out what’s been going on with Rudd…....or are you just a rusted on laborite who refuses to admit that his party is a total train wreck. I live in Moreland which is an electorate in Melbourne that is staunchly labor & believe me even these people want Rudd & Co to get the sack.

    • mum says:

      04:21pm | 14/06/10

      in your dream only

    • Tony,(but no Abbott) says:

      04:27pm | 14/06/10

      No matter who is the leader of Labor they will win the next election,not for the good of the party but for good of the country.
      The choice is clear do we want to live in 21 century or in 12 century with Tony Abbott.
      the same numbers1 and 2 but huge difference how you put it together.

    • Jezabel says:

      04:41pm | 14/06/10

      Gillard is just as guilty as Rudd, Swan & Tanner in stripping te-he coffers bare. She will be remembered for this & you can bet your bottom dollar the Libs will not let her forget it!!

    • Peter says:

      06:56pm | 14/06/10

      The ALP ALWAYS elects a Socialist to the Deputy PM/Premier so that the puppet   (Bracks, Beatty etc) can be replaced by the unelectable Left.
      After these transitions we go broke from funding the Politically Correct Agenda that is never taken to the Electorate.

      Gillard is Kirner with no polka dots.

    • Against the Man says:

      08:09pm | 14/06/10

      If Ruddy wins then australia loses, so sad to see that we will end up paying more to cover up labor incompetence. But it won’t bother our millionaire PM and his bunch of incompetent twits. Can someone please remind me how many people were killed due to the installation of insulation?

    • Timmo says:

      08:50am | 15/06/10

      They were killed because they were incompetent to do the job at hand. Any blame rests on the shoulders of their employers. That’s the truth. It’s sad when people get killed on jobs but they have to follow health and safety guidelines when working with electricity, and they obviously didn’t. Whenever the Government puts forth some project all the fly by nighters turn up to make a quick quid. Think they are going to make the big killing from the Governments programmes, then something like this happens, and of course then the blame is put on the Government. Read my lips.” When working in ceilings the first thing you have to do is turn off the power and pull the fuses,” now they should know that at least, otherwise what can happen is electrocution and that’s not a good senario. The fault, if any, lies with the Employers or leading hands of those companies and that’s it.

    • Gruff says:

      08:39pm | 14/06/10

      At the moment the ALP is reminiscent of a student union full of arts students.  They are seem to have some grandiose vision of a socialist democracy utopia but no idea how to actually get anything done. There’s 3 years we’ll never get back.

    • Just Sayin' says:

      09:34pm | 14/06/10

      Here’s the crux of it:  Is Julia Gillard’s first loyalty to Kevin Rudd or to the ALP?

      If it’s the former, the Rudd will undoubtedly lead them defeat at the next election.  But I think it’s the latter…

    • BK says:

      10:04pm | 14/06/10

      She’s using that polka dotted monstrosity to tease those of us who know that we aren’t supposed to comment on female politician’s clothing.

    • Fountain Gate fashions says:

      05:17am | 15/06/10

      She wears terrible clothes to appeal the kath and kim vote,the vast majority of victorian

    • Timmo says:

      10:40am | 15/06/10

      I couldn’t care less whether she wears a lap lap she is still a better contender than Tony Abbott. Why don’t the liberal party re invent John Howard just like the last time they had no one to run. You could dust him off and run him in a safe liberal seat say on the Gold Coast and then wind him up and let him loose on the public again. Gee that would be a winner for sure. God, that was a scary idea now wasn’t it. Well don’t worry because Tony was Johns right hand man and so you will probably getting the same thing if you put him in. Now we have to remember that John and Tony and Peter never made any mistakes while in office, no flies on them just plenty of foot prints.

    • rehandra says:

      08:31am | 18/06/10

      Rudd, Gillard whoever…as long as my backside points to the ground I would never vote Labor at the next election.  A bunch of total incompetents who have broken almost every promise, and the asylum seeing debarcle has and will continue to cost us taxpayers and I hate to see my hard earned money being wasted.

    • Henry says:

      05:45pm | 07/02/12

      Don’t want to sound like a Rudd aoispgolt but there are monumental reforms being undertaken by this government.Nothing as startling as the Whitlam reforms like Medibank or free tertiary education but things that will take time to be appreciated.School upgrades, free laptops, National Broadband, health funding. In a few years these things will come into fruition and you won’t recognise the place.Sure, there is plenty to criticise but you shouldn’t become enchanted by the Groupthink memes, such as “this is a do-nothing government” and “whatever they actually do is a complete failure”.

 

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