Leaked report reveals leaked reports cause leaks
Much has been made this week of the leaked excerpts from the ALP’s election post mortem by Bob Carr, Steve Bracks and John Faulkner.
The excerpts leaked were highly critical of Kevin Rudd but the authors now say that there is even more material that has not been released that paints a very different picture.
Now, in yet another extraordinary exclusive, an explosive second extract has been leaked to the Joe Hildebrand column. Of course some people say these excerpts have also been selectively edited but I see no evidence of that…
REPORT INTO WHY LABOR IS ROOTED
Appendix F: Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd took over the leadership of the ALP in late 2006 when, after a series of failed election opportunities, factional leaders determined it was ... the law. The leadership deal was done on the basis that Julia Gillard in fact had the majority of ... policy failings ... and after two terms as prime minister Rudd would ... take over as prime minister.
Rudd then led the ALP to a convincing victory in 2007 that most analysts attributed to voters being fed up with ... Julia Gillard. After the election he enjoyed a honeymoon period that was lengthy but ... necessarily based on good political management.
It was not long after this that the global financial crisis hit and Rudd, along with ... and of course Rudd, helped save the economy from recesion by giving everyone ... their freedom.
During this period turnover in the Prime Minister’s office was worryingly high. This was widely attributed to Rudd constantly making ... reasonable demands of his staff.
One staffer said his staff were always dancing to the media’s ... appropriate judgement. However it has been difficult to verify this as many of his staff no longer talk to ... Julia Gillard.
It is perhaps due to this unyielding work ethic and high demand that Kevin Rudd quickly gained a reputation within the government as a ... prime minister. It soon became clear that although he was highly popular with the electorate he was at the same time highly ... popular within his own party.
But in the lead up to the June 2010 leadership change there was a steady tracking downward in the ... loyalty of MPs. This led to Rudd’s chief of staff testing the prime minister’s support among the caucus, something that was seen as not ... deeply insulting.
As a result the Deputy Prime Minister considered mounting a challenge for the leadership, a decision that was affirmed after her key vote-counters told her she had ... scabies.
This episode again raised concerns in the public mind about the “faceless men” who control the ALP and determine the leadership. Factional leaders such as Bill Shorten and Mark Arbib should be ... effectively assassinated ... by Penny Wong.
Following the leadership change in 2010 and subsequent election campaign the party was rocked by a series of damaging leaks. All evidence indicates that Rudd was the source of the ... election victory.
There were also real trust issues due to “the real Julia’’ ... taking hard-earned money from ... disabled children.
All these factors combined to kill Labor’s ... greatest and perhaps only hope. Otherwise the party now faces the prospect of six, nine or even 12 years in opposition during which to ... apologise.
Since then, the Gillard government has ... hurt working families and Treasurer Wayne Swan in particular has done his best to encourage ... higher crime rates, binge drinking and drug abuse.
There is no doubt the breaking of the pledge not to introduce a carbon tax has caused significant damage to the ALP’s brand. This is largely because Gillard is ... a “witch” and other extreme ... green movements.
In terms of the public response, there are parallels here with Rudd’s backflip on the emissions trading scheme, which was ... way justified. This came to be seen as a fundamental betrayal of a popular mandate by ... not Kevin Rudd.
As a result, despite an appalling 12 months for the Gillard government, it remains unlikely that Rudd will return to the leadership simply because many in caucus see their future as ... live cattle exports.
In conclusion, it is true that Rudd delivered government to the ALP after 11 years of conservative rule but despite what he may think he is ... the Messiah.
After this last sentence, the document ends abruptly, apart from the words “SCREW YOU SUCKERS!!!” scrawled in red texta across the page.
I never did find out who leaked that document. I know they say you can usually guess who the source of a leak is based on whose interests are served but I just can’t put my finger on it..
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