Julia is the best parliamentry performer since Paul Keating. When she does news conferences, you see two differently people. Firstly, she gives the policy speech and she speaks slow and precisely, then she answers the questions from the media and she's the person you see at question time. I much prefer the "question time" Julia. Tony Abbott has been given a very easy ride by the media but Julia is scutinized in every department (clothes, hairstyles etc).
I am proud to say that my electorate stood up to Sussex Street before the last federal election. They wanted to put up a candidate that was totally inappropriate and we didnt want to have a bar of it. We hired a bus and threatened to picket outside, and they ended up caving in.
Labor needed to lose the last state election so it could purge itself of the corruption that was orchestrated by persons such as O'Beid and Tripodi. I hope that McDonald gets his come-uppence as well.