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Matilda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 02:16 AM
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A week later - how do we feel?
My feelings are still mixed I always hoped that Julia Gillard would become PM one day, but I don't really like the way it was done.

I'd be happier if there'd been a challenge and a ballot obviously Rudd was persuaded that he had no chance at all, and at first I thought it was good that he just stepped down, but on reflection, no ballot means no real legitimacy for Gillard. And an uncomfortable feeling that this is the closest thing we've experienced to a coup d'etat. The only things missing are the military and tanks.

It would have been far better if the political heavyweights Gillard, Swan, Faulkner, Tanner had gone to see Rudd weeks ago and demanded change for the good of the party. If he hadn't listened (and he probably wouldn't have), then fair enough.

I'm also worried by the involvement of the NSW Right and the unions. This should have come from the party room I know that Sussex St. have always had a finger in the Federal pie (they kept Beazley in power for years past his use-by date), but this was their most blatant interference. And given the total stuffup that is NSW Labor, the thought of their reemergence is something we should all worry about.

Given the Government's record, there were two major negatives the shelving of the ETS and the media campaign mounted against him by the mining industry and Rupert Murdoch. It does really seem that there was a very personal element involved Rudd had not bothered to make friends of his colleagues and often treated them with contempt. Big mistake on his part, but it's not really a valid reason for unseating an otherwise successful PM in his first term.

How do you feel? Will Gillard always be tainted by this, as Malcolm Fraser was with the dismissal of Whitlam, however successful she might be?
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canetoad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 02:40 PM
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1. Facing the very real alternative
of Tony Abbott as PM, I'm OK with this.
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Esra Star Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 05:52 PM
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2. I'm still in shock.
I went through this in '75.
Canberra is a bit weird at times.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-06-10 12:09 AM
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3. Gillard owns the narrative- has created momentum and is keeping Abbott relegated to the back burner
in the media.

One can't discount how important any of these things are to Labor winning the next election- though with this new tack on refugees, I'm guessing that the Greens will benefit and perhaps capture their first seat(s) in the lower house.

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shaayecanaan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-07-10 03:12 AM
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4. No problems with the leadership spill...
that cold feeling between one's shoulder blades was always in the finest traditions of the Labor Party. Move on digger, the dog is pissing on your swag, and all that.

My problem is that Gillard seems to be even more shallow and opportunist than Rudd was, on refugees, ETS, RSPT and anything else you could imagine.

All said and done I was probably going to vote Green again anyway.
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