Today Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard defeated Kevin Rudd in a caucus vote for the leadership by 71 to 31 votes in the 103 member caucus. Where the extra vote went who knows.
One thing that can be certain is that Julia Gillard’s career as Prime Minister is coming to an end. In her campaigning to stay PM she has in fact destroyed her long-term chances. The Australian public will not let her and her ministers brutal and grubby campaign tactics go unpunished.
Some commentators have been saying that Kevin Rudd was and is prepared to destroy the ALP to get what he wants which maybe true. But Julia Gillard is prepared to destroy anything and everything to get what she wants. Just have a look at the Australia Day riots.
It is the general opinion that Julia Gillard has until the end of the year to get the Labor Parties opinion poll numbers up otherwise it is highly likely she will be dumped or there will be another challenge.
The facts are the opinion poll numbers for Labor under her leadership will never go up enough to put labor in a winning position or even close to a winning position. She has burnt to many people and made to many bad decisions.
There are also to many land mines coming up in the next few months. For example the Craig Thomson affair, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and the UK Supreme Court judgement which is due very soon and the sexual and physical abuse at the defence force is starting to come back in the media spotlight (Click here to watch a story on the 7.30 report). They are just a few of the major problems that if the Government continues to play them the same way they have will drive Labor down in the polls again.
From my own personal viewpoint Julia Gillard has been a blessing in disguise. I think she has been fantastic and I could not have wished for a better PM as far as the KCA is concerned. The main focus of this site is judicial corruption and the hard part is to show the Australian public it exists which is the motivation for this site. It is about documenting that corruption.
But with the help of Julia Gillard, in one fell swoop, the Australian people can see the judicial corruption in all its glory. I am of course talking about the Craig Thomson fraud scandal and the Fair Work Australia cover-up. FWA is a court and has judges and commissioners and we have seen how they have spent over 3 years investigating Mr Thomson when the whole country knows he is guilty. He still to this day refuses to give a detailed account of what he did and didn’t do.
There was a time when the ruling party of the day could dump on the Australian public whatever garbage they wanted to as long as they had enough of the Australian media in their hip pocket. And Julia Gillard has certainly tried that which I detailed in a previous post “Has Julia Gillard blackmailed the Media to cover-up her corrupt past? The Fairfax Media and News Corp scandal.” (Click here to read)
But now with bloggers such as JoNova, Barnaby is Right and this site as well as many others and online forums such as OzPolitic.com and everyone on Twitter the political parties can no longer control as much media as they once could. So the likes of Gillard and Labor only need to upset a few and the backlash can be extremely costly and protracted which it will be while Gillard is PM.
Update: 27/2/12 4.50pm: Senator Mark Arbib has just resigned as a Senator and will finish parliament next Friday. He said it was to help the Labor party heal and for family reasons.
I did a bit of reading and came across this link on Andrew Bolt’s blog via Piers Akerman’s blog which someone mentioned in the comments below. Maybe helps explain why Mark Arbib resigned. “Link by link, the powerbrokers of the Right emerge” And it starts off “The sale of land for $1, mysterious donors, property developers bankrolling a company of an MP’s son, union officials getting mining deals – welcome to the NSW Right where connections are crucial.”
Seems like Mark Arbib has plenty of questions that he needs to answer. Well worth a read. (Click here to read)
Admin: I was planning on doing a different post, but obviously the leadership tussle has almost blacked out other stories. So I decided to do this to give the readers a chance to put their opinions on here. Give it a few days and everything will be back to normal. I will put a another Julian Assange post on hold for now and in the next post I will name and shame another Federal Court judge.