Julia Gillard threw a stick of dynamite when she announced the election date 7 months in advance this week. Well that stick of dynamite has well and truly been lit with the criminal charges against federal MP Craig Thomson and more importantly the resignations of the two federal ministers Chris Evans and AG Nicola Roxon.
The Australian public need to buckle up as this is just the start of seven months of one hell of a wild ride. There will be political explosions every week until the election, some greater than others.
I was planning on doing another post but it all got too much with Roxon’s resignation which does not add up to the public reason given.
Craig Thomson being charged is no surprise given his partner in crime at the Health Services Union Michael Williamson was charged by police last year, although on slightly different matters at this stage from my understanding. The FWA civil proceedings will likely be stayed until the criminal charges are heard which is common.
Julia Gillard’s announcement on Wednesday that the election will be held 7 months from now on the 14th September 2013 caught everyone off guard including most of her own government who she did not tell.
Many reasons have been surmised for why she has done this, some being:
1. To take the focus off the government’s performance and onto election promises of both parties.
2. To make sure she is not interviewed or charged in relation to the AWU Bruce Wilson fraud matter that the Victorian police and WA police are investigating.
3. To make it hard for Kevin Rudd to challenge her for the leadership.
The Kevin Rudd reason is quite a likely reason but that has been short-lived with the resignation of Chris Evans and Nicola Roxon which has destabilised the government and helps Kevin Rudd. A lot of other MP’s will now be worried about their positions under Gillard’s leadership.
If Kevin Rudd is going to challenge he really needs to do it in the next 4 to 6 weeks which I think is at least a 50/50 chance of happening.
Nicola Roxon – Chris Evans – Robert McClelland
Yesterday Nicola Roxon announced her retirement as Attorney General and will not be standing at the next election and also Senator Chris Evans announced his retirement and will leave parliament as soon as the Labor Party find a replacement. Add this to the Federal MP and previous Attorney General Robert McClelland announcing last week he will retire at the next election and you have one very unstable government.
Julia Gillard claims both Evans and Roxon came to her twelve months ago and said they will not be running at the next election which would have been the end of January 2012 or the beginning of February 2012.
This makes no sense in relation to Nicola Roxon as she was only sworn in as Attorney General six weeks earlier on the 14th December 2011. So what the public have to believe is that when she was sworn in as Attorney General she had no thoughts of retirement, then six weeks later she did. One would have thought that the first question that Julia Gillard would have asked Roxon before she appointed her the AG was whether or not she would run at the next election and sought an assurance that she would.
Nicola Roxon had two choices.
1. Campaign in the high profile position as AG for 7 months and run at the next election and have her reputation destroyed with all the lies she would have to tell and then possibly lose her own seat and end up on the scrap heap and struggle to find a decent job or
2. Resign as AG and move to the back bench with almost no public profile and use the next seven months to line herself up a good job in the private sector. This is what Robert McClelland did when he was sacked as AG. He set up his own private legal practice last year in preparation for his political retirement. I did a post on it last year titled “Former AG Robert McClelland abandons ALP sinking ship and is back practising law on the side.” (Click here to read the post)
Other ministers will be starting to think about doing the same. Jump now and plan for a future after politics.
The Labor Party
The Labor Party are in a lot of trouble if the best they can do are the public statements of Tony Sheldon who is the ALP vice-president and well-known fraudster, conman and thief. I wrote about Mr Sheldon last year in a post titled “Money laundering the Labor Party and Union way.” (Click here to read the post)
Yesterday Tony Sheldon said in an interview with The Australian:
ALP vice-president Tony Sheldon has launched a ferocious attack on the political and moral crisis inside Labor and the toxicity of its most powerful faction, saying only a ground-up change of culture can restore its fortunes.
Speaking just days after Julia Gillard set September 14 as the election date and as Labor battles twin scandals in NSW, Mr Sheldon said the party faced a “catastrophic situation”, with its brand damaged by a failure to focus on what matters to members and supporters. (Click here to read more)
Tony Sheldon is of the first that needs to go if the party is to “restore its fortunes”
The internal ALP war will be massive for the next seven months and so it should be as they need a major overhaul.
I decided to do this post as a foundation election post for future election posts as the perfect political storm unlike anything this country has seen before is coming.
KCA 2013 election agenda and strategy
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