Media Circus #spill edition

Parliamentary Labor Caucus will meet at 4:30PM to vote on all leadership positions.

Tony Abbott is currently doing his most energetic pork chop impression calling for a SSO in Question Time so that he can call for a vote of No Confidence in the PM.

Sigh.



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  1. All I can think is WHYYYYYYYY???
    Also, Abbott is an arse.

  2. If Julia goes I go. Can’t vote for that bunch at all. I just have to hope that the Independent here is true to his word. At least I can vote Green in the Senate.

  3. The nation around the telly, “Fight! Fight! Fight!”

  4. I think the senate leadership position wasn’t spilled.
    Mindy @ 2 – you’d preference the ALP below the Libs?

  5. That was comically anticlimactic.

  6. So Rudd didn’t run and nothing happened.
    Nobody does nothing happening quite as dramatically as the ALP, though! It’s like Waiting for Godot with pirates, ninjas, and the entire Russian Cossack regiment as a chorus.

  7. I remember kids at school who could pass notes with more political style than Crean just showed.

  8. @Chris
    I’d probably put them above the Libs but underneath someone like the Sex Party if I voted below the line or just vote Greens above.

  9. Auntie Beeb – Australia’s coup culture:

    Whether in government or opposition, party leaders have about as much job security as managers of Chelsea.

  10. Ridiculous that we have to go to the BBC to get decent political coverage. Great link TT.

  11. Okay, so from what I can tell of the whole mess, Julia Gillard basically called the bluff of the parliamentary party, by asking them to put their money where their mouths were; Kevin Rudd effectively said “you are NOT fscking well doing this in my name” (presumably once he’d taken the parliamentary pulse of the party, recognised he didn’t have the votes, and decided it was better for him in the long run to avoid looking like a poor loser); and Tony Abbott decided it was another chance to try and get a motion of No Confidence in the Government.
    Or in other words, it’s Thursday.

  12. I imagine there are some people in the Labour Party right now who are pretty unhappy with Kevin Rudd. Which presumably means this is much less likely to happen in the future…

  13. It is interesting that Rudd waited until 4.25pm to announce he wasn’t going to run. So the numbers must have been reasonably close. But he has burnt a lot of people I would imagine. He said he wouldn’t challenge again but would accept the leadership if offered. Gillard called their bluff and left them with egg on their faces. The Chief Whip has resigned his position as Chief Whip – as well he should, and a Parliamentary Secretary has resigned his role as well. I haven’t heard if anyone else is gone.

  14. Peter Hartcher is trying his best ‘Rudd kept his word’ but even he has to admit that many Rudd backers have been burnt and won’t be back again.

  15. I think he didn’t announce not-running until the last minute as they kept hoping more people would declare for him. I don’t think waiting until late suggests the numbers were close – if they were, you’d test them, I’d think, and hope that if Gillard was shown she wasn’t wanted by close to half her colleagues that she’d step down. I think Rudd decided not to run, knowing he wasn’t going to get close, and hoped it would be percieved as ‘honourable’, when instead its gone straight to ‘cowardly’.

  16. MsLaurie – why would Gillard step down if she still had majority (albeit perhaps a small majority) support? She didn’t get to be PM by giving up when she doesn’t have to! She doesn’t want to get knocked off as PM by her own party any more than Rudd did the first time around.

  17. Not sure why I envisage that happening, but I do. My theory is that if her support really had changed significantly from last February, and she was shown that, she may have decided to go to the backbench.
    But you’re right, she’s always fought, and may well have had to be ‘blasted out’ of the seat.

  18. The news headlines keep on startling me with stuff about Carr resigning – and then I realise that they’re still just talking about Kim Carr. ::shrug::

  19. Yes got me too. I was wondering why Carr would resign when it was Gillard who bought him in. Then realised Kim Carr. He was lucky he got anything last time. It was time to go.

  20. A Swan I would like to see how Gillard went with a media who wasn’t hell bent on demanding she step down every five minutes.

  21. She “allowed” them to tag her as ‘Juliar’? How do you suppose she might have disallowed it?

  22. I agree with A Swan that at least part of the problems Julia Gillard is facing are of her own making – she’s shown she can be one hell of a political force when she’s allowed herself to take the gloves off. I think at least half the sheer power of the “Misogyny” speech last October came from the truth of what she was saying (speaking truth to power in no uncertain terms), but the other half of it came from her basically acting as though she had nothing whatsoever to lose from making the speech. She took a risk, and hoo boy, did it pay off.
    I’d love to see more of that Julia Gillard. I’d love to see her being forthright, up-front, and basically telling the Opposition and the press where to stick it. I’d love for her to come to the realisation the mainstream media aren’t her friends – she could get manna to rain from heaven on command, and the press coverage would be blaming her for the litter problem. She could walk on water, and the press coverage would be saying she’s providing a bad example to children or evading bridge tolls. She could feed the multitudes, and the press coverage would blame her for increasing obesity. She can’t win; the press aren’t going to let her win. At that point, the only way to win is not to play the game.
    So, stop giving interviews to media organisations which aren’t willing to show a bit of balance – including “our ABC” if necessary. Stop dealing with a mainstream media machine which is determined to grind our elected Prime Minister down to the smallest possible particle of dust. Stop playing their game.
    If the ALP’s strategists want to really win this upcoming election, I’d argue their best bet is to discontinue their subscriptions to the major metropolitan daily newspapers, and just give the PM her head. Ignore the pollsters; they’re not measuring anything of any significance right now anyway (on any day other than an election day, a political poll is about as useful as a measure of negative rainfall. We don’t measure how much rain didn’t fall for a very good reason). Just get on with running the country, and making things better for as many people as possible.

  23. Megpie71 – I disagree that polls are of no use. They do show a fairly accurate snapshot of the population which can be useful. Its governing just by polls which in the long term is stupid because you end up with the public believing that you don’t have any core values, that you just support what is popular.
    The Republicans in the US presidential election made the mistake of refusing to believe the polls which they didn’t like and then got a huge shock on election day.
    And her misogyny speech was wildly popular amongst her supporters, but how many votes did it get the ALP in the end? By February any bump she got in support had evaporated and it won’t work a second time.
    Mindy @ 21 – that isn’t actually going to happen though is it? Constant negative media publicity pulled Rudd down eventually and his decision of not appearing on some shows like Insiders has just resulted in people like Cassidy still holding a grudge against him.

  24. @Chris – no I don’t think it will, I do think that it would make a difference were it ever to happen. So many of the comments I see say Gillard is unpopular because she is unpopular. Like someone being famous for being famous.
    That is not to say that many people don’t have good reason to dislike her policies, but many just seem to reflexively dislike her because she is Julia Gillard.

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