Will Julia make it to the election?

June 9th, 2013 at 3:43 pm by David Farrar

ABC reports:

The ABC understands Prime Minister has lost significant support in the Labor caucus.

It comes after a week in which Labor disunity was on full display in Canberra and former prime minister re-emerged very publicly.

ABC Insiders presenter Barrie Cassidy says Mr Rudd is the only figure being considered as an alternative prime minister.

Rudd is like rust. No matter how many times he says he is not seeking the leadership, he continues to do everything he can to get it back.

He spoke about the tensions within the party on Insiders this morning.

“I am now very strongly of the view that Julia Gillard will not lead Labor into the next election,” he said.

“I think there will be a change either by her own hand or the actions of others. And I’m not relying entirely on guesswork here.”

That sounds definite.

The week of turmoil for Labor began with disastrous polling showing the party could be left with as few as 40 seats in the Federal Parliament.

It was revealed two long-serving MPs had already packed up their Canberra offices in preparation for the electoral wipe-out.

That is rather unsporting of them, as the election is still three months away. They could start packing up a week before and still have time.

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22 Responses to “Will Julia make it to the election?”

  1. Michael (910 comments) says:

    Gillard will either go now, or if she is still in the job at the end of the week she will go after the election.

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  2. All_on_Red (1,584 comments) says:

    I reckon Labor will be lucky to get 36 seats. Rudd is not the answer either. He’s toxic. Gillard has the support of the Unions too and has given them heaps of benefits. The Unions won’t allow Rudd to be put up.

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  3. tvb (4,431 comments) says:

    In the first challenge senior figure after senior went on TV saying Rudd was a sociopath or words to that effect. Those clips could be replayed over and over. This little game will not last.

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  4. MD (62 comments) says:

    If the unions won’t allow Rudd, that’s probably a good thing. Labor will be wiped out and maybe in the blood-letting have an opportunity to get rid of the toxic and corrupt union influence and rebuild as a party actually representing workers for a future election.

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  5. Johnboy (16,666 comments) says:

    I reckon she’ll make it to the election starting line by a nose! :)

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  6. Manolo (13,838 comments) says:

    Out with comrade Juliar. She must go.

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  7. Viking2 (11,491 comments) says:

    Labour has had so many decide to quit it won’t be long and they will not even have a party.
    Good Ridance.

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  8. Viking2 (11,491 comments) says:

    Talking voting.
    This from aussie.
    The Saturday scramble to get to a polling booth amid sports drop-offs and the groceries could be nearing an end, as the O’Farrell government pushes further down the path of internet and smartphone voting.

    Voters in future state byelections should be allowed to vote online if they are outside their electorate on polling day, no matter how far – or close – they are, the government says.

    People have got sports to take kids to, or shopping to do.

    In last month’s Northern Tablelands byelection, an unprecedented one in three people either voted before polling day, used a postal vote or voted via the internet.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/nsw-keen-to-broaden-online-voting-20130608-2nwrp.html#ixzz2VgwEEm3K

    could not agree more.
    When are we going to hit the digital age. Or is that just too hard for us Kiwi’s.

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  9. Manolo (13,838 comments) says:

    Juliar might make it with the support of these intellectuals:
    http://www.news.com.au/national-news/nsw-act/julia-gillard-to-launch-campaign-based-on-women-for-obama/story-fnii5s3x-1226660633664

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  10. Ross12 (1,432 comments) says:

    Given it is the ABC reporting this then there is more than likely something in it. The ABC is the ALP mouthpiece ( ie. it is completely biased to the ALP) . Abbott will be hoping nothing changes.

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  11. mara (788 comments) says:

    The red-headed ferret traitorously gave away control of Australia’s border, among other things, and I doubt that the narcissistic Krudd will do any better. Only a card-carrying fool would vote for either of them

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  12. Johnboy (16,666 comments) says:

    “The red-headed ferret traitorously gave away control of Australia’s border, among other things, and I doubt that the narcissistic Krudd will do any better. Only a card-carrying fool would vote for either of them”

    Jeeze call me a silly old fool but that almost sounds like classic Rebaiter! :)

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  13. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    So, is mara a Redbaiter sock puppet, or just a devoted fan?

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  14. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,752 comments) says:

    Lets face it, Julia lost the last election and is toast for this one. Hopefully the Carbon Tax bullshit will get the heave ho with Abbot in power.

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  15. Grizz (605 comments) says:

    Turkeys do not vote for an early Christmas. It is not about who is the best leader for the party anymore. When your safe seat is at stake, then the leader debate is about who is going to be best in keeping you employed.

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  16. mara (788 comments) says:

    Johnboy and mikenmild, I don’t do devotion or sock puppetry but I’d buy reddy a beer any day.

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  17. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    Sounds to me like Rudd just wants to make trouble. Out for revenge, perhaps, not only against Gillard but against the whole party.

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  18. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    s.russell +1

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  19. edhunter (547 comments) says:

    Seriously at the moment it doesn’t matter who the leader according to the polls Labour are sunk.
    Rudd’s best bet is to wait for the election to be lost, then take back control. But what a poisoned chalice, after the election Labour are going to be so decimated there will be no new blood, they’ll have to wait for the next election to claw back some ground.
    I know I’m drawing heavily on NZ here but unless some senior Labour MP’s resign their safe seats all you’ll end up with is not a changing of the guard but a sacrifice of the blebs leaving the same old troughers running out the same old lines & excuses.
    Don’t get me wrong I hope they continue the infighting & the same self serving bullshit they’re serving up.
    But this is politics & it’s a cycle and unfortunately it doesn’t really matter how good or how bad you are, stay there long enough & you’ll be back in power..

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  20. ChardonnayGuy (1,207 comments) says:

    Heavily factionalised political parties are never a good look, whether the ALP (ugh) or the British Conservative Party. Indeed, both appear to be suffering from the same malady- premature return to office and the malady of internal dissent and considerable instability. Which tends to benefit their respective Opposition parties, which manage to look unified and coherent by comparison, whether Tony Abbott or Ed Miliband are leading them. Cue accelerated incumbency fatigue. That, and a risible absence of strategic planning capabilities in both the British and Australian contexts.

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  21. Ed Snack (1,883 comments) says:

    The deceit reaches new levels. It appears that Kevin Rudd’s triumphant tour of Geelong was actually stage-managed down to almost the last cheering supporter. For a start, the crowd scenes were not filmed in the marginal seat of Corangamite, but the safe seat of Corio next door. (ht Andrew Bolt). And it appears that the MSM bought the deceit completely.

    If for some reason Rudd is returned as PM for the election, the LNP should run clips of all the senior Labor politicians describing Rudd as a sociopath, and completely insane; but they won’t. Rudd is in that rare category, loathed by probably 90% of the caucus but significantly more popular with the proles. And that’s probably because he is a classic psychopathic type, smooth and “likeable” with the public and a complete control freak tyrant in private, and those who truly know him recognize both facets.

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  22. mara (788 comments) says:

    So we have a traitouous ferret, a psycopathic narcissist and a mysogonistic wearer of budgie smugglers. Jeez Wayne, why would ya bother.

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