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It’s all over for Julia Gillard

July 17, 2012

  • Gillard’s leadership – a “failed experiment”
  • Leadership now terminal
  • Government facing complete wipeout at next election 

For some 18 months now, the polls have consistently shown that the Gillard Labor Government is heading for complete and utter annihilation at the next election.

In the wake of the carbon tax that no one wanted (and many feel should now be wound back in the context of economic uncertainty), the charade of “tackling problem gambling,” the knifing of Kevin Rudd, the perpetuation of discrimination towards minority groups in terms of marriage equality and more recently its outlandish attacks on The Greens, the Gillard government is in crisis.

According to the Prime Minister, it was once a party that had “lost its way” under former leader Kevin Rudd, however today Kevin Rudd remains twice as popular as his successor consistently polling at around 60% as preferred PM compared to Julia Gillard who languishes at sub 30%.

Despite the fact that the public loathe her, Julia Gillard insists that she will take Labor to the next election, a prospect which, with nothing short of a miracle, will see the party completely annihilated.

With the next election just some 18 months away, Labor has virtually no chances of turning its fortunes around. As with the last dying days of the Howard government, we are witnessing the last death throes of a leader who is refusing to stand down “in the best interests of the party,” and leading an acquiescent “team” too united in their own misguided loyalty and “wishful thinking” that their fortunes might improve to consider the unpalatable reality that many of them are going to be out of a job in the not too distant future.

For evidence of how deluded they have become you only need catch a glimpse of Wayne Swan.

This morning “The world’s Greatest Treasurer” remarked that “true leadership was built on policies, not dictated by the polls.”

Which is kind of bizarre when you consider that one poll will decide who is leader and by all accounts when we have the next one it won’t be Julia Gillard.

Wayne Swan outlined Ms Gillard’s reform agenda and achievements, including the introduction of the carbon and mining taxes and reforms in the aged-care sector.

”At the end of the day, those are the matters … which will count at the next federal election,” Mr Swan said.

Indeed it will.



32 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 17, 2012 1:21 pm

    People hate dishonest politicians, particularly ones that opportunistically raise expectations.

    The electorate smells bullsh*t, and Gillard’s the culprit. She deserves what’s coming.

  2. July 17, 2012 1:39 pm

    So Phoney Tony smells of roses Tom, or is that the ordure of the cesspit?

    Poor Julia has more to worry about with the NSW Right Wing Power Broking yo-yo’s who can’t see the writing on the wall and are busy covering it up with the same of intransigence!

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 17, 2012 1:49 pm

    Not at all Deknarf, he’ll win by default, and without my vote.

    Gillard knifed Rudd to take the leadership, he was ahead 52 to 48 on 2PP. Does anyone now think the Rudd knifing was a winning move?

  4. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 17, 2012 2:22 pm

    “the NSW Right Wing Power Broking yo-yo’s”

    Didn’t Lady Macbeth get the top job in a coup organised by that lot? They deserve each other.

  5. July 17, 2012 2:23 pm

    How interesting…

    I’ve just sat in on a business strategy presentation for a fairly large corporate (300+ employees), and the CEO remarked “we do not see any significant impact on this particular strategy when there is a change in government next year.”

    So, it appears businesses are already factoring in a change in government as a fait accompli in their business planning.

  6. Meta permalink
    July 17, 2012 2:58 pm

    (Yes; it’s good to know that one CEO recognises another CEO’s contract term; it must make business planning so much easier, without having to adjust for day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month, year-by-year vicissitudes and/or governance speculation(s).)

  7. el gordo permalink
    July 17, 2012 3:25 pm

    Vexnews digs for dirt…death tax scrapped. Is this a scoop or what?

    ‘The Greens party just had a secret conference and axed the vast majority of its party platform to avoid scrutiny and criticism. One of their proposals, for a death tax, was removed quietly, prompting concern from leftist elements within the ultra-leftist party. They report former leader Bob Brown blaming VEXNEWS coverage as a reason they needed to dump the unpopular policy.’

  8. JAWS permalink
    July 17, 2012 3:40 pm

    El Gordo that was in the MSM last week.

    What are you using………………………Dial Up ?

    If the Liberal Party had ever ever embraced the One Nation nutcases like the ALPs embrace of the Greens they would have been electorally annihilated as well

  9. el gordo permalink
    July 17, 2012 3:41 pm

    I’ve got man flu.

  10. July 17, 2012 3:58 pm

    Oh shit, Gordo, are you ok? Lie down and get your missus to fix you a cup of hot lemon.

    Man flu is not to be messed with.

  11. July 17, 2012 4:01 pm

    I’ve heard that gargling scotch is good for a sore throat.

  12. el gordo permalink
    July 17, 2012 4:03 pm

    Thanks for your concern, James. My business partner doesn’t allow for time off when sick, so I’m battling on.

  13. el gordo permalink
    July 17, 2012 4:05 pm

    …gargling scotch could prove expensive, but better tasting than lemon and honey.

  14. July 17, 2012 5:26 pm

    $2 cleanskin shiraz, cheap & effective, 100% guarantee.

  15. July 17, 2012 6:02 pm

    $2 long necks will be the death of you boss.

  16. July 17, 2012 6:08 pm

    I don’t do that anymore. Ran out last year. Just couldn’t come at them anymore after 30+ bottles. Every bottle up to that point was devastatingly effective though. 😯

    I was just being helpful to el gorebull.

    I dispute that they’ll be the death of me. I reckon the nasty substance that gets me in the most trouble the quickest is the splendid WildTurkeyAmericanHoney. That shit is evil…but soooo alluring! .

  17. el gordo permalink
    July 17, 2012 7:01 pm

    ‘If the Liberal Party had ever ever embraced the One Nation nutcases like the ALPs embrace of the Greens they would have been electorally annihilated as well.’

    Agreed, the electorate is not stupid.

  18. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 17, 2012 7:02 pm

    I’ve been on a bit of a wine buying spree lately.

    There seems to be some great value, tonight I’ll try a bottle of the 2008 Taltarni shiraz Jaws identified. It arrived today.

    5 dozen Penfolds bin 28 also arrived today! Nice.

  19. el gordo permalink
    July 17, 2012 7:23 pm

    Peter Lewis in the Daily Terror

    ‘While trust has never been a tradeable commodity of politicians, for our first female leader it seems particularly toxic: perceptions of her trustworthiness are running at a net negative – 26 per cent say we have a lot or some trust in the PM while 67 per cent of us say we have little or no trust in her.

    ‘But there’s another factor driving Abbott’s carbon assault – take it out of the political equation and on just about every other issue of substance, the Coalition is on the wrong side of public opinion.’

  20. el gordo permalink
    July 17, 2012 9:37 pm

    “I think the Prime Minister and I probably agree that Joel Fitzgibbon is not being terribly helpful to the Prime Minister at the moment or to the Labor party,” Senator Christine Milne said.

    “It is just another case of the boys in the backroom seriously undermining the good things that this government is able to deliver with the Greens…”


  21. JAWS permalink
    July 17, 2012 10:50 pm

    I got my wine as well ToM. Plus I ordered some Heathcote on Saturday morning but only a couple of dozen to quaff.

    Anyway for how long will Australia have to support the Victorian and SA car industries whilst They build cars that no one wants and have not wanted for a decade.

    The only people into big sedans are the Bathurst rev heads. Families put themselves into a AWD or a 4wd these days. That’s what mum wants when dad drive into work in his Hyundai.

    And with our varied terrain and climate why the fuck can’t we build the best AWD or 4wd in the World?

    And if I want an open top 4wd to tear along beaches in why does it have to be a Jeep ?

  22. el gordo permalink
    July 18, 2012 8:56 am

    More idle speculation.

    ”People aren’t mugs. It’s a historical fact that political leaders who poll badly long enough don’t remain political leaders,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

    Read more:

    October is looking good for a coup.

  23. el gordo permalink
    July 18, 2012 6:09 pm

    Go Kev ’12…The October Revolution.

    ‘‘Kevin Rudd has been doing what you’d think a former prime minister and a former foreign minister ought to do at a conference like this,’’ Mr Abbott told Sky News.

    ‘‘I have to say the contributions that I’ve heard from Kevin Rudd have been highly sophisticated and very much to the point.’’

    Read more:–in-us-20120718-22989.html#ixzz20xXtjAPa

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    July 18, 2012 6:53 pm

    What’s, Kev, doing in America when the coup is being planned … using the same modus operandi?

  25. July 18, 2012 7:03 pm

    “What’s, Kev, doing in America”

    Looking like a world leader even by Yabbott’s account..

    Meanwhile Julia’s back home planting a tree or something…

    Kevenge wil be served…!

  26. TB Queensland permalink
    July 18, 2012 7:18 pm

    Addressing the Heritage Foundation, Mr Abbott lent support to criticism of Australia’s defence budget by former US secretary of state, Richard Armitage, who has suggested Australia is taking a free ride on the US and risking its credibility as an ally …

    Two things … what fuckwit would support Armitage AGAINST my country! Is Abbott, Australian or a Republican puppet!

    After all, the Yanks have tried to manipulate the politics in every friggin’ country on the Globe!

    And that’s one of the reasons it’s fkn crumbling!

    … and then this!

    Richard Armitage, who has suggested Australia is taking a free ride on the US and risking its credibility as an ally …

    What a fkn moron! A fkn “free ride” … we have supported the USA in a number of “democratic interventions” over the last SEVEN DECADES … and many were not supporting democracies BUT dictaorships …

    And don’t ever think that the Septic Tanks stopped the Japanese in WW II … Australia did for the first time at Milne Bay … with Militia … part time soldiers!

    And Vietnam … FMD! … Long Tan – check it out … a company 100 Aussies mostly Nashos held off two battalions of regular North Vietnam (full-time not part-time VC) soldiers that’s 2000 — TWO THOUSAND! … for over 12 hours … that’s 20 Vietnam professional soldiers for every ONE Aussie …

    A FKN FREE RIDE! The bastards took a free ride on over 200, 000 Australian National Servicemen for WHAT!

    And now we are in Afghanistan because Al Queda hit the World trade Centre 12 YEARS ago … FREE FKN RIDE my arse!



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  30. July 10, 2013 1:54 am

    How very prescient…


    July 18, 2012 7:03 pm

    “What’s, Kev, doing in America”

    Looking like a world leader even by Yabbott’s account..

    Meanwhile Julia’s back home planting a tree or something…

    Kevenge wil be served…!”

    You got the metaphysical shit going on back then, reb.

  31. TB Queensland permalink
    July 10, 2013 10:02 am

    You sound like a Richmond supporter.

    You understood that? 😯


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