I’m Still Not Understanding Australian Politics

Okay, I get that Rudd challenged Gillard for party leadership, and thus, for Prime Minister.  But, Rudd got crushed in his bid by a party vote of 71-31.  And, that, I don’t get. 

Why would he challenge if he didn’t have near the votes necessary to win?

I’m aware that the polling of the populous seems to prefer Rudd, but that’s not where it counts.  The general elections in Australia are to be held next year.  An interesting tidbit….

A respected opinion poll published on Monday showed most respondents thought Rudd would make a better prime minister than would opposition leader Tony Abbott. Rudd’s support stood at 53 percent, 34 percent chose Abbott and 13 percent were undecided.

Respondents were more evenly balanced on a choice between Gillard and Abbott, with Abbott leading 38 percent to 36.

The poll also found Labor trailed Abbott’s conservative coalition 47 percent to 53.

Read more: here.

Why does any of this matter?  Well, typically, I wouldn’t care what they do in Australia.  But, we shouldn’t be naive about both nation’s climate collaborations.  Their climate offices and the U.S.’ work in tandem.  As do many of the other organizations around the globe.  Now, I’m not entirely sure of Abbott’s stance on carbonphobia, but I’d think they’d be less inclined to do goofy economical self-injury and regard the climate as less importance then the Labor or Green party.  So, I’m supportive of any group that wishes to thwart this global totalitarian effort.  

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9 Responses to I’m Still Not Understanding Australian Politics

  1. kelly liddle says:

    Hey I don’t understand it all either. Kevin Rudd it appears thought he would be sacked from being foreign minister so instead resigned at the appropriate time to beat Julia Gillard on the evening news. Just taking some wild guesses here but I think Kevin Rudd did know he would lose the ballot to be leader but he is playing a long game. He has said he will not challenge again but if the challenge was bought on by someone else he would most likely put his hat in the ring. Rudd has even said he will stand again in he seat which seems strange and probably a tactic because he will be on the back bench now which must be pretty boring after going from Prime Minister to Foreign Minister and now just look after his local constituents. A change of government in the next election which can be as late as September next year if it is not called earlier will mean the Carbon Tax will be dismantled but the current government has tried to make that as difficult as possible. The Liberal Party has a policy of spending $10 billion over 10 years on the cheapest abatement which includes solar panels on rooves costing $100 million per year. So much better but I would prefer the number was lower.

    There were some pretty nasty things said about Kevin Rudd and don’t know why it was so public. This is what apparently started it all it is cut from Kevin Rudd making a Chinese speech recording while he was PM. This was leaked probably about the date on the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOtt10hHCWA Nobody knows who leaked it. This gives some idea of how they treated each other http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdde3Pe7pHU

    • suyts says:

      Yeh, I understand the “you can’t fire me, I quit” avenue, but I don’t understand the challenge….. but really a non-challenge…. from what I can glean, Rudd didn’t have a chance to win the “spill”. So, why the challenge? Rudd seems to be playing with his cards held close.

      Why would Rudd make such a ridiculous video?

      • kelly liddle says:

        I assume the original video contained the actual speech and just edit out his hissy fits but this is the other way around. Julia Gillard forced him in a way to challenge she was the one who called the leadership ballot so forced Rudd to be in it. If Rudd hadn’t been a contender for leader then he couldn’t ever try again I suppose. Hard to really know what goes on in politicians minds because they never talk straight.

      • suyts says:

        “Hard to really know what goes on in politicians minds because they never talk straight.”

        So true…..

  2. Bruce says:

    It’s the perfect quandry. Julia Gillard is on the nose with ordinary voters: Newspoll had her approval rating at 26% this week. The ALP overall poll number is similar. So the troops are panicking and are afraid of losing their seats in an election.

    Kevin Rudd is very well liked by voters, but it turns out he was a classic tin-pot dictator as PM. His ministers couldn’t get in to talk with him, he’d invent policies on the fly and give them 10 minutes prep time for press conferences on the new policy. His staffers burnt out regularly and usually had to leave after 3 months. He flew into rages and was foul mouthed. In other words the ALP people who actually had to work with him hate him with a fury.

    But Ms Gillard is set for an unprecedented wipe out at the polls when at last we get an election. But the MP’s detest Mr Rudd so much that they couldn’t bear having to work for him again.

    You get the drift.

    And Gillard has them all fooled by pointing to all “her achievements” over and over, which often are also hated by the voters but which are right out of the green-progressive left playbook. So her base is very happy (she and also her vice PM are both members of the Australian Fabian Society – look it up).

    Sigh, if events don’t mug them with reality we’re in for another year or so of this disaster. It seems likely though that the party hard men will pull a coup a couple months before the election and put someone else in to the PM position, then try and fake it with the voters.

    • suyts says:

      Interesting…… so this may have been a pre-coup? Gillard seems to be a “scorched earth” type of person. So even getting her removed would leave a mark….. but that’s just from a distant observer….

      Fabians……. a disastrous group of misanthropists.

      • Bruce says:

        I should also mention that Ms Gillard is a lawyer who worked for a class-action specialist practice called Slater & Gordon. In other words she is trained to argue blue is red.

  3. Bruce says:

    Suyts, to help you further not understand our fine system of government, you could try our Professor Bunyip.

    Some translation may be necessary, such as:

    The Silly = The Sydney Morning Herald (think NYT)
    The Phage = The Age (think WaPo)
    Tony Hodges = a staffer of Ms Gillard’s who caused a riot a few weeks ago, and who has not recently been seen. Thought to be conveniently far away in the UK possibly working for the Labour Party.
    Mark Arbib = a senator who resigned in mysterious circumstances just after the Rudd-Gillard vote.

    I like to think that small ponds like ours have more interesting pond-life.

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