Wednesday 26th June, 2013
What a day in Australian politics!!! We have a new Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. Back in 2007 he was elected Prime Minister by the people of Australia. Three years later, on the 25th June, 2010, Julia Gillard 'knifed' him in the back and she became PM. She went to the people with an election and was voted in as Australia's first female Prime Minister but with a minority government. To govern in her own right she had to enlist the help of the Independents.
During the past three years there have been certain factions within the Labor Party trying to undermine the government Practically every month we have heard about a challenge to the position of PM by the supporters of Kevin Rudd. He had one unsuccessful attempt last year, another aborted attempt earlier this year and the last few days there was growing speculation that he would try again.
Earlier in the year Julia Gillard announced that we would have an election in September. Since that announcement her popularity as PM has plummeted and the Labor Party is so far behind on the polls. The Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott would convincingly beat her at the election and the Labor Party would be practically decimated.
Julia Gillard has not been a popular Prime Minister. She has 'lied' too many times to the voters, brought in very unpopular taxes like the mining tax, the carbon tax, has been portrayed badly by the media, and the list goes on. On the plus side she averted a financial crisis in this country when a lot of the other world powers were going through difficult times, the unemployment rate is comparatively low at 5.5%, and built stronger ties with other countries.
Kevin Rudd is the people's favourite, and time will tell how true this is. Unfortunately there are two more sitting days of Parliament left and then they rise and go into election mode. We have to wait and see when the election will be now. Some are saying August, others are saying November.
The only thing left to do is get rid of Tony Abbott and re-instate Malcolm Turnbull as the leader of the Opposition.