Leadership

For you shall have no second chance

As the winds of change were blowing around Canberra, Australian Labor Party antics provoked the nation. Parliamentarians, party tacticians and union officials aired dirty laundry throughout the leadership contest. Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd was not destined to be re-elected party leader and vitriolic accusations and cabinet confessions played to the Opposition’s advantage.

In the end Julia Gillard prevailed but neither politician won voters’ hearts and minds as the grim machinations were reported in endless detail. There was time for a cabinet reshuffle: disloyal ministers and a weakened Kevin Rudd were moved to the backbench, Senator Mark Arbib resigned and former NSW premier Bob Carr was chosen to fill the casual vacancy. Senator Carr quickly braced himself for Foreign Affairs while pledging to defend the interests of this “sweet, funny and brave country.”

$%#@?!

Christopher Downes, The Mercury,

Rudd Pimple

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review,

What the Media Wants

Fiona Katauskas, Eureka Street,

Soap Opera

Peter MacMullin, Sunday Mail,

ALP Leadership Debate

Bruce Petty, The Age,

Front Bench

Greg Smith, The Sunday Times,

Bob to the Rescue

David Follett, The Week,

Rudd Coffin

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review,

Bogans Go Home

Matt Adams, The Canberra Times,

Hangdog

Michael Leunig, The Age,