Desperate days, desperate actions

Machiavelli tells us that princes who war with their own hopes and are vanquished bear silence but not submission, and it is during a period of doubt that an unpopular leader is replaced. The poll-driven Gillard government does not know its own mind, its members question what they are about. But Labor Party disintegration is not to be endured and politicians who yearn for victory re-elect Kevin Rudd as party leader. Over Julia Gillard’s face steals a transient trace of woe as she acknowledges the sudden, startling defeat.

The political science is in

Fiona Katauskas, Eureka Street,

Guys and Polls

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review,

Gender cards

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review,

Women's Weakly

Michael Leunig, The Age,

Wot challenge?

Dean Alston, The West Australian,

The spill

Rod Clement, The Australian Financial Review,

The Shawshank Ruddemption

Greg 'Smithy' Smith, The Sunday Times,

The most humble day of his life

David Pope, The Canberra Times,