The Stalking of Julia Gillard

By Kerry-Anne Walsh | Go to book overview

AUTHOR’S NOTE

This is my contemporaneous diary of an extraordinary time in Australian politics—that of the Gillard Government from June 2011 to April 2013. From mid-2011 I scribbled notes, conducted interviews, chatted to people informally, and kept media and personal diaries of the rolling events. Initially, my idea was to record the unfolding drama of how the government and Independents handled Australia’s first minority parliament since 1939, but it became quickly apparent that while the minority parliament was functioning remarkably well under Gillard’s leadership, there was a heaving political undercurrent being generated by a minority within the Labor caucus that kept threatening to derail its success. I noticed that as the months passed, the vast resources of the press gallery became more focused on Rudd’s ambitions for a comeback than anything the historic minority parliament had to offer.

So these are my personal observations, focusing on Team Rudd’s slow-death destabilisation campaign against Gillard, the media’s

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