The Stalking of Julia Gillard

By Kerry-Anne Walsh | Go to book overview

WHO’S THE
RINGMASTER NOW?
23–26 February 2012

At a little after 10 am on 23 February a steely faced Gillard calls for a ballot to be held on Monday the 27th, and promises that if Rudd wins she will move to the backbench and renounce further claims to the leadership. She calls on her predecessor and wannabe successor to pledge a similar troth. ‘It is now evident to me, and I think it is evident to the Australian people, that there has been a long-running destabilisation campaign here to get to this point where Kevin Rudd is clearly going to announce that he wants to seek the Labor leadership.’

Gillard’s in South Australia, where she grew up happy and confident in a close family; she feels in control here. In measured tones, she takes aim at Rudd for ‘sabotaging’ the 2010 election campaign and for crippling the government. ‘The government that Kevin Rudd had led had entered a period of paralysis.’ In a masterful understatement, she says: ‘Kevin Rudd as prime minister always had very difficult and very chaotic work patterns.’

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