The Stalking of Julia Gillard

By Kerry-Anne Walsh | Go to book overview

IT’S SHOW TIME!
27–28 February 2012

A carnival atmosphere envelopes parliament when a leadership bout occurs; visitors, families and hangers-on roll up to drink in the atmosphere. Electorate staff and interstate journalists descend; national TV shows set up camp and cameras in makeshift studios on the front lawns. Parliamentary guards sharpen their eyes and ears, particularly in corridors where pesky journalists loiter; political staff flatten their noses to the ground to detect any last minute movements. All that’s needed are a few hot dog stands, dancing girls and popcorn.

Neatly pressed and scrubbed, MPs wearing serious looks scurry in to parliament early on 27 February—ensuring they get their persuasive last hurrah quotes on camera at the ‘doors’. To explain to the uninitiated, ‘doors’ are supposed to be impromptu media stops outside the entrances to Parliament House used mainly by backbenchers. There are two of them: one at the Senate and one at the House of Representatives. (Ministers get to avoid the doors, as the entrance to the ministerial wing is blocked to the nuisance

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