The Stalking of Julia Gillard

By Kerry-Anne Walsh | Go to book overview

EPILOGUE
The carnival is over

On 21 March 2013, Kevin Rudd stood warm and comfy at the base of a political cliff and watched as his acolytes leapt off into career oblivion. After vowing over a two-year period—which included one humiliating and spectacularly unsuccessful assault on Gillard’s leadership in February 2012—that he would one day lead his followers into a promised land of a revitalised Rudd-led government, his vision was finally unmasked for what it had always been: a mirage.

In the hours between the start of Question Time at 2 pm and the time of the leadership showdown, 4.30 pm, the usual parade of Rudd spruikers, pushers, illusionists and snake oil salesmen, along with media seers and pro-Rudd propagandists in the commentariat, had appeared live on TV and radio pumping up their bloke’s credentials and pouring scorn on Gillard.

There was the eternal Richo on Sky saying Rudd would win— ‘and if Julia Gillard wins, she’s dead in the water anyway’. Then there was Bruce Hawker, like one of those pests who stand behind

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