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March 1, 2021

Cut Julia some slack

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Call me paranoid, but as a rusted-on Labor supporter I have to grudgingly acknowledge the media moguls, their hacks, and their accomplices – the opinion pollsters – for together having done an amazing hatchet job on the Gillard government.

They’ve virtually destroyed the ALP’s election chances, and best of all, have made it seem to be all Labor’s own doing! An Orwellian triumph in mass mind control.

The slavering journalists and the pollsters, aided and abetted by the federal coalition, ensured the Rudd revival campaign stayed alive and distracting throughout all of Julia Gillard’s term.

They gave limitless oxygen to Rudd’s ‘camp’, ensuring it grew in number, and endlessly speculated and polled about the timing, possibility, and desirability of a Rudd takeover. They assiduously fanned the flames to exploit the possibility of a challenge, thus making it more likely as more and more Labor backbenchers got spooked.

So isn’t the shock, amazement and ridicule expressed by these media commentators and politicians over the leadership spill just a tad disingenuous?

How else could this festering issue, that they’d helped create and feed, be made to finally go away? The leadership spill was the only way, and the prime minister should have been congratulated, not condemned, for putting it to rest, finally.

If indeed it is ‘finally’.

Rudd is now probably silenced, but the jackals of the media, having smelled blood, will probably keep scrutinising every move Julia makes, cut her no slack, give no credit for her government’s very significant achievements, and keep portraying Labor in a negative light – driving voters relentlessly into the arms of an Abbott-led motley crew.

If you needed any further evidence of the rampant media bias in Australia, the demise of Ted Baillieu and Terry Mills, two conservative leaders who were knifed within one week, barely raised an eyebrow in the media.

Hardly a word written or spoken about ‘faceless men’. Contrast it to the way Gillard and the ALP and its ‘faceless men’ are still being mercilessly caned in the media three years after she politely asked KRudd for his job. Her legitimacy is still being questioned today!

I’ll probably be emigrating in disgust after September 14. My only advice to my beloved country and to the sheep who vote is not to follow the herd instinct and don’t all vote together to get rid of federal Labor.

The people of Queensland are stuck with Campbell Newman for at least two or three terms, because Queenslanders rushed like lemmings over a cliff giving him a thumping majority. A lean government is generally a good government.

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  1. Abbott won’t appear on any serious program.. nearly 1000 days since he appeared on Q&A
    He even managed to get savaged by Andrew Bolt on Sunday ..
    The new conundrum for Abbott is his “Blood Oath” to not say one thing before an election and another thing after the election.. presumably things in writing.. this leaves him actually articulating nothing except stopping boats and repealing legislation and scraping back gains made by the working poor .. not much of a policy agenda really.
    I’d like to see Abbott give a two hour press conference similar to the Gillard AWU inquisition on his knowledge of the Ashby/Slipper imbroglio.
    Surely our newly freed media are not going to allow a fellow as unstable as Abbott to lead the country without first vigorously examining his “Plan”..


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