What a day!

West Australian June 2010From mid-morning until now (9:00pm) I have been captivated by the unfolding of yet another leadership challenge in the Australian political system. It went to a vote and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd defeated the current Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, in a ballot for the leadership. The vote was 57 to 45.

I have never seen so much political analysis and speculation as the experts tried to fill in the time while the politicians were changing the landscape. I know many people will be pleased with the outcome and yet others will be very disappointed. I am inspired by the strength and courage of Julia Gillard and I believe she will be remembered as one of our greatest performers in Australian politics. I know some will disagree with me and I respect their right to do so.

I am grateful that I live in a democracy where these debates and differences can be dealt with without blood shed. I hope we can now reflect on the positive achievements of the past three years and move forward with strength.




9 thoughts on “What a day!

  1. Three years almost to the day. It’s sad that Julia was rolled, but her legacy will endure long after she quits the parliament. The fact that she managed to get so much legislation through a hung parliament, while facing internal division, speaks volumes about her capacity as an individual. She is a remarkable woman.

  2. I believe the hung parliament, and having to form a coalition government with the Greens and working with the independents made a hard job even harder. With the influence of the media, we became aware of the disunity in the Labor party, and really something had to be done. I don’t totally agree with what she has done, or the way she has acted, as I think she got a bit caught up in “party games”. Frankly at the moment we don’t really have leaders that the population can look up to, which is unfortunate.

    • Yes, thanks for your thoughts on this – I agree with a lot of what you say. Let’s hope there is some young talent coming through in the next few years!

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