Thursday, June 24, 2010

Julia Gillard to be sworn in as Prime Minister today + random thoughts on it all.

Today, at 12:30pm Julia Gillard will be sworn in as Australia's 27th (and first female) Prime Minister. This has come about due to the ALP panicking over the media's reporting of 1 bad poll. The latest polls had the ALP in an election winning position, of course you wouldn't know that reading The Australian and it seems the ALP and the ABC for that matter were. It seems downrihgt moronic to me to change leaders so close to an election and when leading in the polls.

Having said that I'm a Julia Gillard fan (as my tweeps would know) and have said numerous times I can't wait for her to be PM. Let's hope she starts moving the ALP back towards the left (or at least the centre) a little bit.

My first piece of advice to Ms Gillard is to dump Conroy as Minister for Broadband, Commincations and The Digital Economy and replace him with @katelundy.


  1. I disagree with it being just one bad poll. It was the downward trend of polls, stretching back a few months that spooked them.

    And whilst incumbents have recovered in elections in the past (Howard in 1998), circumstances now are different.

  2. The latest treands actually showed improvement for the Government. From 49-51 to 50-50 then 51-49 and the latest which was 52-48. Rudd's net approval had been trending downward but so had Abbott's.

  3. True, but the state by state break down in today's Australian spells bad news for the ALP in Queensland and WA for primary vote and 2PP.

    April-June 2010

    Primary Vote


    ALP: 31

    Lib/Nat: 45

    Greens: 16

    Others/Ind: 8


    ALP: 37
    Lib/Nats: 43
    Greens: 9
    Others: 11

    Lib/Nat: 41
    Greens: 13
    Others: 9

    ALP: 47
    Lib/Nat: 53


    ALP: 48

    Lib/Nats: 52


    ALP 52
    Lib/Nats 48

    So, Labor's worst performances are in QLD and WA...both mining states. First thing Gillard does as PM is announce the gov't is pulling their ads on the mining tax and actually negotiating. Coincidence? I doubt it.


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