With the Prime Minister taking a little bit of heat in recent polling, there has been a lot of fluffy speculation around the traps in the media that the Deputy Prime Minister might soon be looking to secure a promotion for herself. The media loves giving the old “leadership speculation” angle a run, particularly when the protagonists are a little novel. In recent years, its all been about the Liberal Party – Nelson, Turnbull, Hockey, Abbott. Now that there’s a whiff of tension between hitherto golden boy Rudd and his fiery deputy, the media is cock-a-hoop.
Julia Gillard, however, is having none of it:
Ms Gillard said she was more interested in making Australia a better place than becoming prime minister.
“What gets me up every morning to do my job is my passion and enthusiasm for making this a strong and fair country,” she told reporters in Brisbane.
“There’s more chance of me becoming the full-forward for the Dogs (Western Bulldogs AFL team) than there is any chance of a change in the Labor party.”
In essence, I agree with Julia – the suggestion is ridiculous. I don’t think it remotely likely that there will be a Federal Labor leadership challenge before the next election. In fact, I’m willing to put money on the fact that there will be a change in the leadership of the Federal Liberal Party before there is a change in the leadership of Federal Labor. Any takers?
The media needs to get back onto the main game, and off the leadership rubbish. I think its fairly certain now that we are going to see a Rudd vs. Abbott showdown at the next poll.