If Julia Gillard really turns out to be a progressive PM, then today’s spill will be the first cheerful thing we’ve seen in federal politics for some time.
But I’m not optimistic. For one thing, it’s the powerbrokers from the Right that are pushing to have her there. For another, her record on issues like asylum seekers isn’t good. We lefties will have to be careful not to give her credit for having apparently been a lefty before she entered parliament: the issue is what she’s done since she’s been there. And what she’ll do as Prime Minister.
We’ll see soon enough. Does she immediately move to end the intolerable situation where we’re detaining refugees indefinitely and refusing to process them? Does she cancel the internet filter that will put children at risk? Does she change the ALP’s nasty anti- marriage equality position? Does she implement a proper mental health scheme? Does she take the fight on the RSPT to the corrupt big three miners or fold? Does she negotiate with the Greens to implement a real climate change policy?
Although I’d love to be wrong, I suspect the answers to all of these will be no. The hint from Rudd last night is that the ALP Right is supporting her in the belief that they can get her to implement their policies.
If so, then she’s no more a hope for us than Kevin Rudd was, and the only way we’ll get real change is to vote Green. I suspect the ALP will take advantage of the confusion and call an election before the voters who abandoned Rudd but are willing to believe in Gillard realise that.
ELSEWHERE: Thoughts seen on twitter:
- Rudd speaks to ACL; three days later is crucified. Coincidence?
- BP is just pleased for once there’s a spill it’s not responsible for.
- Peter Costello is going to be kicking himself forever.