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Is it on for the Leadership?

By johnboy - 14 March 2013 41

Christian Kerr (political writer for The Australian) has just facebooked that “It’s on”:

Massive rumours that a “tap on the shoulder” delegation had dropped in to see the PM have just swept Parliament House. Nothing appears to have happened, but…. A second set says that ministerial chiefs of staffs have been placed on high alert.

A new PM could easily see Canberra in election mode in days time.

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UPDATE: Camps Gillard and Rudd are denying anything is on. For what that’s worth.

What’s Your opinion?


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Is it on for the Leadership?
c_c™ 6:34 pm 14 Mar 13

johnboy said :

Depends what the internal party polling is saying.

Newspoll is just theatre

Internal party polling is for making the decision (and I doubt it would be saying anything much different this week than it has been for months.)

Public polling is for deciding on timing. If the plan were to paint her position as untenable, they’ve had plenty of time to do it and justify it on the back of public polls. Doing so this week leaves them open to accusation of axing her at the start of a recovery trend. I think they’re smart enough not to.

Besides, Christian Kerr is in bloody Sydney, if it were really on, I would think it’s the gallery reporters who would notice first. Sounds like a strategic leak, whether from the Libs or within Labor is the question.

johnboy 6:10 pm 14 Mar 13

Depends what the internal party polling is saying.

Newspoll is just theatre

milkman 5:59 pm 14 Mar 13

Any news..?

c_c™ 5:55 pm 14 Mar 13

Sounds like BS to me. You don’t roll your leader after a 3pt bump in Newspoll.

Ozhair 5:12 pm 14 Mar 13

I’d be more inclined to believe it if the information wasn’t coming from The Australian, which has a massive anti-Labor bias and will do/say anything to destabilize the current government (Whether any help is needed in that regard or not…)

johnboy 4:48 pm 14 Mar 13
Roundhead89 4:45 pm 14 Mar 13

MERC600 said :

Hell I hope no early election. Am hoping to sell my house shortly , well before the Sept elections, coz house prices will fall after election.

The earliest an election can be held is 1st July otherwise Senate and House elections will be thrown out of alignment. The new government would have to hold a separate Senate election next year which will turn into a by-election and see a huge swing against the government. There have been three referendums to have House and Senate elections held on the same day. All were defeated. In the 1977 referendum 72% of Australians voted Yes but it was defeated because four states voted No.

KB1971 4:45 pm 14 Mar 13

Madam Cholet said :

Gillard and Rudd denying it? Could be the kiss of death required then.

If Rudd gets back in I hope the voters don’t fall for his spin like last time. He is just a car salesman from QLD who already sold us a lemon once.

Having said that, is here anounody else worthy?

Madam Cholet 4:23 pm 14 Mar 13

Gillard and Rudd denying it? Could be the kiss of death required then.

PantsMan 3:33 pm 14 Mar 13

Holden Caulfield said :

MERC600 said :

Hell I hope no early election. Am hoping to sell my house shortly , well before the Sept elections, coz house prices will fall after election.

On the contrary, I have to sell my house this year, preferably in August-September, so an early election at least gives me hope that things may have returned to normality.

And there I was thinking Public Servants were rent-seekers who purported to be slaving selflessly for the nation, but are really just sucking off the teat of taxpayers.

How wrong am I!

Thumper 3:30 pm 14 Mar 13

Whoooahhhh!

And we’re off and running!

Shorten has had a word with the mother in law?

devils_advocate 3:29 pm 14 Mar 13

p996911turbo said :

MERC600 said :

Hell I hope no early election. Am hoping to sell my house shortly , well before the Sept elections, coz house prices will fall after election.

Except everyone in Canberra is saying that. So people with spare money are preparing to buy property straight after the election, negating the demand drop. I still think prices will fall, but not by much at all.

All rational investors have factored price falls into their current offering prices. The time to get a bargain is now.

Holden Caulfield 3:26 pm 14 Mar 13

MERC600 said :

Hell I hope no early election. Am hoping to sell my house shortly , well before the Sept elections, coz house prices will fall after election.

On the contrary, I have to sell my house this year, preferably in August-September, so an early election at least gives me hope that things may have returned to normality.

p996911turbo 3:20 pm 14 Mar 13

MERC600 said :

Hell I hope no early election. Am hoping to sell my house shortly , well before the Sept elections, coz house prices will fall after election.

Except everyone in Canberra is saying that. So people with spare money are preparing to buy property straight after the election, negating the demand drop. I still think prices will fall, but not by much at all.

MERC600 3:08 pm 14 Mar 13

Hell I hope no early election. Am hoping to sell my house shortly , well before the Sept elections, coz house prices will fall after election.

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