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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.


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DrKoresh 2:11 pm 15 Mar 13

EvanJames said :

The Project yesterday had picked up the story and were cracking jokes about it so it’s evidently grown feet.

Ah yes, the 7pm Project and it’s “jokes”. I wish they’d have gotten Adam Hills and some other actually talented and likeable to host that show. But then I suppose it is channel Ten, so it’s not really a surprise

c_c™ 12:50 pm 15 Mar 13

Darkfalz said :

DrKoresh said :

I think the bump in Gillard’s status as preferred PM is less to do with who’s heading the Labor party and more to do with the dawning realisation of just who is leading the Libs.

It was one poll, and against the trend and all other polls. Take a look at the Morgan poll, absolutely brutal.

That’s true, but a second poll in a row also has the Greens up from 9 to 11% after their sham of a ‘divorce”, so perhaps that Western Sydney BS actually pulled the wool over some voters.
Not sure how, I thought it was so shambolic she would dip in the polls. Only assumption must be she took enough oxygen away from Abbott to get a limited time bump.

EvanJames 11:56 am 15 Mar 13

The Project yesterday had picked up the story and were cracking jokes about it so it’s evidently grown feet.

muscledude_oz 11:43 am 15 Mar 13

goggles13 said :

LSWCHP said :

I mentioned this to my wife who is in the APS, and she said “Oh yeah, it was all over the department this afternoon”, so hundreds if not thousands of APS staff have evidently been following this rather than doing whatever it is they should be doing.

exaggerate much? most people can multi-task and I can imagine only a few may have had a conversation about preparing a brief for the incoming PM, assuming your talking about PM&C

Public servants multitasking? You mean drinking tea with one hand and filling out the footy tips with the other?

DrKoresh 11:31 am 15 Mar 13

Thumper said :

Dawning realisation?

Like, six years for it to dawn?

Yes, to put it simply. I think the reality of an Abbott led Coalition government is finally starting to sink in for a lot of people.

Growling Ferret 11:03 am 15 Mar 13

So yet again, on a day of positive news for the ALP, a News Limited hack creates a rumour on Twitter which runs wild, and tries to create the news rather than reporting on it.

How the Australian is such a sphere of influence whilst providing absolutely nothing but negative ALP pro-Liberal spin flummoxes me.

HiddenDragon 10:22 am 15 Mar 13

Surely today – Ides of March – for skulduggery.

PM 10:04 am 15 Mar 13

LSWCHP said :

Ah…Christian Kerr writes for the Australian. This explains why I’ve never heard of him, and never read a single word that he’s ever written. I reckon the only mainstream political/economic journalists worth reading are Peter Hartcher and Peter Martin. All else appear to be rubbish.

I may be wrong, but I’m calling this as a tactical move by the owners of the paper to disrupt the government. Or perhaps the plumbers were going in to fix the leaking tap in the shower of the PM’s ensuite, and Mr Kerr misheard it as a leak about a “tap on the shoulder”.

He used to write for Crikey. Great bloke.

Thumper 8:25 am 15 Mar 13

DrKoresh said :

I think the bump in Gillard’s status as preferred PM is less to do with who’s heading the Labor party and more to do with the dawning realisation of just who is leading the Libs.

Dawning realisation?

Like, six years for it to dawn?

goggles13 8:16 am 15 Mar 13

LSWCHP said :

I mentioned this to my wife who is in the APS, and she said “Oh yeah, it was all over the department this afternoon”, so hundreds if not thousands of APS staff have evidently been following this rather than doing whatever it is they should be doing.

exaggerate much? most people can multi-task and I can imagine only a few may have had a conversation about preparing a brief for the incoming PM, assuming your talking about PM&C

DrKoresh 12:23 am 15 Mar 13

Darkfalz said :

DrKoresh said :

I think the bump in Gillard’s status as preferred PM is less to do with who’s heading the Labor party and more to do with the dawning realisation of just who is leading the Libs.

It was one poll, and against the trend and all other polls. Take a look at the Morgan poll, absolutely brutal.

I remember you, you’re with Abbott all the way, aren’t you? Anyway, I don’t think you can argue against cherry-picked data with more cherry-picked data, besides I’m not claiming to know how the rest of the country feel but I certainly don’t want the Mad Monk running my country.

Darkfalz 11:38 pm 14 Mar 13

DrKoresh said :

I think the bump in Gillard’s status as preferred PM is less to do with who’s heading the Labor party and more to do with the dawning realisation of just who is leading the Libs.

It was one poll, and against the trend and all other polls. Take a look at the Morgan poll, absolutely brutal.

bigred 11:37 pm 14 Mar 13

a couple of politically important bills need to pass the Senate first. I am expecting to see things to liven up next week.

c_c™ 11:12 pm 14 Mar 13

cranky said :

c_c™ said :

cranky said :

Ozhair said :

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…)

+1

Murdoch’s greatest threat is the NBN. His business of paper media will be decimated when Australia is connected.

No, not really.

Would you like to expand on this comment?

The print media was only ever profitable because of two things:

1. Advertising revenue

2. Exclusivity of mechanisms for news gathering and transfer

The internet has eroded both these, advertising is moving online and sources of information are now far more diversified. Social media is often faster than wires and spotters.

With the ubiquity of the internet and penetration of ADSL and 3G, the introduction of the NBN won’t accelerate the demise of print newspapers. A page loading a second quicker pales in comparison to the wider changes going on.

The danger but also the potential the NBN poses is to the traditional broadcast area of the media.

DrKoresh 11:06 pm 14 Mar 13

I think the bump in Gillard’s status as preferred PM is less to do with who’s heading the Labor party and more to do with the dawning realisation of just who is leading the Libs.

poetix 11:06 pm 14 Mar 13

Never have so many been so jittery in the hope of being first to go twittery.

LSWCHP 10:50 pm 14 Mar 13

Just in case anybody thinks I’m being a little hard on Mr Kerr, I reckon that if you’re a journalist, and you’re writing for a national organ, and you decide to tweet something that strongly implies “We”ll have a new PM tomorrow”, then a tiny bit of fact checking might be in order first. Just a tiny bit. I mentioned this to my wife who is in the APS, and she said “Oh yeah, it was all over the department this afternoon”, so hundreds if not thousands of APS staff have evidently been following this rather than doing whatever it is they should be doing.

He may be onto something, as evidenced by all the furious denials from Labor figures, but at the moment it doesn’t seem all that credible. I wonder if he’s been the victim of a disinformation play by the Libs?

LSWCHP 10:30 pm 14 Mar 13

Ah…Christian Kerr writes for the Australian. This explains why I’ve never heard of him, and never read a single word that he’s ever written. I reckon the only mainstream political/economic journalists worth reading are Peter Hartcher and Peter Martin. All else appear to be rubbish.

I may be wrong, but I’m calling this as a tactical move by the owners of the paper to disrupt the government. Or perhaps the plumbers were going in to fix the leaking tap in the shower of the PM’s ensuite, and Mr Kerr misheard it as a leak about a “tap on the shoulder”.

    johnboy 10:32 pm 14 Mar 13

    Last time I had a beer with Christian he was splitting his time between Canberra and Melbourne.

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