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Will Chicken Kev find his backbone?

By johnboy 26 June 2013 35

With Julia Gillard failing to have an attack of the vapours as per his cunning plan ABC News24 is reporting that a spill petition is now being circulated.

A world of change of government and machinery of government may or may not be about to descend on the Public Service here in Canberra.

Even if Rudd does get back in how could the public credibly think Labor would keep him a minute longer than needed for re-election?

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wildturkeycanoe 7:24 pm 26 Jun 13

To be honest, I am not a follower of political BS, but this whole debacle is just another thing that turns me off politics. How often has Kevin07 said he will NOT oppose Julia for leadership? Now the party has turned him against her, the same way they turned against him. How can a party regain any sort of credibility after this kind of shenanigans when the folks voting aren’t interested in the back-stabbing and deceipt, but what the party actually stands for? Do we even know what their promises or lack of promises are yet, this close to the date? If only the opposition didn’t keep stabbing themselves in the belly we might have someone worth voting for.

DrKoresh 6:58 pm 26 Jun 13

I thought the title said Chicken Kiev at first and now I’m sorely disappointed 🙁

Mysteryman 6:01 pm 26 Jun 13

JC said :

Thumper said :

If Rudd has the numbers and there is a spill, which I hope there isn’t, then surely the GG would be under all sorts of pressure to dissolve the parliament?

On what grounds? Unlike 1975 supply is not threatened and tomorrow is the last sitting day of parliament anyway*, so what would be the point of the GG dissolving the parliament?

*Of course if Rudd becomes PM again he doesn’t have to honour Gillards planned election date so if he chooses a latter date there may well be a few more sitting weeks before the poll.

If a motion on no confidence is put forward and succeeds, which is possible if cross-benchers withdraw support from the government (which at least one has indicated he will do).

JC 5:34 pm 26 Jun 13

Thumper said :

If Rudd has the numbers and there is a spill, which I hope there isn’t, then surely the GG would be under all sorts of pressure to dissolve the parliament?

On what grounds? Unlike 1975 supply is not threatened and tomorrow is the last sitting day of parliament anyway*, so what would be the point of the GG dissolving the parliament?

*Of course if Rudd becomes PM again he doesn’t have to honour Gillards planned election date so if he chooses a latter date there may well be a few more sitting weeks before the poll.

chewy14 5:19 pm 26 Jun 13

Rudd wearing a blue tie. Julia won’t be happy.

Thumper 4:39 pm 26 Jun 13

harvyk1 said :

Thumper said :

If Rudd has the numbers and there is a spill, which I hope there isn’t, then surely the GG would be under all sorts of pressure to dissolve the parliament?

I don’t believe that the GG can just dissolve a government without good reason, and simply because the person holding the majority of votes by the government changes is not a good enough reason.

I was about to explain how exactly the PM is picked, but it got a little complex, so instead just trust me, come September, you have exactly zero say over who our PM actually is. All you can do is vote for the person who will be our representative in the next government. They are then the person who will decide who our PM is.

Of which, I am well aware.

c_c™ 4:29 pm 26 Jun 13

7PM tonight, looks like she’s to scared to let the phones work overnight, or she’s too confident to bother letting it fester overnight.

Rollersk8r 4:27 pm 26 Jun 13

It’s on. Again.

Holden Caulfield 4:25 pm 26 Jun 13

So will voters get upset if they don’t get the chance to vote Julia out, or will they simply embrace the belated opportunity to send Kevin packing?

p1 4:15 pm 26 Jun 13

If Rudd grabs for the job this week, it is because he knows he would have little change getting it after the election. The only reason the Labor party (or a subset there of) are interested in him now is as an alternative to JG for the next election – after such an election there would be very little advantage to anyone running to Rudd. BUT if he takes the job now, and loses by less then JG’s predicted thumping, he might *just* hang on as leader of the opposition (assuming that Labor gets more seats then Katters Australia Party).

The things that interest me the most is if a spill happens and Rudd (or anyone else for that matter) are picked over JG, how will they go convincing the GG that they have the confidence of parliment? AND, should someone be successfully installed as a alternative Labor PM, will they change the date of the election (either bringing it forward or pushing it back?).

c_c™ 4:11 pm 26 Jun 13

Bigger question Johnboy, with key cabinet members opposed to him, how do people think her can even make a go of an election with key position vacated. It takes time for Ministers to get settled, and if you remember Keating’s replacement as treasurer when he resigned following failed leadership bid, that exemplifies what will likely happen, only much worse.

harvyk1 3:55 pm 26 Jun 13

Thumper said :

If Rudd has the numbers and there is a spill, which I hope there isn’t, then surely the GG would be under all sorts of pressure to dissolve the parliament?

I don’t believe that the GG can just dissolve a government without good reason, and simply because the person holding the majority of votes by the government changes is not a good enough reason.

I was about to explain how exactly the PM is picked, but it got a little complex, so instead just trust me, come September, you have exactly zero say over who our PM actually is. All you can do is vote for the person who will be our representative in the next government. They are then the person who will decide who our PM is.

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