Monday, 18 July 2011
Labor plumbs new depths as carbon tax bites
Author | Source | Michelle Grattan | The Age | July18 th 2011
'As much as Julia Gillard and other close Labor supporters deny that Gillard's leadership is under close scrutiny, the result of the poll can not be swept under the carpet. I am certain earnest discussion are taken place as I write this piece as to the options available.
It appears via the poll evidence that Abbott's simple repetitive message 'that Gillard is less than truthful' has cut true. If this is so then no amount of public advertising will suffice and if anything may well further alienate the public and cement the dislike of Gillard.
Effectively Australians have made up their mind and have stopped listening to the Prime Minister, similar to what happened to Howard with 'Work Choices.' The boot is now on the other foot.
It should be noted that if an election were held under these figures the Labor party would be reduced to a rump of 25 seats or less. Of course this situation would be untenable and it would only be a matter of time until Gillard fell on her sword, would be forced to resign or a similar coup like she inflicted on Rudd will occur to her.
The question is who would be prepared to be leader with the Labor party facing certain oblivion? No one in their right mind would put themselves forward in such dire circumstances. However, some one like Simon Cream, a true believer and warrior, may be prepared to ride into the sunset's political storm cell as Prime Minister'