Originally posted by Dr Expired
Kevin Rudd up until approx 10:15 am on the 24/6/10 was Australias elected Prime Minister represnting the Labour party(sic)
Now (just when you thought nothing could get worse) Julia Gillard Australias first Prime FEMALE minister has replaced him in power.
The question is why?
Rudd has screwed up far too many times, and cheesed off a great many voters, and many within his own political party with his abrasive autocratic
Too many things were going conspicuously wrong.
Unlike totally corrupt American politics, Australians watch politicians here with a keen eye, and even the slightest screw up or mistake will see them
publicly hung, drawn, and quartered.
Or put another way "keep the bastards honest" as one politician (Don Chipp) once famously put it.
We will be facing a Federal election in a very few months, and the government were staring certain oblivion in the face with Rudd as PM.
So the Labour Party (double sic) decided to dump Rudd, and give Julia a go in the hope of salvaging the coming election.
From the Labor side, Julia is probably a good choice, and she will attract a huge female vote. If that will do the trick remains to be seen.
Looks like we may get to choose between "The Dragon" and "The Mad Monk".
One point to make clear about the fury aroused by the proposed horrendous new mine tax.
Most of the heat is not coming from a handful of extremely wealthy mine owners.
After all, they each only have one vote, and most Aussies could not care less about them.
The deafening outrage is coming from hundreds of thousands of small Australian investors that have their retirement money invested in mining shares.
All those little people stand to get cut pretty deep with this new tax, and collectively their combined anger could really inflict some serious
political damage at the coming election.
[edit on 26/6/2010 by Silver Shadow]