Peter Hartcher, the Sydney Morning Herald’s political and international editor, has recently published a special five parts feature entitled, “The Meltdown“. It traced the rise and fall of the 2007- 2013 Australian Labor Government led Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.
They were two extraordinary politicians. The great sadness of this time was that they were both in the same generation with the same ambition.
Together they should have been invincible.
~ Penny Wong
Here is my personal (outsider) opinion following this article about “Kevin is a Happy Little Vegemite” video. I am shocked beyond belief by some readers’s naivety reflected in their comments when they believed that Gillard’s office authorised the leak of this video in an attempt to discredit KRudd during this chaotic period. Anyone remembered the Australia Day protest fallout?
I suspect it’s actually it could be an immature or disingenuous ALP member trying to complicate the current distraction, force a premature showdown between the two leaders, which will result further self-harming division within ALP. I guess all is far in love and politics. Either ways, Coalition still wins!
ALP could have been a good government for Australia. However for their sheer lack of party unity (reminded me a lot of NSW ALP’s frequent turnover of Premiers before the last state election loss) reflects in their inability to pursue the right policies for Australia, they have lost the public’s confidence to govern and therefore deserve to lose in the next election.
Sidenote: My Australia experience had taught me some of the challenges to run a government in a two-parties system. I am just grateful that the Singapore political environment so far as allowed my government not only to govern for the present but afford the space to undertake long term policies for the benefit of the country.