Bad Pollies – Part Four

It is ok to say ‘no’. It is ok to say ‘no’ on a date. It is ok to say ‘no’ you can’ behave like that. It is ok to say no to children. No! No! No!

The childish, out-of-control antics, of our bad pollies, seemed to gather some momentum when Kevin 07 took office. Rudd and some of his party members (and more prominent MPs) started to show signs of disharmony – publicly.

In 2005, a couple of years prior to his election win, Rudd had already started behaving badly (and very manipulatively) when he became very verbal in condemning the death penalty, even when it comes to mass murders. This was incited by the execution of Saddam Hussein, whom Rudd believed did not deserve the death penalty as per the Australian Labor Party’s own policy.

In 2007, the Labor Party is already showing signs of fragmentation, only a month or two prior to his election as Prime Minister. It is the Party’s opposition to the death penalty which is a contentious issue within the ranks. Whether mass murder, terrorist, or other, their policy is that there should not be any such thing as the death penalty. I know many Australian would not agree with that, especially in our current day and age of extremists, however, in his tactical response, Rudd publicly slammed his foreign affairs minister, for stating what was in fact, the party’s official policy. I am guessing that he was maneuvering himself only with the aim of taking THE top job. It was coming up towards the anniversary of the Bali bombing and fearing the mounting criticism from all those affected by this unprovoked terrorist act such as the victims’ families and survivors and Australia itself, Rudd’s way of damage control was to depict himself as ‘being in line with the Howard Government’. Looking back on so much of the available material to peruse through, it becomes very obvious that Rudd often engaged this tactic in order to save himself from being disgraced or in order to lay the blame elsewhere for his actions. His false sincerity was only to cover his own backside. His blame-game was also to cover his backside. He was also perceived as a kid throwing a tantrum at times.

Mr Rudd lasted 30 months or 2½ years, December 2007 through to June 2010 in the top job before being toppled by his Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard in June 2010.

Kevin Rudd was one of only a few leaders who was removed from the top job by their own party during their first term.

Let’s have a bit of a look at the treatment Ms Gillard received as Australia’s first female Prime Minister. Some of our high-profile media outlets, thought it was prudent to report on what she was wearing and how she looked wearing it; she was under the microscope for not being married and not having children. Apparently, this meant she would not be able to relate to voters who are female and have children. Her weight was mentioned; hairstyle; makeup. It all seems a little sexist really. What does any of this have to do with being Prime Minister? Should a person not be judged for their ability, or lack thereof, to do the job? Although I must say that there are some men in parliament that should maybe consider using makeup …. but we won’t dwell on that.

Ms Gillard lasted 3 years until she, in turn, was toppled in June 2013 by non-other than the man she had toppled previously. Yes. Kevin Rudd came back with a vengeance but he once again fizzled out lasting only 11 weeks in the top job before losing the federal election in September 2013. Tony Abbott took control of the reigns. Abbott lasted 2 years before he was backstabbed and toppled by Malcolm Turnbull in September 2015. Abbott hung around like a bad smell and took every opportunity to undermine Turnbull. Obviously, this did not help matters any in the long run. At least Turnbull can boast that he lasted longer than Abbott in the top job. Approximately 6 months longer. This year, 2018, saw us Aussies wake up to yet another Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

Who? What? Urgh!

The saga continues ….


Bad Pollies is a six part series written by Rielle Moises –