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From Gillard to Rudd
It happened at a great time...Game 2 of the National Rugby League’s (NRL) State of Origin between NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons. And funny enough, the State of Origin was also played out between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd in politics.
It happened at a great time...Game 2 of the National Rugby League's (NRL) State of Origin between NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons.
And funny enough, the State of Origin was also played out between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd. The thing is, both are technically Queenslanders as Gillard is from Victoria, and Melbourne is a feeder team for the Queensland Maroons. Rudd is more the Queenslander though, so any wonder it was a Queensland-whitewash with focus going to the Queenslanders on the field with the NRL and off the field in Federal Labor politics.
Well, it was speculated, and was on the books for quite a while...Kevin Rudd to overtake and oust Australian Federal Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Gillard had done the same to Rudd three years earlier in 2020. Rudd was great, yet Labor was still searching for sufficient leadership and found solace in 'female power'; the first female Labor leader and Prime Minister in Julia Gillard.
Both Rudd and Gillard have their strengths and weaknesses. But one must admit, for the first female Prime Minister, especially during and after the John Howard Liberal Party reign, Gillard held her own for the time she had been in power. Gillard proved to her critics and the nation she was no walk in the park.
Julia Gillard maintained and furthered her party's policy and position, but while some policies were worked on, such as Education, Industrial Relations and Environmentalism, other areas suffered, such as Health. A leader is only as good as their party, so Gillard would have and could have only do so much on her own merits. The Greens would have also played a part in not allowing Gillard to fully capture a true and honest hold of leadership for Labor and Prime Ministerialship, for example a carbon tax and same-sex marriage being problem areas.
But one forgets Gillard was the first female Labor leader and Australian Federal Prime Minister. And this reign, although relatively short, will go down in history. It might not be over as yet as Gillard might be called back into power. Rudd showed his gratitude to the influence and example Gillard had that he brought some female politicians into his Cabinet.
Rudd would have had plenty of time to figure out his weaknesses, mistakes and evils from his former time as Prime Minister and whilst Gillard was in power. This came through in his speech for the latest advertisement campaign calling for 'positive leadership', as if being positive was not enough in politics in general, but he was correct. But Rudd definitely looks happy, as if he knows the secret ingredient to Labor and Federal politics.
Rudd is still focusing on and remaining firm with core important policy areas in this advertisement campaign - Education, Health and Work, that were the focal point in his overtaking of John Howard and the Liberals and are central to most Australians, which is great to see.
Rudd can focus on these core important policies and issues and help out, benefit and constructively mix it up with other policies impacting the Australian population.
Despite his obvious strength of character and being Mr. Popularity, Rudd showed a potential weakness in his armour by caving into such things as same-sex marriage, even if it is indirect. This might have been considered small, but it is an issue, like others, that can lead to possible trouble. But Rudd is not alone on this issue as Barack Obama did the same thing. Gillard, although close on a few occasions, did not give in to this same-sex marriage fiasco, even with The Greens with her, showing her strength of character and for an issue that should have been buried a long time ago on a global scale.
Perhaps this is positively blind politics. Either way, positive sounds good, as long as it is done properly. Things remain to be seen.