The Show MUST Go On.

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Life is a highway. Are you going my way?
I’m on a journey. I hope you can come too.

That journey is to effect the sort of change in the Labor Party which I think we can all agree is needed if it is to survive & prosper as a Progressive Social Democratic political party, onwards through the 21st century and beyond.

As someone who gets to see politics in the raw in NSW, I think I am qualified to say my piece about what has occurred as the 43rd Parliament drew to a close, and I hope that you respect the fact that I have thought long and hard about the situation we have all just lived through and which the party finds itself in with respect to Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard exchanging roles yesterday, and I hope you respect my perspective.

You don’t have to agree with it, just respect the fact that it is neither a knee-jerk, reflexive lashing out, or a requiem for the ALP that some might expect or demand, just my perspective. A different perspective.

In fact, I’m not going to make a comment either way about the manner in which Kevin Rudd came to get back the position of Prime Minister. That has been hashed out ad infinitum and we all have an opinion about the propriety of that action and the manner in which JGPM (for she will always be that to me, I coined the acronym after all on Twitter), was relentlessly undermined by forces within her own party, the media and the Opposition, which includes their mouthpieces in the Conservative Think Tanks. That’s a given, and a shame that it had to occur to the nation’s first female Prime Minister, and that it coincided with the advent of 24/7 News media in this country. They have to have something to comment on, dissect, analyse and pontificate about in an increasingly obvious partisan way.

Such is life. We do it too, and those in glass houses shouldn’t cast around for stones at a time like this because to continue to express rancour now only expends our energies needlessly and for short term existential gain. Not the sort of long-term productive gain which can really lead to us vanquishing our common enemies.

Who are they?

Firstly, and foremostly, it is the Coalition.

In a very short space of time, we of the Progressive bent will be facing them in the trenches, and we had better get our acts together I say, in double-quick time, if we are to have a chance of defeating them. That’s all that counts right now.

Bitter recriminations are fine, and all well and good in the short run but only serve to hobble the cause we all believe in, in the long run, if we let those feelings eat away at our souls. That way lies an ineffective and divided rabble, and a heart-breakingly thumping win for the Conservatives. With all that would entail in a draconian policy sense.

So, yes, Kevin Rudd was an A-Grade A-hole, and so were the Cardinals and the other assorted Rudd Rats. I think we can all agree that their behaviour was reprehensible, and they too are our enemies within.

Which is why I have decided not to resign from the Labor Party, as others have. I have decided that Kevin Rudd and his acolytes & congenital chancres within the Labor Party may be having their day in the sun in the Labor Party now, but the cause of reform drives me on to the horizon beyond them and is the greater good which I have decided to keep working for, inside the party.

As I said to a couple of ladies up my way when I first joined the ALP, you can get upset about things and yell from the sidelines, or you can run onto the field as part of the team & get down and dirty with the rest of them and fight for what you believe in and do your best to kick goals and produce the sort of results you think should be being achieved.

“History is made by those who turn up”, as Tony Windsor said. So I’m going to keep turning up because I am on a personal crusade, with the Labor Party as my vehicle, for what I believe in. I have succeeded in sidelining some of the malign forces that we all detest in my local area, which has prevented them from having a platform on the national stage, and we have got a better representative as a result. Also I believe that if I stick with it I can do my bit to fulfill the legacy of JGPM in the party, as Tanya Plibersek appears to have decided to do also, and stick around to vanquish the malign forces and see them replaced by those who represent the qualities we respect.
I do.

If I don’t and I give up and go away I think that I would feel worse. I do.

I also think Julia Gillard would approve because we are staying to stand and fight another day.  Nothing good is ever easy, and the past 3 years and the last 3 days have shown me me that when the going gets tough, the tough get going and the show MUST go on. They might have won the battle but they will not win the war.  I fight on.

1,573 thoughts on “The Show MUST Go On.

  1. I intend to deluge the blog with links to information. If people want Labor to win the election then they need to have more ammunition that ‘Abbott is an arsehole’ and ‘I love Kevin’.

    Today DisabilityCare Australia kicked off. Have any of you mentioned that? Nope. Today is one year on from the start of the carbon price. Again, not a peep. Start taking notes about all the stuff Labor has done, you just might need to talk it up to someone soon.

  2. I think Rudd’s ‘don’t lurch to the right’ statement needs to be taken in context. If you view it in the light of his later ongoing restoration campaign, it can easily be read as an early attempt to paint himself as a left-wing martyr ‘stabbed in the back’, and one that worked pretty well for him, judging from what others said online about him. Its use is over now, so it shouldn’t be taken as a reliable guide for how he’ll act while back in office.

    On the topic of the election and general sentiment, my younger sister works for a company that deals with supplies for big mining, and the word she reports is that some of the companies are deliberately putting off new projects until (if) the Coaltion win, and only then will they get going again. She also plans to vote Lib for the first time to help protect her job.

  3. leonetwo

    I dislike both Abbott and Rudd in equal measure, so for me it will be about what each party are offering. I would love for this blog to now focus on the differences. Thanks

  4. Tonight will be Jonathan Holmes last Media Watch. I’m not a fan and haven’t watched it for yonks, but some of you might care and might want to tune in for his swan song.

  5. victoria

    I clearly remember you as saying that you would NEVER vote for K Rudd. While I understand that humans are inherently pragmatic, I wish you’d remember what you said then and what you’re now telling us to do. At the very least you should say something about your backflip.

  6. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-01/disabilitycare-officially-begins-today/4790322

    NDIS: Key points
    *Begins July 1, 2013
    *Will cover more than 400,000 people by 2019
    *NSW, SA, Tasmania and Victoria will host launch sites
    *The ACT, NT and Queensland will join in coming years, but WA has not signed up
    *To be eligible, you must have a significant and permanent disability
    *People over 65 are unable to access the scheme
    *It will cost the Federal Government $19.3 billion over seven years

  7. From same article:

    “[The NDIS] changes their lifestyle from being a dependant lifestyle into one where they have all the sorts of opportunities that other Australians take for granted,” said John Della Bosca, from the lobby group Every Australian Counts.

    “It really is about basic human freedom.”

  8. victoria,

    I find your comment interesting re doing what the people want.

    Taking the Rudd / Gillard angle out of it I think the major point of interest for me now is that Australian politics is no longer about good policy good leaders and vision.

    That is why this time is so important.

    The political landscape has moved or more correctly been dragged by the major parties and the OM away from policy and vision and onto personality.

    Give the people the leader who smiles the best, who has the nicest looking family and who is prepared to offer anything and they will vote for him.

    Giving the people want they want may be ok to get you into power but it does not mean the country will be better off.

    I posted earlier that I think the time of great policy and vision is gone from the political landscape. Leaders and parties are too scared it will not go over well with the great unwashed and the polls will turn against them.

    Bugger what is good for the country only do what the people want.

    The OM refuse to talk policy it is all so yesterday, the parties are more interested in personalities than what is right for the country the brace new world of Australian politics is upon us.

    The new norm in Australian politics is bells and whistles over substance.

    The new norm is what T20 big bash is to cricket. The public have no attention span. Get their attention with the lights and the show, get their interest for 4 hours, get them involved and send them home satisfied. The next day they will not remember much about the game except they had fun. That is the attention span politics now has to work with.

    No time for the 5 day test the fix needs to be quick. Get them in, get them out and move on.

    Don’t try to make it too complicated, people just are not interested in sitting around watching 5 days of pure cricket.

    That is politics in 2013.

    It is a amazing time.

    The new reality.

    I so not consider myself petulant for continuing to talk about the events of last week and the last few weeks. I think it is a unique and defining moment in Australian history that we cannot ignore.

    The emotional side of things I have dealt with.

    I am not interested in being part of the new look T20 politics and will look on only as a neutral spectator with no team in the contest.

    I am very relaxed and comfortable and just because I do not have a team to support does not mean I cannot comment on the latest game.

    Cheers.

  9. I agree with your sentiments jackhawks. People are going to have a lot of mixed views about all this, not least because the traitors – there’s really no other word for it – have been rewarded. And the heroes that have helped this government achieve have walked off into the unset.

    C@tmomma’s and Denese’s views are just as valid, that we need to avoid tearing ourselves apart because there is a job to be done and a legacy to be saved. We need to cut both views a little slack.

    We need to remember that we have lived through a great moment in our history. This has been our greatestparliament, despite the daily efforts of Credlin-Abbott-Pyne to wreck it. A breath-taking quantity of reforms and legislation have been passed, despite just about dailly predictions that it would fall. We have been privileged to see the greatest parliament (despite the wreckers) the greatest government and the greatest PM of our time.

    AT the final hurdle the Rudd-media-polls undermining caught up, with too many convinced that they could not survive. It has allowed a clique of vain, selfish people to wrest control of the leadership. Their time for reckoning will come, win lose or draw. The important thing at present is just to keep out Abbott.

    Leone is right to be sceptical about the motives and moral strength of some of the converts. Carr is a good example of someone who will always take the soft option. I remember as a State Premier

    Striking building workers marched on Parliament House. In SA, Don Dunstan met them head on with a loud-hailer, telling them that all of their actions would do nothing for their working conditions, except ensure that the Liberals would win. He went on a bit more with stuff like that until finally it broke up and they went away with their tail between their legs. When almost the same thing happened in Sydney many years later, Carr made a hasty exit through the underground carpark rather than face them.

    Not enough had the courage to stare down this MSM-polls attack this time. Unfortunately, their own polling would have been consistent with the media polling trends. But I’m sure that a few like Wong and Albanese are already thinking of plan B options.

  10. This just cam to mind – C J Dennis’s ‘The Australaise’. It’s a bit sexist these days because the sheilas and missuses of Australia barely get a mention, but the intention still applies. Just forget the bit about grabbing a gun.

    THE AUSTRALAISE

    A Marching Song
    Air – Onward Christian Soldiers

    Fellers of Australier,
    Blokes an’ coves an’ coots,
    Shift yer — carcases,
    Move yer — boots.
    Gird yer — loins up,
    Get yer — gun,
    Set the — enermy
    An’ watch the blighters run.

    CHORUS:
    Get a — move on,
    Have some — sense.
    Learn the — art of
    Self de- — -fence.

    The rest (it’s very long) is here.
    http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/denniscj/backblockother/australaise.html

  11. Seeing the mining industry this desperate to elect a Liberal government is disgraceful and quite embarrassing, since I’m studying to be a Metallurgist.

    I know it’s a rather male dominated and a pretty anti-left industry, but to go that far in protest of a Labor government is not a good look.

    Hopefully I’ll get a job away from the mines though, maybe lab work would do nicely.

  12. Read and discuss – from Crikey’s tips and rumours today.

    “From MP to boffin. There was some talk on 3AW today that a senior pollie who is leaving politics will soon become a professor at a Melbourne university. Could this be Julia Gillard? Simon Crean? Martin Ferguson doesn’t seem like a tertiary type, but you never know … we’ll let you know if you hear more.’

  13. gigilene

    I dont recall saying I would never vote for kevvie considering he is not my local member

  14. doyleym

    for eg. the asylum seeker issue. I have been gauging attitudes regarding this over the past few years. I have been stunned by the attitude of usually quite empathetic people, many of whom migrated to Australia, because their own countries were basket cases. I could not find one person who has any sympathy for those arriving here by boat. I expected this attitude from redneck racists, but not from these people.
    I wont repeat the usual comments, but save to say, it was extremely disheartening.

  15. c@tmomma I agree with you.
    Just watching the swearing in of the new Ministry. Australia is in a fortunate position with so much talent on the ALP side of politics. We don’t have shouters as in Barnaby, Michalia and O’Dwyer oh and Pyne, nor cowards like Turnbull who hasn’t the courage to stand up for what is right, the ancient ones like Ruddock and Bishop the elder.
    The ALP is a party of people joining together, to pass policies for the good of all Australians including the most unfortunate. The Coalition, except for once, when Gordon called a spill and he had the deciding vote and voted himself out of Office. Are a group of people who have loyalty to the Leader, the Party then the Country.

  16. victoria,

    When I go into the polling booth in Griffith I will write on on the ballot paper

    “me and victoria are not voting for you. ”

    That should cover the two of us.

    smiley face

  17. victoria,

    Yes I agree re AS,

    But that has been driven by the OM by the coalition and yes by labor.

    It is a failure owned by all the players including the greens.

    Now I believe Rudd will continue the push to the right to outdo Abbott.

    What the people want ? Yes.

    Is it right ? I will leave that to others.

  18. doyleym

    Oh Rudd is your local MP. Now that is tough!!

    You are more than welcome to it, and Victoria is my actual name.

  19. gigilene

    I dont recall saying I would not vote for Labor with Rudd at the helm. He has pissed me off during these three years, so I might have done so during this time. At present, my vote is most likely going to my Labor MP, but it is still subject to change. All depends if there are negative changes to current and future policy positions.

  20. RIShane
    It seems that the Mining Companies are blackmailing the employees.
    Re Business slowing down when an election is called. in my 18 years of selling books and gifts, whenever an election State or Federal was near, our sales always suffered. Why this occurs I have no idea, as after the election no matter which Party wins, everything goes back to normal.

  21. Well Australia now has a Minister who is a Moslem. Although Ed Husic does not say he is a non practicing Moslem, he says he does not do what Moslems normally do. I noticed that some had a bible in their hand when swearing the Oath and some did not. Ed Husic did have a Book in his hand.

  22. “@latikambourke: Craig Emerson says he and Julia Gillard ‘talked about what we would be doing in the future, rather than raking over the coals of the past.’”

    “@latikambourke: Craig Emerson says Former PM Gillard ‘has some plans’ for post political life but ‘I don’t think I should reveal them.’”

  23. Jackie Woods @jackiewoods

    Essential: 55% approve of Rudd replacement of Gillard (77% of Labor voters, 40% of LNP voters)
    1:22 PM – 1 Jul 2013

  24. foreverjanice
    Professor Emerson has a nice ring to it. But I did point out it’s only rumour and speculation.

  25. Yes, I know – It is just speculation on my part as well. I do think though that not one of the ministers who’ve walked away will be looking too long for something more rewarding to do with the rest of their lives.

    It is very noticeable that Howard wasn’t mobbed with offers and the hammock dweller wasn’t either.

  26. Well, I confirmed one thing today. I suspected at the time that the media regulations changes were released either by the white ants or by the JG trying to flush out the white ants.

    The white ants deliberately leaked it.

  27. Gorgeous Dunny and muskiemp,
    Well said the both of you.

    And leonetwo, good on you for getting on with policy and focusing on the real enemy.

  28. Well, my son is someone who is happy with the new Ministry. Happy that there are more women, and happy that it is more Left-leaning, with Anthony Albanese as Deputy Prime Minister, Melissa Parke and Kelvin Thompson, who are both vocally ‘Left Lurching’ on Refugees, all there now. Plus others that I haven’t thought about.

    I also think Tony Bourke is a fair man, and as Immigration Minister won’t be railroaded into giving the OK to inhumane positions.

  29. Monetary policy loose enough for long enough gets people spending, but just sitting back waiting for that to happen in an uncertain world can become painful. And there’s a question about relying too much on the consumer when wise infrastructure investments can pay lasting economic dividends.
    Heather Ridout, John Edwards, Warwick McKibbin, Bob Gregory and Bernie Fraser aren’t a particularly radical bunch in the usual left-right sense, but to a greater or lesser degree they’ve all said it could be a good time for the federal government to be borrowing more, not less. The caveat is what that borrowing is spent on: not recurrent expenditure at this stage, but on capital improvements.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/business/if-kevin-is-looking-for-a-big-idea-20130701-2p6vl.html#ixzz2Xlkieelu

  30. leonetwo, c@tmomma,

    I hope not! Since I left the corporate world I rarely get colds and flu. This was a gift from my cherubs!

    I taught them to share but…. 😉

  31. I don’t have the flu but I do have a head cold a backache and arthritis in the big joint of by big toe which makes it very difficult to walk. 😦

  32. Signs are good that Rudd will get on the front foot and campaign on the coalition’s so-called strong fronts, the economy and national security. These are the areas where the coalition is vulnerable as they have nothing else.

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