Today’s electric media appearances by Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard and Monday’s “high noon at the OK corral” ALP Party meeting will saturate Australia’s media for the next week.
It’s ironic in a country with one of the strongest economies in the world Australians have to endure the unedifying spectacle of two talented but very different politicians slugging it out for the leadership of a divided party.
This morning Kevin talked about how much better his government was than Julia’s, yet he didn’t have the numbers (or the loyalty) to contest a ballot in the party room when dispatched by Gillard in 2010. Julia Gillard talked about how much her government had achieved, itemising reform after reform, yet she remains one of the least liked and trusted Prime Ministers in recent history. Whoever wins on Monday, it won’t be the long-suffering taxpayers of this country.
Edelman’s 2012 Trust Barometer saw a sharp decline in trust in governments the world over, including in Australia. No wonder, given the current turmoil and continued machinations that have affected the Gillard administration over the last eighteen months.
Whatever happens on Monday (and it looks like the current leader will remain in place, minus Kevin on her front bench) expect levels of trust in our politicians to decline further. If Kevin Rudd does achieve a lazarus-like return, don’t expect the defeated troops to go quietly. The backbiting will go on and the whole process will continue until the country goes to the next election, not due until late 2013. Can’t wait? Oddly enough (apart from an obsessed media) people will just get on with their lives, businesses will continue to invest and operate, listening more to the views of their families, friends and work colleagues while ignoring the increasingly shrill calls from politicians to “trust me”. Voluntary voting anyone?
Nic Jarvis, Director