Key minister Bill Shorten's wife has agreed to lead the Women for Gillard group - as Mr Shorten faces pressure to defect to the Kevin Rudd camp. (Two weeks later Shorten stabbed Gillard in the back by defecting to Rudd).     Chloe Bryce's leadership of the new group put Mr Shorten in a precarious position when he changed sides to support a return to the former prime minister, Kevin Rudd. Ms Bryce, also the daughter of Governor-General Quentin Bryce is president of the board of Women for…

Key minister Bill Shorten's wife has agreed to lead the Women for Gillard group - as Mr Shorten faces pressure to defect to the Kevin Rudd camp.

Kevin Rudd's extraordinary political resurrection has made headlines around the world - not all of them are good. The New York Times declared that Mr Rudd's 57-45 ballot win on Wednesday night was “one of the most sensational political comebacks in Australian history”.  But other organisations have mocked the high drama and instability of Australian politics, with the Huffington Post listing both Mr Rudd and Julia Gillard as among the world's "most shocking political backstabbers".

Kevin Rudd's extraordinary political resurrection has made headlines around the world - not all of them are good. The New York Times declared that Mr Rudd's 57-45 ballot win on Wednesday night was “one of the most sensational political comebacks in Australian history”. But other organisations have mocked the high drama and instability of Australian politics, with the Huffington Post listing both Mr Rudd and Julia Gillard as among the world's "most shocking political backstabbers".

Last year these 2 incompetents promised numerous times to return the budget to surplus. Now this is what they say:  PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has declared that decisions about the nations finances are so grave and urgent every option is on the table at the Budget - even those previously off the table. Confirming newspaper reports today, Ms Gillard told a forum in Canberra the government’s revenue had slid $12 billion since the last budget update in October.

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has declared that decisions about the nation's finances are so "grave" and "urgent" every option is on the table at the Budget - even those previously off the table.

Bill Shorten: As for Bill Shorten, why would you hold a press conference half an hour before a leadership ballot to announce that you were deserting your second prime minister? In his short political career, he had knifed both his leaders. He has blood on both hands and both arms. After weeks of stating that he was supporting Gillard, no one will trust him now. His former comrades at the Australian Workers Union regard him as a rat.

It was so very typical of Julia Gillard to chose the most conspicuous place in parliament, short of the dispatch box during question time, the Aussies cafe, to .

Rob Oakeshott please go! After synchronised swimming we have synchronised sinking - the two men whose electorates delivered the highest anti-Labor vote in the nation yet chose to support the rolling debacle known as the Gillard government.    Scared of the wrath of their electorates, Robert Oakeshott and Tony Windsor have chosen to weasel off the sinking ship they delivered to the nation. Typically, Oakeshott was spectacularly self-serving and incredible. As in, not credible.

Absolutely no fear of the ballot box? Pull the other one, Mr Oakeshott.

In the budget reply speech Australians got to see a refreshing other side to the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott. Although he started sounding a little nervous, Abbott quickly morphed into someone who looked every bit a leader.  Staring straight into the camera that was capturing his speech live, the Opposition Leader told Australians directly: "While its easy, and understandable, that you should be pessimistic about this government, everyone should be optimistic about our country."

There are plenty of people in the current Parliament who, when they deliver an address, look more prime ministerial than Tony Abbott: the actual Prime Minister, .

Another day, another broken Labor Promise: HOUSEHOLDS will miss out on tax breaks pledged as part of the governments carbon tax compensation package, in another broken promise by Labor in the lead-up to next weeks budget. Climate Change Minister Greg Combet this morning announced that tax cuts promised from 2014/15 will be shelved. They will be deferred until such time the carbon price exceeded $25.40 (unlikely to ever happen). It is the latest in a string of broken promises from Labor.

HOUSEHOLDS will miss out on tax breaks pledged as part of the governments carbon tax compensation package, in another broken promise by Labor in the lead-up to next weeks budget.

Waiting for September - can't wait to vote our inept goverbment out: "Naming the date in late January had a frightening impact," said a Labor official. "Lots of voters just painted a big target on the Prime Minister and put it away for September, deciding not to think about it until then."    This strategist suggested Gillard's public appearances serve to remind voters how long it is until they vote.    "They already know what they're going to do," he said.

WHEN Julia Gillard stopped the crowd at the National Press Club in January with an election announcement seven months early, the consensus called it a smart move.

Federal budget takes $17 billion hit. Another broken promise: The Gillard government cancelled a family benefits boost that would have provided up to $600 extra a year to eligible Australian families.  2 weeks ago Swan said the budget deficit would be $7bn; last week Gillard said $12bn; this week Penny Wong says it will be $17bn.  All this despite revenue going up by 7% this year. Voting them out in September can’t come soon enough.

Federal budget takes $17 billion hit. Another broken promise: The Gillard government cancelled a family benefits boost that would have provided up to $600 extra a year to eligible Australian families. 2 weeks ago Swan said the budget deficit would be $7bn; last week Gillard said $12bn; this week Penny Wong says it will be $17bn. All this despite revenue going up by 7% this year. Voting them out in September can’t come soon enough.

Another Labor Policy Failure:  Prime Minister Gillard repeated her calls for support the government's failed "Malaysia solution", which would involve 800 asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat being "swapped" for 4000 refugees from Malaysia.     This week's arrivals alone would account for the entire Malaysian "solution".    More: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/and-still-the-boats-come-whatever-we-say-and-do-20130329-2gz2v.html#ixzz2PrMjt8aN

TIm Costello, Progress 2013 co-chair, writing in SMH on Australian asylum politics.

Events show 2 errors of judgment by Gillard. She did not open a file at the firm on her work for her lover Bruce Wilson and his colleague Ralph Blewitt who were state branch secretaries of the AWU, creating a risk in terms of professional indemnity & conflict of interest. The 2nd more serious error was not to see that the work she did was in conflict with Slater & Gordon's representation of the AWU itself & misleading. Gillard would be well advised to give a review of the affair to…

NEARLY everyone will have episodes in their early career that now make them writhe with embarrassment to recall – misjudgments of character, failure to pay .

Now the man who contributed so much to making the leadership of Julia Gillard impossible, and who has done so much to put Labor in this catastrophic position, has been rewarded with the leadership. Kevin Rudd held the party to ransom, and ultimately got paid.  This was sheer, bloody pragmatism. There's no central policy dispute or matter of principle at stake. Bill Shorten too is a traitor - knifing Rudd 3 years ago then switching camps and doing the same to Gillard now.

Kevin Rudd: 'Held the party to ransom'.

And she was seen, rightly, as the worst kind of hypocrite. In knifing her leader three years ago, she had cited his poor opinion poll numbers, saying the public had lost confidence in him. Her poll numbers were far worse, with far greater consequence, and had been far worse for much longer. Yet she felt entitled to remain as leader. It was a double standard.

The first female prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, has come out of hiding for a no-holds-barred interview on her leadership.

A third push to reinstall Kevin Rudd as Labor leader was in disarray on 4/06/13 as it emerged its only strategy of forcing pro-Gillard ministers to take the initiative and ''tap'' the Prime Minister on the shoulder had come to nothing.  With no plan B, it now looks likely there will be no change of leader as time for a final showdown runs out.  Pressure is intensifying on the former prime minister as both sides of the stand-off come to the realisation that Julia Gillard will not give in.

A third push to reinstall Kevin Rudd as Labor leader was in disarray on Monday evening as it emerged its singular strategy of forcing pro-Gillard ministers to .

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