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Brian Loughnane: Liberal Party’s 2013 Federal Election Analysis

Brian Loughnane, the Federal Director of the Liberal Party, has addressed the National Press Club on the outcome of the 2013 Federal Election.

Loughnane

Loughnane told the Press Club that Labor’s change to Kevin Rudd in the lead-up to the election failed. The campaign was important in determining the final result. He said Labor’s basic problem now is “a collapse of its core support” which saw its primary vote fall 10% over the last two elections. [Read more…]


“Such A Bastard”: Nicola Roxon Condemns Rudd In Button Memorial Lecture

Nicola Roxon, Health Minister throughout the first Rudd government and Attorney-General during the Gillard government, has condemned Kevin Rudd, whilst delivering the John Button Memorial Lecture, in Melbourne.

Roxon called on Rudd to leave the Parliament, “otherwise the action of any Labor leader will always be tested through the prism of popularity compared to him”.

The now retired member for Gellibrand said the removal of Rudd in 2010 was the right thing to do but was handled “very poorly”. She described Rudd’s government as one of “dysfunctional decision-making” with a “lack of strategy”. [Read more…]


Bill Shorten Elected ALP Leader

Bill Shorten has been elected leader of the A.L.P.

The result has just been announced, following a Caucus meeting in Canberra.

Shorten won 55 votes to 31 in the Caucus ballot (63.95%) and 40.08% of the membership vote, an overall win of 52.02%.

Shorten polled 12,196 membership votes to Albanese’s 18,230. The ALP says the turnout of 39,426 party members was 74% of those eligible. [Read more…]


Julia Gillard’s Melbourne Conversation With Anne Summers

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has appeared at the Melbourne Town Hall in her second appearance in conversation with Anne Summers.

Gillard

As with last night’s Sydney Opera House appearance, Gillard spoke to a rapturous crowd who frequently cheered and applauded her remarks.

Tonight’s discussion contained more substance and canvassed more issues. Many questions centred on issues of gender, sexism and misogyny. [Read more…]


Julia Gillard In Conversation With Anne Summers

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has made her first major public appearance since being deposed last June.

Gillard-Summers

The former Labor leader appeared with journalist Anne Summers before a crowd of 2600 people at the Sydney Opera House. [Read more…]


Julia Gillard To Write Memoirs For Random House

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard is to write her memoirs for Random House publishers.

The book will appear will be published in October next year.

Random House has posted this interview with Gillard, as part of their publicity for the book.

  • Watch Gillard interviewed by Gabrielle Coyne (3m)

2013 Federal Election Analysis: Kerry O’Brien

This is the video of ABC presenter Kerry O’Brien discussing the 2013 federal election at the Wheeler Centre on September 17.

O’Brien is the host of the ABC’s Four Corners. For many years he was the host of The 7.30 Report and Lateline. His journalistic experience dates from the Whitlam era. In the late 1970s, he was Gough Whitlam’s press secretary.

O’Brien is interviewed by Sally Warhaft.

Watch Kerry O’Brien (62m)

Listen to O’Brien and Warhaft (62m)



Credit Where Credit Is Due

This advertisement appeared in The Age today.

Placed by the Victorian Women’s Trust and signed by Mary Crooks and Diana Batzias, the advertisement pays tribute to the work of the former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. [Read more…]


Where Are The Seats Rudd Needs To Win?

The “sugar hit” polls are in. It’s 52-48, perhaps 51-49. We have a contest.

Don’t we?

Labor starts with 72 seats, including the notionally independent Dobell. It needs 76 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives. It needs to hold everything it has and pick up 4 more seats to govern with an outright majority of one.

Let’s assume for the moment that the ALP can hold all its 72 seats. Yes, it’s a mighty big assumption.

Where might four more seats come from?

TASMANIA

Labor holds 4 of the 5 seats in the Apple Isle. The only seat it doesn’t hold is Denison. Unlike the other independents who backed Julia Gillard, Andrew Wilkie is trying for another term.

Denison is based on Hobart. It has very strong Labor areas and strong Greens areas. Recent polls suggest Wilkie is polling strongly and has lifted his primary vote from 21.26% in 2010 to the mid-30s now. He could be hard to beat.

Other reports and polls have Labor on the nose in Tasmania. But Labor has won all 5 seats in Tasmania in 3 of the past 5 elections (1998, 2001 and 2007). Beyond that, you have to go back to 1974 to find a fourth occasion.

VICTORIA

Labor is at a historically high point in Victoria. It polled 55.31% of the two-party-preferred vote in 2010. Despite losing Melbourne to the Greens, the ALP picked up La Trobe and McEwen, giving it 22 of the 37 seats, or 59.4%.

Assuming it holds those 22, it can look to Melbourne as a possibility. The Liberals are likely to direct preferences to the ALP. Unless Adam Bandt can lift his primary vote by several points above the 36.17% he secured in 2010, he is unlikely to win. [Read more…]


ALP National Secretary Pays Tribute To Gillard

The ALP National Secretary, George Wright, has paid tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister, Julia Gillard

In a statement published on the party’s website, Wright said Gillard “achieved much for our nation and leaves a strong legacy”.

Statement from George Wright, National Secretary of the ALP.

A record worth fighting for

National Secretary George Wright’s statement on the election of Kevin Rudd as Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party.

On behalf of the Labor National Secretariat and members of the Australian Labor Party, I congratulate Kevin Rudd who last night was elected Labor Leader by the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party. [Read more…]