Betrayal and backstabbing in politics

Credit: Fairfax Media

For the past day, Australia has been on a high about Julia Gillard becoming Australia’s first female prime minister.

With that aside, I’ve realised that you just can’t trust anyone if you work in politics.

Gillard did not become PM because the Australian public voted her into office. It was a case of Rudd’s own party members disliking their leader and subsequently plotting his downfall in a drive to ensure an election win. There is no better illustration than that of a playground squabble.

It’s a description that many people use to portray the world of politics. Politicians are like kids fighting against each other in a schoolyard brawl. Similar to the different cliques in schools, there are different parties in parliament.

What I never realised was how much backstabbing can occur within a party. This was exactly the case with the Labor Party where little groupies formed and members were either pro-Rudd or anti-Rudd.

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Soap Opera Politics

It has been an exciting week in politics. First there was all the in-fighting within the Liberal Party which ended with the dumping of Malcolm Turnbull.

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OUCH! Those were harsh words from our Prime Minister.

Kevin Rudd dropped several F-bombs during a recent parliamentary meeting and it sent the media into frenzy.

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Australians are politically ignorant- surprised?

The weekend’s Sun-Herald exposed the biggest scandal this week, bigger than Kyle Sandilands’ statement that Magda could lose more weight in a concentration camp and bigger than John Della Bosca’s affair.

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How the Sun-Herald broke the news on their front page

How the Sun-Herald broke the news on their front page

“FOUND…Della’s other woman” was the headline screaming out at me on Sunday when I opened the Sun Herald.

So what? I saw absolutely no point in the story except to publish a paparazzi photo and milk what’s left of a dead and dusted story.

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Another political scandal!

Since the start of the week, the news has been dominated by another political scandal which is John Della Bosca’s resignation after his affair with 23 year old Kate Neill was made public.

There are many different things that can be said about the case but a prominent opinion that has arisen is that politicians should be judged solely on their performance.

Supporters of this viewpoint say that affairs are not important, are “normal” and serve no public interest. In a letter to the Sydney Morning Herald, one woman wrote:

“Unless he is having sex with children or animals, John Della Bosca’s behaviour has nothing to do with anyone except his wife.”

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Kerry O’Brien vs Malcolm Turnbull

Did anyone watch or hear about the heated interview Kerry O’Brien had with Malcolm Turnbull on Monday night’s episode of the 7.30 Report? O’Brien clearly had something against Turnbull if you watch the interview.

The pre-recorded interview involved Turnbull discussing his views about Rudd’s new ETS plan. The interview started smoothly but seven minutes into it, O’Brien thought it was necessary to bring up the Utegate saga.

O’Brien: …that he wasn’t so much a whistleblower but a Liberal mole. Is that the case?

Turnbull: Kerry I’ve said a great deal about this last week. We issued a comprehensive statement, had a very long press conference and I have got nothing more to say about the matter.

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