“Julia Gillard Has Guts” But You Already Knew That, Didn’t You?

gillard smiling

One paper told the truth today
No matter what the others have to say.
You know, about the PM being dead,
Politically I mean. How often has that been said!

But here she is alive and well,
And with plenty of good news to tell.
This picture says it all dear reader.
We couldn’t have a better leader.

While leakers and gossip writers go to town,
Character assassins bring her down,
And Abbott does his stunts and struts,
She keeps smiling.     Yes!    Gillard has guts!


This weekend Miglo, who has been doing a sterling job at Australian Independent Media Network reposted  this article by Canberra journalist Robert Macklin writing in City News a few weeks back.  The Case For Keeping Julia Gillard lists the achievements of what he thinks is an excellent government run by a Prime Minister who has never been given a fair go.  Three weeks ago he wrote……

It seems I’m the only columnist left in Australia who thinks Julia Gillard and her excellent government have a reasonable chance of winning the September 14 election. Call me quixotic if you like, but I just can’t believe that my fellow Australians would toss out a government that has done us such sterling service for an opposition led by Tony Abbott who threatens to undo so much of what we’ve achieved these last five years; and who wants to set us on a path to “austerity” that has done such appalling damage in Europe and the US.

I wonder if he would be writing in the same vein today?   I hope so.  Had I seen it then I would have remembered this pome posted in Cafe Whispers in early 2011 about just one newspaper reporter commenting on the courage of Prime Minister Julia Gillard in the face of massive resistance from our mainstream Murdoch dominated media.  They ignored most of her activities outside of Parliament here in Australia and even overseas on official business representing Australia amongst world leaders where she was widely praised.  They gave her little if any credit at all for the massive amount of legislative reforms her government has achieved, nor for the sound economic performance of this country compared with other OECD countries.

Murdoch and his media mates were even then backing Tony Abbott to be in the Lodge tomorrow, or at least next week.  That resistance by mainstream media outlets has continued and having failed to oust Julia Gillard from the Lodge after two years of trying they are now overtly hostile to her.   Today even ABC’s Insiders were agreeing with most of the Canberra Press Gallery that it was all over for Julia Gillard.  She should withdraw gracefully in favor of Kevin Rudd in spite of his protestations that he isn’t going to challenge.   Barry Cassidy has even fronted our national evening news bulletin to give a grave faced report on his own opinion and that of other senior Canberra journalists that she will soon be gone, whether by her own decision or at the urging of certain unnamed senior ministers.

Tomorrow will tell how sound their predictions are, but I was encouraged to read this opinion from Andrew Elder about the Canberra Press Gallery and Murdoch journos in particular who…..

can’t believe the Labor leadership thing really is over. The basic facts of Australian politics are clearly different to what they told us, what they demanded we pay them to tell us: Julia Gillard was Prime Minister was Prime Minister in June 2010, she was Prime Minister was Prime Minister in June 2011, she was Prime Minister was Prime Minister in June 2012, she is Prime Minister was Prime Minister in June 2013, and no amount of increasingly strident Narrative is convincing that she won’t be Prime Minister was Prime Minister in June 2014, or ’15.

News Corp and its media outlets are the prime movers in all of this Canberra power play as Miglo outlines in another AIMN post where he puts up a feisty defence of our democracy and a challenge to Rupert Murdoch.

How dare Rupert Murdoch tweet: ‘Oz polls show nothing can save this miserable government. Election cannot come soon enough. People decided and tuned out months ago.’ The reason people tune out, Mr Murdoch, is because of the tripe served up in your tabloids and your cross-promotion of that tripe. Everyone knows you twist the political agenda to suit your business agenda and in so doing you crush and corrupt our democracy. We are not frightened of you and we will not surrender to your massive media power encapsulated in your tweet.

There are plenty of writers who agree with him in the blogosphere where there is a sense of urgency about the up-coming election now only three months away on September 14th.   Tomorrow will certainly see a proliferation of  posts from the many individuals, groups and organisations with their own sites who know how disastrous a victory for Murdoch and the vested interests of his corporate allies would be for themselves and the country at large.   Bushfire Bill at the PUB was already on the front foot eloquently defending the Prime Minister so unfairly labelled a failure by the Canberra Press Gallery.

But who are the actual failures? The woman who is still standing and governing, or the claque of paid Abbott spruikers and congenitally mistaken political “savants” who said that what she has done couldn’t possibly be achieved?

I think the latter… they have only polls on their side, polls that have predicted her fall from grace for three years now, but which can only be tested once every three years. No matter how you try to rationalize it, the only poll that’s verifiable is the one taken the day before the election.

Here at Cafe Whispers we’ve had our own writers like Min and Fed up and others who for years have been persistently drawing the attention of bloggers to the malice, motives and machinations of the conservative media backing the Coalition efforts to bring down the government.  Ad Astra at the Political Sword gave us forward notice of his post for today, a few days back, to give bloggers time to think through a reasoned response to the Asylum Seeker issue, which sadly has become disastrously urgent.   As well his strong affirmation of support for the Prime Minister was serendipitously already in the pipeline.  How timely that is in the light of the latest putsch by the media barons to have Julia gone.

Although it is not perfect, I support the Gillard Government because of its ideals of equity, fairness and opportunity, its vision, its narrative, and its policies and plans. I have held this position for years, and nothing I have seen has ever given me any encouragement to abandon PM Gillard and Labor and support Opposition Leader Abbott and the Coalition. I reject the ideology, the policies, and the plans of the alternative government, which are anathema to me.

Because I am in Western Australia I shall soon be privy to the thinking of some of our main stream media commentators as newspapers roll off the press for early morning distribution.    I wonder if any of them will be out there ‘telling the truth today?’     Right now when the latest tragedies on the high seas off our coast really needs our government’s fullest attention let’s hope it is not distracted by more media manipulations looking for a sensationalist headline and a political coup to satisfy their proprietor.