Slick footwork from Julia

Julia Gillard is looking sharp, and there is no doubting her nimble political footwork in dispatching Kevin Rudd and then appointing Bob Carr as his replacement in the Foreign Minister role:

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has turned disaster into a stunning victory and, in doing so, has reasserted the authority the Labor Party renewed in her only on Monday.

Because, until Gillard salvaged the situation, the prospect of Bob Carr becoming foreign affairs minister was dead and Gillard’s leadership was again being spoken about.

Carr himself admitted it at today’s press conference when asked whether, in his mind, the offer that was first put to him on Monday, was dead.

“I might have moved on from it,” he said, with understatement.

Her negotiations with Carr showed she wanted him to come to Canberra. The whole world now knew she had been rolled by Smith, her Defence Minister.

The headlines were unkind and so were the comments of Gillard’s colleagues.

Just hours before this morning’s announcement, one minister, who like everybody else, was in the dark that Carr was back in the game, said: “She looks like she’s lied and has no authority.

“This is not good for her; it’s not good for us.

“I despair, I really do.”

The truth is that, by Tuesday, the prospect of Carr coming to Canberra was over.

Gillard, stung by the criticism, rang Carr yesterday and put the offer to him again.

Carr accepted and, once more, Smith took one for the team.

Gillard ends the week as she began it – her leadership ascendant.

The middle was messy but she’s laughing now.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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