Julia Gillard wins more votes when out of the public eye

For some politicians shutting up and saying and doing nothing is a valid option. David Shearer is one of those. Labour went up in the polls over Christmas while everyone including Shearer was on holiday, the moment parliament started and he started yapping on Labour’s poll rating stumbled like his speaking.

Julia Gillard faces the same issue, which is problematic given Australia is in election year:

The best way for Gillard to improve her standing with the voters, it turns out, is to disappear.

“Her vote improved while she was away” on holidays, says the pollster for Newspoll, Martin O’Shannessy. “It’s something I’ve noticed the last couple of times Parliament’s been in recess too.” 

The best thing about Australia having an election this year is going to be the nasty attack ads…like this one from the Liberals.

I don’t know why the Liberals bother attacking Rudd…his own videos are an unmitigated disaster anyway:

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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.