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Australian Politics

Updated on April 9, 2012
Australian Federal Parliament House Canberra
Australian Federal Parliament House Canberra

Australian Politics-- For those of you that managed to follow the movement of Australian politics in the last two to six month's well done; Your part of a very elite crowd. For one no one knew who would leader as each day went by as such one could be more than forgiven for not knowing the current state of play. Even the experts were not prepared to predict who would form government. Each day for weeks now we did not know who was going to lead the government and the country because of the very close election result. The whole scenario was as they say a movable feast. You may recall that Kevin Rudd was the Prime Minister in his first term at the beginning of the year. Up until that point probably one of the most popular PM's -equalling Bob Hawke in the public popularity states. Then came the overthrow of the Climate Change policy-THE ETS and everything went down hill from there. It seemed that quote-" that the greatest moral challenge of all time" -doing something about carbon emissions had all of a sudden been filed in the bottom drawer. Somehow the Climate Sceptics those attacking the whole notion of global warming all of a sudden got the political upper hand. The Leaked so called fake emails from the University of Norwich in England seemed to paralyze both Copenhagen Summit and the Australian Governments resolve of implementing a Carbon Trading Scheme. The opposition already a bunch of sceptics had a field day calling the scheme just a 'great big new tax'. The Government seemed to drop the ETS like a hot potato and at the same time their political stocks plummeted. There were those including many rusted on Labor supported that upped their tents and moved lock stock and smoking barrel to the Greens Party. This is reflected in the recent poll where the greens picked up I think from memory a record 16 per cent of the vote.

Around the middle of June growing anxiety within the Labor Party that they would get annihilated at the next election. Things came to a head when it is' alleged' that Kevin Rudd sent around a staffer to Minister's Offices questioning them about their support for Him. On 23 June 2010, after meetings throughout the evening between Gillard and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, as well as factional leaders, Rudd addressed the waiting media at 10:30 pm AEST and announced that Gillard had asked him to hold a leadership ballot in the 115-member caucus the following day to determine the leadership of the Labor Party and hence the Prime Minister of Australia.

Rudd initially said he would challenge Gillard at the caucus. However, hours before the vote, he stood aside as leader when it became apparent that he did not have enough support to overcome Gillard; Thus won the election unopposed. At the same caucus meeting, Treasurer Wayne Swan was elected unopposed to succeed Gillard as Labor's deputy leader, and hence Deputy Prime Minister.

Shortly afterward, Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia. A few weeks later Julia Gillard called an early election. The result of which which took more than three weeks to count was a 'hung parliament' that is both parties had 73 seats each a virtual 50/50 split on both the preferred vote as well as the number of seats. The Greens held one seat in the House of Representative which their were three independent. The three independent had to weigh up which party to support. After two weeks of lobbying by both parties they chose to 2/1 to support the incumbent Government the Gillard led Labor Party. To get legislation through the house now will be difficult all members will need to be present unless there is a very good reason in which the notion of 'a 'pair" will come into effect. This will mean that the absent member due to illness for instance will get the parties he represent their vote.

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      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I wish Julia Gillard luck but with such a small margin she has an uphill battle, as anyone would in her position. Thanks for the update, Barry.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Parliament did need a bit of a shake -up & this has provided it members of parties were just voting for things which they totally diagreed with to keep their job...

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      L M Reid 7 years ago from Ireland

      Yes I have been following the Australian Political situation here on the news. It is not good for Australia really because one vote is only needed to be lost at any time for a Government defeat. Very unstable result really