Wednesday 2 July 2014

How Boat People Brought Down Rudd and Gillard

The most remarkable feature of Troy Bramston’s epigrammatic chronicle of the Rudd-Gillard years, Rudd, Gillard and Beyond (2014), is the full disclosure of the 500-word email Deputy PM Julia Gillard sent to PM Kevin Rudd on Monday, June 21, 2010, three days before she replaced him as prime minister of Australia. Gillard’s memo provides us with an important insight into the modern-day Australian Labor Party. Bramston might be a Labor insider but he makes a valiant attempt to understand what went wrong during the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd era. Nevertheless, a foe rather a friend is more likely to deliver the hard truth.

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