Tomorrow, in the world of Australian politics, it will be an interesting day. In fact, it will be a very interesting day for the whole of Australia whether you care about tomorrow’s decision or not.
At 10am, Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time, the Federal Members of Parliament from the Australian Labour Party along with the Independant’s, (these are the people who help make decisions regarding the running of the country within the walls of Parliament House in Canberra), will tomorrow be a part of a “secret” leadership ballot will be deciding who their leader will be.
I don’t know how they can call this leadership vote a “secret” vote, considering that both Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd would have a fair idea who their supporters are among those who will be casting their votes tomorrow.
By my count, out of the main players, so far 5 MP’s will be backing Kevin Rudd, 6 MP’s will be backing Julia and that leaves about 9 MP’s who are still undecided as to who they will vote for.
Many political “experts” and commentators have stated that Julia Gillard could win tomorrow’s leadership vote because she has the support of many who will be voting tomorrow and Kevin Rudd, if the vote was a public vote, would win because he has the popularity vote with the people.
Personally, I hope Julia Gillard wins tomorrow. Not because I’m a Julia supporter, I’m not. I’m not a Kevin Rudd supporter either and I definitely can’t stand Tony Abbott, (for all his continual bitching about the ALP but he never states how he would fix the issues he has a problem with). I hope Julia wins because I think she has been doing a good job with what she’s got to work with. She has to deal with many of Independant’s or “faceless men” who currently have a seat on the frontbench, many of them are looking out for their own egos and their own interests and not the interests of the people, the citizens of Australia, the people who pay them to be there.
Kevin Rudd, I feel has a hidden agenda. He’s made it no secret that he wants to be back in his “rightful” place as Prime Minister of Australia but if he is re-elected as Prime Minister in tomorrow’s ballot, he will be most certainly be unbearable and he’ll make those who weren’t his supporters pay with the cabinet reshuffle and the handing out of the Minister’s portfolios that will follow if he is to be re-elected.
I also think that Julia Gillard is true to her word, that if she should lose tomorrow’s leadership vote, she will indeed go to the backbench and not bring up the topic of leadership again, that she will accept the decision if the vote doesn’t go her way.
Kevin Rudd, on the other hand, I think that if the decision doesn’t go in his favour, and he is not “reinstated” as the Prime Minister of Australia, I bet he’ll be acting like a spoilt child who doesn’t get his way and he’ll throw one great, big tantrum as he will be most certainly ungracious in defeat. I have a feeling that he will certainly not go quietly to the backbench or accept the decision if it doesn’t go his way.
Whatever the decision is tomorrow, whether Julia Gillard is still our Prime Minister, or Kevin Rudd is re-elected as the Prime Minister of Australia, I just hope that whoever is in charge of the country puts the people first.
Tomorrow will be very interesting indeed.