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Waiting for Julia...

I don’t really intend this blog to be solely political commentary – lots of other things will be covered as time goes on. But at the moment I am waiting for The Making of Julia Gillard to sidle onto the shelves of bookshops around the country. This limbo period can be a really difficult time for any writer I think – you’ve done all you can, the book is complete, yet it isn’t out yet. So, in that sense, because readers haven’t seen it, it doesn’t yet exist. However, it will be around from Monday, which is when I start talking about it on radio and TV.

Tracking Julia Gillard has become second nature over the past months, and I continue to do it: not just because it’s now a habit, but because it continues to be fascinating. And this week, of course, there has been all that kerfuffle about Question Time, beginning with an argument (you can’t call it a debate because it was a series of assertions, plus points-scoring) about which side of politics is better at encouraging women into Parliament. A huge quantity of heat, though not light, was generated Julia G and Julie Bishop. And didn’t the media have fun with that. It’s worth remembering sometimes that when it’s Rudd v Turnbull, the press gallery admiringly discusses who has won the verbal battle. But Gillard v Bishop is much more likely to be considered a catfight (horrible word).

All of which has made watching and listening to the Reps this week a less than edifying experience. Crikey today did thoughtful sums to prove that Gillard and Rudd, especially Gillard, use many more words to answer questions than the Howard mob did: it seems that the ALP’s boilerplate rhetoric is unstoppable. For instance, Gillard answered a question about funding for a school in a Liberal electorate by going on shamelessly about how the Opposition never wanted to spend any stimulus money in the first place, don’t care about the future of Australia’s children, and so on and on.

She wasn’t the only one who carried on, interjected, interpolated remarks.

They all did. Indeed, you had to feel sorry for the poor old Speaker, whose face got redder and redder as he tried to impose parliamentary discipline. He probably has a recurring dream in which he jumps up and yells: ‘For God’s sake SHUT UP, all of you!’ Despite all the pious stuff about the travesty of parliamentary democracy that is Question Time, it probably hasn’t been much different, or not for a long time. And when you look at life as an MP or a minister in the brave new world of the twenty-first century,

bad behaviour on both sides becomes more understandable. On the government side, Rudd’s parliamentary colleagues have a great deal on their plates: Gillard, Tanner, Albanese, Roxon et al work insane hours, they have to get across a huge amount of information, explain policy questions and decisions clearly and succinctly enough for the TV news
– no place for nuance and subtlety here – and be available to answer journalists’ questions both searching and asinine.

They also spend a lot of time in staying on message, so good that journalists sometimes complain that they don’t get many decent ‘colour’ stories out

of them. This is apparently because the Rudd front bench are basically happy with their portfolios. There’s little of the backstabbing and leaking to the press that have occasionally blighted past Labor administrations, in or out of office, which is pretty frustrating for the press gallery because there aren’t a lot of personal conflicts to write about. The Opposition, which are all over the place at the moment, are easier targets, so they’re getting much more of a real bucketing, with solemn worrying about Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership, and so on.

Keeping the press at bay is a big job in itself, especially for the government, and Question Time seems to be an opportunity to let off steam, to function as a bit of comic relief from the sometimes ferocious pressure they are all under.

Julia Gillard said something of the sort the other day, with her comments that she uses QT to chat to her colleagues, to basically catch up. The apparent implication was that she couldn’t take the Opposition’s questions seriously, but she sounded a bit like a Year Twelve student on a break between study periods and exams.

The press has often commented on the apparent personal loathing that Rudd and Turnbull have for each other. It’s pretty obvious when you watch Parliament, and some of it concerns personal style. Rudd goes in for cold, rather prissy sarcasm: Turnbull is more likely to use theatrical rhetoric, even to bluster. They’re chalk and cheese. But underlying what may be real personal dislike is frustration on Rudd’s part, and on the part of his colleagues. Both sides realise that the House of Reps is not the main game in terms of driving home the Rudd government’s reform agenda. That is the Senate, and the conservative forces there make the way very, very difficult for the ALP.

One has only to remember the fight Gillard had to get the Fair Work Bill through. You can bet she hasn’t forgotten that either.

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