Leadership Polls and Four Corners
As a journalist from The Bulletin in 1982, I sat in Bob Hawke’s room in the The Boulevard Hotel in Sydney as he rang members of the Federal Labor caucus urging them to switch from Bill Hayden. He quoted official ALP polling, from the ALP National Secretariat, on his popularity compared with Hayden’s.
It is hardly a revelation that Julia Gillard or her supporters did something similar, although the Party should cease the practice of circulating National Secretariat polling in the context of leadership challenges. Polling is a matter between the National Secretariat and the Leader’s office.
Four Corners had no revelations, only gossip.
What purpose was served by Gillard making an appearance on the program is, of course, another matter.