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Leadership Polls and Four Corners

February 15, 2012

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.

8 Comments
  1. Richie Gun permalink
    February 15, 2012 9:28 am

    It was a really dumb decision to agree to be interviewed. However having made the decision, she would have been much better off had she simply answered yes to the main question.

  2. February 15, 2012 11:05 am

    Four Corners gossip serves us voters just as well as political truth or lies. After all when the all important court of public opinion hands down its verdict at the polling booth that all important judgement is based on our perceptions. Edward James

  3. Tony Wing permalink
    February 15, 2012 1:03 pm

    The ABC is simply stating the bleeding obvious. What would have been amazing would have been amazing if she had not relied on polling, and not done some planning. What does the ABC thinks happens you – that you consult your astrologer march into the party room and announce you challenging because your star signs say you should.

  4. Ivan Pagett permalink
    February 15, 2012 1:16 pm

    Stupidity. Stupid and amateurish like those clowns who misled the tent embassy crowd into making fools of themselves. If Australian Labor is the last hope for “working families” then working families may as well emigrate to Greece and start up small businesses.
    I’m at one with Rod Cavalier. Too many talentless careerists who have never had a real job in positions of power.

  5. Tony Wing permalink
    February 15, 2012 1:23 pm

    Apologies for my appalling proof reading of my last post.

  6. February 15, 2012 3:59 pm

    I vividly remember standing at the Lalor Park polling booth in 2007 and, to the shock of the Liberal, Green and other supporters, predicted that Kevin Rudd would be the Prime Minister. That was not hard to see coming because Kevin had proved to be material while shadow Foreign Minister. But before that, John Howard had not had a difficult job against Mark Latham or Simon Crean.
    However, turning such victory into a Hung Parliament in only 2 years needed a quite effort. It was unbelievable to see Kevin Rudd standing making those policy announcements leading to the mining magnates’ outrage; and the consequent labor panic and changing a leader 2-3 months into an election. That was A mistake!

  7. Emily's Nephew permalink
    February 15, 2012 4:16 pm

    I reckon the PM went on 4 Corners ‘cos she was in a no win situation – imagine the rubbish if she’d refused. She was also apparently ambushed by the programme telling a lie about the purpose of the interview, nevertheless she would have been naive not to have expected an ambush about KRudd in any event.

    Ftr, Bob, how would you advise her to get the media to get down to an examination of the lack of economic ability in the Oppn – particularly as TA is now regarded in the polls as the better economic manager.

    And now for a piece of trivia. I too was at the Boulevarde hotel that day – attending an IT course!

  8. February 15, 2012 4:45 pm

    Her real problem is that she heads a minority government, axed a sitting PM, and mislead people along the way. A bad interview is the least of her worries. Federally the ALP is staring into the abyss with nothing left to cling to.

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