Can Gillard build a real government from the rubble?

Now the landscape is flattened, Julia Gillard has the chance to prove she’s not the caricature she was made out to be. A potentially generational budget will be the marker of her nation-building ability.

The dead woman is still walking – and now, smiling.

A weight has been lifted, a boil lanced, and now Julia Gillard has an opportunity – long wasted – to spend the next six months actually governing.


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