Rudd’s triumph of style over substance

Where Julia Gillard failed to win favour with the media and electorate, Kevin Rudd has been victorious. But his success is built on hollow rhetoric and hypocrisy.

Make no mistake – the ‘knifing’ of Julia Gillard by Kevin Rudd and his supporters cannot be equated with the internal party moves that ended Rudd’s first stint as prime minister in 2010. They are qualitatively different events.

In 2010, an unpopular and incompetent prime minster was removed by the parliamentary Labor Party – very suddenly, and to the suprise of the news media.


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