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Last updated on August 8th, 2017 at 05:34 pm
There’s lots of fluttering in the media at the moment about whether or not Kim Beazley’s leadership of the ALP is safe. There are some posts on a few of the Australian political blogs that are fairly dismissive about the substance of the story. Tim Dunlop at Blogocracy says it is “purest waffle”.
Well, that should reassure big Kim. Speaking of pure waffle:
A defiant Kim Beazley says he is the best campaigner federal Labor has …
As Mr Beazley faces a difficult final parliamentary fortnight of the year, with critics intent on destabilisation, he told The Age that the five weeks of the election campaign was the “time that really counts as a leader” and was “50 per cent of your task”.
“That is when you’ve got to sustain credibility as an alternative prime minister. There’s nobody in our show who can beat me at that.”
There is, however, someone in the other show who has beaten him twice. Hint: he’s also beaten Paul Keating. And Mark Latham.
Mr Beazley defended failing to reshuffle his front bench and promote Peter Garrett, saying the use of Mr Garrett was the real issue people spoke about — and he was already being used extensively.
“If you put him in a single portfolio … that’s what he sticks in. But we can use Peter Garrett in climate change issues, on nuclear issues, on labour market issues — he’s got a very high profile with the ‘tradies’. We can use him in economic portfolio-type areas where a bit of specialised attention is needed. And we can use him in community politics.”
Mr Beazley also explained his gaffe in mixing up Rove McManus and Karl Rove by saying he had been “focusing on what I wanted to say about a relationship and a love affair which I find inspirational”. As well, he had been following the American election.
How do you know when Kim Beazley is chewing gum? He stops walking.
Despite what has been going on, Mr Beazley insisted there was “substantial unity of purpose” in the party. He said the usual argument about product differentiation had been answered emphatically. “We’ve now gone poles apart from (the Coalition) on key issues like the environment, global warming, nuclear power, industrial relations … “
As an issue, the environment cost the ALP votes in 2004. Global warming is a joke. Australians are increasingly receptive to the idea of nuclear power. Unemployment is at a 30-year low.
People were not asking any more what Labor stood for but saying “stick to your guns”.
A Beazley critic said yesterday: “I think Beazley is in a lot of trouble. This is a very serious thing rolling out.”
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