Australian Politics: A Modern and Brief History

It’s the final day of politics week here on Bobinoz and what a corker it is going to be as well.

I’d like to thank members of the Australian Labor Party for their fantastic contribution to today’s finale, without their efforts this post may have been a little boring.

But, as I said earlier in the week, politics here is exciting and it’s been that way for me ever since my arrival back in 2007. So today we finish politics week with…

A brief history of Australian politics 2007 – Today.

(That’s since I’ve lived here.)

When I arrived John Howard was the Prime Minister and had been for over 11 years, but he was defeated by Kevin Rudd on 3 December 2007…

kevin ruddHe was only in charge for about 2 1/2 years when Julia Gillard, who was his deputy at the time, challenged his leadership and in the blink of an eye he was ousted and she was Australia’s first ever woman Prime Minister…

julia gillardShe had lots of ideas, but one thing she certainly wasn’t going to do was introduce a carbon tax…

But, of course, she did introduce a carbon tax and ever since her approval rating has been plummeting in the polls. She still had the full support of many of her MPs though, including Bill Shorten…

Brilliant! He didn’t even know what she’d said, but he fully supported what she said, whatever it was.

Others though weren’t so impressed, like Senator Mary Jo Fisher. This is the longest video today, but it builds and builds…

Now, let’s bring us right up to date. I mentioned on Monday the possibility of Kevin Rudd challenging Julia Gillard to reclaim the leadership of the party and once again becoming Prime Minister of Australia.

Winner takes all.

Things were getting rather tense, so in order to bring it all out in the open, once and for all, Julia Gillard decided to call a ballot with this astonishing challenge to Kevin Rudd; this video starts at the exact point where the challenge is laid down… …

Unfortunately for her, Bill Shorten who supported the Prime Minister no matter what she’d said, no longer did; this video will start halfway through so we can cut to the chase and you will only need to watch for 17 seconds…

He is now known as “Bill the knife” as he was also a key figure in the ousting of Kevin Rudd three years ago.

The result of the ballot was 57 to 45 in favour of the challenger, so now we have this guy back in charge…

kevin ruddToday there are rumours that Kevin Rudd is looking to scrap the carbon tax in Australia. See how far we’ve come in the last five years?

Australian politics; not the best in the world, but surely the most entertaining.

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  • Tim July 13, 2013, 6:28 pm | Link

    Haha! Great post! Bill Shorten’s support of Julia Gillard over Peter Slipper is a classic! It’s going to take me a little while to get the hang on Aussie politics.

    I wonder when the election date will be (re)set?

    • BobinOz July 15, 2013, 9:03 pm | Link

      It’s a beauty isn’t it? I don’t know how the guy managed to keep a straight face.

      Yes, bring on the election, I think it will be fun.

  • JSilva June 30, 2013, 12:36 am | Link

    Our PM should do the same here in my country (Portugal), put himself to vote.
    But didn’t Gillard should have known that Shorten will go the other way? she should anticipate that.
    But do you think Australia is better with Rudd or Gillard? Or either of them will probably loose the next elections, and the other party will win?

    Thanks for the blog, very informative and helpful.

    • BobinOz June 30, 2013, 2:22 am | Link

      I think she would have been genuinely shocked that Shorten turned, otherwise she wouldn’t have called the ballot. As for who is best for Australia, I think that’s the problem. We don’t seem to have anyone at the moment who stands out.

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