ACT, Neilsen and Rudd
The good news from the ACT elections is that the Greens have suffered a swing against them of 4.6% with some dissaffected Labor voters going back to the fold but most of this loss going to the Libs who enjoyed a 6.4% positive swing.
Labor will govern with the help of the Greens giving us another ALP/Greens coalition. All the better to remind people what a disaster ALP/Green governments are.
The more the Greens are in the news, the more people become aware of their attacks against our economy and their loopy policies. I look forward to a similar, or even better swing in next years federal poll.
The ABC are all over Gillard being the preferred PM over Abbott and this morning it took an entire news broadcast before they reluctantly mentioned, as an aside, that Neilsen still had the Oppostion in a winning lead. The prefferred PM poll is more a reflection of better ALP spin than substance so it is of little importance in the scheme of things and definitely doesn't win or lose government.
Up here in Brisbane The Australian reports Labor would win under Rudd. The Rudd cheer squad include Sid Maher, the journalist who wrote the puff piece, a Gallop Poll commissioned by a union, and, obviously a Rudd should be PM committee chaired by Rudd himself.
Mobbed by dozens of people wanting to have their photographs taken with him at the Chong Yeung festival, Mr Rudd refused to rule out interest in another tilt at the party leadership.He also received a rapturous welcome at a Chinese festival in Sydney, with dancers chanting "Kev-in, Kev-in"
The plot thickens, the body sickens. Interestingly, the piece wasn't carried by the Courier Mail and I'm surprised it made the news anywhere other than a union newsheet.
I don't care if Rudd gets back in the chair. I figure it would take about one to two months for the voters to remember why they didn't like him last time round. Either way, one of them will have to face the music at election day where, for once, their spin machine will not be able to present the anticipated flogging as 'good news'.
They will, of course, be able to blame it on Abbott and that would represent the first occassion where their blame sheet would be accurate.
Back to Gillard - Micheller Grattan at The Age reports;
Not surprisingly, Gillard's biggest gain on a range of attributes was in the area of foreign affairs, where the percentage saying she had a firm grasp on policy jumped from 39 per cent in August 2010 to 56 per cent - a perception that will be reinforced by Australia securing a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Michelle may not be surprised but I am astounded. If you are a troubled rusted on ALP supporter go read the piece - it will give you heart but don't take it to the bank just yet.