The strangest week in recent Australian political history started with the leak of a video of the Foreign Minister four-letter-wording his way through the pre-taping of a video presentation. It ended with 102 elected Labor Party members going against the popular will of millions of voters and maintaining Julia Gillard’s grip on the premiership. Once the verdict was announced, politicians who were sworn enemies only minutes before showered praise on each other (see Rudd on Gillard, Gillard on Rudd) with tinny sincerity, more suited to the Oscars award ceremonies taking place on the other side of the world.
Rudd versus Gillard
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