So what do Kevin Rudd and Novak Djokovic have in common? They’re not team players. Luckily for Novak he plays an individual sport. Simon Crean’s assurance in the media that there will be no change at the top and the Foreign Minister has no chance of becoming Prime Minister again of course simply reinforced to everyone that both of those things are possible.
It’s been a terrible January in the media for Julia Gillard, the latest polls just putting the nasty tasting icing on the crap sandwich. Add to that, the Craig Thomson case is back in the media spotlight with HSU Secretary Kathy Jackson busting the union-imposed gag on her in spectacular fashion.
Nevertheless there continues to be (slight) talk of policy among the polls, protests and staffer sackings, Abbott and Gillard both making major speeches, with Abbott hammering the smaller government line while saying details on how that would be achieved will come at a later date. The media focus of course went straight to the equivocation on when and if there would be tax cuts in a first Abbott Government.
George Brandis and Christopher Pyne did their expected dual act calling for a Royal Commission, ASIO investigation and undoubtedly a round of corporal punishment for everyone involved in the DEFCON-4 situation caused by Tony Hodges at the Lobby. And they wonder why 90% of Australians don’t take politics seriously.
The Tent Embassy protest that went awry on Australia Day and the latest Newspoll figures had people tweeting about Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott. Anthony Albanese is on the list with Twitter and blog posts claiming one of his political speeches plagiarises the film The American President.
Some old school, six in the morning (well ok, 1.30am) street brawling tennis between the two best baseline thumpers in the game saw Djokovic eventually maintain his dominance over Nadal. I’m living in the past, but I’ll take two hours of serve and volley over six hours of rallies from the back of the court any day. Come back Boris!