iSentia Index

Mar 7, 2012

It’s all about Bob Carr (and maybe Clive Palmer too)

Clive can pretty much do or say whatever he wants, and we think Clive likes that

John Chalmers

iSentia group communications manager

In the end Julia Gillard didn’t have much choice in bringing Bob Carr to Canberra, Stephen Smith and Simon Crean’s reported intervention assuring that she had to make a stand, and luckily it’s the one job Bob really always wanted (some NSW folk may have noticed he didn’t have his mind entirely on the job for the ten years he was Premier). There are a multitude of pluses for the PM, Carr being a great media performer, someone who helps everyone forget Kevin Rudd, ensconced in the Senate and probably happy to stay right where he is unlike his predecessor in the portfolio. The downside some commentators found was that the way he dominates the media pack will put in even sharper relief the lacklustre public performances of those around him.

Wayne Swan meanwhile has morphed into Huey Long, berating the billionaires and standing up for Struggle Street, while Craig Emerson and David Bradbury attempt to publicly support him while saying he doesn’t mean most of it and big business loves the Government. Really.

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