Oct 26, 2012

McKew book: how internal polling brought Rudd undone

Maxine McKew's new book reveals more about the role Labor's own internal research was used to undermine Kevin Rudd.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Former MP Maxine McKew has reopened Labor wounds over the events of June 2010 with her account of her brief period in politics and again focused attention on the roles of both Julia Gillard herself and the Labor Party machine in the removal of Kevin Rudd from the Prime Ministership.


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44 thoughts on “McKew book: how internal polling brought Rudd undone

  1. susan winstanley

    “…McKew also quotes Labor veteran John Faulkner….the use of internal research to undermine a party leader “sheer bastardry”.”

    Just like McKew is doing now?

  2. susan winstanley

    ”I do believe that there’s a growing acknowledgement that this sort of practice is unacceptable,” Faulkner told Crikey.

    Seem to recall polling by the Qld Missos Union was leaked just last week to show that Rudd would beat Gillard in marginals.

  3. Norman Hanscombe

    A more interesting story might be one from those who saw Maxine in action after her election, including the contrasting electioneering styles of both major Bennelong candidates? As for ‘reform’, which of our Labor ‘leaders’ is seriously attempting to make Local Branch members relevant in either policy formulation or candidate selection?

  4. Borisholly

    Why do labor party members want to scuttle the ship and hand over power to Tony Abbott? Why not release your stories after the election? The material is priceless for an opposition, not just one labor member but two who want to stick the boot in (for who knows what reason). How will you feel when Tony Abbott is PM..? Just face it, no-one liked Kevin. Get over it.

  5. beachcomber

    Maxine McKew is sabotaging her leader, by claiming her leader sabotaged her leader. And she hopes to make a buck of writing a book about it. It is sad Maxine has not recovered from being rejected by the voters at the first opportunity. But first prize for irony and opportunism Maxine.

  6. Mike Flanagan

    Wasn’t much of a journalist, proved to be not much of a politician and is proving to be less of a representative of the labor movement

  7. David Hand

    I think the issue Faulkner has is not the actual publishing of internal polling but the use of it for internal power plays. It could lead to a mis-use of party resources. It could have parallels with, say, using union funds for your own election campaign, or maybe, setting up a union slush fund to fund insiders during union elections.

    Labor people who want to fight the corruption that has almost destroyed the party’s soul are simply standing up for what they believe in.

  8. Mike Flanagan

    David H;
    While I do agree that both parties need to reflect on their internal mechanations, protocols and missions with an eye to the ethics of their actions but the above is hardly an ‘internal power play’. It is a ‘look at me” grab for the money with the aid of a publishing house.

  9. Chris Jones

    Ms McKew was a typical ‘celebrity candidate’ – By all accounts, after her election night party there were more sighting of the Yeti than of her in Bennelong. Instead of working to build the strong local relationships essential to preserve a political career when the Party is on the nose, she spent all her time in Canberra schmoozing. When the schmoozee got whacked, she was collateral damage – and promptly trounced by another celebrity windbag. There are several literary awards. If they start one for ‘Best Dummy Spit’, Maxine would be a shoe-in.

  10. Mark from Melbourne

    Internal polling, explosive. Crikey are you descending into a pit of rubbish journalism. It’s called counting the numbers and its been done since time immemorial by all parties of all persuasions across the globe. Get a grip!

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