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. Julia Gillard certainly can put a brave face on. While most people having their unpopularity exposed on front pages across the nation would pull the blankets over their head and stay in bed, the Prime Minister was up and about and appearing on breakfast television.
the Seven Network's Sunrise
program she wasn't losing any sleep over the latest opinion poll showing Labor getting a drubbing.
"We see a lot of opinion polls.
"If I spent time worrying about them and commentating on opinion polls then I wouldn't have the time to get my job done.
"So each and every day I just let that wash through and I focus on what I need to do as prime minister."
Alfred E. Neumann would be proud of her.
Take Kevin at his word
. Kevin Rudd surely knows that to break his commitment of last year not to challenge again for the Labor leadership would see any second prime ministerial coming marred by the same promise-breaker millstone that so severely harms Gillard. He really has no option but to sit on the backbench not as a Paul Keating gathering the numbers against Bob Hawke but rather as a John Howard patiently hoping that Gillard does an Alexander Downer and steps down for the good of the party.
There are a couple of signs that the markets think such a changeover is possible. The likelihood of there being a Labor leadership change is now assessed by the Crikey
Leadership Indicator as being greater than 50%. At the start of this year that chance was at only 20%.