August 7, 2010

CIRCLING THE DRAIN (COUNTERCLOCKWISE?):

Labor pains for Gillard (JESSICA WRIGHT, August 8, 2010, Sydney Morning Herald)

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard woke to disappointing poll results yesterday only to see her day get worse as she crossed paths with two former Labor leaders.

Six weeks after she deposed Kevin Rudd, the two spoke for the first time - they had exchanged text messages - in a tightly managed photo opportunity in Brisbane.
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Their body language and distinct lack of eye contact suggested the rancour of the leadership coup is yet to abate, and the expected news they will not campaign together this week was interpreted as a further sign of strain.

Ms Gillard's meeting with Mr Rudd was overshadowed by former Labor leader Mark Latham ambushing her to ask why Labor had allegedly complained over his role as a 60 Minutes producer. Channel Nine boss David Gyngell last night apologised for Mr Latham's ''lack of respect'' for Ms Gillard.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 7, 2010 5:19 PM
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