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AUSTRALIAN COUP LEADER FORMS A GOVERNMENT - BUT ONLY JUST

 article about Julia Gillard

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COUP LEADER GILLARD FORMS A MINORITY GOVERNMENT

Australian coup-leader Julia Gillard has formed a minority Government with the help of three independents and a new-elected Australian Waffle Party (Greens) member of parliament.

There are a number of aspects in terms of the composition of this, in my view a bit dubious, Government that we are going to examine as it will reflect on the longer-term viability of this minority Government arrangement beyond perhaps a few months or even a couple of years, at best.

Gillard came to power, if one could call it that, through the
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Gillard claimed, which has since been proven to have been untrue, that she knew nothing of the coup processes. In fact she had known for weeks what was going on.
processes of a coup being mounted against then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd by a couple of Labor members of Parliament as well as through the workings by some unelected people operating ‘working the numbers' outside the confines of the democratic processes. Coup-leader Gillard knew of these processes and supported them wholeheartedly. The main coup-plotters were then Deputy PM Julia Gillard, MP Mark Arbib, MP Bill Shorten and Labor Party Secretary Karl Bitar. The Bitar regime already had form and plenty of practice in terms of deposing Labor leaders after all, they had undemocratically deposed a number of NSW State Premiers already.

Gillard claimed, which has since been proven to have been untrue, that she knew nothing of the coup processes. In fact she had known for weeks what was going on. Gillard was put in as Prime Minister and she called an election. The election turned out to be a cliff-hanger with Labor losing a substantial number of seats the elections eventually resulting in a ‘hung-parliament' situation. Labor subsequently gained the support of an Australian Waffle Party (the Greens) independent, a Tasmanian independent and two rural and regional independents which enabled Gillard to form a minority Government, with the slimmest of margins and only just. Any notion of anyone in Australia claiming that Labor had won the elections can thus be written off as a load of nonsense. Labor did in fact lose the elections and the independents actually won it. The only guarantees that the independents have given Gillard are the passing of money (supply) legislation and the non-support of malicious no-confidence motions. Any other legislation is open for debate and negotiation.

Thus a new minority Government has now been formed and already, its legitimacy is in serious doubt as coup-plotters Mark Arbib and Bill Shorten have been made Government ministers, no doubt as a reward for their coup-related activities. Kevin Rudd was made Foreign Minister, an area in which he has substantial expertise, no doubt in a rather crude attempt to silence him.
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a new minority Government has now been formed and already, its legitimacy is in serious doubt as coup-plotters Mark Arbib and Bill Shorten have been made Government ministers

So there you have it. Australia voted and Labor lost the elections, their saviours being the independents, the actual election winners. The coup-plotters have had their reward and the coup-leader is the current Prime Minister, for the moment.

How long this arrangement will last will be anyone's guess as the lack of credibility of the current Government is noticeable and for all to see. Another election in a couple of years? Perhaps, if we're lucky.

And like it or not.

My name is Henk Luf.

That's the way it is.


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