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The Stalking of Julia Gillard: How the media and Team Rudd brought down the prime minister by [Walsh, Kerry-Anne]
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'Don't write crap. Can't be that hard. And when you have written complete crap, then I think you should correct it.' Julia Gillard

When Julia Gillard took the reins of the Australian Labor Party on 24 June 2010 she did so with the goodwill of the majority of her party and a fawning Canberra press gallery. The man she had supplanted, Kevin Rudd, led an isolated band of angry Labor voices at this surprising turn of events. The collective political and media verdict was that his time, short though it had been, was up. But when Gillard announced in February 2011 that her government would introduce a carbon pricing scheme, Rudd and his small team of malcontents were already in lock-step with key Canberra and interstate journalists in a drive to push her out of the prime ministerial chair.

Never has a prime minister been so assiduously stalked. Cast as a political liar and policy charlatan, Julia Gillard was also mercilessly and relentlessly lampooned for her hair, clothes, accent, her arse, even the way she walks and talks. Rudd, on the other hand, could barely do any wrong. His antics were afforded benign, unquestioning prime-time media coverage.

This is the story about one of the most extraordinary episodes in recent Australian political history. It focuses on Team Rudd and the media's treatment of its slow-death campaign of destabilisation, with its disastrous effect on Gillard and the government's functioning. It is about a politician who was never given a fair go; not in the media, not by Rudd, not by some in caucus.

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (1 August 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DMQ0BNK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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From the moment she received her poisoned Prime Ministership, Julia Gillard was under siege from a resurgent and often spiteful Opposition skilled at playing the woman and not the ball, a largely hostile fourth estate and the fifth columnists within her own party, constantly undermining her authority and sniping at her from the sidelines. Nonetheless, the constant parochial partisanship of Gillards prime ministership by Kerry-Anne Walsh throughout her book becomes wearing after a while, especially her relentless, almost visceral skewering of the possibly psychopathic KRudd-even Tony Abbott comes out looking better from this book! It also ends quite abruptly, before the putsch that restored Rudd to the leadership of the Labor Party and briefly for a second term as PM-it's almost as if after detailing Rudd's relentless attempts to unseat Gillard, much more than 6 months in a leaky boat here, Walsh then can't face up to the stunning u-turn Labor perpetuated on Julia. Instead we are given some dodgy armchair psychoanalysis of Rudd and then left hanging, to ponder the result of the election to come.
At times, The Stalking of Julia Gillard is repetitive and flawed by its bias and probably a bit too personal to stand long in the annals of Australian political writing. Nonetheless it also captures some of what was a very turbulent and testing time in Australian politics from a professional insiders perspective and exposes the brutal tactics employed by political practitioners and their media mates in the pursuit of power.
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I found the book well informed and a very necessary 'voice in the desert' in a time when misinformation and vilification of a remarkable woman and her government run rampant. And the media, for starters, played an extremely important role in doing that, not precisely an 'independent' one! And lets not forget Alan Jones, to just name one of them!
The plot from Kevin Rudd and his acolytes wasn't clear for many either. It seems that they -Rudd and Co- were busy from the very beginning undermining the Gillard Government -a Labour one indeed- without any thought or consideration of the damage to a Nation and the playing a big part in the coming of Tony Abbott to raise as PM.
In the meantime, Julia was busy passing very important laws -more than two hundred I believe- with a hung Parliament to make it even more difficult. Five star for you Julia. History -very soon- will re-vindicate you.
A very good book, and superbly written. Highly recommended.
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This is a great book, shocking in the extreme.

Always, always question the media and their version of events. I thought we learned that lesson in the 80s with Lindy. But no, misogyny, bullying and harassment is alive and well.
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Excellent, it proved what I had already thought. I always admired Julia Gillard and felt that she had raw deal both from the Rudd camp and also the media. A worthy and good book, dispelling the myths that abounded at that time.
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Brutal examination of the media's role in the distortion of government as much as the exercise of political bastardry, a book to be welcomed in the public debate of the modern role of the fourth estate.
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Very very repetitive, over and over, more of the same, but also shows how shocking the system is when one can sway journalists to one's advantage including lies and deceipt. A revelation indeed.
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What a shame and a wasted opportunity. Julia achieved a lot in her 3 years as PM - how much more could she and Kevin have achieved if they'd worked as a team?
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I struggled through this, it took effort and a determination not to let it beat me. All I am left with really is a feeling of complete disgust with Australian politics and politicians and us as a society who let them behave like stupid spoilt school children.
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