Gillard slips away with extra vote


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Neil Mitchell Labor MPs say voters in their electorates are listening to them despite the party's worst opinion poll in decades. But more voters think Julia Gillard makes a better Prime Minister than Tony Abbott.


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14 comments so far

  • Everyone complains (especially Tony Abbott) that Julia is beholden to The Greens. She finds away out of it and the same people are still complaining. The shock jocks should take a chill pill or talk more about sport or light entertainment.

    Date and time
    November 24, 2011, 10:29AM
    • Looks like Rob 'Hotshot' may get his dream gig after-all.
      The clueless Independent should fit right in with the job...
      An election is the only thing in order!!!

      Date and time
      November 24, 2011, 10:55AM
      • Harry Jenkins was like a carer at a creche... always telling the so called adults to pull their heads in

        aunty lou lou
        Date and time
        November 24, 2011, 12:36PM
        • What a joke our so called prime minister is. GILLARD , enjoy your time in the office cause it won't be long before your out !!... and for the turn coat SLIPPER, slip on your ugg boots and cuddle up to those labour liars.

          Date and time
          November 24, 2011, 3:36PM
          • Oh God! Fears for democracy in Australia! What rubbish! Labor and The Greens got over 50% of the vote at the last election. They're legitimate and constitutional. Had Abbott been a different man, then it would be him as PM with the support of the independents,make no mistake. And remember, The Greens got nearly 4 times more votes than the Nationals, yet they have immense power when the coalition is in government. At the moment there are no legal or constitutional grounds for another election. All of this uniformed fear-mongering should stop, now! You'd think that Australians had something to whinge about, but look at the world around us, then shut-up!

            Date and time
            November 24, 2011, 4:17PM
            • I've had grave fears for democracy in this country for some time, and today's events just confirm my beleifs.
              By taking this action, Peter Slipper has betrayed the constituents who voted for him, along with the rest of the nation, and Julia Gillard has proven she has no regard for the democratic process. If she did, she would force Peter Slipper to resign from parliament and enter the resulting by-election as an independant.
              I wonder how Andrew Wilike feels about his previous support for Gillard and Labor, given he's now unlikely to get his wish regarding poker machine legislation?
              I'm hesitant to even ask the question, but I'm beginning to wonder: when is the right time to take up arms in defence of our democracy?

              Date and time
              November 24, 2011, 4:34PM
              • And Perdita, I agree that had Abbot been a different man he would have got into power - he's just to principled to do the exact opposite of what he promised during the campaign, unlike others!

                Date and time
                November 24, 2011, 5:15PM
                • Perdita, no-one in Australia voted for 'Labor and the Greens', only Labor OR the Greens. The Liberals & Nats were on the ticket as A COALLITION, meaning those who voted for them knew exactly what they were voting for. People who voted for Labor DID NOT vote for the Greens, nor vice-versa.
                  I repeat, I'm beginning to have grave fears for democracy (and don't get me started about freedom of speech!)

                  Date and time
                  November 24, 2011, 6:10PM
                  • Oh really, when is Tony Abbott going to stop being a whining loser, the PM has out witted him and he is showing himself to be the shallow person that he is. The Government we have was, after all, VOTED IN BY THE PEOPLE something Abbott just doesnt wish to accept. The Greens have the power in the Senate BECAUSE THE PEOPLE VOTED THEM IN,,,get over it Tony Abbott go away and work on your "policies" ??

                    Date and time
                    November 24, 2011, 8:31PM
                    • I bet Wilkie would have been a mess after this turncoat took the chair as so called Spruiker of this coward's castle.He certainly looked the part in his horrible outdated striped gangster style suit and an equally horrible green tie. Oh for 30 pieces of silver or, is it $75,000 per annum extra? I feel sorry for his electorate being rorted in this way!

                      Date and time
                      November 25, 2011, 6:09AM

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