WEDNESDAY 26th OF JUNE 2013
Wake up. Have great motivational chat with wife. Am determined to focus on positive. I WILL have policy discussion with media.
Press conference. Declare from outset that I am not interested in speaking about leadership in any way shape or form, I’m talking policy.
Fairfax journo says fine. Asks me if Gonski can go ahead with only two states.
Asks how the surplus is going?
Asks me how we are going to stop the boats?
Declare that I support PM and media needs to stop focusing on the leadership.
Fitzgibbon in – hands me envelope. It’s an invitation to the “Future of Australia”. Invitation is written on stained napkin.
Also inside, petition to spill leadership. Throw it to one side of room. Run out of room, should not even be in the same room as this. Realise Fitzgibbon is now alone in my office. Run back in room.
Fitzgibbon says Kevin’s got the numbers. We’ve got a meeting in half an hour – come hang out – no pressure, no expectations.
At Camp Rudd. Do not know half of these people. Apparently they are all backbenchers; really should turn around in question time more often.
Now I know why I never speak to backbenchers. Every conversation starts with “So, what’s your margin?”
Ask Fitzgibbon where Rudd is?
Fitzgibbon says Rudd is busy recording a video message in Mandarin to a conference in China on macro-economic policy on South-East Asia. Also has a phone hook-up with Mal Meninga to discuss Queensland’s tactics before Origin II.
Bob Katter is here.
Katter pulls out guitar, bursts into own version of Slim Dusty’s “I’d love to have a beer with Kevin”.
Tell Shorten he looks terrible.
Shorten says he feels terrible.
Ask if it’s because he’s still struggling to make a decision.
Shorten says it’s because he has made decision.
Whoaa, it is totally on. Gillard calling spill for 7PM? Typical Victorian: State of Origin ruined.
Discuss issue with wife. Wife suggests I stay loyal to Gillard. Explain that means electoral destruction.
Wife unwilling to explain to daughter why I brought down first female Prime Minister, if I want to that’s FINE.
Vote in just one hour. Have got to make call. Walking packs will be gathering. Don’t want to walk alone.
Shorten doing presser. Praising Gillard as always!
Shorten just backed Rudd. Holy crap.
Meeting starts. Gillard speech okay, still not sure who to back.
Rudd finishes speaking, Counted over 50 cliches in his speech. Ended saying we need to “cook with gas”. That’s it: I’m backing Gillard.
Rudd has won. Yes! Time for Origin.
No… time for Gillard farewell speech.
Richo texts. Wants to know who has won. Text Richo will trade him details for regular Origin scores.
Text from Richo. Richo won’t be blackmailed. Richo will decide if my information is worth Origin scores or not. Text Richo that Rudd is PM.
Richo texts “I knew that at 7:30PM. To be fair I will give you the Origin score at 7:30PM – Nil – Nil.”
S#!t we have to vote on the deputy leadership, and the leader of the Senate, and the deputy leader of the Senate.
Phew, Labor factions have fixed up all positions. Quick vote. Definitely have a place in Labor party, now for the second half of origin!
Gathering in Gillard office with her camp; good times. Beers, conversation, not one discussion of polls! Origin on in background – pity about the Blues.
Cavalcade of Ministers are resigning. Don’t think I will – happy to be kicked out by people.
Head to office.
Rudd is waiting. Wearing Maroons jersey. “Freshly signed by entire victorious Origin II team” he tells me. How is this even possible!? The man truly is a machine.
Rudd thanks me for supporting Gillard; was good she had someone.
Has knocked up some notes on education policy. Wants to know what I think.
Rudd is still here. We are discussing the lessons of Hong Kong’s kindergarten system.
Rudd feels we’ve had a great chat, we’re really cooking with gas, but now, he’s gotta zip.
Wish the election was tomorrow!
Originally published at BigPond News.