We're in a bizzarre situation at the moment - the ex-Prime Minister, overwhelmingly popular with the electorate but deeply unpopular with his colleagues, is trying to turf out the woman who turfed him out 18 months ago. The Gillard government is claiming they have been successful in getting through legislation, like a price on carbon, that the Rudd government promised but failed to implement - notwithstanding that Rudd himself was persuaded by his deputy Gillard to pursue the policy, despite being an election commitment, and Gillard herself as Prime Minister gave a commitment that she would not
implement a carbon tax, a commitment she promptly broke when she found out she needed the support of the Greens party to win office.
Australian politics tends to be vicious and personal, but this is some of the loudest publicly invective I've ever seen
. It's pretty dismaying to see a government tear itself apart like this, but I suppose politicians in modern democracies are the same in many ways.