Mandarin lesson for the party

Friday, 28 September 2007 

Rudd’s zigzagging on the ministry did not have much electoral significance. Government attempts to make it so were more an attempt to shift the focus away from the uncertainty over its own leadership. But whereas the Liberals’ uncertainty stems from a loss of leadership authority, Labor’s is the opposite and represents its consolidation.

Michelle Grattan put her finger on it this morning. Rudd’s warning that all ministerial positions were up for grabs was a way of slapping down the party’s traditional power-brokers and signalling that his control over the party would be consolidated after the election. His over-riding of the party’s factions began from the first day of his leadership in the appointment of the shadow front bench and, along with the recruitment of celebrity candidates, signals their declining influence.

It should be a reminder of an important fact that has been obscured by the sham debate over IR and the unions and missed by a media still largely stuck in the past – this will be a very different Labor government from what we have seen before.

Posted by The Piping Shrike on Friday, 28 September 2007.

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