Thursday, June 24, 2010

Julia Gillard

24 June 2010

Saya menulis setelah lama tidak menitipkan apa-apa ke dalam blog ini. Perkembangan politik Australia menyentuh hati saya. Saya sangat kesiankan Kevin Rudd. Bila tengok gambar dia, tetiba air mata saya mengalir.
Cepatnya sesuatu nikmat diberi dan sekelip mata ALlah bisa mengambilnya..

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24 June 2010
Kevin Rudd Gets Dumped by Labor Party
By HANNAH BEECH Hannah Beech – 30 mins ago

What a difference six months make. At the start of this year, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, whose Labor Party won a landslide election in 2007, was still regarded as the poster child for a new Australia. Like a blond superman, he flew around Australia - and the world - tirelessly working to help his nation avert the global financial crisis that had tainted other major economies; wooing foreign companies to invest in his homeland's natural resources; and bonding on the world stage with his political soulmate Barack Obama in their effort to combat climate change. In due course, the center-left leader was rewarded with the highest popularity figures in Australian history. Was there anything K-Rudd couldn't do? Yes, it turns out - keeping his own party loyal when the tide turned.


On June 24, Rudd's own party unceremoniously dumped him for his deputy Julia Gillard, turning the former political wunderkind into Australia's shortest-serving Prime Minister in almost four decades. Labor's change of heart, though, had less to do with Australia's shifting priorities than a feeling that Rudd had neglected to safeguard the ideals he so strongly advocated during the campaign and the start of his term. Rudd was branded a flip-flopper on key issues like the environment. His steadfastness in other arenas was increasingly perceived as mule-headedness. Loyalty to his inner circle began to look disturbingly like a failure to consult with other party elders.(See pictures of Australia.)


At first, Rudd seemed like he could do no wrong. As a killer drought parched Australia and big industry contaminated the land and air, he vowed to punish polluters and become a global leader in the fight against climate change. Rudd's first order of business as Prime Minister was to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the international treaty against global warming that his conservative predecessor John Howard had neglected to sign.


At a time when China had emerged as Australia's biggest trading partner, Rudd could say with confidence that he knew how to handle the Chinese. After all, he was the first foreign leader to speak fluent Mandarin, having served as a diplomat in the People's Republic during the 1980s. His university thesis centered on a Chinese democracy activist - a sure sign that Rudd would not compromise his nation's political ideals in the face of a flood of Chinese investment.(Read "A New Face for Australia.")


Best of all, despite his own lily-white pallor, Rudd, like Bill Clinton in the United States, had the rare gift of making every Australian - whatever color or creed - feel like they belonged. Just weeks after he took office, he issued a historic apology to the so-called "stolen generation" of Australian Aborigines who had been taken from their homes and placed with white families or in institutions.(See pictures of the day Rudd apologized to the stolen generation.)


Then came the missteps. Some were personality driven, like the doomed efforts to humanize a man who at his worst could sound like a particularly finicky professor. Although a few genuine displays of emotion, like his teary response to the fatal Australian wildfires, resonated with the public and made Rudd seem less an aloof bureaucrat, tales of his explosive temper weren't quite as endearing.


The policy lapses were even more damaging. Despite his China expertise, Rudd didn't seem to have any more success than other leaders in dealing with Beijing. His inclusive reputation was dented when he took a tough stance against foreign asylum seekers. Some of his most ardent supporters, particularly young voters, were horrified when Rudd began abandoning his commitment to being green. Most damaging was an announcement this April that he would shelve an emissions-trading scheme that had secured him many votes back in 2007. The environmental backtracking was followed by a suddenly announced and poorly explained mining tax proposal that left voters even more confused. Who exactly was Kevin Rudd and what did he stand for? Now, with a party coup executed in just hours, Australians won't have to know.

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Even though it is about Australia, I feel deeply sorry for Kevin Rudd.


Today's Poll (@ yahoo.com.au)

8569 votes since Jun 24 2010
Do you feel sorry for Kevin Rudd?
Yes 71% 6118 votes
No 29% 2451 votes
(I am one of the voters for yes)