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With regret, Gillard must go, for nation’s sake

Date
June 22, 2013
Category
Opinion
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Time for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to wave goodbye to office.Time for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to wave goodbye to office.

Prime Minister, it’s time. Time for you to quit. As this Parliament draws to its close, it’s time for you to recognise that, for all your achievements, you are leading your government and your party to an electoral defeat of unprecedented disaster.

As painful as it must be, it’s time for you to stand aside for the good of your colleagues, for Labor people everywhere, and for the nation itself. The plain fact is that Australians are no longer listening to you.

Prime Minister … you are leading your government and your party to an electoral defeat of unprecedented disaster.

Kevin Rudd is the most popular politician in the country, far and away better liked and respected than Tony Abbott. For all his many faults, he alone has a fighting chance of keeping Abbott out of The Lodge. Every opinion poll shows that you do not. Better to go now, with dignity, at your own chosen speed, than to be flung aside by your party and the people.

It will not be easy. Not for you, not for anyone. Rudd Redux will need the saintly forbearance of Nelson Mandela returning from Robben Island, which means no payback, no vendetta. Half the cabinet will have to swallow its pride and loathing. And the Liberals will no doubt feast on the result.

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But there is no choice. It gives me no pleasure to write this, Prime Minister. The decision is yours.

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