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The Stalking of Julia Gillard : How the Media and Team Rudd Contrived to Bring Down the Prime Minister - Kerry-Anne Walsh

The Stalking of Julia Gillard

How the Media and Team Rudd Contrived to Bring Down the Prime Minister

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This is the story of one of the most extraordinary episodes in recent Australian political history, of how a powerful media pack, a vicious commentariat and some of those within her own party contrived to bring down Australia's first woman prime minister.

'Don't write crap. Can't be that hard. And when you have written complete crap, then I think you should correct it.' Julia Gillard

When Julia Gillard took the reins of the Australian Labor Party on 24 June 2010 she did so with the goodwill of the majority of her party and a fawning Canberra press gallery. The man she had supplanted, Kevin Rudd, led an isolated band of angry Labor voices at this surprising turn of events. The collective political and media verdict was that his time, short though it had been, was up. But when Gillard announced in February 2011 that her government would introduce a carbon pricing scheme, Rudd and his small team of malcontents were already in lock-step with key Canberra and interstate journalists in a drive to push her out of the prime ministerial chair.

Never has a prime minister been so assiduously stalked. Cast as a political liar and policy charlatan, Julia Gillard was also mercilessly and relentlessly lampooned for her hair, clothes, accent, her arse, even the way she walks and talks. Rudd, on the other hand, could barely do any wrong. His antics were afforded benign, unquestioning prime-time media coverage.

This is the story about one of the most extraordinary episodes in recent Australian political history. It focuses on Team Rudd and the media's treatment of its slow-death campaign of destabilisation, with its disastrous effect on Gillard and the government's functioning. It is about a politician who was never given a fair go; not in the media, not by Rudd, not by some in caucus.

About the Author

Kerry-Anne Walsh worked for 25 years in the federal parliamentary press gallery, as chief political correspondent for publications such as the Daily Telegraph, the Bulletin magazine and the Sun-Herald. She also wrote for a string of international publications, and worked in both radio and TV. She is a regular political commentator on Sky News, Radio New Zealand and the ABC.

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    Politics is a dirty game

    This is a book for anyone interested in politics. The author highlights the awful state of affairs that is Australian politics. It leaves the reader with an acrid taste of a sick system greatly...Read complete review

    This is a book for anyone interested in politics. The author highlights the awful state of affairs that is Australian politics. It leaves the reader with an acrid taste of a sick system greatly in need of resucitation.

    It is not only that Ms Gillard had to contend with the white-anting from the egos within her own party, but the huge bias of the media and rebirth of the shock jock syndrome. Add to that the conflict-style, kick 'em when their down approach of the Opposition. An Opposition more interested in winning than good policy, fairplay and honesty. It is a book about betrayal, distortion and manipulation.

    Most of all Kerry-Anne Walsh reinforces the negative feelings the public has about politicians. It reveals a sad decline in parliamentary and media standards.

    However, the book falls down in one respect and that is it does not give enough space to Ms Gillard's own part in her demise. Ms Gillard fell into the same shallowness that seems to inflict many politicians in being too far removed from the grass roots. That is, where honest and genuine engagement gets lost to a hungry spin and PR machine. The 'real Julia' episode is one example.

    A highly recommended read.

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    fair

    Not what I expected. Hard to follow if you aren't into politics. Couldn't finish it. boring as batshit.

    Not what I expected. Hard to follow if you aren't into politics. Couldn't finish it. boring as batshit.

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    4.0

    A WELL-RESEARCHED INSIGHTFUL BOOK

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
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    • A Bit Slow

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    4.0

    interesting behind the scenes

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      A bit hard to get into but it was worth it. a fascinating behind the scenes perspective that will probably have more relevance as time goes on about a turbulent period of political history

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      Politics is a dirty game

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        This is a book for anyone interested in politics. The author highlights the awful state of affairs that is Australian politics. It leaves the reader with an acrid taste of a sick system greatly in need of resucitation.

        It is not only that Ms Gillard had to contend with the white-anting from the egos within her own party, but the huge bias of the media and rebirth of the shock jock syndrome. Add to that the conflict-style, kick 'em when their down approach of the Opposition. An Opposition more interested in winning than good policy, fairplay and honesty. It is a book about betrayal, distortion and manipulation.

        Most of all Kerry-Anne Walsh reinforces the negative feelings the public has about politicians. It reveals a sad decline in parliamentary and media standards.

        However, the book falls down in one respect and that is it does not give enough space to Ms Gillard's own part in her demise. Ms Gillard fell into the same shallowness that seems to inflict many politicians in being too far removed from the grass roots. That is, where honest and genuine engagement gets lost to a hungry spin and PR machine. The 'real Julia' episode is one example.

        A highly recommended read.

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        fair

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        Not what I expected. Hard to follow if you aren't into politics. Couldn't finish it. boring as batshit.

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        5.0

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            glad to find truth ,I had suspected some things

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            the Stalking of Julia Gillard

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            The comments of this book are now history and need to be remembered , the author has written a piece of history from her own personal notes and this is a timely piece without spin.

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            5.0

            Great Book. An absolute must-read.

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            This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to know the truth about Iraq and Afghanistan. Moving, truthful and pulls no punches.

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            4.0

            disturbing reveal of media manipulation

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              informed political commentary

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              5.0

              Political deception unmasked

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                Kerry-Anne Walsh is an experienced journalist and has been able to access information that the general public is unable to. I found the story fascinating, as the behaviour of one of Australia's Prime Ministers unfolds to reveal his ambitions and how he and the media made them happen, at the cost of Julia Gillard's credibility. Ms Walsh's book ends at April 2013, and I believe that subsequent events in Australian politics have shown the veracity of her story.

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                An amazing read

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                  This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in the Australian Labor Party and also those who want to read about the Murdoch Press and how much they can influence the political landscape and the views of the voting public in Australia. It shows why the Labor Party got rid of Rudd the first time and why Julia Gillard didn't have a chance as Prime Minister. A totally absorbing read.

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                  ISBN: 9781742379227
                  ISBN-10: 1742379222
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 320
                  Published: 3rd July 2013
                  Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                  Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.4
                  Weight (kg): 0.42