PM coup leaves us with bad feeling
THE political execution of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has left many Australians uncomfortable, Gympie’s Wide Bay MP Warren Truss said from Canberra yesterday.
“We’re having our last sitting of Parliament in Canberra today and many feel it may be the last for this Parliament,” he said, as the national capital continued its shift into pre-election mode.
“It was devastatingly swift,” he said of the coup, which has given Australia its first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.
“It seems the factional bosses and union heavies, who still have blood on their hands from what they’ve done in New South Wales, have now moved to Canberra.
“As late as seven or eight o’clock on Wednesday night, many senior people in the ALP had no idea it was going to happen.
“A lot of people are uncomfortable that an elected Prime Minister could be disposed of so ruthlessly.
“There was nothing illegal about it, of course, but there is a perception that he’d received a mandate from the Australian people and it was up to the Australian people to take it back, not factional heavies and union bosses from Sydney,” he said.