'Same horse, different jockey': Scott
FEDERAL Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott has described yesterday’s political execution of first-term Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as a “sobering experience”.
Speaking to the Daily News last night in between stints on the Speaker’s Chair in the House of Representatives, our local LNP member and Second Deputy Speaker said there was a “human element” to yesterday’s ALP bloodbath.
“There is always some common humanity in politics – on our side we feel for Kevin Rudd as he was elected to a full term by the people of Australia,” Mr Scott said.
“There’s also his staff – all of the people who will lose their jobs.
“But the reality here is that Julia Gillard has been appointed by union officials in New South Wales who are not elected by anyone.”
Mr Scott – who yesterday had the dubious Opposition honour of being the first to call Julia Gillard to address the House as Prime Minister – said the change was a case of “same old horse, just with a different jockey”.
“Ms Gillard has said she will dump the government’s ads about the mining super profits tax, but it’s the tax itself that they need to dump,” he said.
“It is already hurting regional towns – I had a building contractor come to see me last week in Dalby who has de-registered his trucks because the mining companies have slowed their investment.”
In the wake of Kevin Rudd’s decision not to contest yesterday’s leadership spill and allowing Julia Gillard into the nation’s top job, former Deputy Mayor of Warwick Mavis Cooper said that “purely from a female perspective” she thought the Gillard elevation was “pretty exciting”.
“I have no idea how she will perform and I’ll reserve my judgement on that, but she has shown that she is very strong,” Mrs Cooper said.
“Whether or not that points to a touch of arrogance is hard to say, but I think the challenge for her will be to stay strong but also keep a female perspective on things.
“Female politicians and women in general I believe are more aware of the needs of communities and families and they are also more attuned to the incremental nature of change.
“Women can be more practical than some of the men I’ve dealt with over the years.”
Business identity Ross Fraser said he expected “more of the same” policy-wise from a Gillard-led government.
“I guess she’ll have to be given the opportunity to prove herself now and I would think they’d be looking at holding the election later rather than sooner to give her that chance,” Mr Fraser said.
“They’re talking about pulling the mining tax ads and negotiating with the mining companies – well that’s what they should have done in the first place.”