PLIBERSEK A NOT SO DARK HORSE
Despite Bob Hawke’s advice that she should not covet the ALP leadership because she has a three-year-old child, Tanya Plibersek clearly sees herself as a phoenix rising from the ashes of Julia Gillard and, like Julia, step one is the role of deputy.
Plibersek, a vocal Emily lister, last week on Q&A exposed herself as an aspirant (at least to me) as she uncharacteristically faltered when prodded by moderator Tony Jones over the question of ALP leadership.
Her husband Michael Coutts-Trotter’s trafficking thing will be no more of an impediment to her than Bruce Wilson’s fraud was to Gillard.
At least Coutts-Trotter has done his time. Anyway, criminality in Labor ranks is seen in terms of Brownie points.
If we can endure a dickhead like Timmy as First Bloke surely an ex-con would be okay?
We can safely forget Shorten and Albo. Neither will ever be Prime Minister. Their cloth has been cut for Opposition.
But in six years’ time the ALP will again be casting their net for something palatable to throw at the electorate.
Plibersek believes she is a serious contender.
In 2010 her sworn allegiance to Rudd Mk1 was switched to the assassin Gillard in a nanosecond. Then, in 2013, her sworn allegiance to Gillard was transferred back to Rudd Mk2 even quicker.
Again there were no pangs of principle as she watched six of her Ministerial colleagues depart the Parliament in disgust.
So who exactly is this Plibersek bird?
Well, she is certainly bright Red... but with a huge dollop of dark Green.
Like the unabashed Green Party Communist, Lee Rhiannon, she demands the destruction of Israel (but has apologised for her outbursts of honesty) and like a true Labor chameleon helped launch the new Sydney Jewish Holocaust Museum.
More importantly she has remained unaligned to any faction in order for her Prime Ministerial ambition to remain untainted.
She is a rabid feminist, marches in the Gay Mardi Gras, has a passion for gay marriage rights and has little respect for the male of her species.
With a fine blend of delusion, sweetness and rage, she can intersperse vicious invective with a becoming smile and gives Labor, “nine out of ten for performance”.
Plibersek has learnt the essence of Labor politics well... treachery. And it should hold her in good stead when her time arrives.
“Shit happens”, said a doleful Gillard. Was she referring to one of her lost sisterhood?