Kevin Rudd in announcing his resignation from Washington yesterday, has thrown his hat into the Leadership ring, ending months of speculation that he was working behind the scenes to get the Prime Ministerialship back. Whether he stands for the leadership ballot that Gillard is expected to call on Monday is still undetermined, but what is not up for speculation any longer is – Rudd wants to be the leader of the Australian Labor Party and therefore Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia.
So here are my observations and thoughts on the matter.
1) As a Christian, I need to be praying for both Prime Minister Gillard and Kevin Rudd. Whoever ultimately is our Prime Minister will need the prayers of Christians across the nation. It’s biblically mandated and has nothing to do with whether we agree with their policies or their political ideology.
In 1 Tim 2:1-3 in the message paraphrase version says:-
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Saviour God wants us to live.
2) It is hard to spot the difference between Rudd and Gillard in terms actual policies. So if it was left up to the Australian public to decided who was going to be their Prime Minister (which I think that style of Government is called a Democracy), it would be hard to see the difference either will make in contrast to the other. So then the decision must be made based on popularity – which I am pretty sure is not the best way to pick a nation’s leader.
3) The viciousness of both camps hitting out at the other camp, leaves me wondering how when this is over, the Australian Population can be confident of a unified Government that is working for the good of our nation. My observation is that the Government seems to be full of hateful dysfunctional working relationships. Now this blog is not an anti labor blog. I think there are some unhealthy tense relationships within the Liberal Party too, but right now, the ALP is in office and I can’t see the way forward for the ALP when there is such vicious infighting. Do they expect that if there is a leadership spill on Monday, that when the Australian people get up on Tuesday, they are going to believe that the ALP is now a unified party moving our nation forward.
4) My observation is right now Federal Politics is a mess. There is a strange relationship that the ALP has with the Greens – I have heard Bob Brown refer to the Government as the Gillard/Brown Government. There is a strange relationship between the Independents and the Government which to me seems to be characterised by manipulation and threats of walking away from the relationship – See Andrew Wilkie for instance. I personally would like to see an election right now to clear the whole thing up.
In conclusion – My best advice is See Point 1.