Well May We Say “Advance Australia Fair” 24 June, 2010Posted by paralleldivergence in elections, Internet, My Thoughts, Politics, voting.
Tags: Australia, gillard, labor party, leadership, rudd, spill
…because NOTHING will advance Julia Gillard. As the Australian Labor Party prepares to vote in the country’s first ever female prime minister, I’m waiting for Kevin Rudd to come out with a quotation for the history books, but I doubt he’ll be echoing Gough Whitlam’s infamous and nonsensical quote from his dismissal in 1975.
Before the mainstream media and television stations caught on that something was going down in Canberra last night, the Twittersphere was already abuzz with speculation that Kevin Rudd may not last the evening. As Parliament House insiders began tweeting that Julia Gillard, the current Deputy PM and John Faulkner, the Defence Minister and Labor “elder-statesman” had gone into Rudd’s office for a closed-door meeting. Soon other Ministers had joined in the impromptu meeting and speculation was rife.
Once twits had settled on the hashtag #spill, it was on for one and all. Seconds had passed and fifty updates had gone through. Keeping up with the challenge was a challenge. Twitter had already played a major role in the U.S. election, but this was Australia’s first real go at the population actively discussing our future leadership online in real-time. But unlike the dry, emotional and serious commentary that surrounded the U.S. election, Australia’s effort was far more jovial, keeping people glued to the #spill stream for many hours.
From nowhere appeared a new Twitter account, @KevinRuddExPM - a play on Kevin07’s official @KevinRuddPM account. This Kevin was more outwardly bitter than the real Kevin and provided a refreshing array of tweets that you’d think might actually reflect the (ex)PM’s persona – including this one that tied in the week’s other big story from the World Cup:
“Calling Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell to ask them for some advice on handling a send off…”
Of course, I got my boot in via Twitter as well:
“Hey Ban Ki-moon! You’d better watch your back. Kevin’s available early.”
Julia Gillard’s first press conference as PM: “Look at mooee, look at mooee, look at mooee.”
What were you doing when Rudd was booted? Oh yeah. Tweeting.
Well done Julia Gillard – Australia’s first female Prime Minister.
Feel free to share some of your favourite #spill tweets in the comments.