WITH initial results indicating a Tony Abbott landslide, the blame game has begun among senior Labor figures.
The party’s leadership woes over the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years have been held up by Health Minister Tanya Plibersek, former Queensland premier Peter Beattie and former prime minister Bob Hawke among others.
Ms Plibersek said Labor deserved nine out of ten for governing the country but one out of ten for governing themselves. There were “too many people playing their own games”, she said.
“We all know disunity is death in politics,” said Mr Beattie, who was Mr Rudd’s star recruit in the seat of Forde but is now likely to be defeated, adding that the Coalition presented a “unified team”.
While early counting shows a comfortable Coalition victory, signs are also good for businessman-turned-politician Clive Palmer, who pundits say has a reasonable chance in the Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax.
And predictions that Mr Rudd may lose his own seat of Griffith have not been borne out.