Is it time to make a leadership change for Labour? Julia Gillard has done a very good job as a leader of the Government but has not been able to contain Abbott. What is needed is a leader as competent as the PM but without the profile for Abbott to attack.
Not Rudd. Labour needs to dump the whole Rudd-Gillard saga.
In short a ‘clean skin’ who will be listened to when he/she talks policy but does not present a target for sleaze and innuendo. Someone who has intelligence, personality, conviction and does not lose their ‘cool.’ Someone who can calmly put Abbott back in his box every time he attempts to attack.
Greg Combet and Bill Shorten have all the qualities except that they have been mauled by Abbott in Parliament even if they have given as good as they have taken. Both would be good leaders, but not against Abbott.
Nicola Roxon is leaving. Nicola would have made a good leader at some time and I hope she changes her mind and stays.
My choice would be Tanya Plibersek. It would be difficult to chose between Combet, Shorten, Roxon and Plibersek because they all have their strengths, but against Abbott it would have to be Tanya Plibersek.
Tanya is everything a Labour leader needs to be to counter Abbott, and if Abbott was silly enough to try to get at her via her husband, Michael Coutts-Trotter I am certain it would by counter productive because of the high regard so many people hold him in.