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Former Labor Leaders Recycled For 2013 Federal Election

Victor P Taffa

When Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard chose Former New South Wales Labor Premier Bob Carr to come out of retirement in order to revive Labor’s stock’s it seemed to set in train a path for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to follow.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Mark II has asked Former Queensland Labor Premier Peter Beattie to similarly come out of retirement in order to revive Labor’s stocks. This is clearly a case of ‘anything you can do I can do better.’

One wonders in this 8 month long election campaign that began on 30 January 2013 who will be the next ‘Captains Pick’?

Let’s consider the following ‘Captains Picks’ who can stand for Labor in seats in the following States who have been Labor Premiers in their State:

  • New South Wales-Bob Carr
  • Queensland-Peter Beattie
  • South Australia-Mike Rann
  • Tasmania-Paul Lennon
  • Victoria-Joan Kirner
  • Western Australia- Carmen Lawrence

Former Tasmania Labor Premier Paul Lennon has already been returned to revive Labor’s stocks when current Labor Premier Lara Giddings called upon him to solve a Bus Dispute.

Former Victoria Labor Premier Joan Kirner can also solve some of Victoria Labor’s pre-selection headaches and contest a seat in the 2013 Federal Election. It is to be hoped that Joan Kirner recovers from her bout of Cancer.

The return of Former Queensland Labor Premier Peter Beattie to help Federal Labor in the 2013 Federal Election is the second time Kevin Rudd has shafted an endorsed Labor Candidate in favour of a ‘Captains Pick.’ The other time that Kevin Rudd has shafted an endorsed Labor Candidate is in the Sydney seat of Bennelong when Cr. Jeff Salvestro-Martin was sacked as Labor Candidate following allegations in an ICAC Investigation.

Not to be left out Labor in The Northern Territory saw longstanding Senator Trish Crossin dumped for another ‘Captains Pick’ Nova Peris Kneebone Pre-selected in her place.

This stands in deep contrast with the stability and unity that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has in his team. The Federal Liberal and National Parties are united as one and ready to provide good government for Australia that has been lacking since 2007.

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