Labor MP goes rogue on Gillard, down to the letter

Paul Keating in the 1980s became fond of a theory called the J-curve, sold to him by the Treasury, suggesting an initial fall in the fortunes of the dollar would create a lovely and satisfying upswing in the current account deficit. A graph of this would resemble the letter J.
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It refused to transpire in the time predicted and the resulting graph resembled a wonky hyphen.

The late senator John Button, frustrated by this unfortunate failure of theory, was moved to remark that ”I don’t know who invented the bloody J-curve but I tell you it wasn’t an Australian who learnt about the Australian economy.”

Political memories are short. The optimists in Julia Gillard’s Labor government have clung desperately for years to the wild hope the J-curve could transmogrify to political popularity.

Labor’s political fortunes, it was postulated, might have taken a dip as the Great Unpleasantness following the eradication of Kevin Rudd worked its way into history. But as the voters grasped its major policies, the popularity graph would perform an upswing worthy of an aerobatic ski slope and they would fly high and free from the heights of the magical J.

Labor’s Senator Doug Cameron, a man whose Scottish brogue has difficulty morphing into the forked tongue required of the successful politicians, was moved yesterday to undertake a facsimile of the late Senator Button’s reality check.

The Labor leadership’s promise of a political J-curve, he observed dryly, had failed to eventuate.

The morning’s polls suggested Senator Cameron was on the button. Labor was floundering .

The only J-curve of the day was tossed by J. Fitzgibbon, a Labor fellow who has gone rogue on Ms Gillard’s party.

Joel Fitzgibbon, a Rudd man, was asked about the polls by the Seven Network’s Sunrise host, David Koch. J. Fitzgibbon could barely contain his wicked glee.

”Hang on, Kochie, I just brought a manual with me,” he chuckled, brandishing a sheaf of papers. ”I’ll see what it says. It says I should say ‘polls come and go, but the only poll that matters is on election day’.”

He fairly bounced in his chair, beaming like a recalcitrant schoolboy. His notes contained what are known as ”talking points”. They are issued by the grand strategists of Julia Gillard’s communications office, detailing how Labor MPs should respond to tricky questions.

The ”polls come and go, but the only poll that matters” is a standby as old as Methuselah. However MPs aren’t supposed to say they have been instructed to use the line, let alone wave around the instruction manual. Fitzgibbon knew he was shoving it, on national TV, up the noses of the puppet masters in Ms Gillard’s office.

With only 10 days of parliamentary sittings remaining before the election, he may as well have said the Gillard government’s hoped-for J-curve had turned into a Q – a circle adorned with an impotent squiggle. A Q, perhaps, for Queensland, where internal party polling supposedly shows the only Labor squiggle that might remain after the election is Kevin Rudd.

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