The Stalking of Julia Gillard by Kerry-Anne Walsh

The Stalking of Julia Gillard

By Kerry-Anne Walsh

  • Release Date: 2013-07-01
  • Genre: Politics & Current Affairs
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'Don't write crap. Can't be that hard. And when you have written complete crap, then I think you should correct it.' Julia Gillard

When Julia Gillard took the reins of the Australian Labor Party on 24 June 2010 she did so with the goodwill of the majority of her party and a fawning Canberra press gallery. The man she had supplanted, Kevin Rudd, led an isolated band of angry Labor voices at this surprising turn of events. The collective political and media verdict was that his time, short though it had been, was up. But when Gillard announced in February 2011 that her government would introduce a carbon pricing scheme, Rudd and his small team of malcontents were already in lock-step with key Canberra and interstate journalists in a drive to push her out of the prime ministerial chair.

Never has a prime minister been so assiduously stalked. Cast as a political liar and policy charlatan, Julia Gillard was also mercilessly and relentlessly lampooned for her hair, clothes, accent, her arse, even the way she walks and talks. Rudd, on the other hand, could barely do any wrong. His antics were afforded benign, unquestioning prime-time media coverage.

This is the story about one of the most extraordinary episodes in recent Australian political history. It focuses on Team Rudd and the media's treatment of its slow-death campaign of destabilisation, with its disastrous effect on Gillard and the government's functioning. It is about a politician who was never given a fair go; not in the media, not by Rudd, not by some in caucus.


  • The Stalking of Julia Gillard

    By H Bear1
    What a great book KA, I can hear you talking as I read. You have captured the feeling of these times wonderfully and I love your writing style. I agree with your summary of the way many journalists reported the events and, in my opinion, how grossly disrespectful they have been to a very productive PM. A very enjoyable book indeed. Thank you.
  • But...

    By Paulinsydney
    … she deserved everything she got!
  • The Stalking of Julia Gillard

    By Gloriousfood
    No doubt some will find this a very biased book in the perspectives that it provides but at the same time it provides a deep and enraging insight into the devastating impact that the Rudd team and certain members of the fourth estate wreaked on Gillard's prime ministership.
  • Best book I have read for years

    By Ranna
    A fantastic chronology that told it all. I remember many of the headlines and Rudd's utterances but this book put it all into context and made sense of the innuendo, the half truths and the manipulation. Every Australian of voting age should read this!
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    By Gods deputy
    Very educational on the inner workings of political parties and the media. How totally dishonourable is Rudd and most sections of the media. Julia Gillard has eventually shamed them all with her integrity and honour . 007 will not get to heaven
  • Extraordinary... What happened and this book!

    By Lathybaby
    This is an extraordinarily well written recount that authentically captures the disgraceful undermining of former Prime Minister Gillard. Congratulations to the author for being brave enough to raise the non-discussables of politics and the terrible treatment of one of our nations greatest leaders.
  • Press gallery fails

    By Neilas333
    The failure of the Canberra Press Gallery to adhere to the basic tenants of off-the-record journalism are shown in Kerry-Anne Walsh's The Stalking of Julia Gillard. How the Media and Team Rudd Contrived to Bring Down the Prime Minister. Walsh, who spent 25 years working in the gallery, provides a detailed account of the media reporting of Kevin Rudd's quest to regain the prime ministership. The reporting of background briefings and biased interpretation of interminable opinion polls by Rudd supporters of growing support for their man was done a the expense of information based on evidence. The result was the Opposition was not given the scrutiny it should have and the government's achievements were not given the attention they deserved. The minority government passed more than 480 pieces of legislation, including major reforms such as the National Disabilities Scheme. Walsh provides an insider's insight into the dysfunctional relationship between politicians and the media and raises concerns about its negative impact on our democracy how we are governed.
  • Very informative

    By Gancr
    KA Walsh deserves full praise for documenting the disgraceful behaviour of Kevin Rudd et al and its impact on Julia Gillard's Prime Ministership. No other PM in my lifetime has done the job in tougher circumstances. The country politic has been demeaned to the lowest level by these thugs. The revelations that some of the most senior media people were complicit in KR's meglomanic pursuits of power was as enlightening as it was depressing. I give the book full marks. The public needed to know the unpleasant truth about these creatures of the dark side of politics/media.
  • Ms

    By Ferntree Gully
    Spot on. An eye opener that explains why the media is failing in this country (why buy something that is not truthful?) and how one man was willing to sacrifice real reform, the Australian people, and the election for his own career.
  • The Stalking of Julia Gillard

    By Pleasurable reading
    A book that all Australians should read. The Media should hang their heads in shame. Will we ever get impartial, honest journalist in Australia again.