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Since the 2010 federal election and the debacle that delivered us minority government, which has without question turned out to be the worst, most ineffective government we’ve ever seen, Kevin Rudd has been painted by certain sections of the media as disloyal. They say he’s a spoiler who has sought to undermine the authority of Julia Gillard and is constantly agitating behind the scenes to once again occupy the top job. But we can’t forget that Kevin Rudd never lost an election, he was knifed by his own party. Politically assassinated and replaced by his own deputy.

Last night, the ABC’s 4 Corners program presented an expose into the coup that claimed a democratically elected Prime Minister and installed Julia Gillard – the pinup girl of the Labor Party’s much talked about faceless men. 4 Corners effectively outlined the failures of Kevin Rudd as a leader, perhaps to legitimize Gillard’s leadership, and seemingly also legitimize Rudd’s axing as PM.

However, in a stark departure from ABC convention that has seen our national broadcaster blindly defend this failed government, 4 Corners allowed the Prime Minister to hang herself. When asked if she’d been showed internal party polling in the week leading up to the coup that suggested she was more popular than Kevin Rudd, she conveniently couldn’t remember. Even more damning was her outright refusal to answer a question about wheher she knew that members of her staff had drafted a victory speech as much as two weeks before Rudd was knifed. She would have us believe that her staff acted independently of her and without her knowledge or imprimatur. There seems to be a lot of that going around her office lately. Just look at the whole Australia Day debacle which saw a junior member of the Prime Minister’s staff sacked.

We all know the Prime Minister has a credibility problem. Lie after lie, broken promise after broken promise and now, a politically suicidal decision to subject herself to an interview on the ABC of all places outlining her disloyalty and inability to treat the electorate with respect, honesty or even common courtesy. Is there any wonder she’s polling so badly? A Newspoll published in today’s Australian for the first time has Tony Abbott polling as preferred Prime Minister and Labor’s two party preferred vote still languishing in the low 30s.

Whilst we might expect our politicians to be loose with the truth, surely we can expect and demand a degree of integrity. What the Prime Minister has demonstrated is that she’s very short on that commodity. Is there really any salvation for her after this? The right thing for her to do is call an election immediately, or indeed resign. Whether or not Kevin Rudd should replace her is a matter for the Labor party, but it’s a bit rich for the party or the Prime Minister to expect any loyalty from him when he was shown none.


Taking It Off... – Week 3

After last week’s somewhat disappointing result – I lost 2.7 kilos, this week was an exercise in shedding excuses. Renee was back at Beachbodies, so I wasn’t training alone, I had a new pair of properly fitted, running shoes and I had a new heart-rate monitor that counted the calories I burned. For years I’ve blamed my dodgy knees for preventing me from doing karate, so I even threw that excuse out and did my first karate class in 15 years, which incidentally prompted a new goal – to fit into my karate uniform.

Without the excuses I had a renewed motivation to do well and I trained harder than I ever have. I really pushed myself. Much of that was driven by comments on The Biggest Loser Club website and comments that Shannan Ponton had made about motivation. I didn’t want to be a person who needed someone else to tell me why I needed or wanted to do this. I wanted to set my own goals and take responsibility for my own actions – and I did. Plenty of people don’t and that is the difference. You need to have that cathartic moment that drives you to make changes.

I had another challenge too last week. I had a birthday. No, it wasn’t a challenge because I’m old now, it was about the realization that a positive support group is vital. So many people thinking they’re being “nice” bent over backwards to tempt me to break my diet and have some cake, or have a beer for my birthday. People will try to sabotage your efforts, even going so far as telling you that you’ve earned it. You’ve worked so hard, you deserve to derail your journey! It’s enabling behaviour from which you need to isolate yourself. Luckily, it wasn’t a temptation for me at all. I’m not cutting this journey short for anyone. It reminded me of something Shannan said, “You don’t reward yourself each day for going to work, so why reward yourself for exercising?”

So the result for week three of the Shannan Ponton 8 Week Challenge is that I lost 2.5 kilos. Initially I was disappointed but then realised that I’ve set myself ambitious goals and that’s what drives me. I’ve lost a total of 10.9 kilos so far on the challenge and over 60 kilos in total. I’m proud of that.







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