By Heath Stewart
2019 is a new year for all of us and one in which all Australians will return to the polls to vote in a federal election. Politically, 2018 was a horror year for the coalition with over 40 consecutive losses in the opinion polls, a leadership spill, the hypocritical and puerile antics of the anti-gay marriage, pro-family values National party and two ex-leaders who just can t stop throwing rocks from the sidelines. I must say, without equivocation, that I never thought I’d view former Prime Minister Julia Gillard as such a remarkable woman. Her behaviour post losing her public office has been an exemplary demonstration of Prime Ministerial dignity. I wish Messrs Rudd, Abbot and Turnbull could take a leaf out of her book in this regard.
At the time of writing, the Australian Labor Party lead the Coalition by over 10 points in the two party preferred polling. It would appear at this time that a Labor government is almost a forgone conclusion. The Labor party are therefore short odds favourites to lead the country later this year. However, the polls are fickle and no result is final until the votes are counted.