The first episode of the ABC’s new political documentary The Killing Season – which starts next Tuesday – is really about the ‘pre-killing’ season – largely reminding us of the rivalries – mistakes – and growing dysfunction during Labor’s first two years in office that exploded so spectacularly in 2010.
It starts with a very early manifestation of the toxic relationship that cruelled Labor’s term in office.
Julia Gillard relates a ‘bullying encounter’ with Rudd when the pair were leader and deputy leader in opposition.
‘I was the convenor of our parliamentary tactics committee – as manager of opposition business. Kevin was always very anxious to – you know – strut his stuff in question time – and tactics hadn’t gone his way. I’d taken a view about something else forming the issue of the day – and after the tactics meeting broke up he quite physically stepped into my space – it was a quite bullying encounter – it was a menacing angry performance’ Gillard says.
‘That is utterly false – utterly – utterly false’ Rudd – interviewed separately – replies.
And it concludes with another instance of the pair having completely different recollections of events.
(ed:..isn’t that a brilliant photo..?..)