Review: ABC Documentary Exposes Disunity In Rudd-Gillard Governments


Sarah Ferguson’s new documentary The Killing Season provides a rare insight into one of the most smoothly choreographed periods in Australian political history. Viewers will be surprised to learn that despite the public smiles and pledges of loyalty, the two main protagonists of the series, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, actually held quite strong dislikings for one another.

Ferguson says she thinks most Australians regard the leadership change of 2010 as an amicable arrangement.

“The reality is quite different,” said Ferguson. “Rudd was actually very strongly opposed to the change. Elements of him even regarded it as disloyal for Gillard to force it upon him like that.”

The tell all documentary includes interviews from former ministers Nicola Roxon, Wayne Swan and Craig Emerson, who have all, until now, been highly secretive about where their allegiances lay on the issue of leadership.

But perhaps the most stunning revelation of all comes from Gillard herself in the third and final installment of the three part series. Gillard accuses Rudd of being insincere in 2012 when he renounced any future ambitions for the leadership. If this little gem is true then it could completely transform peoples perceptions of the relationship between Rudd and Gillard.

The Rudd-Gillard-Rudd governments were among our most important. Significant and enduring reforms like the Peoples Climate Assembly and the alcopops tax came of this period, yet there is precious little out there by way of analysis into the personalities at the centre of this government. Sarah Ferguson’s Killing Season is a must watch documentary for anyone who hasn’t read a newspaper since 2006.

Nathan Lentern

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