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You what, Tanya?

22 February 2021

11:32 AM

22 February 2021

11:32 AM

For the Twitterati, it’s just a given. Either Tanya Plibersek or Penny Wong is the righful prime minister.

The Twitterati — being the Twitterati — ignore a few fundamental facts: Wong is in the Senate, both her and Plibersek would have to become Labor leader, then win over the public and election and, most of all, there can be a marked difference between the public and private Plibersek.

Plibersek has a public persona as the yummy mummy of Australian politics; caring, polished, professional and with a bit of spark.

In private, however, that spark can be more like a flamethrower — or a slow burn.


Plibersek let that side slip on Sky on Sunday, when she denounced Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“There is a lot of people on the other side of politics that I like and respect, he’s not one of them,” she said.

It had more than an echo of Mark Latham’s infamous comments to Maxine McKew in the Bulletin back in 2002.

“I’m a hater,” he said back then. ”Part of the tribalness of politics is to really dislike the other side with intensity. And the more I see of them, the more I hate them.”

Today’s Newspoll shows how Anthony Albanese is failing to cut through.

That makes Plibersek’s comments even more important.

If she considers herself an alternative leader, she should realise slag and bag politics might excite Twitter — but repulses ordinary voters.

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