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Gillard Trumps Abbott

May 21st, 2011 Australia

State Labor Party Conference

Prime Minister Julia Gillard addresses the State Labor Party Conference at Monash University. Picture: Norm Oorloff
Source: Sunday Herald Sun

JULIA Gillard has described Tony Abbott of acting “like the love child of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump”.

The Prime Minister was speaking at the State Labor Party Conference at Monash University today.

Comparing the Liberal leader with the moose-shooting “soccer mom’’ and the American billionaire Mr Trump, the Prime Minister rallied the Labor troops in Victoria to continue prosecuting the case for a carbon tax.

And she has reminded the Coalition she has no intention of going to the polls early, predicting the Government will go full term to 2013.

“Tony Abbott has said of himself that he is John Howard and Bronwyn Bishop’s political love child,’’ she said.

“Heaven knows that’s bad enough but the truth is he is acting more the love child of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.”

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Ms Gillard then reprised the words of US President Barack Obama who recently mocked Mr Trump for his demands to produce a birth certificate to prove he was not born overseas.

“So let me reply to his increasingly hysterical fear campaign with President Obama’s words to his nation when answering the hysteria about his birth certificate,’’ Ms Gillard said.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness.

“We don’t have time for the politicians and shock jocks who deny the scientific conclusions of NASA and the CSIRO. We don’t have time for made-up figures and shameless fear-mongering.

“We are a nation determined to do our bit to tackle climate change and urgently needing to make a start to build the clean energy economy of the future.”

Ms Gillard’s comments follow a Galaxy Poll published in Queensland’s Courier Mail yesterday that found Labor’s primary vote has crashed to 28 per cent.

Mr Abbott has also pulled in front of Ms Gillard as preferred prime minister by a strong 16 percentage point margin according to the state-based poll.

While Ms Gillard stopped short of describing climate change as Kevin Rudd once did, the great moral challenge for our times, she did tell the Victorian ALP conference: “This isn’t a fight between right and left. It’s a fight between right and wrong.”

“Our opponents know their campaign of fear will be exposed as a sham and then they will face the judgment of the Australian people in 2013,’’ she said.