Julia Shot The Sheriff (But She Did Not Shoot The Deputy)

In 2006 I embarked on a national tour with my talk: I Fired My Boss. It was inspired by quitting my JOB permanently in December 2005 and going full time as an internet marketer. But this is NOT about me. Today is about someone else that fired their boss: Julia Gillard

My inspiration behind today’s blogpost is to have a PUN at the politicians. You probably know that I place politicians at the bottom of the foodchain and know they are very fast to butter their own bread at the expense of their own friends and colleagues.

One has to wonder though: WHO on earth do they actually work for?

Julia Shot The Sheriff

But she did not shoot the deputy! Here’s a tribute to politicians shooting each other for the benefit of… big business.

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I was going to play Bob Marley here, but he was so stoned off his brains it was outright embarrassing to watch! Eric Clapton is a much better example today. Maybe Bob Marley would be a better representative of the back stabbing going on in the 2 major Australian parties. Maybe some gunya would set them straight (pardon the pun).

I just wonder if Kevin Rudd had been replaced if he was taxing the people rather that the Multi Billion Dollar Multi Nationals that rape our soil and take the majority of the profits out of Australia. Very few countries allow 100% foreign ownership for such resources, but we Aussies do. She’ll be right mate!

Julia is OK (for a politician) 😉 . I think it will be cool to have a female Prime Minister. Imagine if she walks in the footsteps of Indira Gandhi and removes the power from the multinationals (no foreign company could own more that 40% in their country), but then again, Indira Gandhi got disposed of.  OK, that probably won’t happen here. Kevin got sacked for just trying to tax the miners.

I ask myself: “If they cannot even be loyal to each other, how on earth are they going to be loyal to us?”

Anyway, I better go back to work so I can pay my GST.

Gotta laugh at the clown every now and again 🙂

Sean Rasmussen
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Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2010

About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. Ian Ballantine says:

    Hi Sean, I’m a great fan of Eric Clapton so the performer was an inspired choice in my opinion. I fail to see how taxing one segment of the economy can generate the benefits the ALP espouse, unless of course that tax is applied solely to politicians and their business empires!! I’d much rather prefer the India approach you mentioned, with a maximum of 40% foreign ownership – Ian.

  2. Hi Sean,

    I was interviewed by a Market Research company on Saturday (about politics and taxes). They asked me if I thought Julia Gillard was doing a good job as PM. She had only been in the job 2 days. I told them it wasn’t long enough for me to form an opinion.

  3. Enjoyed your blog, especially the Eric Clapton clip. I think you’re on to something when you hint at powerful forces behind the politics in Australia. The big newspapers (especially The Australian and the other Murdoch-owned papers) did a marvellous job convincing the readership that Kevin 07 had to go so that Julia didn’t even need to go to the polls to become Prime Minister. Why do we need democracy when we’ve got the Murdoch press? And Rupert isn’t even an Australian any more! As you say “She’ll be right, mate!”
    .-= Gary Birch´s last blog ..How to Learn a Second Language =-.

  4. Sean
    Thanks for the blog. It is good to see another side of your passion. Do let me know when you are going to enter the fray and run for a seat somewhere. I don’t think you will do very well, you seem to care about people a bit too much.

    At least living here in Australia from time to time we are allowed to watch the circus.

    I’m with you and heading back to the GST.


  5. Hey sean,
    i share your lack of like for most politicians. I think its definately interesting to have a female PM, but will see if she gets actually voted in. You are certainly right that if they cant trust each other how can we trust them? Maybe all we can trust in is good music!
    .-= Tegan´s last blog ..Mindset and affirmations =-.

  6. Ohh Sean, I would have enjoyed the Bob Marley rendition 😉

    It’s not that I really dislike politicians. It’s just that for the last number of years (especially in NSW), we have been on the wrong end of every decision made.

    There are so many things wrong with the state government, I don’t believe in the local or national governments to fixed any of the problems.
    .-= Cemil´s last blog ..Google DevFest 2010 =-.

  7. Hi Sean,
    It took the majority of Australians by surprise will Julia Gillard becoming PM last week. Its a fair point you raise about their loyality.

    I think it may of been a combination to events, such as unhappy unions and industry powerbrokers, broken promises and disgruntled party members, that caused the political circus last week that saw Kevin07 given the boot.
    One thing that is for certain right now, is that Australia has a desperate need of real leadership. I hope Julia is the one, but time will tell.
    .-= Cade´s last blog ..Chauffeured Limousine Service =-.

  8. Hey Sean,

    A fun post (not that your other posts aren’t, of course! *LOL*).

    We all get caught up on if Tony Abbott is too much of a religious zealot, or if Kevin Rudd was out of touch, or the fact that Julia Gillard is unmarried and connected with the unions, but as I was reminded on the radio this morning: we don’t actually elect the P.M. to lead the country, we elect the political party to lead the country. It’s just that whoever happens to be at the helm of the party at the time gets to steer the country!

    So, in an ideal world, it shouldn’t matter who is P.M., as it’s the party policies that we are voting into power. But we don’t live in perfect world, and the leaders of the party are the ones putting voice to what the party would like to dictate, so it’s only natural and human that we vote according to how much we like, dislike or detest (very few people actually LOVE a politician, I’m thinking, hence me leaving that out! *grin*) the person that constantly has the camera shoved in their face and their faces smeared all over the media.

    It will be interesting to see if Labour gets in at the next election, purely on the basis that Julia is sitting in the big chair. I guess that all depends on how she handles herself and the country in the next few months.

    Just a thought!


    .-= Pete´s last blog ..In the Beginning, there was Thought! =-.

    • I think Julia Gillard will romp in the next election (no pun intended). The fact that she is female, has more balls than the rest of the boys together, and Tony Abbott is extremely unappetising in budgie smugglers (his 60 Minutes session), makes it a Gillard walk in the park I think. 😉

  9. How will Julia go? Time will tell, like you Sean I think it is cool to have a female Prime Minister. Something has to be done about the mining tax though – how will it all work out? Could be a few political changes over this issue.
    .-= Melanie Braggs´s last blog ..Building Chicken Coops =-.

  10. Hi Sean,

    Love the video clip but I would have loved to hear Bob Marley. As for Julia, I don’t know. I have wanted a female PM for a long time but not like this.

    I value loyalty and this is not how I wanted the first female PM to come into power. I was not a supporter of Kevin Rudd but I feel he was betrayed by his party. If you can’t trust the people around you; who can you trust?

    I think the minute the power brokers don’t like the direction that Julia is going; the same thing will happen to her. So, I don’t know who I am going to vote for yet. I will watch with great interest what happens over the next few months.

    I don’t know that I like Mr Abbott in his budgie smuggling pants but I like that he has the guts to wear them proudly despite the rest of us making disparaging remarks about him. Unfortunately for Mr Abbott, I think Julia Gillard is going to hammer him.
    .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Learn and Earn – It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint =-.

    • In the Bob Marley video, he actually looks incredibly “in his own world” and the band plays on when he doesn’t start singing. It was a bit messy. He has done better.

    • Jazz, I share the sentiment – I’m happy that we have our first female PM however the way it happened takes away from the victory. Here’s hoping that Julia does a great job for Australia.

  11. Ian Ballantine says:

    Kevin Rudd has missed out on a spot in Julia Gillard’s first Cabinet reshuffle: http://bit.ly/dq0EdS. Here’s an old saying of mine: pain is just your body telling you you’re still alive. Now you know why you wake up every day!!

  12. Hello Sean. Great Post . You used a strange word “loyalty”. That is an oxymoron as far as politicians are concerned. I think a more appropriate word would be “Expediency”. Whatever will benefit the most at the time seems to be their modus operandi.
    I got the news about our new Prime Minister while on holiday in Bali. Considered staying there. Doctor Bill
    .-= William Warr´s last blog ..Triglyceride – The Neglected Fat =-.

    • Oxymoron = Oxygen thief acting like a Moron. Sound like the average politician to me 😉
      Life goes on. If it’s not one, it will be another.
      Great to have you back from Bali, Dr Bill.

  13. Interesting times. Not really sure what I think. Certainly takes quite a woman to take on the role. I met Maggie Thatcher once when I was little – now she really was an iron lady:-0! Wondering how Julia will hold up?
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Indoor Air Quality =-.

  14. Hi Sean,
    Great article. I liked your straight shooten comments…and Jazz’s ….don’t forget the budgie smuggling Speedo’s on the beach. A new party is registered for the election, The Sex Party. I wonder where preferences are going!

    Sean, I did cringed at “She’ll Be Right Mate” expression possibly being wrongly used in the article. It was a popular saying used by Aussies and ANZACS meaning they had a mate to depend on. It became like more an expression of pledge and one that demonstrated a strong unity and unfortunately one that was bastardized by John Howard in the 90’s. Please be careful how you use good Aussie sayings.

    • I understand, Jill. Using the saying as used by many in society is not meant to be disrespectful, rather quoting how it is used in today’s society.

      Australia has changed a lot since the 2 big wars though. It is no longer what is was and mateship is not a fraction of what it was.

      There is a lot more of “look after number 1” than there ever was. For anyone that has spent time on a factory floor or a male dominated workplace; “She’ll be right” is used a lot for an excuse of “someone else will fix it”, so “she’ll be right, mate” in the workforce essentially gives an excuse to not do the job right.

      In WWII Aussies had the highest survival rate of all the “White” prisoners in Japanese war camps because they looked after each others back. That was the true meaning of the word above. Everyone was equal and even the officers shared their extra rations with soldiers.

      Edward “Weary” Dunlop was an extra ordinary example of how great these guys were and how much they cared.

      The Americans had the lowest because they had a more “everyone for themself” attitude.

      The British had a massive deathrate in warcamps because of their lack of respect for their officers and vice verca. British officers pre dominantly came through the class system rather than earning their rank, hence the lack of respect between soldiers and officers caused high death rates.

      Aussies looked after each others back more than any of the allies. “She’ll be right” meant something filled with pride back then. Something to respect. A dying Aussie was given his fair share of the rations until he was gone. In the other camps, they wrote off dying soldiers and re distributed their rations to the healthy soldiers (and Officers).

      Unfortunately language changes and so do cultures.

      No disrespect meant.

  15. Great theme choice with Eric Clapton! I have to agree with Gary if Julia had of waited for the election she would not be where she is today. By the very definition of democracy we certainly do not have one of those.

    Abraham Lincoln reckons a democracy is a Government of the people, by the people, for the people. Oh yeah like the people really have a say.

    Here is my take on the whole twisted saga. Slightly cleaned up for blog commenting (ahem)

    The new Prime Minister has red hair , bad fashion sense and really big shoes to fill.
    OMG – they have given the job to Ronald McDonald!!!!

    Personally I think Ronald would do a great job 🙂

  16. I am just going to wait and see, I don’t like what went on and I am not sure I would trust Julia Gillard. In fact I don’t know that I would trust any politician.
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  17. geoff harnden says:

    Don’t know too much about Aussie politics, but I do know Eric Clapton. That was a ripper rendition. He may be struggling to sing these days but man that guy can play gee-tar!!! From across the ditch, and with Mum living in QLD, I reckon Rudd had to go if the party wanted to win another term. He did not appear to have a “global” perspective, or any profound vision. Aussie is a rich continent in many ways, and should be a strong world voice (for we Kiwis and the entire Asia Pacific region) alongside Europe and the States. It would be an unforgiveable shame if Australia gets sold to China. Unfortunately (but probably more necessarily), NZ is also under the auctioneer’s hammer. The new girl at the helm…? I’ve got a good feeling so far that she will eclipse Rudd. Had to happen for the party to survive. No such thing as loyalty in politics. And it doesn’t matter either, so long as you get delivery on elected policy. And in your case, a respected world voice. GH

  18. Hi Sean,
    I appreciate your reply….yes Australia has changed a lot and values have changed and the saying has been changed to mean the opposite to it’s original meaning.

  19. G’day Sean,
    There is a school of thought that politicians have been irrelevant for decades, and that the country is not really run by anything / anyone else but the heads of corporations.

    One of the heaviest books I’ve read on the subject is ” THE SILENT TAKEOVER ” by Noreena Hertz. Its’ subtitle is scary too ” GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND THE DEATH OF DEMOCRACY ”

    Leaving that thought for the present, now that Julia Gillard is PM maybe she will learn from Kevin Rudd’s mistakes, the biggest one seems to be his inability to listen and take notice of anyone.

    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..SEAN RASMUSSEN’S ” LEARN AND EARN ” COMPETITION =-.

  20. I must admit that I don’t know too much about Australian politics but I do share what seems to be the universal disgust with the world’s current crop of politicians. I did follow Julia’s accession to power from postings on Plurk so I was aware of her goal and her success in achieving it. I wonder if she ever attended one of Sean’s seminars. I guess that’s not likely because Sean stresses ethical behaviour.
    .-= Don White´s last blog ..Psycho- =-.

  21. Hugh Hyland says:

    She dumped her British citizenship! She dumped her boss – even though she stood behind him in half the things Rudd was blamed for! Their Party is @?!%*………..!! I would NOT trust any of them regarding our country or our wellbeing.

  22. Leigh Aubrey says:

    What an awesome blog mate it took me five minutes just to get to the bottom to write my post!!!!!
    I got this email today and thought some of you might like to have a read it come off the Culture Watch site. Sorry it is longist but well worth the read.

    And Now, Julia
    Julia Gillard’s win in the Labor spill means we have our first female Prime Minister. It also means we have our first atheist female Prime Minister. The one-time secretary of the Socialist Forum is now up against Tony Abbott for a possible October federal election.

    The win for Julia shows at least several things: the Labor Party is deeply divided; factionalism is alive and well in the Labor Party; and the powerful union movement still has a huge influence in the Party. It also shows that the person you vote for in an election may not be the person to remain in the job just a few years on.

    Ms Gillard was born in Wales, is unmarried (but has a ‘partner’), is childless, and has no religious faith. She is also more radical than Rudd on a number of social issues, including her strong pro-abortion stance. Of course to win the election she will have to temporarily at least appear to be even more conservative than Rudd.

    Thus she will likely do a compromise deal on the miners’ tax, and not dare to resurrect the ETS in the near future. The 48-year-old will also not rock the boat on other contentious issues. But if elected in October (or whenever the election is held – they have until late February of next year), then we can expect to see her roll out her more radical agendas.

    Rudd’s undoing was due to several factors, but the main reason for his dumping was Labor saw him as unable to beat Abbott at the next election. So pragmatism ruled the day, and a spill had to take place. Rudd did himself no favours when he did major back flips on things like the ETS (“the greatest moral issue of our time”), and his pledge on political advertising.

    His utter disaster with his insulation scheme, and his inability to keep boatloads full of illegals from pouring into the country did not helps matters much either. His aloof , out-of-touch and autocratic style, his image as a ruthless bureaucrat, and his penchant for being a control freak, alienated many people, even many Labor heavyweights.

    He was increasingly out of touch both with traditional Labor voters as well as many Australians. He will be remembered for a few notable things at least. He had the highest approval rating just over two years ago when newly elected. But he is the first incumbent Prime Minister to be chucked out before seeing his first term in office completed.

    How Julia fares remains to be seen. She can hold her own as a Parliamentary performer, and probably is more capable than Rudd in taking on Abbott. Of course some will ask about her ambitions. Only a few weeks ago she was telling us it was more likely that she would be a full forward for the Western Bulldogs than seeing a change to the role of the Prime Minister.

    She is further to the left than Rudd was, but will have to work with the Labor factions of the right that helped to get her into power. And if the election is held in just four month’s time, she will have to work hard to reunite her party, and present a united front to the electorate.

    The question is, how much of her radical past will come back to haunt her? In her student activist days she worked for the Socialist forum, which advocated a number of radical objectives, including the introduction of a super-tax on the rich, the pairing of Melbourne with Leningrad, and the scrapping of the ANZUS treaty.

    She of course is a long-standing member of Emily’s List, the radical pro-abortion and feminist group in Australia. But her days as a secretary to the Socialist Forum should make clear her radical leftwing views. She wrote two decades ago about how the radical left’s agenda could be worked though the Labor Party. As she wrote at the time:

    “For the Left to make any real advance all these perspectives on the relationship to Labor in government need to be rejected in favour of a concept of strategic support for Labor governments. We need to recognise the only possibility for major social change is under a long period of Labor administration. Within that administration the Left needs to be willing to participate to shape political outcomes, recognising the need to except (sic) often unpalatable compromises in the short term to bolster the prospect of future advance. The task of pushing back the current political constraints by changing public opinion would need to be tackled by the Left through government, social movements and trade unions.”

    She has tried to disown her involvement with the group (made up of a number of former Communist Party members), but it is clear that she was a leading light in the radical organisation. She of course has to play down her radical past in order to get elected.

    The question is, if and when elected, which will be the real Julia to stand up? Will it be the former young socialist radical, or some sort of middle of the road centrist? Time will tell, but to be forewarned is to be forearmed.


  23. Sean, so true. Too quick to butter their own bread with someone else’s expense and yeah who on earth do they work for??..Get me wondering now..well I can only now congratulate Julia for being brave enough to shoot the sherriff..Don’t you think women make some wise decisions in life??..
    Women make most decisions in the running of their own little families these days so why not?? Love this post!!
    .-= Rose Kawe´s last blog ..The Next Learn And Earn Webinar =-.

  24. Ha Ha! Reminds of a joke.

    Politics is made up of 2 words – poli = many, tics = blood sucking creatures!
    .-= Anthony The Travel Tart´s last blog ..Grandfather Rock- Koh Samui- Thailand – Suggestive Profile Photo =-.

  25. Hmm. Interesting comments.

    My take on the whole thing is that the new PM was a member of the gang of four and right in the middle of it all. So she couldn’t stand up to Rudd before but can now?

    Party politics at it’s best!
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  26. Jude Walton says:

    I knew (in a small way) Eric Clapton when he was just starting out and look where he got to, a few hiccups along the way but made it in the end. Perhaps that’s whats in store for us.

  27. I guess I would trust Eric Clapton over Julia Gillard if that ever would be a choice.

    Possible that Julia will do an ok job, but the way she got into the position is definitely not one I like or support. As said by others before – if she is kicking out her boss and arguing that this was the only way to go ahead, what else is she willing to do to get/stay in power?

    If it was about doing the right thing by the people I wonder if she really explored all other options to get Kevin “back onto the right path”. I guess as ususal this was just the easier option even so not the fairer one …
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Self Improvement Books – What Are Your Favourites =-.

  28. Really good blog post!
    Its generating some interesting conversation. I am of the opinion that Julia Gillard has been “sowing the seeds” of this leadership change for some time. It just happened a bit
    quicker than she anticipated.

    I agree she has an amazing political mind, and for this reason we cannot believe anything she say’s between now and the election. (she will basically say whatever it takes to win).

    Maybie thats the real problem, our definition of what it means to be a politician has changed. In years gone bye people actually wanted to make a positive change for all Australians. Now our political leaders just want to “be” the change!
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    • I agree. A takeover bid doesn’t happen over night or on a whim but is usually planned and calculated. On the news it said she went to him the night before.

      You would have to wonder what she said to him, “Oh so sorry Kev mate, I’ve been pretending I like the way you do these but really I think you suck at it. Have a good night’s sleep because tomorrow you won’t be in the driver’s seat.”

  29. I haven’t been able to sleep peacefully for a week in case I wake up and Wayne Swan has taken Julia Gillards place. lol I felt really sorry for Cruddy even though I wasn’t in favour of him. I’m not too sure how Julia is going to go but hoping she will help get our country back in the black and stop wasting so much money. We should be one of the wealthiest nations on earth with our resources (I think we are at the moment) but so much gets spent on unnecessary handouts and wastage. (don’t get me started)
    .-= Jackie Stenhouse´s last blog ..What to Look For in a Child With Anxiety =-.

  30. If Julia Gillard can play guitar like Eric Clapton, she’s already got my vote. Otherwise, she’ll have to prove herself first 😉
    .-= Colin ´s last blog ..Gratitude =-.

  31. Elizabeth says:

    I’m disgusted enough with the politics in my own country. ::sigh:: Yours sounds pretty similar.

    • I don’t know which country you are from Elizabeth but the same thing applies here in NZ or maybe you are from here too.

      At least the downward spiral has slowed a bit. Drastic measures were required and whoever got in last year had a mountainous job to try and stop and fix the decline.

  32. Jayne Pleysier says:

    Politics and Religion! Always give me music (without the drugs)!

    I remember when you spoke last year Sean you said politics was a really good way to get comments onto your blog and …. well you walked the talk with the post!

    Maybe I’m just too….passive/non-commital/neutral/detached/impartial….don’t care – but I do. 1st Australian Female Prime Minster – so what? 1st Black American President – so what?

    Is it my upbringing with a lack of rallying and riots and social injutices that these do not seem like major advancements in human society anymore? Am I just so protected by a free society that I just dont think it is a big a deal as my parents or grandparents think it is!

    If so…thankyou to those who have created a society where I can be safe and non-opinionated

    (that seems really wishy washy – I do have very strong thoughts on other issues though!) 🙂

  33. Trish Rock says:

    Mmmmmm, will be interesting to see if Australia wants to vote her in. Probably every chance as the Libs are really not that appealing at present 🙂

  34. Cathy and Trevor Howitt says:

    I loved hearing other people’s views on politics and especially Julia Gillard.
    There have been some very entertaining comments here….and probably too good for me to even try to compete with.
    The main thought that crossed my mind when Julia took over from Rudd was indeed…”Who can you trust?”
    Luckily, my own life does not reflect that of our politicians and I have a lovely group of friends and family whom I trust deeply.
    Trust and integrity are indeed very important to me, which is why I love working with Sean, all of the Zodiacs and the YOTA Forum members.
    Regards Cathy

    • Pardon my cynicism – but does ‘trust’ really come into it when thinking of politicians? It’s a bit of a waste of energy. I look more at their competence etc – so am ‘less’ let down when they don’t keep the promises.

      Of course, we as voters, expect them to make promises – silly us – we should know that a lot just can’t be met – no matter the reason.

      Well, that’s off the topic of the comp – though, it is good to find an online marketer who is trustworthy

      • Jayne Pleysier says:

        It would be fantastic if we could have some sort of faith in our politicians, but I think some of the problem is how our democratic system is set up and they become untouchable with party politics ruling in-between each election (the four years) where we have no say.

        I heard once which I thought was quite amusing:
        1st year – backstabbing the previous party and winging about everything they had implemented or not done

        2nd year – starting to make policies

        3rd year – seeing if they can fund the policy

        4th year – working out how they can be re-elected and starting to implement a policy or two – mainly spending money for something big as a memorial if they are voted out

        • Gee Jayne, you are cynical – where on earth did you get that info from? Our political masters (or mistresses) have our best interests at heart …. yeah right!

          It would be interesting if all the electorate went mad and didn’t vote for the 2 main contenders and only voted for the smaller parties! Imagine!

  35. Sad to hear the the former PM, the Right Honourable Kevin Rudd, is in hospital with abdominal pains. Guess we can blame Julia Gillard for that one! Thankfully, she didn’t shoot the Deputy; I’m in his electorate.
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