The Australian pollsters were out quick and fast on the weekend with the first state of the parties polls which reflected two opposing results with, on the one hand, the Australian Labor Party and the Coalition neck and neck and on the other, Labor holding a slight lead over their rivals. This lead was holding so no doubt the Coalition were in need of something sensational to break Labor’s stride.
And it came, apparently courtesy of NZ Foreign Affairs. Apart from this being a huge coincidence, why would MFAT feel it needed to interfere in the Australian election by leaking to the Australian media? I’ve been accused of conspiracy theories in the past but it seems all too convenient that this was some leak out of Lambton Quay or the Embassy in Canberra.
The Coalition needed a circuit breaker to help them given it’s taken six days to get their campaign HQ up and running and journalists are having a job tracking down Opposition leader Tony Abbott’s movements. So how to throw a spanner into Labor’s wheels? Do we see this tool in the hands of the now infamous Crosby Textor?
We have heard they were behind the campaigns of the conservatives in Australia and New Zealand as well as the successful mayoral bid of Boris Johnson in London. It is said they continue to offer advice to the NZ government. Wouldn’t it therefore suit their ends of having a centre-right government re-elected in Australia to use any information which fell into their hands on this side of the Tasman to achieve this end?
Maybe I am just a conspiracy theorist but it sure does seem funny that this little gem should emerge to throw doubt into ALP support at this convenient time.