Gillard is still the best person to lead the ALP (there is no one else). How deal with the loss of trust following her broken promise on carbon tax? This is a difficult question but it must be resolved.
Abbott keeps making stupid remarks and then saying “it was an inappropriate comment”. Why not try something similar? Gillard could say “what she said then was an inappropriate comment and she regrets it”.
She can argue that there is still a strong case for a carbon tax but only in the right circumstances. She now faces a hung parliament (a tied, minority government). She either had to sit on her hands and do nothing on carbon pollution. OR she could make some effort to negotiate a new carbon tax scheme, through a Labor-Greens agreement (such as the one signed in September 1, 2010), which could have the general approval of Parliament (including the Independents). It went for the latter.
It was the right decision – but she went too far with her promise. She wishes she had never made it. But that’s politics.
Has anyone a better suggestion?