public servants” are keeping
“the country running”?*
This must be a joke
(of sorts) on Gillard, with somerather rude punning.†
* see Phillip Coorey’s “Angry mobs ready to face off as MPs take leave of trouble”, wherein he writes, “The only people who risk being inconvenienced [by the ‘Convoy of No Confidence’] are those who live in Canberra – the apolitical public servants who keep the country running [...].” See also “On His Knees”, by Prof. Bunyip.
† i.e., suggesting that the PM is running again.