Kevin Rudd replaced Julia Gillard as head of the Labor Party last night
New/Old Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd replaced Julia Gillard as head of the Labor Party last night. With a vote of 57 to Ms. Gillard’s 45, Mr Rudd seized back the job from which he had been ejected three years ago, almost to the day.
Ms. Gillard had stated that the loser should leave politics and so she will not re-contest the federal seat of Lalor, in inner Western Melbourne. Along with Ms. Gillard’s resignation, an extraordinary day in Australian politics saw the resignations of her supporters Government Senate Leader and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, Trade Minister Craig Emerson, Treasurer Wayne Swan and Education Minister Peter Garratt. Earlier in the day, two influential independent MPs, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor also said they would not re-contest their seats in Election 2014.
The Liberal Party have jumped in with a YouTube video to remind us all that Mr. Rudd’s colleagues consider him guilty of dysfunction and treachery. In his ‘victory’ speech, Mr. Rudd praised his predecessor Ms. Gillard’s hard work and achievements. An interesting side note is that the Labor Government is a minority government dependent upon the cross benchers – who may not support a Rudd Government for longer than a day.
See the ABC TV coverage
Read more at the Liberal Party website
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Unless, of course, it’s one K. Rudd, who has so detested the Labor Party dumping on him back in 2010, that he has consistently white-anted his own party, with leaks to Laurie Oakes and any other journalist likely to publish his version of the ‘truth’ of his removal.
Well now Mr. Rudd has got what he wanted. Along the way he has pretty well destroyed the careers of many colleagues, including Simon Crean, Kim Carr, Martin Ferguson and, more recently, the above-mentioned ministers who took a hit for the team yesterday.
The irony is, if Mr. Rudd really does care about Labor Party values and policy, then he has probably, single-handedly, done more to discredit them than any other individual, including the man whose role it is to achieve this, Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott.
So off we go to the polls with only about 50 per cent of the Labor Cabinet as we knew it prior to 7pm yesterday. The former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, was gracious and calm in her concession speech. But she is gone. Now we have Kevin 07 to lead the rump of the Labor Party to victory in September, August, or whenever.
I doubt he is up to it.
What do you think? Is the change in Labor leadership a good thing? Can Kevin Rudd lead the party to victory?
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