//
you're reading...
Australian Current Affairs

Australia: Kevin Rudd publicly supports Julia Gillard


Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd has been forced to publicly reiterate his support for Julia Gillard after the Prime Minister complained of a caucus whispering campaign against her.

The move came as Tony Abbott flagged a change in parliamentary tactics, saying his team would look more like an “alternative government” than an opposition this year.

Mr Rudd told journalists to “give us a break” this morning ahead of a church service to mark the start of the parliamentary year, when asked if he had the numbers to challenge Ms Gillard.

“I said 12 months ago that I supported the Prime Minister. You know, (after I) challenged the Prime Minister,” the former prime minister, now backbencher, said.

“That remains my position and everyone should take a very long cold shower.”

Mr Rudd said he was committed to ensuring Tony Abbott didn’t make it to The Lodge.

“It’s going to be tough and it’s going to be competitive,” he said.

“Our core challenge is to do whatever we can to make sure Mr Abbott doesn’t become prime minister. That’s my mission in life and that’s what I’ll be doing this year.”

A sense of crisis hangs over Labor as it starts the parliamentary year, with Ms Gillard yesterday admonishing unidentified leakers in caucus for giving “negative assessments” of her government.

Fairfax is also reporting a claim by the Rudd camp that puts his support at close to 45 of 102 caucus members. A year ago he lost a leadership ballot 31 votes to 71.

Ahead of the first question time of the year, Mr Abbott declared Labor untrustworthy and incompetent and vowed to present a positive alternative to voters.

“Obviously, as we get closer to polling day there will be more stress on being an alternative government,’ he said.

“People want us to be an opposition, sure, but they want us to be a bit more like an alternative government. Increasingly this will be the case as the election draws closer.”

Mr Abbott said Australians expected a strong and stable government. “Sadly that’s not the perception right now in Canberra,” he said.

Manager of opposition business Christopher Pyne said the AWU slush fund scandal and the Craig Thomson affair were legitimate areas for parliamentary questioning but “there’s no plan at this stage to make them the focus of the opposition’s parliamentary tactics”.

Labor MP Yvette D’Ath said renewed leadership rumblings were “just speculation”, and the caucus continued to support Ms Gillard.

“I actually sit in the caucus and I can assure you that the caucus endorsed Julia Gillard; it continues to support Julia Gillard. The leadership issue was dealt with last year,” she said.

“That matter is behind us now. All of the caucus members need to be out there working hard to ensure that the government message … the government’s policies … are being explained to the community.”

Opposition frontbencher George Brandis said Ms Gillard’s decision to name September 14 as the election date was about securing her leadership.

“I suspect it has something to do with the fact Mr Rudd and those who would like to see him back in the prime minister’s chair are a lot closer to her than is commonly appreciated,” he said.

“This was a defensive move by Julia Gillard, but time will tell.”

Source: The Australian – “Give us a break: Kevin Rudd on Labor leadership questions”
 

About Craig Hill

Teacher and Writer. Writing has been cited in New York Times, BBC, Fox News, Aljazeera, Philippines Star, South China Morning Post, National Interest, news.com.au, Wikipedia and others.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

If you liked what you just read, click "Subscribe" to become a follower of the Craig Hill site. You will receive an email each time a new post is published.

Join 14,809 other followers

An archive of all my old posts

Follow me on Twitter

Most Recent Posts Post on My Blog About China: China News

More Than 90 Countries Relied on Chinese Vaccines. Now They’re Battling Major Outbreaks.

More Than 90 Countries Relied on Chinese Vaccines. Now They’re Battling Major Outbreaks.

More than 90 countries are using Covid shots from China. Experts say recent infections in those places should serve as a cautionary tale in the global effort to fight the disease. Mongolia promised its people a “Covid-free summer.” Bahrain said there would be a “return to normal life.” The tiny island nation of the Seychelles […]

US sanctions Chinese solar firms for Uighur human rights abuses

US sanctions Chinese solar firms for Uighur human rights abuses

The United States on Wednesday restricted exports to five Chinese companies that it said were implicated in Chinese human rights violations, including large producers of polysilicon for the solar panel industry. The companies were listed over human rights violations and abuses of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, according to a US government filing on Wednesday. […]

China is the real winner of Western climate politics

China is the real winner of Western climate politics

Most of the Western media so desperately wants the dominant climate narrative – especially the bit where the West is the villain – to be true that they simply do not interrogate the facts. The G7 meeting was a genuine success for Scott Morrison and for the West generally. As Boris Johnson says, “the West […]

Australia: Overnight News Headlines – June 24, 2021

Australia: Overnight News Headlines – June 24, 2021

Originally posted on Craig Hill:
Australian News Overnight news headlines you may have missed Australia news LIVE: NSW COVID-19 cases surge; restrictions reimposed on Greater Sydney – Australia news LIVE: NSW COVID-19 cases surge; restrictions reimposed on Greater Sydney. For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here. By … Australian Cup Moth Caterpillars Produce…

China in the News: June 24, 2021

China in the News: June 24, 2021

What the world is saying about China (past 24 hours) “Ridiculous Case”: Juror Criticizes DOJ for Charging Scientist With Hiding Ties to China – After an FBI agent led the university to believe that Hu had ties to the Chinese military, … She considered herself patriotic and had thought very little about China. US says […]

China Puts Economy First, Climate Last

China Puts Economy First, Climate Last

China’s top economic planners have put the brakes on attempts by environmental officials to reduce carbon emissions as driving growth takes priority over meeting climate targets for now, according to people familiar with the matter. Officials at China’s main economic planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission, have limited the initial scope of a […]

Australia: Overnight News Headlines – June 23, 2021

Australia: Overnight News Headlines – June 23, 2021

Originally posted on Craig Hill:
Australian News Overnight news headlines you may have missed Big spending in SA budget, but can the government survive an election fought on health? – Mr Lucas stressed South Australia was “not going to go down the Labor option” like the Victorian Government did in its most recent state budget.…

China in the News: June 23, 2021

China in the News: June 23, 2021

What the world is saying about China (past 24 hours) China’s version of the Asian model, Opinion News & Top Stories – China’s version of the Asian model. Beijing has altered the geopolitical context that led to the rise of East Asia. Gideon Rachman. Bitcoin sinks below US$30000 for 1st time since January amid China […]

Shanghai Extravagance, Silicon Valley Stoics, and US-China Agony

Shanghai Extravagance, Silicon Valley Stoics, and US-China Agony

Shanghai has just replaced Hong Kong as the ‘most expensive city’, according to Swiss private bank JuliusBär Group’s Global Wealth and Lifestyle Report 2021 (Juliusbaer.com 2021 Apr 8). By comparing Shanghai on the socialist mainland and HK as a champion of capitalism for decades, the high-net-worth-individuals in Shanghai seem to be much more willing and […]

Cadence Column: Asia, June 21, 2021

Cadence Column: Asia, June 21, 2021

China is facing massive resentment against its own Communist Party from inside its own borders. Members of ordinary society stab Communist Party members and are regarded heroes. The party of self-importance on the world stage isn’t only hated by the rest of the world, but also by the people it oppresses at home. CCP does […]

%d bloggers like this: