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

Kevin Rudd tipped to resume as Australia’s Prime Minister


Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd

Labor is being swept with expectations that Julia Gillard will be replaced as Prime Minister before parliament rises for the election, with Kevin Rudd now seen as the party’s only hope of averting electoral disaster.

Shocked by polling and amazed at the former prime minister’s reception in Geelong on Friday, some of Ms Gillard’s staunchest backers are now wobbling in their support.

Since Saturday, federal Labor has been alive with speculation that Bill Shorten has switched his support and pivotal numbers to Ms Gillard in favour of Mr Rudd.

Although Labor figures deny the formal shift they confirm Victorian MPs are now in a state of panic.

Polling in Fairfax Media today suggests Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus would lose his Melbourne seat under Ms Gillard, confirming similar polling in News Limited newspapers last week.

While NSW Labor MPs have been agitating for change for months and former Labor leader Simon Crean from Victoria has called for change and a leadership spill the Victorians, led by Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten, have held firm.

Labor MPs are now worried the public is becoming more antagonistic towards Ms Gillard and now see Mr Rudd as a chance to avoid a “three term defeat”.

While Mr Shorten has firmed as favourite to become leader of the opposition should Labor lose, it would be a hopeless task if the ALP was reduced to a rump as it has been in the NSW and Queensland state elections.

Richard Marles, the Labor MP for Corio in Victoria, said this morning that the reaction to Mr Rudd in Geelong was typical of the reception he receives from the public.

The leadership speculation has intensified over the past few days following a series of public appearances by Mr Rudd.

When he appeared on the ABC’s 7.30 program on Thursday night, Mr Rudd refused to re-state his position developed after the aborted challenge in March this year that there were no circumstances in which he would resume the leadership, although he did so when pressed by media when visting Geelong on Friday.

Veteran ABC political journalist and former chief-of-staff to prime minister Bob Hawke, Barrie Cassidy, said yesterday he believed Ms Gillard’s prime ministership was in its final days.

“I’m very strongly of the view that Julia Gillard will not lead the party into the next election. There will be a change, either by her own hand or by the actions of others,” he said on the ABC’s Insiders program.

Cassidy said that while Mr Shorten harboured an ambition to lead Labor after the election, he would want to do so from a better base than was in prospect if Ms Gillard remained as prime minister.

New polling in six key Labor-held seats suggested that Mr Rudd would attract almost 7 per cent more votes on a two-party preferred basis.

The automated telephone poll, reported in Fairfax newspapers, found that Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan would achieve a two-party preferred majority of 57 per cent if Mr Rudd were installed as leader, compared with 53 per cent now.

Leadership tensions are likely to build through the next week ahead of the resumption of parliament on June 17 for its final two weeks of sitting ahead of the federal election, which Ms Gillard has nominated for September 14.

Source: The Australian – Julia Gillard backers wobble in support
 

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.

Discussion

3 thoughts on “Kevin Rudd tipped to resume as Australia’s Prime Minister

  1. Did you catch this article in the SMH (http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/the-loved-and-loathed-20130601-2niau.html)? Note where the graphic places KRudd. Frankly, that is where his prime ministership ambitions should stay. In the past.

    Posted by dumbadmin | June 10, 2013, 00:11

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Pingback: Major Australian newspaper calls for Prime Minister to resign | Craig Hill - June 22, 2013

  2. Pingback: Kevin Rudd is Australia’s Prime Minister again | Craig Hill - June 26, 2013

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 )

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 15,358 other followers

An archive of all my old posts

Follow me on Twitter

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

United States outmanoeuvres Russia once again? 

United States outmanoeuvres Russia once again? 

In a recent briefing, the US Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Avril Haines warned, “I would characterize it as the Russians aren’t winning, and the Ukrainians aren’t winning, and we’re at a bit of a stalemate here.” So, where is the Russia-Ukraine war heading? What is Russian President Putin planning next? Is Europe ready for […]

China is defying global order to expand power, US admiral warns

China is defying global order to expand power, US admiral warns

The Chinese Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are destabilizing international order in an effort to expand their global power, Adm. John Aquilino, commander of the Indo-Pacific Command, warned lawmakers during a House hearing on Tuesday. In his written testimony submitted to the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Adm. Aquilino explained that the Department […]

China – Autocracy and decoupling technical tests

China – Autocracy and decoupling technical tests

We have noticed that the embrace with China had become suffocating in the last twenty years. The West universe of consumers and China the factory of the world. We started with modest and low value-added materials and products, to refine the trajectory and revolution to the most refined and complex technologies, such as 5G and […]

Four ways China is growing its media influence in Southeast Asia

Four ways China is growing its media influence in Southeast Asia

As President Biden welcomes leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to a special summit this week in Washington, D.C., his administration is affirming Beijing as the U.S.’s main rival and underscoring the region’s importance in U.S.-China competition. The two-day event is part of the U.S effort to woo ASEAN members caught in a […]

Confronting Russia will deter China, says Japanese defense minister

Confronting Russia will deter China, says Japanese defense minister

A strong international response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine is critical to deterring China from embarking on territorial conquests in Taiwan or the South China Sea, said Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi. “China has been carefully observing the current situation of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and they are paying particularly close attention to what […]

How Russia-Ukraine copied Finland war without lessons

How Russia-Ukraine copied Finland war without lessons

Finland is a unique country with a distinct language and culture. However, its possession was always contested between Sweden and Russia. Though Finland mainly remained under Swedish control in 1809, it was annexed by Russia. Using the end of World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution in late 1917, Finland declared its independence from the […]

China plans system to take out asteroids hurtling toward earth

China plans system to take out asteroids hurtling toward earth

China plans to develop a system for monitoring asteroids that pose a threat to earth, highlighting the nation’s growing ambitions for its space program. The country will also explore ways for taking out asteroids that endanger the planet, Wu Yanhua, deputy director of the China National Space Administration, said in a TV interview, according to […]

Russia-Japan tensions flare anew over the Kurils

Russia-Japan tensions flare anew over the Kurils

Formally, Russia is not at war with Ukraine, where it claims to be conducting a so-called “special military operation.” But with Japan, given that Moscow and Tokyo never signed a peace treaty officially ending World War II, the two Asian neighbors remain technically at war. And after Japan recently described four Kuril islands whose ownership […]

Solomon Islands has Washington in state of alarm after a security pact with China

Solomon Islands has Washington in state of alarm after a security pact with  China

A tiny island chain in the South Pacific has Western governments scrambling after it agreed to a security pact with China that the United States and its allies fear could enhance Beijing’s military power in this strategically important region.  The deal between China and the Solomon Islands, a nation of 700,000 people that had deadly […]

China says its ‘future helicopters’ will be equipped with ground-breaking technologies

China says its ‘future helicopters’ will be equipped with ground-breaking technologies

Militaries all around the world are looking at integrating modern technology into their military weapons. China, as usual, appears to be making serious efforts to prepare for the future battleground, this time, with plans to include artificial intelligence and high-speed features in its future choppers. During a recent public lecture, a prominent Chinese military helicopter […]

%d bloggers like this: