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One way or another there are going to be Machinery of Government changes as Kevin pulls the pin

By johnboy - 22 February 2012 37

Crikey have got a good take on Kevin Rudd’s dramatic 1am (Washington time) resignation as Foreign Minister and the brutal kicking of a speech he delivered to the Prime Minister.

It’s hard not to see some pretty major reshuffling of cabinet when all this is over and a fair chance of an election in the very near future.

Something for our public service readers to bear in mind.

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One way or another there are going to be Machinery of Government changes as Kevin pulls the pin
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basketcase 9:03 pm
22 Feb 12
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The TV station I was listening to described it as “an emergency press conference” I actually have difficulty getting my head round that.

Wonder if he can still use the VIP jet to get home, she could really shaft him by making him get his own way home.

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Holden Caulfield 10:47 pm
22 Feb 12
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You think Rudd’s speech was brutal towards Gillard. Have you read Swan’s outburst? Wow!

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The Traineediplomat 11:18 pm
22 Feb 12
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To be a Rudd Pedant, I’m going to suggest that Former FM Rudd took a commercial flight to the US. Sure it would have been at the ultimate pointy part of the plane, but thems-in-power tend not to take a VIP flight, when commercial flights are available.

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welkin31 8:28 am
23 Feb 12
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This comment by BLUEPOPPY at Crikey (well down) has me puzzled.
[If Rudd leads the ALP to the next election will there be a historical win for the Liberals in the two ACT electorates.]
What do Rioters think of that ?

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Dilandach 8:56 am
23 Feb 12
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http://nowhiring.com.au/424936+job+Prime+Minister+of+Australia+ACT.aspx

I think I should apply, I’ll have a crack at it.

As a bonus, if you click ‘apply now’ you get 5 questions to answer on your suitability.

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Duffbowl 9:02 am
23 Feb 12
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Looks like it will be on for young and old. I do love how the Gillard supporters (Gillardians?) are screaming disloyalty, when it was a similar disloyalty that got her the role of PM. Rudd’s supporters (Ruddites?) have been essentially quiet, other than some subdued support; that will probably change once KRudd is back in country.

If he resigns his seat (possible), and the Coalition pick it up (likely), that will make it 71-73 in the House of Reps. The Crossbenches will hold even more power; Greens will stay with ALP (72-73), WA Nationals and Bob Katter will go with the Coalition (72-75). If the ALP gets the support of the remaining three Independents, it’s hung at 75 each. Take out the speaker, and they have a bare majority of one. If one of the independents decides not to formally support the ALP (*cough* Wilkie *cough*) it’s back to level pegging…

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Thumper 9:08 am
23 Feb 12
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And in all this mayhem the APS loses about 600-700 jobs.

Mr Leigh? Comment? Didn’t think so.

Oh yeah, Swan has gone fully nuclear. He’s on the verge of a breakdown.

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Deref 9:15 am
23 Feb 12
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welkin31 said :

This comment by BLUEPOPPY at Crikey (well down) has me puzzled.
[If Rudd leads the ALP to the next election will there be a historical win for the Liberals in the two ACT electorates.]
What do Rioters think of that ?

I’ve been trying to think of the connection. It may be the truism “if you like Kevin Rudd it’s because you’ve never met him” – there are enough people in Canberra, perhaps, who have and who, consequently, would avoid him like the plague. But I think it’s drawing a longish bow to translate that into a win for the Libs. If we know Kevin Rudd, we know The Mad Monk just as well.

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chewy14 9:20 am
23 Feb 12
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I think it’s time for an election.

Having minority government is a joke and this kind of behaviour is ridiculous.

If Rudd loses, I hope he resigns from parliament altogether just to stick it up them- Mark Latham style.

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JessP 9:58 am
23 Feb 12
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As nice as it is to sit back and watch the fireworks, who is running the country?

Election please. This is crazy.

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Holden Caulfield 10:02 am
23 Feb 12
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Fast turning into what ever is worse than a total abject disaster.

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Chop71 10:52 am
23 Feb 12
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chewy14 said :

I think it’s time for an election.

Having minority government is a joke and this kind of behaviour is ridiculous.

If Rudd loses, I hope he resigns from parliament altogether just to stick it up them- Mark Latham style.

Yup, he should walk

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EvanJames 11:02 am
23 Feb 12
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Rudd is a disgrace. How anyone can think he is worthy of even being in parliament is beyond me. He was a disaster as PM, much of Gillard’s work has been to fix the damage he did, to the government and the APS. This childish behaviour (or continuation of childish behaviour) by Rudd is pathetic, but our bored proletariat behaves like it’s some kind of reality TV show for their entertainment.

The only good thing is how many of the pollies are dropping their spin-speak and saying what they really think. How unusual.

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johnboy 11:05 am
23 Feb 12
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You mean they’re admitting what liars they’ve been for the last 6 months?

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VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:09 am
23 Feb 12
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johnboy said :

You mean they’re admitting what liars they’ve been for the last 6 months?

Pollies? Lie? Say it aint so…

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