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Rudd returned as leader of parliamentary Labor Party. PM? Maybe?

By johnboy - 26 June 2013 42

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The returning officer has spoken and Kevin Rudd is now the leader of the Labor Party.

Final margin 57 to 45. (Bill Shorten decisive)

What happens next in the parliament will be exciting but the public servants of Canberra are well advised to tread very, very carefully.

There’s going to have to be a god almighty reshuffle for a Government that might not make it through tomorrow, let alone an election sooner than later.


UPDATE: It appears Tony Abbott is (for now) holding off process games in favour of the main event on polling day.

[Photo via Keep Calm Abbott is not PM]

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Rudd returned as leader of parliamentary Labor Party. PM? Maybe?
howeph 10:49 am 27 Jun 13

johnboy said :

You think kevin’s still got integrity after the last three years of unbridled lust for power?

Gollum Gollum

No, I don’t think that he’s still got much integrity left after three years of undermining his own party. But that doesn’t matter.

What matters is what the electorate thinks.

The electorate – wrongly in my opinion – hated Julia Gillard. The electorate likes Kevin. The electorate doesn’t like Abbott.

I think that it stinks, but Labor made the right decision last night in the interest of putting up a decent fight at the upcoming election. It’s called pragmatism over idealism.

dtc 10:13 am 27 Jun 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

I think this is the best thing for the Labor party. Julia was not going to win after her backflips and lies, not to mention the backstabbing that put her in charge. Kevin won the last election on his integrity and got us through the GFC pretty much unscathed. Why do people think that he has no chance with a proven record of great governing? He’s a much better choice for PM than anyone else out there at the moment and Mr Abbot should be scared.

backstabbing – you mean, just like Rudd has done (and, for that matter, Abbot did)

great governing… depends on whether you listen to the public servants/people who work with him, or people residing in far far away Queensland

Still, I agree that JG wasnt going to win and that Ruddbot has a far better chance. Whether I can cope with Abbott and Rudd at the same time I’m not sure

watto23 10:06 am 27 Jun 13

The way i see it, Rudd is a step up from either Abbott or Gillard winning the election. The brush they use to tarnish each other regarding lies etc can be applied to all politicians. it is extremely naive to think Abbott or Gillard never said anything that was untrue, purely to aid in improving their chances to become or keep being the PM. Most of politics has very little to do with what is good for the country, because often what is good for the country is not popular and thus never legislated.

johnboy 9:49 am 27 Jun 13

You think kevin’s still got integrity after the last three years of unbridled lust for power?

Gollum Gollum

wildturkeycanoe 9:43 am 27 Jun 13

I think this is the best thing for the Labor party. Julia was not going to win after her backflips and lies, not to mention the backstabbing that put her in charge. Kevin won the last election on his integrity and got us through the GFC pretty much unscathed. Why do people think that he has no chance with a proven record of great governing? He’s a much better choice for PM than anyone else out there at the moment and Mr Abbot should be scared.

rosscoact 9:32 am 27 Jun 13

interesting poll on Fairfax media least night

72% of respondents believed Rudd could win the election. That was out of 30,000 responses.

Obviously not representative but Abbott is right to be nervous. He knows it will soon become obvious that he is now the most hated leader in Australia, not the second most hated

Deref 9:20 am 27 Jun 13

giulia said :

johnboy said :

Well Napoleon has returned from Elba, but will he get 100 days before Waterloo?

Will there be a Kink in his Waterloo sunset?

Dirty old river, must you keep rolling?

Eaglehawk 8:19 am 27 Jun 13
Darkfalz 4:26 am 27 Jun 13

I’m impressed Labor thinks it can disown its own train wreck performance, bungle after bungle and temeritous in-fighting and with a second last minute “someone else did it” leader change in as many elections. They are playing the electorate not just for fools, but for complete morons.

I hope the Australian people are better than to fall for that (and deliver anything but a crushing defeat of Labor) but I am sadly not assured of it.

If you believe any incarnation of the current Labor government deserves to lead the country, good luck to you.

c_c™ 11:56 pm 26 Jun 13

It appears Tony Abbott was crapping himself. Guy looked nervous as hell, he was rocking back and forth on the balls of his feet at one point, sure sign of anxiety.

giulia 11:49 pm 26 Jun 13

johnboy said :

Well Napoleon has returned from Elba, but will he get 100 days before Waterloo?

Will there be a Kink in his Waterloo sunset?

poetix 10:07 pm 26 Jun 13

St Helena looks nice.

http://www.sthelenaisland.com.au/

Mr Evil 9:58 pm 26 Jun 13

Not much has changed in three years……

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OTV6TW93hs

johnboy 9:41 pm 26 Jun 13

Well Napoleon has returned from Elba, but will he get 100 days before Waterloo?

The Traineediplomat 9:09 pm 26 Jun 13

My money is on President Kodos

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