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Simon Crean calling for a spill. AND IT’S OFF

By johnboy - 21 March 2013 118

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Simon Crean’s just on the tv right now calling for a spill and asking Kevin Rudd to stand as leader.

So there’s definitely a thing on now.

Where the numbers lie remains to be seen.

Remember that a change of leadership will probably bring on an election and certainly massive ministerial changes so all our public service friends need to have their briefs up to date.

UPDATE 21/03/13 13:47: thatsnotme had this to add:

Grabbed this screenshot from the ABC re the leadership spill Apparently the stakes are even higher than simply leadership of the ALP.

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UPDATE 21/03/13 14:02: Leadership vote just announced by the PM for 16:30 this afternoon.

UPDATE 21/03/13 14:26: No confidence motion underway which could get hairy. Meanwhile CanMeme has come up with this:

canmeme

Also the BBC has a good piece on leadership challenges in Australia:

After eight years as prime minister, Hawke himself was “rolled,” to use another Australianism (that politics here has its own vocabulary of leadership challenges is in itself instructive).

UPDATE 21/03/13 14:50: No Confidence motion kept off the floor but probably would have failed based on the voting on suspending standing orders.

UPDATE 21/03/13 16:17: It has been pointed out that if Rudd gets up and is forced into an early election the Canberra Liberals won’t have much time to figure out their senate preselection war.

UPDATE 21/03/13 16:20: Rudd says he won’t stand for the leadership.

UPDATE 21/03/13 16:46: It’s over and off. PM returned unanimously an unopposed.

UPDATE 21/03/13 17:09: One practical outcome is the ACT can now await a new Minister for Territories.

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118 Responses to
Simon Crean calling for a spill. AND IT’S OFF
davo101 2:05 pm 21 Mar 13

Jim Jones said :

Wouldn’t be happening if we had a halfway intelligent media who could engage in policy analysis instead of obsessing about personalities. The difference between the national news media and celebrity magazines is hard to pick these days.

Also not helped by the fact that coverage is directed by the commercial and partisan agenda of their owners.

Holden Caulfield 2:03 pm 21 Mar 13

Spill at 4:30pm today according to 666 news.

johnboy 2:03 pm 21 Mar 13

Prime Minister Gillard’s just announced in Question Time a leadership vote for 16:30 this afternoon.

astrojax 1:57 pm 21 Mar 13

so, early election? june 1, anyone? any other tips?

MERC600 1:56 pm 21 Mar 13

Didn’t one or more of the independents say they were there to support the current Pm only ? They may bring on an election if Julia gets the A ?

chewy14 1:54 pm 21 Mar 13

Jim Jones said :

Wouldn’t be happening if we had a halfway intelligent media who could engage in policy analysis instead of obsessing about personalities. The difference between the national news media and celebrity magazines is hard to pick these days.

Wouldn’t be happening if we had a halfway decent government, who were willing to stick to their guns instead of folding every time the minutest amount of pressure is put on them and their policies either.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 1:43 pm 21 Mar 13

Jim Jones said :

Mysteryman said :

Things are VERY busy at PH right now. Journos have been getting around all morning on the phone to staffers and anyone else who can give them any piece of info about the leadership situation. I wouldn’t be surprised if something happens very soon.

They would be excited. They created the leadership spill in the first place.

Wouldn’t be happening if we had a halfway intelligent media who could engage in policy analysis instead of obsessing about personalities. The difference between the national news media and celebrity magazines is hard to pick these days.

too true.

nsn 1:41 pm 21 Mar 13

Mysteryman said :

Things are VERY busy at PH right now. Journos have been getting around all morning on the phone to staffers and anyone else who can give them any piece of info about the leadership situation. I wouldn’t be surprised if something happens very soon.

Did you read the main article? A Cabinet Minister has called for a leadership spill, and declared his support for Rudd, and you ‘wouldn’t be surprised if something happens very soon’?

Jim Jones 1:31 pm 21 Mar 13

Mysteryman said :

Things are VERY busy at PH right now. Journos have been getting around all morning on the phone to staffers and anyone else who can give them any piece of info about the leadership situation. I wouldn’t be surprised if something happens very soon.

They would be excited. They created the leadership spill in the first place.

Wouldn’t be happening if we had a halfway intelligent media who could engage in policy analysis instead of obsessing about personalities. The difference between the national news media and celebrity magazines is hard to pick these days.

johnboy 1:26 pm 21 Mar 13

I’m not sure this isn’t Simon Crean’s way to get to the backbench where he can snipe freely.

That or get to call the shots in the party.

Win win for him to a point.

Mysteryman 1:24 pm 21 Mar 13

Things are VERY busy at PH right now. Journos have been getting around all morning on the phone to staffers and anyone else who can give them any piece of info about the leadership situation. I wouldn’t be surprised if something happens very soon.

Dilandach 1:21 pm 21 Mar 13

It won’t be a landslide if Rudd wins the spill, it’ll be close. The real fun will be if he does win, it’ll be a political bloodbath with a heavy dose of retribution.

There’ll be a few that will never see a ministry position again depending on who wins.

This will be pretty much the last stand of Rudd. If he doesn’t then he won’t get the position until the inevitable labor defeat.

johnboy 1:19 pm 21 Mar 13

He seems to be trying to have his cake and eat it.

HiddenDragon 1:16 pm 21 Mar 13

Some long overdue plain speaking.

arescarti42 1:16 pm 21 Mar 13

Oh lawd, here we go.

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