Julia Gillard will give a press conference at 9.30am Eastern Time to respond to Kevin Rudd’s shock resignation as Foreign Minister. The Punch’s Tory Shepherd will be there. Join us here for live coverage and to take part in the national bun fight!

 

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    • Bill says:

      08:05am | 23/02/12

      Gillard : “I have decided today to do the honourable thing and resign as Prime Minister immediately. An election will be held in one month’s time”.

      Australia : WOO HOO!!!!

    • Against the Man says:

      08:44am | 23/02/12

      She hasn’t done the honourable thing her whole life why would she start now?

    • Ock says:

      09:01am | 23/02/12

      Wishful thinking from coalition staffers Bill. Sorry Against the Man - but anymore empty and meaningless blurtlers mate? You can dislike her and her performance as much as you like, but first get where she is before squawking on about whether she has ever been honourable… You are beginning to sound like the neanderthal coalition grunts…

    • Against the Man says:

      09:08am | 23/02/12

      Sadly Ock you have to type louder, we can’t hear your minority comment smile

    • Bill says:

      09:15am | 23/02/12

      Ock - as opposed to your typical ignorant, uneducated, rusted on ALP voter.

      I ‘get’ where Gillard is. As do all thinking Australians. That’s why we want her and her useless, incompetent, corrupt government gone.

      The longer this rabble is in power, the longer it will take a responsible Coalition government to fix the mess. Call an election now, Julia. We can’t wait to see the back of you.

    • Etrix says:

      09:38am | 23/02/12

      Love you Bill… thats what we want..

    • Rosie says:

      10:07am | 23/02/12

      How dare they tell their story now, once again to let themselves off the hook! It is a nightmare, while they go about eating themselves alive we are made to wait and watch anxiously for the scraps thrown at us. Watch it folks, we have a greedy, self indulgent, act swift mob that will not settle just throwing the scraps at us, will end up devouring anything that crosses their path.

      Awful! Awful! Bad sad day for Australia to have the wife of a former PM of this nation saying that we should all speak to our MPs on who should be ending this nightmare. There should be no challenge, Gillard should do the decent thing by the people and have Rudd installed and leave the rest to the Independents to whether the govt should do a full term and have elections asap. Without the Independents Gillard is nothing!

      Why isn’t the media putting the interests of the people before the egos this mob? Once again we have been used.

    • john says:

      10:12am | 23/02/12

      @Bill I doubt we are going to an election any time soon.

      Like I said its all about those magical numbers.

      I think its funny how everyone thinks Kevin is doing this to be PM again.

      I think we are witnessing his departure., but will stir the hive with a big stick because he can on his way out.

      Now that Kevin looks set to depart labor the numbers will be 74-73 PROVIDED his seat is lost. If Kevin sits in the backbench {highly unlikely} it will still be 75-73.

      So as long as Julia does not go to an election. Labor will serve out its term.

      Its unlikely Labor will go to an early election…at this stage.

      Even if all 75 declare themselves independent tomorrow, as long as they swear alliance to the labor party, they will continue to govern because they have the numbers.

      Now if Labor MP Craig Thomson is bankrupted or found guilty and sent to prison {you loose your rights when you go to jail}  then things get interesting.

      If by some miracle Kevin is PM again the same outcome or worse will occur, because 2 or more will resign with 2 or by-elections- the labor will fall.

    • Little Joe says:

      10:16am | 23/02/12

      Kevin Rudd Quote from 2007 Election Campaign

      “We are ready to govern!!”

      HA,HA,HA,HA,HA!!!

    • Monty says:

      10:20am | 23/02/12

      Its ok, Against the Man. Coalition supporters often have trouble listening to the concerns of minorities.

    • Cobbler says:

      10:28am | 23/02/12

      @Bill - Pot calling the kettle black much?  Talk about Corruption.  How many LNP MPs resigned over corrupt behaviour in the Howard goverment?  I’ll help you out, something like 11.

      The fact is that you and your ilk have been crying this level of hyperbole since 2008, and you’re not the type to let pesky things like facts get in the way of a passionate soundbite.

    • dovif says:

      10:51am | 23/02/12

      Bill and ATM

      How dare you say Gillard is not Honorable

      She might be a lying, backstabbing, incompetent, conniving, truth bending, despicable, union controlled hack with no real life experience or personality. But she is honorable as far as we know

    • Stephen T says:

      11:06am | 23/02/12

      @Cobbler: I think you have invalidated your own argument, they resigned because their behaviour was not acceptable to the Coalition or the broader community.  Strangley, or perhaps not so strangely Labor seems to condone and defend the transgressions of their party members, you tell me which party has the higher moral princilpes.

    • No Greens and Labor under Julia Giliar says:

      11:41am | 23/02/12

      @Ock , just continue to live in your little delusional world of make belief, why not join the greens and spend the day talking to the lovely bob brown, about his life and vision to tear this great country apart

    • Monty says:

      12:03pm | 23/02/12

      @No Greens and Labor under Julia Giliar, “tearing this great country apart” rather literally, is more the domain of Gina Rinehart, her mining buddies and the Liberal party.

    • Doug says:

      12:22pm | 23/02/12

      Kevin can split from labour (with his backers) and form a new party - let’s call it Kevin O’Heaven - and start from scratch.  That would make for a dream year in politics.

      Everybody wins.  Her Majesty (the ‘loyal’ one) Gillard and the team can then actually go on the Rudd attack like they really want to - and ‘prove’ themselves to the Australian voters ... as can the O’Heaven team.

      Just hope my fantasy comes true ... the campaigns alone would be worth it ...

    • billfromthebush says:

      02:31pm | 23/02/12

      Gillard or Krud,    Dumb or Dumber,  not much choice there…..

    • acotrel says:

      08:06am | 23/02/12

      I bet the ‘bun fight’ will be a fizzer ! ! Tiony and Rupert will be so disappointed !

    • RyaN says:

      08:46am | 23/02/12

      Methinks you are an imposter, even acotrel couldn’t be that stupid.

    • TimB says:

      08:49am | 23/02/12

      Dear lord, are you still running with that fizzer line?

      Wake up to reality Acotrel.

    • Against the Man says:

      08:58am | 23/02/12

      I take offence with that comment RyaN. I have great faith in acotrel’s ability to increase his level of stupidity smile

    • thatmosis says:

      10:29am | 23/02/12

      I’m afraid he is thats why I have renamed him the Village Idiot and everytime he post a comment he inforces that perception.
        If I was running the opposition I would be sitting back, having a nice cuppa and watching the ALP implode from within. This is priceless and whoever wins???? this vote will still be the loser in the majority of Australian peoples eyes, what a choice, the back stabbing liar or the paranoid scitso, boy are we in trouble.

    • RyaN says:

      10:29am | 23/02/12

      @Against the Man: +100 internets. Love your work.

    • SD says:

      10:40am | 23/02/12

      It will. What do you think’s going to happen? A circus? A fireworks? There will be a vote, Gillard will win. Very boring. It will only get exciting if Kruddy wins, thus one reason why the media ( even Andrew Bolt!!) are saying nice things about him. Yea,  you love him! Pull the other one!!!

    • Tony of Poorakistan says:

      08:09am | 23/02/12

      Ask her about her next plan to stop the boats. The situation is becoming ridiculous.

    • SteveKAG says:

      09:12am | 23/02/12

      “becoming”

      I think you mean “has become”

    • Coop says:

      11:26am | 23/02/12

      “has become more” I think you mean

    • PittTheYounger says:

      08:17am | 23/02/12

      Labor is finished. This mob is unelectable. The public hate Gillard and Caucus hates Rudd. Abbott would be BEAMING.

    • Joan says:

      08:53am | 23/02/12

      You’ve got it wrapped up- that`s the way it is. Australia deserves better than the rabble government of today. Best thing Gillard could do is visit GG come Monday and call an election.

    • The Big M says:

      08:55am | 23/02/12

      Rudd massacred Abbott the last time they met at the polls and Rudd was leader… He would much prefer to face Gillard than a Rudd who is mobbed and popular whenever he appears in public.
      People can cackle on however they like about Rudd and his foibles, and he has a few, he maintains a strong public standing and is far more popular than Abbott…
      The Australian public tend to give people a second chance, that is historical, so the only place Abbott will be beaming is from the opposition benches to the opposition benches…

    • Max Redlands says:

      09:18am | 23/02/12

      @ The Big M “Rudd massacred Abbott the last time they met at the polls and Rudd was leader”

      When was that?!

      When Rudd went to the polls you might recall Howard was the leader of the Liberals. Abbott wasn’t even Deputy Leader.

    • SteveKAG says:

      09:19am | 23/02/12

      @ Joan you are 100% right but when has this liar ever done the “best thing”?

    • Sinkers says:

      09:21am | 23/02/12

      Rudd has never met Abbott at the polls? Rudd beat Howard, Abbott beat Gillard and Windsor and Oakshott beat Abbott.

    • PittTheYounger says:

      10:02am | 23/02/12

      It’s up to the caucus now.

      Stay with GILLARD who actually has some leadership skills though will lead the party to certain annihilation at the ballot box
                                    OR
      go with RUDD with his dysfunctional and chaotic style but better standing with the voters. Which doesn’t mean he’s a shoe-in to win to next election might i add. Especially since if he does take the leadership ministers like swan, conroy, burke, roxon and crean would certainly have to go.

    • Little Joe says:

      10:13am | 23/02/12

      @ Max Redlands

      “The Big M”‘s comment will be regurgitated by millions of ignorant Labor voters by now. It is seemingly quite OK for Labor spin and blatant misinformation to be published here despite the COMMUNITY AGREEMENT!!!

    • john says:

      10:33am | 23/02/12

      @PittTheYounger “Labor is finished. This mob is unelectable. The public hate Gillard and Caucus hates Rudd. Abbott would be BEAMING. “

      So far Its all a forgone conclusion there will be a ballot. on Monday, that is all. No-one party is finished we are still 18 months away from an election.

      Now depends on the numbers currently 75-73,  if Rudd wins 2 or more may resign and a by-election held. Crean I doubt will stay in the back benches. Swany may go, perhaps Gillard too, there may be an exodus. The numbers will be 73-73, it will set labor up for a double dissolution, and the liberals will force labor to the polls.

      If Gillard wins Rudd will go to back benchers or depart altogether the numbers will be 74-73 PROVIDED his seat is lost. If Kevin sits in the backbench {highly unlikely} it will still be 75-73.

      If Kevin loses the first round and stays this will drag on for months to come.

      Don’t get too excited folks, this is going to take longer than the serial “like sands in the hour glass, so are the days of our lives”.

      Relax, dust off your pop corn maker and enjoy the politics, you are witnessing democracy without the bloodshed, all we are doing is showing those fledgling democracies around the world how its done without a drop of blood {apart from that stupid reporter that got hit by a car filming gillard departing this morning}

    • R says:

      08:25am | 23/02/12

      The Mad Katter looks like he was the smartest independent back at the election

    • fairsfair says:

      08:54am | 23/02/12

      I thought that when he refused to take part in that 4Corners “recording of history”.

    • Tony of Poorakistan says:

      08:30am | 23/02/12

      Have either of them said anything about stopping the boats?

    • RyaN says:

      08:38am | 23/02/12

      “Vicious attacks don’t have a place in our national political life. I would urge my own supporters in Australia not to retaliate.” Then he proceeds to launch into a personal attack on Tony Abbott.

      What an idiot!

    • Bear says:

      08:39am | 23/02/12

      If there were to be an election now there has to be one in 18 months anyway so the senate can catch up. So, put Abbott in, install him without an election even, heck as if Liberals give a f**k about democracy. Only when they lose. Then after 18 months of him the thought of giving him actual power in the Senate will frighten everyone but the zealots off. Labor get back in, or the Katter party, anyone but Abbott will be the MO.

    • Robert Smissen of Rural SA says:

      01:13pm | 23/02/12

      Not if you force a double D

    • Mickey T says:

      08:40am | 23/02/12

      Does anyone know why Gillard is giving this speech from Adelaide?

      Did she go back to her parents for some consoling?

    • the Duke says:

      10:22am | 23/02/12

      she was there to open something and unveil a plaque in her honour ??? plus SA is the last bastion of socialism left in this country—getting screwed by Labour governments is a lifestyle decision there—regardless of what they do

    • RyaN says:

      08:43am | 23/02/12

      Still nothing from acotrel, we all want an explanation as to your barefaced lie that this was all a news ltd. beat up.

    • Coop says:

      11:36am | 23/02/12

      Still outside Sophie Mirabella’s office bringing down the “LNP”,  being outraged at Abbott and the way in which body language is being manipulated by the conservative press

    • Kurisu Sonsaku says:

      08:44am | 23/02/12

      Popcorn…......................git yer Pocorn here.

    • RyaN says:

      08:47am | 23/02/12

      More revolving door politics, Labor is a joke and a total mess.
      NSW Labor replay.

    • John says:

      08:51am | 23/02/12

      Who cares Rudd won’t uproot the carbon tax and he will order an military attack on Iran for the US. There will be never any change. The lying, warmongers will continue their cycle of following the western cabal’s interests. It’s all theater! Pure fiction people! Nothing will change.

    • scarlet says:

      08:51am | 23/02/12

      Typical ALP - they put this show on at 9:15 when Liberal voters are at work. Only the dole-bludging lefties are able to watch it

    • Bill says:

      08:59am | 23/02/12

      Like!!!

    • Reader says:

      10:34am | 23/02/12

      The Liberal voters can all watch it when they are getting their morning coffee. As they were this morning.

    • Fiona says:

      10:44am | 23/02/12

      REally? Then why did you comment at 9:51? Why weren’t you at work? Or were you meant to be at work but slacking off on the Internet instead? Or are you a left leaning dole bludger? The irony of your post is quite amusing.
      Before you ask, yes I work, yes I’m left leaning and I’m off on leave ATM.

    • KimL says:

      08:58am | 23/02/12

      If he loses , Kevin should quit and do the right thing by Labor voters..let us get rid of her and dysfunctional bunch of hit men and women. The nasty brigade

    • Gregg says:

      08:59am | 23/02/12

      Interesting that Jules has gone to Adelaide to see mum and dad.
      Any chance that she may be deciding enough is enough for herself and she might just surprise everyone and announce her own retirement from politics!

      That’ll throw the cat amongst the pidgeons or see it being removed anyway.

    • Against the Man says:

      08:59am | 23/02/12

      Gillard is late for her press conference…...once again shows disrespect to Australians.

    • Alex Hermescec says:

      09:03am | 23/02/12

      I hate the ALP, but love Rudd… Rudd is Australias only hope.. Abbott is bad news, Julie is not trustworthy.. a typical convict.

    • Andrew M says:

      09:21am | 23/02/12

      I heard Simon Crean doing a radio interview this morning, where he said when asked if he would support Rudd that he would not support a person who undermined the Prime Minister - however he is supporting Gillard who did the same thing to Rudd and Beasley.  Gotta love politics, bunch of liars and cheats.  All they do is not good for the nation but what is good for them.

      How is the carbon tax a good thing for the nation?  When there is turmoil in Europe, US is on 0% interest rates, people being given their marching orders from work.  How is it a good thing for the nation?  The only good thing about it for Gillard is the continuing support of the Greens to keep her in Govt.

      Absolute joke.

    • KimL says:

      09:35am | 23/02/12

      Crean is an azz, he wants to be PM himself, Gillard wants to watch her back with him, but then again it is no more than she deserves

    • NigelC says:

      10:59am | 23/02/12

      When was Beazley PM? Did I miss something?

    • Sinkers says:

      09:23am | 23/02/12

      Why am I paing the bill for Julia to visit her parents? My Dad lives in Vic and I am in NSW can I get a free flight and driver to take me down for the day?

    • Jim S says:

      09:27am | 23/02/12

      Rudd got Australian visions, go to Rudd. the country should not be run by handful of people. Gillard likes to chop and change to suit her way…not reliable.

    • KimL says:

      09:28am | 23/02/12

      She is on ABC , I turned the tv off, she is such a liar, why even bother listening

    • pieman says:

      09:31am | 23/02/12

      You may well be very happy to see the backside of the trecherous commie red head shiela. But keep in mind Ruddy is also Agenda 21 thru and thru and most likely so are most of the libs.
      If you cant see it yet; they are all owned, totally bought and sold, both parties.
      Yes many of them are on the Agenda 21 bandwagon,therefore in favor of germany mark IV and you know what happened there. Check out FEMA camps on YT.

    • Aitch B says:

      09:52am | 23/02/12

      Oh God….. you again!!

    • SteveKAG says:

      10:06am | 23/02/12

      To the moderator; How come i have a go and Malcom Farr and my comment does not get published yet you let this wanker comment?

    • Hank says:

      11:08am | 23/02/12

      Go pieman you good thing!

    • Ohcomeon says:

      11:29am | 23/02/12

      Lols, Alex Jones drones are the best. Most of them dont even understand that even he doesnt believe half the stuff he says in between his saturation advertising.

      Bought and Sold lols. Count how many ads Jones has per hour.

    • RyaN says:

      09:33am | 23/02/12

      Next up, Bob Brown claiming that Kevin Rudd is sexist and only doing this because Julia Gillard is a woman.

      Munch, munch, munch.. mmmm popcorn!

    • Against the Man says:

      09:38am | 23/02/12

      Ooops she messed up question time!

      Now which part of anything she said is the truth?

      Monday will be a bit of a surprise won’t it (the smart people will get this)!

    • Tim says:

      09:39am | 23/02/12

      Rudd all the way !

    • Henry says:

      10:42am | 23/02/12

      Election NOW ! Abbott all the way !
      Labor changing leaders will change NOTHING !

    • Knemon says:

      09:46am | 23/02/12

      Wow, it appears that the real Julia has finally arrived and with the shackles released she can finally speak her mind…impressive stuff Julia, I like it.

    • SimonFromLakemba says:

      10:10am | 23/02/12

      Same here. I watched it and thought she did fairly well, but I’m not sure which Julia we are onto, must be the 3rd by now?

      She absolutely ripped that reporter a new hole for being a smartass.

    • lauren says:

      09:47am | 23/02/12

      I’m in a bind. Obviously the ALP is going down the shitter - if they can’t even organise their own party how can they run a country?

      Buuuut on the other hand you have Abbott and I dislike him more than anyone else (except maybe Julie Bishop).

      Sigh.

    • Kat says:

      05:40pm | 23/02/12

      Exactly. Those two scare me more than anything the ALP has done or will ever do in Australian politics. I have a feeling we’re about to see our own G.W. Bush situation.

    • elhombre says:

      09:25pm | 23/02/12

      Is it the intellect? The three daughters? Or perhaps all that volunteering with the surf lifesavers and firefighters? Maybe the stint as a successful senior minister in the most stable and competent government this country has ever known? Can you girls give us a hint at what is at the bottom of this psychosis .. other than your ALP membership card? Fools.

    • Purge Em says:

      09:58am | 23/02/12

      Time to rid rid the Labor Party of the cancerous right wing faction that ruined NSW.
      This isn’t so much about K-Rudd returing,it’s about purging the Labor Party as a whole.

    • Donny says:

      10:49am | 23/02/12

      @Purge Em says:10:58am | 23/02/12
      Time to rid rid the Labor Party of the cancerous right wing faction that ruined NSW.

      So true and if this “Ms Gillard retains the support of most MPs and the backing of powerful right faction unions which have reportedly told some MPs that they would be required to show their voting slips to other MPs to ensure no leakage to Mr Rudd.” from one of the reports really shows how much the Unions Right controls things, they need to go.
      Whatever happened to being able to vote with your beliefs (a secret ballot), not what some idiot tells you too and then supposedly will want to see your voting slip to make sure you vote “Their” way

    • PB&J says:

      09:59am | 23/02/12

      GRRR is really grinds my gears how she talk down to everyone, she is so rude.

    • Wynston Cruso says:

      06:22pm | 23/02/12

      This is what has always bugged me about her the most, aside from being simply incompetent, she’s condescending and talks to people like they’re special ed kids. Repugnant attitude for a leader and I think it says a lot about the people who voted for her. So we’ve suffered this moron for years now thanks to the idiots who thought it would be rad to have a chick PM.

    • pieman says:

      10:03am | 23/02/12

      @Aitch B yes it is me; and you are just as dumb as you were yesterday and will still be in 20 years

    • Aitch B says:

      10:17am | 23/02/12

      @pieman

      Dumb….. I like that. Dumb because I don’t subscribe to your whacko theories? That must make 99.99999% of the world’s population dumb.

      Sorry pal…. I’ll be dead in 20 years.

      And it won’t be because of all this Agenda 21 bullshit you’re espousing. smile

    • RyaN says:

      10:04am | 23/02/12

      “Gillard says if she is defeated on Monday she will retire to the back bench and renounce any further ambition to the Labor leadership - and calls on Rudd to make a similar commitment.”
      And of course we know her word is her word, snigger!

    • Holly says:

      10:06am | 23/02/12

      Julia Gillard is in Adelaide on government business - that is why she is in Adelaide.  You are all obviously in shock at her strong performance. 

      KevinRdd -bright, self aggrandising, inability to self reflect, blames others, chaotic , sneaky, disloyal,  great outbursts of anger - now what personaility disorder does that sound like.  Those who live closely or work with such people have my sympathy.

    • Jordan says:

      10:06am | 23/02/12

      go Rudd, take back what was yours and bring the ranga down in style, no knifing in the back from Ruddy. Crean told Rudd to put up or shut up, I believe he has put up! I voted for Rudd, then Abbott. I would consider voting Kevin07 back in he he takes the leadership of the ALP and then sacks half his ministers (gillard and crean first please!). Kevin Rudd is the only person who can save the ALP from a obliteration at the next election, if the ALP can possibly think 12 months down the track (i know high hopes) then they would realise gillard will probably lose her seat next election along with the rest of the cronies, Rudd will definitely win his qld seat and he is popular in NSW (probably the only labor politician at the moment). Go Rudd, nice speech too, it good to see you have some integrity, the nation will love you if you get rid of our first and probable last female PM lol.

    • RyaN says:

      10:26am | 23/02/12

      @Jordan: You obviously forget the massive debt Rudd ran up.
      The racist attack on the Chinese delegates at the Copenhagen summit.
      The insulation debacle that resulted in four Aussie kids getting killed, not to mention the house fires.
      The abusing of our military personnel serving him food.
      The abusing of our military personnel because of his hair-dryer not working in the middle of Afghanistan.

      There was a reason Rudd was on the nose when he got kicked, he is just as incompetent and a compete and utter moron to boot.

    • Fiona says:

      10:54am | 23/02/12

      Yes Ryan, politicians put in the insulation themselves and that’s why kids got killed. I’m sure there were problems with the implementation of the scheme, but come on.
      One of the deaths resulted because the installer replaced the plastic nails with metal ones himself and the way houses are wired these days (just thrown in, not usually clipped in place) you could potentially hammer in a nail anywhere and hit a wire that you couldnt see because the insulation covers it.
      Let’s not even start with the shiny operators that sprung up.

    • RyaN says:

      02:05pm | 23/02/12

      @Fiona: Culpability Fiona, if they had not implemented the scheme, those four kids would be alive today.

    • That's what I'd do! says:

      10:06am | 23/02/12

      So Rudd to call a press conference at 9:30 Monday to annouce he is resigning effect immediately from the Labour party due to the backstabbing and insulting comments coming from senior ministers.

      Result: He comes and independant and has ultimate control of parliment. Gillard either has to grovel to his whims, or go back to the polls and lose to Tony.

      Gold.

    • That's what I'd do! says:

      10:08am | 23/02/12

      So Rudd to call a press conference at 9:30 Monday to annouce he is resigning effect immediately from the Labour party due to the backstabbing and insulting comments coming from senior ministers.

      Result: He becomes an independant and has ultimate control of parliment. Gillard either has to grovel to his whims, or go back to the polls and lose to Tony.

      Gold.

    • David says:

      10:12am | 23/02/12

      Kevin Rudd was a lemon of a prime minister the first time around. That’s why he lost the support of the Australian people in the polls and ultimately the job. What honestly makes anyone think he will be any better if he gets a second go at it. I loathed the ultra conservative social agenda of John Howard’s government, but when Rudd goes on about how great a prime minister he was because he avoided Australia going into recession, he needs to realise that that was simply the result of him inheriting an Australian economy in excellent shape from the Coalition. As much as I hate to praise the Liberal party, the economy is still benefiting from their excellent economic management , but it can’t go on for ever. It won’t be long before we start to descend into the economic woes of the rest of the world.

    • Gordon says:

      02:42pm | 23/02/12

      That’s what the LIberal ads said so it has to be true!

    • QE12 says:

      10:13am | 23/02/12

      Our neighbour’s teenage son just told my sister that when Gillard was on t.v. this morning his father suddenly jumped up and smashed his foot into their new plasma t.v.

    • Dan Webster says:

      10:20am | 23/02/12

      Australian politics has become so lame.
      EGOs are getting in the way of effective governing.
      Both sides suffer from this problem.
      Looks like another “sorry, I can’t vote for any of these clowns”  scribbled message on the ballot paper…...

    • Al Chunk says:

      10:24am | 23/02/12

      The amount of media punditry is astonishing, any journo who can spell Canberra is being interviewed and waxing lyrical about what has happened, what may happen, what might not happen, what could possibly happen, what people may be thinking, what they may not be thinking…. .have we filled the empty space yet?  This is politics in a format that cause media folk to salivate uncontrollably, politics as entertainment gossip.

    • Galooloo says:

      10:24am | 23/02/12

      Both Gillard and Rudd have soiled the sandbox. The Abbott alternative is a nightmare waiting to happen. Bring on a third choice for the ballot. Why not Peter Garrett?

    • John C says:

      11:03am | 23/02/12

      You’ve got to be joking!

    • SteveKAG says:

      11:10am | 23/02/12

      I think i just threw up in my mouth.

    • St. Michael says:

      12:24pm | 23/02/12

      Hey, Daniel Johns thought it was a good idea!

    • Mr Pod says:

      12:35pm | 23/02/12

      I wouldn’t put Garret in front of a mediocre RSL rock band, but unfortunately that damage has already happened.

    • As a Young Liberal I... says:

      10:30am | 23/02/12

      Yes! Bring on the glorious 1000 year Liberal dynasty! The wasteful NBN will be ripped out of the ground, workchoices will finally be implemented to its fullest potential, we can end Medicare and install a fully privatised and efficient health system, the bludgers on centrelink will be purged, we will no longer be subsidising the education of the lower classes with a bloated public education system and finally, Australia will be free to torpedo these free-loading queue jumping boat people! Its so close I can taste it!

    • rachel says:

      10:54am | 23/02/12

      yes! change us form a successful Australia to a smaller, less wealthy America! what a fabulous idea /sarcasm.

    • SD says:

      11:42am | 23/02/12

      Wireless is rubbish. Nothing wrong with the NBN. I’ve gone from wire to wireless and its hopeless!!

    • Figures says:

      03:13pm | 23/02/12

      This good people, is Liberal “born to rule, I’m alright Jack” philosophy as still being inculcated in the Young Uns.

      And they wonder why they’re lamponed so often, poor babies. Must be heavy metal poisoning from the silver spoon placed in their mouths at birth.

    • Fix the country says:

      10:34am | 23/02/12

      Bring on the Liberals and quickly. Tony may sound funny, look funny and say the wrong things from time to time, however he is super intelligent, fit, educated and is strategically brilliant. He is so similar to John Howard, who in the beginning everyone hated.
      Tony your time as our dignified Prime Minister of Australia is waiting your arrival.

    • Blind Freddy says:

      11:14am | 23/02/12

      Great use of irony.

    • David C says:

      10:35am | 23/02/12

      one of the revelations to come out of the Wikileaks emails was the level of knowledge held by the Americans of Oz politics (they knew about Julia coup before Rudd for example)
      Given Rudd had dinner yesterday with Hilary Clinton and Leon Pannetta I wonder what they told him and if it gave him confidence to make his move?

    • Rachel says:

      10:39am | 23/02/12

      the more I think about it the more I wonder if Rudd will not even put his hand up on Monday making Gillard’s “win” particularly hollow and embarrassing.
      then all he needs to do is sit back, bide it time and take over in a few years with grateful sighs from all left leaning Aussies (myself included).

    • michael says:

      10:41am | 23/02/12

      Sucks to vote Labor and have all of this to feel responsible for i’ll bet smile

      where’s Nossy? i wanna know how sweet it is.

    • CiscoKid says:

      10:41am | 23/02/12

      It doesn’t matter what happens on Monday within the Labor Party ,Julia and Kevin are going to both be winners eventually ,a big fat pension to retire on ,free overseas travel and lots of other goodies and of course the inevitable book deal.

    • Pete says:

      10:42am | 23/02/12

      Tony Abbott is super fit and ready to fix the bogan economics of this nation.
      Your time is coming Howard the 2nd

    • Change says:

      10:50am | 23/02/12

      Pink Bats
      Illegal Boats
      School colas
      Carbon Tax
      NBN
      Stimulus plasma screens for the country
      laptops for every school pupil in Australia
      Ban the export meat industry
      Tent embassy leak

      This has been the biggest living joke in memory, Labor you need to be made accountable- we will never forget and never vote for you again.

    • Simpleton says:

      11:45am | 23/02/12

      Most of these things have been beaten up out of all proportion by a pro-Liberal media and/or aren’t the ‘diasasters’ protrayed. How has history now been re-written to make the ‘leak’ Gillards fault when it was clearly nothing to do with her? That is a great litmus test of the objectivity and ability for common sense of the haters.

    • john says:

      10:54am | 23/02/12

      @Rachel “the more I think about it the more I wonder if Rudd will not even put his hand up on Monday making Gillard’s “win” particularly hollow and embarrassing”

      Smartest analysis I’ve read so far.

      That is a real possibility, his perception of the support he thought he had whilst in Washington may change when he lands here.

      He might decide otherwise and throw a spanner in the works. He may just sit in the backbench for a while. Instead of having 2 goes at it like Keating did with Hawke, he will wait till he absolutely knows he has the numbers.

      Rudd may wait for a while and then fire with both barrels at the same time rather than blindly firing one now, missing then only having one left in the chamber for later.

      Julia’s miscalculation could be that she should have waited till Rudd called for the ballot, like she did when she challenged Rudd.

    • Cynicised says:

      03:27pm | 23/02/12

      It’s fascinating stuff. If he had remained as Foreign Minister, Julia may have sacked him for disloyalty and he could have done as you suggest, with the sting of another knife in his back. Now, because he’s fallen on his sword, he can decide to force another spill at a time of his own choosing.. However, I think he’s madly totting up his votes as we speak en route home and will stand if he thinks he has a realistic chance.

      Popcorn politics alright!

    • jb says:

      11:03am | 23/02/12

      Oh my, I can’t believe Labor are going to hand this to Abbott on a freaking gold platter, the only chance they have is to put Rudd back and they are going to turn their back on that and be white washed.
      Gilliard is a selfish thing that would rather see herself lose to Abbott than the Labor party values be presented to the Australian public.
      Gilliard is Abbotts best asset, you go Girl!

    • john says:

      11:18am | 23/02/12

      @ jb “Oh my, I can’t believe Labor are going to hand this to Abbott on a freaking gold platter,”

      Ah yes, I wouldn’t get too cosy if I were Abbott the election is still 18 months away. A lull into a false sense of security may see him & liberals un done.

    • Dash says:

      11:18am | 23/02/12

      But the ALP had “lost it’s way” under Rudd remember? If the answer was Gillard, WTF was the question again?

    • RyaN says:

      12:57pm | 23/02/12

      @john: You really think that an election is 18 months away, have you not been reading the news today?

    • john says:

      01:51pm | 23/02/12

      @RyaN “You really think that an election is 18 months away, have you not been reading the news today? “

      A leadership issue rarely leads to an election straight away.  It only positions a party for an election.

      We might go to an early election - if its suits Labor,  or if there is a by-election for whatever reason for 2 or more seats.

    • RyaN says:

      02:03pm | 23/02/12

      @john: Or Windsor withdraws his support as he said he was going to do, you know “stable government” and all that.

    • john says:

      02:38pm | 23/02/12

      @RyaN “Or Windsor withdraws his support as he said he was going to do”
      He might….he said it but hasn’t declared it - yet do you really believe he would be silly enough to commit electoral suicide and single handedly force an election where he would be humiliated like Howard just to give Tony Abbott an election win?, because that’s what the independents are starring down the barrel at. {remember Windsor really hates Abbott, he was the one that said to the media that Tony said to him he would sell his arse to be PM}

      If I was a independent or marginal labor seat holder I would be very worried about my political future, and fat salary.

      best not ’ jump the gun’....Rudd hasn’t risen to accept the leadership ballot yet.

    • Michael says:

      11:21am | 23/02/12

      When i was at a Dinner with Julia et al last Saturday night i mentioned she would be out on her ear in three weeks, she was not impressed at all.

    • coco says:

      02:51pm | 23/02/12

      Neither are we…sorry

    • Jamie says:

      11:55am | 23/02/12

      Gillard is finished one way or another. The reason I say this is because the alternative government is now a bunch of lunatics running an asylum with crazy policies and she still cannot compete. Howard used to keep the mad ones on a tight rein but now they’re loose and they’re still winning.

    • Finished says:

      11:57am | 23/02/12

      Lets Go Tony!
      Your the leader!
      Lets get behind him on the sexist call.
      Go boyfriend!!

    • Syd says:

      12:10pm | 23/02/12

      Classic comment

    • Karen from Qld says:

      12:03pm | 23/02/12

      If Kevin Rudd loses on Monday and believes he has no hope of regaining the leadership then he will be hell bent on taking down those he sees as his betrayers.The gloves will be off and there will be no more pretence at his Mr Nice Guy routine.

    • Karen from Qld says:

      12:03pm | 23/02/12

      If Kevin Rudd loses on Monday and believes he has no hope of regaining the leadership then he will be hell bent on taking down those he sees as his betrayers.The gloves will be off and there will be no more pretence at his Mr Nice Guy routine.

    • Eugene says:

      12:17pm | 23/02/12

      It’s time for the Governor General to do her duty, sack the government and call and election.  She has the power, she should exercise it and save the country from further embarassment & criticism.

    • Monty says:

      12:29pm | 23/02/12

      Eugene, there are very specific rules governing when a governor general can dissolve parliament. So far, none of the conditions have been met, or look like being met. Maybe you should read up on it and save yourself from further embarrassment & criticism.

    • iansand says:

      12:55pm | 23/02/12

      3 words:  Sir John Kerr

    • Guy says:

      03:25pm | 23/02/12

      Two words… Bill Shorten

    • Rohan says:

      12:40pm | 23/02/12

      By resigning Rudd first rudd has taken contol of the story.  Yesterday he was able to do with one speach what the entire government has been unable to do and that his to convey a message that Austrlains can find believable. 

      The Pm is hopless in spin.  The responses to Rudd have been weired.  they have basically done the work for him that it was the government not Rudd who had lost their way when the got read of him

    • Yeti says:

      12:41pm | 23/02/12

      Why can’t Rudd and his closest ally simply stand up on Monday in front of caucus and say “
      Boys and Girls, heres the deal, Either give me your vote otherwise during Question Time later today I will stand up and move a vote of no confidence in Ms Gillard and I will 2nd it and send you to the polls, where I will be returned to my seat for doing nothing more than the wishes of the Australian People”.  Every Labor Member, thinking of their own skins would immediately consider their superannuation and swing factor and vote accordingly. Sure he would be sent to purgatory but in reality listening to the attack dogs in the last 24 hours, he is already there.  So nothing much to lose.

    • Yeti says:

      12:43pm | 23/02/12

      Why can’t Rudd and his closest ally simply stand up on Monday in front of caucus and say “
      Boys and Girls, heres the deal, Either give me your vote otherwise during Question Time later today I will stand up and move a vote of no confidence in Ms Gillard and I will 2nd it and send you to the polls, where I will be returned to my seat for doing nothing more than the wishes of the Australian People”.  Every Labor Member, thinking of their own skins would immediately consider their superannuation and swing factor and vote accordingly. Sure he would be sent to purgatory but in reality listening to the attack dogs in the last 24 hours, he is already there.  So nothing much to lose.

    • Kat says:

      10:25pm | 23/02/12

      Yeti you are spot on. Look at the timing:
      QLD state election in play; the double impact,
      Resigns on the international stage ( albeit no one else was watching)
      His comments, ... Consider my future, discus with my family, my community and my parliamentary colleagues…. Note the order. By his community read electorate… A stump speech for an independent if I ever saw one.
      The party responds by proving how divided the party actually is, playing into his hands to resign from ALP.
      Andrew Wilkie on the record, that he would prefer Rudd. Also on the record to say that if a government is corrupt or engages in misconduct he will not support, enter Julia with a broken promise on pokies. We all know Wilkie has principals and likes the spot light. He can be Australia’s saviour as Rudd’s number two.
      For those who can’t count, Rudd, plus Wilkie, plus Tony Abbott and his mob equals 75 assuming Katter and Crook don’t want to commit political suicide for the sake of it.
      March in Windsor and Oakeshott for certain political death if they side with Gillard. Bandt should also be trembling too. Greens might want a slice of saviour action. Party may direct him what to do to remain a clean skin and have a chance in electorate of Melbourne.
      One vote required..does Rob Oakeshott have any self preservation instincts at all? We get to test it!
      And the GG has a call to make, dissolve the parliament or ask someone else to form a government. Who gets first dibs, Kevin or Tony? Big call for Quentin. Does she opt to dissolve? It is a 50/50 call. Maybe she can call a friend, Bill Shorten is in her speed dial. Even he is too astute to step in and grab hold of the steering wheel on the titanic.

      Can’t happen you say… What we know from the insiders, Rudd is a sociopath concerned only with himself, confirmed by Wayne Swan in his statement, last night. and we know Wayne only speaks the truth, and last night did so to shame the devil!

      Rudd has stayed for 18 months building the situation we have now, he isn’t going to blow it, it will be spectacular one way or the other and he leaves as popular as he was in 2007, a political airy tale which is hours away from coming true.


      Where are the political insiders on this. Oh that’s right with their head up their bum! The labor caucus is not relevant to the resolution of this once and for all something the Australian public can be thankful for. What do they think Kevin’s rhetoric about the ‘people’ means? God get them a book on tea leaf reading.

      So good luck speculating and deciding on the importance of those 103 votes at 1000 on Monday, by 1430, it will be irrelevant.

      Pls note, Wayne Swan, the deputy PM, candidate for tool of the week for letting his bile bring down his own government. Oakeshott, pls take note, that this is your impression of stability. Put on the big boy pants and face your fate, before you get the next one.

      I am stocking up on popcorn, cos it is going to be a moment to remember.

    • Ahh to be a fly on the wall says:

      01:50pm | 23/02/12

      Hmmm…what if K-Rudd does a ‘no show’ Monday morning?
      No ballot?
      More time for K-Rudd to recapture his throne?

    • john says:

      02:20pm | 23/02/12

      @Ahh to be a fly on the wall “Hmmm…what if K-Rudd does a ‘no show’ Monday morning?No ballot?”
      More time for K-Rudd to recapture his throne?

      Well there can’t be a ballot if Rudd doesn’t nominate for the position in the first place. All Gillard has done is offer a time and place, Rudd hasn’t risen to accept it yet.

      Gillard is PM elect, life goes on, ballot is cancelled if no-show.

      LOL….I bet all the reporters are running to the airport to grab the best position…..

      This is a publicity show money can’t buy.  Reporters and camera’s will be squarely focused on Rudd.

      Rudd’s aim is to shift the focus on him and its working so far, he’s successfully managed to put the focus back on him above that of the party & the PM and any policy announcement by labor.

      A bitter fight to the bitter end, and Rudd has Abbott’s liberals rise in popularity to thank for helping him de-stabilize the government.

      The show must go on.

    • Momo says:

      04:13pm | 23/02/12

      How anybody can still defend Gillard or the ALP is beyond me? They have let down this country.

    • W MacDonald says:

      08:22pm | 23/02/12

      I’ve had a gut full of this Labor Party that decides who should be Prime Minister, it should be up to the people to decide who should lead the party, not the bunch of idiots in the ALP

    • K McIntosh says:

      12:41am | 24/02/12

      It is at roughly this point that if I was Tony Abbot, I would be saying something along the lines of “Hey Kevin, you wanna really cheese those faceless guys off? Come on over to our side of the House, we can knock Gillard off her perch and you can go back to doing that thing you do as foreign minister without an itchy back”

 

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