ALP leadership rollercoaster

Posted by gosfordpip on March 21, 2013 at 9:50 AM

This was feb 2012

Julia Gillard has convincingly beaten Kevin Rudd in their leadership battle, 71 votes to 31, to retain the prime ministership.

In her press conference after her resounding victory, the Prime Minister said: ''Australians have had a gutful of seeing us focus on ourselves.


Kevin Rudd on the backbench today in question time. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

''Today I want to say to Australians one and all, this issue, the leadership question is now determined,'' she said.


''I can assure you that this political drama is over

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This is MARCH 2013

Julia Gillard has declared Labor’s leadership question settled, after she was elected unopposed as Prime Minister at a meeting of the Labor caucus.

Ms Gillard was the only nominee for the position with former Labor leader Kevin Rudd refusing to run for the leadership at the meeting on Thursday afternoon.

Addressing reporters in Canberra after the meeting called to decide on the leadership, Ms Gillard said:

‘‘The whole business is completely at an end, it has ended now.’’

She said she was grateful to her colleagues for their support, and she had accepted her re-election with ''a sense of deep humility and a sense of resolve''.

''I never sought office for its own sake. I have only sought office in the interests of our nation,'' she said on Thursday afternoon.

''We’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’ll continue to do it.''

Labor spokesman Chris Hayes said Ms Gillard was the only candidate for the leadership and Treasurer Wayne Swan was the only candidate for the deputy leadership when the positions were declared vacant. No vote was required.

''Both were duly elected unopposed and unanimously by the parliamentary caucus,'' he said.

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