Wednesday, 22 February 2012

STATEMENT OF RESIGNATION AS FOREIGN MINISTER


Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great sadness that I announce that I will resign as Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs.



I am sad because I love this job. I'm totally dedicated to the work that we are doing in Australia's name around the world, and I believe that we have achieved many good results for Australia, and I'm proud of them.



It's therefore been for me a great privilege to serve our country as Foreign Minister, to represent our people abroad, and I thank the people of our country for their support as I have discharged these responsibilities.



But while I am sad to leave this office, I am sadder still that it has come to this.



The last time that I resigned from a position in public office was when I resigned as Prime Minister of Australia, and regrettably, there have been some similar factors at play today.



It's time for some plain speaking on this. The truth is I can only serve as Foreign Minister if I have the confidence of Prime Minister Gillard and her senior ministers.



In recent days, Minister Crean and a number of other faceless men have publicly attacked my integrity and therefore my fitness to serve as a minister in the government.



When challenged today on these attacks, Prime Minister Gillard chose not to repudiate them. I can only reluctantly conclude that she therefore shares these views.



The simple truth is that I cannot continue to serve as Foreign Minister if I do not have Prime Minister Gillard's support.



I therefore believe the only honourable thing and the only honourable course of action is for me to resign, and I do so with a genuinely heavy heart and after much personal reflection.



There are other factors, too, that I have had to take into consideration today. The truth is that the Australian people regard this whole affair as little better than a soap opera, and they are right. And under current circumstances, I won't be part of it.



It is also, I believe, a distraction from the real business of government.



I also believe it's affecting the business community, and I agree with recent statements by peak bodies to this effect. It is important that business confidence is maintained in Australia. The economy and jobs are core to what any responsible government is about.



I also believe that this ongoing saga is bad for my good friend Anna Bligh, as she fights the fight of her life in Queensland. She's a great Premier. She's a good friend.  And I believe the good people of Queensland deserve some clear space over the coming month, as they make up their minds on a very important decision on the future of Queensland - my home state; a state I'm very proud to be from.



The truth is I also feel very uncomfortable doing this from Washington and not in Australia, but I don't feel as if I have a choice, given the responsibilities I have before me over the days ahead, here in Washington, in London on the future of Somalia and piracy in the Indian Ocean, and in Tunisia on the future of Syria. These are important challenges for the world, where a responsible Australian voice needs to be heard, a voice which I have sought to inject in my period as Foreign Minister on these core challenges, and under no circumstances do I want Australia's international reputation brought into disrepute because of this ongoing saga.



Therefore Ambassador Beazley will discharge my functions here on my behalf in Washington, tomorrow, and the permanent Secretary of my department, Dennis Richardson, will represent me in London and in Tunisia.



I will return home to Brisbane tomorrow, arriving back there on Friday morning.



Over the days ahead I will be consulting openly and honestly with my family, with my community and my parliamentary colleagues, taking their counsel on what I should do next, and what my next step should be. I will then make a full statement to the Australian people on my future, before Parliament resumes next Monday.



I deeply believe that if the Australian Labor Party, a party of which I have been a proud member for more than 30 years, is to have the best future for our nation, then it must change fundamentally its culture and to end the power of faceless men. Australia must be governed by the people, not by the factions.



But I can promise you this, there is no way - no way - that I will ever be party to a stealth attack on a sitting prime minister elected by the people. We all know that what happened then was wrong, and it must never happen again.



I would like to thank very much, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.



Their Secretary, Dennis Richardson, Australia's former ambassador here in Washington, is a first class Australian diplomat and through him I would thank the department's executive and all the deputy secretaries I've worked with day after day, week after week, in advancing Australia's interests around the world.



These are good people, and all the Ambassadors and High Commissioners, who proudly stand there every day, in Australia's name, are doing good things for our interests and expressing our values right across the world, and I publicly acknowledge them with heartfelt thanks.



I would also like to thank my exceptionally loyal and hardworking staff, led by my chief of staff, Philip Green, and his deputy, Kate Sieper.



These are a great team, phenomenally loyal and hardworking, and together we have done good things. In my letter of resignation to the Prime Minister, I have asked her to give effect to my resignation 48 hours after my return to Australia, so that I can affect the best transition for my staff as possible under these circumstances. I'd think you would understand, there's a human dimension to all this.



Together with the foreign policy team, the department, my office and other great public servants responsible for foreign policy in the Australian public service, I'm proud of our achievements.



I'm proud of the fact that we built a new institution in Asia, which, for the first time in the history of Asia, brings the United States, China, Japan, India, Australia, and all the other countries in the region, around a single table, able to discuss and negotiate a peaceful security future for Australia.



I'm proud that we have reformed fundamentally our development partnerships with the island states of the South Pacific, to lift their living standards and reduce infant and child mortality, according to our responsibilities under the Millennium Development Goals. I'm proud of the fact that we're on track to lift our overseas development assistance to 0.5 percentage gross national income, as I promised prior to the 2007 election.



Also our opening to Burma - the first Western foreign minister to go in there - six or seven months ago, hopefully helping to pave the way for Burma's opening to the rest of the world.



Early action on Libya, a call of which we are all - in our office and in our department - very proud.



Our re-engagement with Europe, and Africa and Latin America - these major economic regions of the future.



And, of course, I am deeply proud of our decision to appoint Australia's first ever ambassador for women and girls, and the announcement, which I now trust the government will give effect to, that is, that during this term we will appoint our first Indigenous Australian as an ambassador, in one of our embassies abroad.



Ladies and gentlemen, there is one over-riding question for my caucus colleagues, and that is, who is best placed to defeat Tony Abbott at the next election?



Mr Abbott, I believe, does not have the temperament or the experience to ever be elected and hold the office - the high office - of Prime Minister of Australia. But at present, and for a long time now, he's been on track just to do that.



Ladies and gentlemen, I would also like to express my appreciation for the support of my family - Therese, Jessica, Nicholas, Marcus. Chatting to them over the course of the last several hours I thank them for their encouragement and their support, as always.



And you'll appreciate, I now have much, much to do and therefore I propose to conclude my statement here, and I do not propose to take questions.



Thank you.

306 comments:

  1. You have far too much ego. Too much me me me me. What I did.......
    It's about time you quietly moved into a totally new career and stop raking up muck to Australia's general detriment.

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    1. My name is Lou Bartley and i do not hide behind anonymous, i have always held the view the faceless ones should have no real say. Keep up the good work Kevin Rudd.

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    2. Blah blah blah go suck on ya dummy!!! Kevin Rudd should still be running our country

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    3. You're silly. He's achieved more than you could ever do. Please take your idiocy elsewhere.

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    4. why do you criticize so strongly, but remain anonymous? this action seems strange to anyone who has any form of conviction about anything!

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    5. How quickly you have forgotten that Juliar started it, ended up with a minority government, done nothing to inspire and move the nation forward.

      And now her supporters are talking of disloyalty? Go figure.

      All the best Kevin, you deserve better than this.

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    6. Kevin I DIDN'T VOTE FOR YOU, HOWEVER YOU NEED TO STEP UP NOW, YOU R THE BEST THING THIS COUNTRY HAS GOING FOR IT I HAVE JUST SPENT 7 WEEKS IN EUROPE AND I CAN SAY WITH CONVICTION THAT ITS IS SHIT WHAT IS GOING ON HERE.

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    7. Kevin is only reminding us of all the things he achieved while in his position as Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs. I see this as a reasonable response made to the public after Swan publicly accused him of wasting opportunities. It looks to me that Kevin has been very busy, working hard on many opportunities that have crossed his path to represent Australia and himself in a positive light. If the other members of the Labour party had showed as much dedication to their jobs things may have worked out a lot better.

      Be proud of all you have achieved Kevin!

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    8. Good idea to move on Kevin. Thanks for leaving quietly. Give the Labor Party a chance to succeed without the sniping.

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    9. @gerard - You're an idiot!!

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    10. My name is Deb, LOL @ Anonymous

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    11. Great timing too - proud of what the work you've achieved internationally for this country. There is something that drives those faceless men to do what they do one is incompetency. Ultimately I support you 100% and I wish you'll be back as leader.

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    12. No wonder ETs dont come down for a smoke & pancake it's like a hornets nest down here! Help me jebus :) Go get em Kevin.

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    13. Hayley Kumnick

      I voted for you and I will again!! In a Heart Beat!! I don't know many that wouldn't!!

      I think you are the type of PM that tries his hardest, and genuinely has this countries best interests at heart. This country has gone downhill since you left office and it really is struggle street out there for every day families. I think people who follow politics see that different things are at play in decision making and even though you are trying your best there are many other people involved in running our country that make life difficult and don't have the peoples best interests at heart!

      Anyway, enough prattling - I hope it turns out that you are out PM again :-)

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    14. Hi Kevin, only thing to do now is praying for strength, guidance, wisdom and peace. Do what your heart tells you I do not like Labour One Bit but I voted for you coz You were our only hope I pray you learn from mistakes and have round table meetings for everything up hold values of families, marriages, continue to work with third world countries and please bring back growth in our economy, bring back small business incentives, strengthen laws on boat people (pls look at Howard's policies) they worked...never mind paryy based policies that never work...Make a Radical Change. God Bless You.

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  2. Good on you, Kevin!

    Best of luck in future! :D

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  3. You're a brilliant, strong leader, K Rudd, and so many of us love and respect you for it. You've been a face that we can be proud of when representing our Nation and we won't forget that any time soon.

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    1. hear, hear
      full respect and support <3

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    2. and i'll second that!!

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    3. 4th! And i hope and PRAY...for australia's sake that u reapply 2 be the prime minister of our most fine country in the near future Mr Rudd...You were a great Prime Minister once, and i have complete faith that you will have the ability to do so again.

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    4. 5th You Can DO It Rudd...God Raises The Humble...Very interesting to Watch the false accusations with no valid base.. Right Behind You Rudd...You were the Only Truly Elected Leader and so you will Stand through hard times and will Endure.

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  4. Well done Kev we are all support for you to stand up against the faceless unionist who isn't even voted in but thinks it is his right to run the country and chose whon is our leader!!!! The people want you and it doesn't matter that the unions don't!!! This is a free and democratic country were the people decide!!!!

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  5. You have nothing but hate to contribute??? get a life or something and KRudd........You have my support!!!!

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  6. Love you Kev! Understand the situation. Maybe you could (if u werent planning to) be the Queenslander to help Anna out.

    From [only 1 degree of separation from you]

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  7. My comment was to the first comment......oh please....

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  8. At last a politician we can listen to and hopefully trust - good luck for your future endeavours
    DD

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  9. I personally support you, Kevin. However I'm worrying you may not have enough numbers to fight.

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    1. The problem is he may not have the numbers in some secret closed off office of the labor party but he has the support of the PEOPLE.

      Isn't this supposed to be a democratic country!?

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  10. Julia Gillard's staffer commenting on your ego should get back to work.

    Kevin, please give it a good crack, I would switch back to ALP (from Coalition.. gasp) if you were to return. At present, there is nothing about the ALP that appeals to me and plenty that doesn't.

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    1. I second This Statement. Wehn You were backstabbed I finished with Labour (not that I was labour person) have always been a LNP but when Howard went and you led the Team it was all good...I pray you will get back in. God With God. ellie

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  11. Looking forward to seeing your next steps! our manly

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  12. Good luck in all your future, any decent person cannot help but respect your achievements and sadly the labour party lost focus on both it's values as well as that little thing called Democracy...we the people chose you and anyone would have been preferable to TBottt

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  13. Don't listen to the haters mate. There are people out there who think you do a good job. Good luck for the future.

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  14. Thanks Kevin, best of luck in your next venture!

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  15. I respect and admire you're integrity Mr Rudd. I'm sorry your government is made up of such nimrods. Anonymous comment 1 You should be a member of the labor party you have the right nimrod brain capacity.

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  16. anonymous.. if you are so brave to say this to a man that was shafted by his co workers.. then why is it that you cant say who you are... if you have a view have at least the balls to put your name to it otherwise shut up

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  17. Mr Rudd ... as the old saying goes " Don't let the turkeys get you down " ... You were a great PM and an even greater Foreign Minister ... am sorry to see you go ... take care, stay well, safe and may Julia get her just desserts ... to coin a phrase !!!

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  18. This must have been hard to do mate, Gillard is screwing everyone around these days, well done mate! top aussie there

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  19. You have right ideas (espacially regards to the Australian soap opera), now put them into action!

    Good luck.

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  20. Such a shame that good, honest people are driven out by a bunch of self-serving, egoistic scum. As a staunch Labor supporter, federal ALP lost my vote after June 2010. You will always have my vote in whichever party you end up and I hope to see you in the PM seat soon. I think it's time for a new party to shake things up federally, maybe the pro Rudd camp can form their own party?

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  21. This should never have happened in the first place, good luck Kevin!

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  22. Good work Kevin; you've got some berries on ya! Stare them down without the numbers, cause you'll get em mate!

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  23. Great statement! Best of luck. I think you were treated like cr@p and you've done a noble thing by not participating in the same sort of underhanded coup which was done during your leadership. And I'm obviously correct and unbiased in my assessment, seeing as I'm a proud Liberal voter. :)

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  24. Patricia de
    Hope that you remain in Federal Politics as you make a difference. and THAT COUNTS!

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  25. Well said Krudd - One can assume Mr Abbott is responsible for the first comment :P

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  26. Look forward to seeing what you decide to do. Bowing out of the soap opera is taking the high road. Good on you!

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  27. Love you Kevin!

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  28. I will switch back to labor from the coalition if you become leader again. The caucus needs to realise that gillard just cant win the next election. She has passed some great policy but you are the leader Labor needs now! Go Kev!

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  29. It's a shame that it had to come to this.
    I wish you all the best in whatever may come your way. Good on you Kevin!!

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  30. Lazarus already rose from the dead once Kevin.

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  31. I've had enough of all this back stabbing, bitching and just complete bullsh** ... I live in Gillards electorate and next election I will be looking to the independants .. I could NEVER vote for the Liberals !!! I'm a blue collar unionist but Labor you have lost me !!

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  32. I am liberal but hated what Julia did to you. Can't stand the woman. Don't believe a word that comes out of her mouth. Great speech. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you. Go do your damndest. Get rid of her and her cronies. Maybe then the labor party might have a chance.

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    1. I too am a liberal voter but was ashamed at your stealth removal.I applauded you as a Foreign Minister, you acted and sounded like a true statesman.I wish you well, hoping you have the numbers required to topple that dreadful woman!!

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  33. Kevin u was the best Prime Minister and i think u shouid get the job back that u know u can do and that is be the Prime Minister of Australia i know u want to. Julia is running us into the ground and u know this so do something about it. I dont know what she did or said to u for u to resign but u should get it back and get rid of the back benchers they do nothing. Julia is a idiot and i know u can do better than her so pls pls pls get ure job back as Prime Minister i know u can do it and come and see Adelaide sometime

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  34. Follow your heart, go with your gut ...Good Luck

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  35. Rudd I didnt think you shouldve been shove out of govt the way you did...personally I HATE politics its full of lies....but if you get voted back in ARE YOU GOING TO RETURN INNOCENT CHILDREN TO THEIR INNOCENT FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN WRONGFULLY REMOVED BY THE SEVERELY CORRUPT DEPT OF CHILD SAFETY???? there is NO future for our country while DOCS KEEPS STEALING CHILDREN from normal families.........I want to hear a statement on my comment

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    1. I agree DoCs is a money making revenue ,children are pots of gold and families are being torn apart.DoCs only follow & file hearsay information & show no evidence , onsce in court the falsify documents .Whatever happened to innocent until proven quilty ,our country takes children from good homes then make them look guilty.You need to reform the law & call a royal commision .You said sorry to the stolen generation but the new stolen generation is continuing .

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    2. here here join lukes army facebook group

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  36. I RESPECT YOU SO MUCH KEVIN (AS A PERSON) NOT JUST A FORMER PM , UR HEART IS BEAUTIFUL AND ALL THE STUFF IN LIFE U HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH AND THE STRESS, YOUR HEART CONDITION HAS NEVER STOPPED YOU ( I PERSONALLY KNOW HOW YOU FEEL MY NEPHEW HAS THE SOME HEART PROBLEM... YOUR SPEECH WAS BEAUTIFUL AND SOO TRUTHFUL, SOMETHING WE DONT GET FROM THE NEW PRIME MINISTER AT THE MOMENT, WHAT YOU HAVE HAD TO PUT UP WITH AND THE WAY YOU HAVE BEEN TREATED IS ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL NO HUMAN BEING SHOULD BE TREATED THAT WAY, I WISH YOU NOTHING BUT MUCH HAPPINESS AND LUCK FOR YOUR FUTURE, , MANY PEOPLE CAN SIT THERE AND CRISTIZE YOU, BUT UNTILL THEY HAVE BEEN PUT IN YOUR SHOES AND EXPERIENCE WHAT YOU HAVE THEY CANT REALLY SAY MUCH.. AT THE END OF THE DAY WE ARE ALL HUMAN, WITH FEELINGS AND THERE ARE WAYS TO TREAT THEM AND HOW U WERE TREATED WAS NOT RIGHT AT ALL. GOODLUCK KEVIN RUDD AND BEST WISHES XXX EBONY- PERTH

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  37. I for one love the swearing tape! Good luck with your future & let's hope Julia is dethroned by the Liberals :)

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  38. Once a government stops listening to the greater majority and starts putting the interest of minority group, such as what happened with the poker machine reforms of Nick Xenophon, it’s just a slow death march to oblivion. The NSW Labour Party disease has infected the federal branch and so focused on the internal numbers it has failed to see what is happening externally, and you have been used as a scapegoat. You may not be the Prime Mister again and I seriously doubt Gillard is going to have the job much longer either. It’s sad to see you go out like this and I hope you don’t end up too bitter and twittered over what might and should have been.

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  39. very honourable,unlike so many in government right now.We need more REAL ppl running this show,u r one of the real ones.Shame to see u go really

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  40. C'mon Kevin - we, the lowly people who voted you into the position of PM are behind you all the way- time for the faceless men (and women???) of the ALP to LISTEN to what we wanted in '07...although Kevin "o'twelve" doesn't have quite the same ring to it I hope you take on Julia's challenge and WIN. So nice of her to give you time to get over your jetlag before calling the challenge but then again, it's what we've come to expect. Go KRudd, let democracy rule again!!!

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  41. Yet another chapter in a very colourful and eventful political career for you sir. You have served your nation with utmost integrity and the Australian nation ought to be grateful for such energy and political intellectual gifts you have bestowed to the grateful many, particularly, the lives of the people whom you have directly affected over the years. For that reason alone, sir, you will have lifelong loyal friends who will support you through the troughs and highs of your lifes journey. Looking forward to the next chapter, sir.

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  42. "Get a shot off fast. This upsets her long enough to let you make your second shot perfect."

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  43. The only way Labor can really address the issues that are killing it (the faceless men, the policies), is by spending some time in opposition. It's killing itself in Government like this and it will only get worse if you end up on the backbench for months and months. The speculation will not end and further harm Labor. Perhaps it would be better for Labor AND all Australians if you stepped down from Parliament... it may not seem like the right choice now, but in the end it may just save the Labor Party from self-destruction. Please just think about it as we need 2 strong parties in Australia to vote for and have a choice on, not 1 huge conservative party and no opposition... This is not a choice about who leads Govt now, but whether the Labor Party can change enough to challenge the ideas of the Abbott-lead conservatives.

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    1. Sounds like a Gillard friend..pasim maus blong yu devil long name blong Yeshua... na Go bek nau tasol long pit of hell

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  44. Just to say you did a excellent job both as PM and as Minister for Foreign Affairs Keep your chin up

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  45. You have done a great job K Rudd. I never voted for Gillard at the last election i voted for you. So sad how all this has ended.

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  46. Mate,
    I will never vote for your party if that useless woman is our PM. Only you can take control of the nation. If you can't manage with the faceless men, please start a new party. We will be behind you.
    George

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  47. Good forn you Kevin, many people know its the faceless people that run the country and you are the only one who has had the guts to stand up to them. That is why they pushed you out because you wouldn't be their puppet. Good luck with what ever you decide to do

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  48. Kevin....the youtube clip showing your frustration was gold. I'm glad that a politician shows a bit of raw passion. Even your cussing made more sense than the soulless dribble we are now tuning out too.
    I would expect nothing less from a leader..than too give a damn and do the best he/she can. Our countries future is at stake...isn't that something worth fighting for?
    People are sick of plastic patronizing platitudes....we want you back fella, warts and all. Lead our country again and make us proud.

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  49. The way you were knifed was disgraceful, and the faceless men have always run the labour party. The very people that labour purports to represent have suffered most under this dysfunctional Government. It's about time that the people have their say... let's have a general election so we can get back to competent people running the country.

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  50. I'll tell you something for nothing...Mr Rudd, you have the support of the majority of the Australian people. People who are far more important than the faceless men of parliament. Challenge Gillard, please consider becoming our Prime Minister once again.

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  51. When you were PM, I was finally proud to be an Aussie again. You put dignity back into politics whilst slaying Howard, Dr Nelson, and then Turnbull. Your approval rating was up in the high 70s. The deposing should not have occurred and Labor has stunk ever since. Julia has not bared teeth, when she should have been on the attack against The Mad Monk. Which directly led to the hung parliament. It's a mess. I agree with another poster - form your own party and bring that integrity back!

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  52. Wayne Swan - best back stabber in Australian history. Good luck Kev. Onwards and upwards. (not just as a politician but as a human being.)

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    1. Wayne Swan has been the most loyal Deputy that either Kevin or Julia could have asked for. Who are you kidding?

      Want to talk about loyalty? Kevin's allegations of faceless men are bad for the Labor party and bad for everybody who believe in Labor parties policies whether you support Julia or Kevin.

      Kevin has been shown to be a self-serving hypocrit who believes in nothing but populist polls and wimps out at the first sign of a bad poll. Think ETS, think Mining Tax! Good ideas, but it took Julia to actually have the courage of the Labor parties convictions.

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    2. Labor Party policy... oh yeah I remember that Anonymous...Created in 2006-2010 I think... No new ideas from the leader since, unless anti-Mr Abbotts negative campaign is one

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  53. Were all fucked.

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  54. Gillard is disgraceful.Ditch the B....
    Caucus MUST listen to the peoplethat WILL vote her and THEM OUT at the next election if they allow her to remain.

    Gillard will never have the peoples vote again.

    Louise from Medowie

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  55. Australia voted for KRudd not Julia Gulia, she shouldn't be PM. The miserable cow needs to be knocked off her pedestal once and for all

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    1. 2007.. that was 2 elections ago wake up retard. KDudd was not electable. That's why the change came about. Have some respect for the PM.

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    2. maybe Kevin wasn't electable in 2007 because certain members of his party where sabotaging his every move so they could get on with their own agenda.
      I have no respect for a PM that moves in with no election. It is the Australian public that should have voted Kevin in or out...the Labour Party should never have taken things into their own hands.

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    3. then only people that voted for Mr Rudd were those in his electorate, anyone who believe otherwise does not understand the Australian electoral system. It was the party that chose him as leader and their right to change the leadership as they see fit.

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  56. Mr. Rudd, I recently turned 18 and I would like to hand my first vote over to you as PM. Kevin07 now returns as Kevin2012. Don't give up, you are awesome.

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  57. You were voted in by Australians, the faceless people do not represent us. If you have it in you the people will support you again. Follow your beliefs, some one has to save us from 'Tonyn's' madness

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  58. Come back to the five and dime, Kevy Rudd!

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  59. Smooth move? Good luck and god bless Kevin.

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  60. Why is it always about you Kevin? You are an elected public servant. You could start serving the interest of the public you serve, & the public who pay your wage. Stop being so fucking selfish and realise the ALP is in decline because of ego's and attitudes of the selfish self serving units in its ranks like yourself.
    JFK ask not what his country could do for him & asked what he could do for his country. Its a pity we don't have public servants in politics in this country like this.
    The end of the ALP is within reach and your attitude just feeds the media mongrels frothing at the bit for its demise.
    When its all done and dusted and we are all on work choices and user pays USA style society we will look back at days like this and say with regret that selfish people who once fought the good fight for the common man, gave in to the need for self preservation and pontification.

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    1. Please, do not compare Australia to USA. USA is down the drain - and that started happening after Bush Snr was President. Their Presidential election process (for one) is RIDICULOUS!!! It is all down to who has the most MONEY becomes president as they personally have to pay for their 3 years stint in fighting for the privilege in being in the Presidential election.
      If I wanted to live like an American, I wouldn't have returned to Australia. I have never known a country to have so many taxes. Their way of life all revolves around money and how they can better themselves at the expense of others.

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  61. Wouldn't it be great if the people could vote on this contention for leadership. Especially after our vote was abused in the way it was by the faceless members of the labor party. I hope Rudd gets the numbers. Rudd is who the people want and he will be the best person to win the next election. You are the right man for the job. Good luck Mr Kevin Rudd.

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  62. The Australian Electtorate voted you in, and your party did not have the mandate to remove you from the office of prime minister. We put you there and there you should have stayed. Now we are stuck with the worst, most disgraceful, biggest lier and fraud of a prime minister this country has ever seen. Kevin get those numbers fast and get back to your rightful office of prime minister. good luck

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  63. There is reports that Wikileaks are about to realease evidence the Swedish foregin minister is a US spy. Can you confrim if you are a US spy Mr Rudd?

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  64. dear mr rudd
    you are the prime minister i voted for and in my eyes you remain the prime minister of australia duly elected by the people.
    The other person occupyng the position currently, is the leader of the labour party as far as i am concerned and nothing more.
    i wish you all the best in your quest to once more reclaim your true position given to you by the australian people.
    Martin luther king once said that no lie can live forever. no truer statement can be applied to the shameless act of betrayal that was perpetrated against you, the liars are revealed and the day is quickly coming when once more the australian public will have the prime minister we voted for.

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  65. @BloggerliciousB Agreed, the tape makes him look to be someone who has little patience for idiocy - no wonder the powerbrokers in Labor don't like him!

    Pretty sure he's not hoping the LNP 'dethrone' her however, I believe that honour he wants for his own. Nor has he resigned as a member of parliament or of the Labor party, just as foreign minister.

    I think I can safely say a HUGE part of Australia would breathe a sigh of relief to see you back in the PM role Kevin, Whether or not you have the numbers within the party, I am sure that you have the numbers in the streets.

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  66. Kevin, it's a shame to see you resign and let them win but it seems you have your reasons. I was one person that voted for prime minister and was happy with my decision. Never voted for Gillard. I was sorry to see you go when gillard took over, just as i'm sorry to hear of you leaving now. Good luck with the future and I hope to see you in a position where you are happy some time soon.
    Jason

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  67. It's sad how this came to an end, but you remain dignified and honourable in an unfortunate situation. Stepping down as FM with a great speech once again and owing nothing to Gillard. You have my respect and support, Kevin.

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  68. Malcolm Turnbull for PM (leader of the ALP)

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  69. Kevin, I am very much a liberal supporter however your conviction is admirable and what has happened here today is unaustralian as it was when you were stone walled as Prime Minister. At present weears being run by a group of self centered power hungry faceless individuals that are using the office of PM as a puppet. You need to find some way to force this government to another election. There's no way she will lead at that point and I think the outcome will be quite surprising. The people will support you and that's surprising coming from a liberal supporter. Something needs to be done NOW!

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  70. Seems like many here are suck into the cult of personality... the ALP selects a leader of its party. We vote for a local elected official to represent us to the party. A leader can come and go. The party is more than the individual it always will be. Don't let the media play you all for fools & bogans. Otherwise we will have eddie Mc everywhere as President.

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  71. Dear Mr.Rudd I wish you start your own party with your supporters
    never to trust the back stabbers and they do not deserve your loyalty to them
    all they did was to degrade you ,so I wish you stop them if possible ,otherwise get your own party
    and I am praying for you to see you again as our Prime Minister in future

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  72. Kevin, its hard to see a good Aussie hard worker pushed to the limits you have endured by nothing more then a few people that put money and self interest before the people.
    Wherever you end up, you have my vote.
    Hope to see you back at the top soon.

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  73. Well done Mr Rudd. Stand strong. Australia needs you. Hoping that you come back as PM. We need someone strong and honest like you to run this country.

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  74. Julia Guillard was not voted in by the people, you were. She bought her way in. That remains the major point. She back stabbed you and has been back stabbing the country ever since. GOD HELP US ALL. Mr Rudd you have the right to stand tall as you did what you were elected to do. Be very proud of yourself

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  75. Well done Kev :) great timing; hopefully this will stop the constant media beat up. Great Speech btw.

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  76. Mr Rudd,

    I believe your axing as a sitting prime minister in your first term was a gross misjudgement by the labor party, and we are seeing the negative effects of this now.

    The Australian people elected you, not Ms Gillard. And they still didn't elect Ms Gillard in the last election.

    I would encourage you to contest the leadership

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  77. Hi Kevin, Very sad to hear this news. I was proud to have you as our Foreign Minister, even prouder when you were our Prime Minister - and that's the thing. I will never be, and can never be, proud of our current Prime Minister and her cohorts, particularly the way she got there.Good luck and best wishes to you and family for next few days, you have my utmost respect, Robyn Thurston

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  78. Kevin whilst I don't support your politics, I do support your action in this matter. Your labor colleagues and particular Prime Minister Gillard have and continue to demonstrate to the world that it is all about power and not governance. The constant circus about who is running who, the deliberate leaks to discredit you and from your supporters against Gillard have irreparably damaged Australia. Today you have shown leadership and forced the issue, however I must assume that the faceless men wont give up their power so quickly. Whilst on election day I still would not vote for your government I wish you good luck in your attempts to bring the stupidity to an end.

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  79. Thank you Kevin for the absolutely fine service that you have done for Australia, as an MP, as the PM and in Foreign Affairs. Whatever your next move will be, we have a lot to thank you for.
    Prue
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  80. Kevin, Well done on playing your cards well - maintaining the high ground is always a hard thing to do - and as we all know, revenge is a dish best served sweet;)

    Whilst your resignation speech was positioned in an admirable fashion - it stopped short, and failed to address the one fundamental issue, that remains untouched...

    The fact is this, that the nation clearly elected you to do a job, we voted you not for credentials - but for your unwavering passion and commitment to best serve the constituents of the country, and your desire to position Australia and its' interests as a prosperous and globally responsible citizen of earth.

    The faceless men (and red haired women) who conspired and operated in stealth - undermining and destabilizing not only you, your caucus and the Labor Party as a whole - but it also set out to rob the people of Australia, of the right to live and own the voting decisions made at the time the nation voted you into power.

    Now is the time to step up, you're back up at the high stakes table. There is no proof of your underhanded intent to operate with Stealth, seeking to destabilize and undermine the current PM, caucus and party as a whole - and even if there was, so what....I remain of the firm belief you are absolutely well within your right to do so, given the history and how you were treated by certain members from within your own party.

    Pushing that aside, you have a job to complete, delivering to Australia, that which you were appointed to do, before being displaced - it is your responsibility to deliver and execute on the plan set out at the election (in your finest hour I might add). I will go one step further to state - You have a responsibility to deliver that which was committed. This is your chance to make your mark. Do not let the last few (albeit tumultuous) years count for nothing - stand up, cement your place in the record books, and delver a legacy to be long remembered....#stormthecastle

    Kevin Rudd for Prime Minister....again

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  81. Alex from Brisbane22 February 2012 at 21:21

    Reading these comments is it any wonder we get the politicians we do? I don't even know where to start!

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    1. Alex - The majority of the comments here reflect the sentiment of a large number of people, who collectively voiced their vote, which saw Kevin secure a senior leadership role, for our nation. Like him or loathe him, he said what he stood for, the people raised their voice and were heard. I agree politicians do tend to give politics a bad name. It's easy to sit on the sideline, and cast the stones, Not entirely sure I'd be sticking my hand up in a hurry to serve what is for some (looking like yours) part, an ungrateful bunch of people lacking in understanding and appreciation for the dynamics involved in Canberra and more importantly the needs of the country we are fortunate to live in (or will be, when Julia is dismissed - either by way of caucus leadership ballot, or the next election if not stopped beforehand - in which case, god help us all with Tony Abbott at the helm)

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  82. K Rudd, I just wanted to say thank you for opening my eyes to a better government. You were the first member of parliament i felt i could hold trust in, and was delighted when after voting for you in 07 you became the first PM in my lifetime to really stand firm on your beliefs and not back down to opposition.
    You still deserve the top job in my eyes to this day, and as a voice of democracy i am disgusted that you were removed from the position we the people voted you into.
    All the best for the future and i hope for the sake of our country we will once again get to see you in the position you rightfully belong.
    You have my full support.

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  83. "Mr Abbott, I believe, does not have the temperament or the experience to ever be elected and hold the office - the high office - of Prime Minister of Australia. But at present, and for a long time now, he's been on track just to do that."

    Never truer words uttered this is the most important part. Tony Abbott must not be allowed to win an election at any cost. His form of politics is that of the blind leading the blind. Pick someone & stand by them already. Who it is doesn't matter anyone should be able to beat Abbott as long as you stand by them.

    Do what needs to be done. Fight the good fight & boot Gillard out she should be a million miles ahead of Abbott but shes not put anyone else in & stand by them try to represent a united front.

    Rudd your the most likely choice the peoples champion who beat Howard you could do it again for sure.

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  84. I suggest that we put it to the Australian People as to who should be sacked and who should resign.


    A clear result would be Gillard.

    If Caucus think that Gillard is a winner, we are all in serious dodo.

    The other party will not have to even campaign to win if she is allowed to remain.

    Put it to the people that ultimately matter most, the Australian People.

    Shame on the Labour party if they are so stupid as to ignore the voting public.

    John, Newcastle

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  85. I am Scottish and have recently returned from Sydney. It was my first visit to your Country and I have to say I was most impressed.You have much to be proud of and I fully agree that Australia needs someone strong and honest to run the Country.Take a look at the UK,France,Italy,Greece and you will see that Europe is where the Roman Empire was when it was in its last throws.
    This I contend is because our politicians are self serving and corrupt.Look no further than our Tony (the multi millionaire now) Blair.
    Australia is held in high regard I think due to your strong policies.Keep holding your politicians to account.I am confident that Cream always rises to the top of the bottle no matter how many times it is shaken up.Regards and best wishes.Tom Forrest

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  86. Your passion and dedication to serving our wonderful country was proven when you remained working with 'that woman' after what she did to you. I wish you the best with your future endeavors.

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  87. Good Luck Mr Rudd, What ever happens next week I truly wish you the very best and I hope that you do not give up and continue to conduct yourself with dignity and self respect. You are an inspiration and most likely too intellectual for the current Labor party. The voting public however voted for you and we should have been the people to decide if you were to be ousted. I have not voted Labor since you were ousted and I will NEVER vote Labor again as long as Gillard or one of her cronies is the option. Labor has lost its way and as a female I have been nothing but disgusted and ashamed of the way Gillard got the position and the way she has conducted herself ever since. Labor needs to regain trust and show it can be a stable leader for this wonderful country. They need to reassess who they are and what they stand for. Only then can they expect the voting public to show any confidence in them. One thing I am certain of is the Greens and independent days are numbered. A minority controlling the majority will end after this debacle. All thanks to Gillard and the faceless few.They should own their lot in this but even now Gillards comments show her total lack of understanding and leadership. You beat her at her own game and she doesn't like it. You are brilliant strategist. God Bless

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  88. Hope to see you as PM by the time we move over to Aussi later this year - good luck - hate all the back stabbling that goes on in politics - great you had the balls to speak up! Go for it Kev!

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  89. Kevin,

    With your resignation Australia lost a great and effective foreign minister--a pity it had to come to this, but I fully respect your position...let's hope the ensuing struggle does not benefit stalking horses like Simon Crean --and others who right now stand by quiet and who hope that both you and Julia Gillard will be too bloodied in the contest.

    Right now, it appears, it would require a Herculean task to pull Labor out of the mire of recent policy debacles. You might pull that off but with the inherent volatility of the cross benchers that's shrouded in considerable uncertainty...you might be able to stem some of the haemorrhaging, but the patient may well be too far gone...Labor's mess is so big and so deep that it's looks headed for annihilation, but most certainly for opposition...

    You may wish to consider whether trying to become PM again is the BIG game, or whether you, Australia, and the world as a whole, would be much better served if you were to take on a leading role in the UN...

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  90. Kevin, I love your style. You are a far greater tactician than I gave you credit for and that's the sign of a great statesman. Regain your own honour, your true parties honour and regain Australia's honour from the faceless, sterile,selfish politicians ruining this country.

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  91. What we have seen from you today is good old fashioned leadership. We need more of it, don't lose faith we need you back in the Lodge where the Australian people put you. Good luck

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  92. Kevin,
    the disrespect, disloyalty and treachery shown to you by Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan, et al, is incomprehensible to ordinary Australian people.

    Hopefully, like the phoenix, you will rise from the ashes to lead this mindless, ungrateful party once more.

    Unfortunately, many decent Australians may be forced into voting Liberal, as a backlash against Gillard.

    Best of luck mate and thank you for all you have done for this country.

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  93. NO NO NO, don't go.....oh crap there goes Australia. Mr Rudd we know something isn't right from the day your own party voted you out, i just pray Mr Abbott doesn't get a chance to be PM. Please run for PM again...

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  94. Form a new party, end the bullshit that is these 2 parties.. they are not different.. they are 2 groups of the same people. you were a stand out amongst them and should consider forming a new party if you feel the current system has failed the public and you.

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  95. Well played, can't wait to see where this goes.

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  96. To all the elected Federal Labor MPs.

    I cannot do more to explain the underwhelming support Gillard has in the eyes of the general public than to provide this excerpt from the transcript of Tony Jones talking to Malcolm Turnbull on ABC TV's 'Lateline' program of 15 September 2011 (with due acknowledgement to the ABC). If the ALP disregard what the polls indicate in terms of Rudd’s popularity compared to Gillard’s, not forgetting the manner in which Rudd was forced to resign as PM, the ALP can expect, and are due for, electoral annihilation.

    The transcript excerpt…

    TONY JONES: "So what do you think about the growing expectation that Kevin Rudd might be drafted back into the prime ministership?"

    MALCOLM TURNBULL: "Well I think it's inevitable. I think he's the once and future leader of the Labor Party. I mean, the - as John Howard said pretty much this - he didn't say it quite so explicitly as I'm saying now, but if you look at those polls and you recognise that politics is determined by the iron rules of arithmetic, they may not like him very much - maybe they don't like him, but his numbers are so much better. And the fact is the decision to poleaxe Rudd was a colossal error. I mean, the guys that did that did more harm to the Labor Party - Shorten and Arbib and all these people - they did more harm to the Labor Party than all of the conservative politicians put together in the last decade. That was a devastating blow. They delegitimized their own government, they got rid of a duly elected prime minister, the man that had been good enough to beat the great John Howard, who had been able to see off so many other Labor leaders, they poleaxed him and he wasn't even behind in the polls. It was an extraordinary thing to do."

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  97. If these antics had occurred in a standard workplace, the Anti Bullying Pokicy would have been actioned long ago. The way Mr Rudd has conducted himself with so much dignity and sincerity despite the humiliation caused by those who have betrayed him, is commendable. I hope that bigger and better things are on the horizon for Mr Rudd, and that he slams this door firmly in the face of the dishonest and gutless people who have let him down. Another door will open for you sir, and this time you won't have to wear a coat of armour to protect you from the knives in your back. Just keep doing what you've always done... make good choices and do the right thing. xx

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  98. Please run again. I would rather see a gold fish in the office of PM before Abbott and clearly Gillard can't do the job - you have to return!!

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  99. Go for it Kevin! I was disgusted by the actions of Julia when you were booted from power. You have my full support to run for PM again

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  100. It has never been clear to me or the public why you were axed as Prime Minister in the first instance. I was so angry that day. I had thoughfully voted for Kevin Rudd; not Julia Gillard in 2007. Why do these "faceless men" get to choose who leads our country for us? Couldn't that be considered stripping us of our democratic rights? Aren't we, the public, your employer?
    If China is the biggest growing economy in the world, and potentially the biggest threat, our country needs your experience and the relationships you have taken much time in building. I say go for it.
    Thank you for what you've been doing during your time as Foreign Minister. I appreciate your hard work and your staff's hard work.

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  101. Well done. The party politics I have witnessed in this country recently have been appalling. Julia Gillards approach as leader makes it not only incomprehensible for her to be elected by the people of Australia. But also her behaviour in minipulating peers and colleagues, to benefit her own career is heartbreaking to watch. Not only for the advancement of this country, for the development of politics in Australia and ultimately democracy. It feels like under her leadership this country is being treated as her mere play things. And worst of all she is taking credit for all of your major policy advancements.
    I think the thing that you have to put into context when reading this comment. I am a conservative by vote, but would back Kevin Rudd, for being the ONLY politician in the house at the moment with any backbone or policy legacy.
    Well done Kevin.

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  102. Kevin, keep your chin up.

    The only way I will be voting labour at the next election is if you are it's leader. Unfortunately I (and I imagine many) will be forced to vote for Abbott if Gillard is still around.

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  103. Kevin is the best person for the job.

    Watch and weep if Labor trys to save face and stick with Julia in defense of its position to oust Kevin. As a previous Labor Party member I will work to give the Labor party the same respect and honesty it has shown Kevin and the public.

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  104. So proud of you Mr Rudd but please dont leave we want you back running our country not that sneaky backstabbing Gillard, she has to go or Labour has lost me too. You are such a sincere person,good on you for speaking the truth no one has to work with trash,hope i get to see you on the Sunny Coast one day..Stay proud !

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  105. Well done, karma, what she did in the first was wrong and she continues, u did make a good foreign minister, I believe u have a heart and want what is best for australia, I wonder if u could go to liberal? As foreign minister, or independent, or part of the un, good luck with what u do, and on monday she deseves what u hand her.... From liberal supporter

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  106. Mr.Rudd...

    The way you have been treated is un-Australian and as a 3rd generation Labor supporter at every level of Government I must say I have become disillusioned by the manner in which you have been treated.

    FWIW, I would vote for Labor every day of the seek and twice on Sunday if you were the leader of the Federal parliamentary party. Sadly, I will not vote for Labor in future while the like of Julia Gillard, Swan and Crean are around (let done the faceless men). I certainly won't vote for Abbott and the Liberal Party but I would sooner donkey vote or vote for a minority party/candidate.

    I wish you well and I believe Australia will be a better place with you as its Prime Minister. Good luck!!!

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  107. Mr Rudd, you are a star!
    We will be welcoming you home with open arms here in Queensland.
    You have been our Prime Minister since 2007, not that silly girl doing the Prime Ministers job, how dare she call herself PM. She is a joke and a total embarrassment to the country.
    I totally support you and cannot wait to hear your next move.
    Welcome home Kevin! We love you!

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  108. I wish you were back! I'll vote for you again! I reckon go independant! Labor and liberal suck!

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  109. Early action on Libya??? Did Libya threaten out national security? Did Libya threaten our rights and liberties?

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  110. The people of Australia voted you in, only they can vote you out!! Gillard and Co have performed a dog act, the people of this country will never forget it.
    Aussie's have certain values, and dogging on your mates, your crew is not on.

    I have voted labour all my life, the last election was the first time I didn't, ill continue this until the wrongs and made right!!

    Rudd back in charge and a clean house of the labour party to boot, let's not forget the landslide votes Kevin wins the election with, gives him a total majority which means the government can actually govern. Not this horse trading farce of a government we have under the back stabbers.

    In 07 it was Kevin, give us another chance to vote you in Kev!!!!!!!

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  111. Leaders are something we lack. We lack even more someone who can roll up their sleeves and work. Maybe some of your ideas didn't as planned but doing nothing could have been worse. I have never voted ALP until you came along and unless you are there never again. Thanks for wiping the smug expression off her face. Even if you don't succeed next week - you have won peace of mind and our respect.

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  112. I'm right behind you 100% Kevin with whatever you choose to do.

    I know that no one is perfect, but in my eyes you're the guy that brought me hope when you led Labor to a convincing victory in the 2007 election, and while in government, you brought in a range of positive things that no other leader have the guts to do including delivering the apology to the Stolen Generations, and taking action on climate change.

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  113. Never give up mate - like you said, Australia's governed by the people and the polls clearly show the people want you back! You've got this

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  114. I'll vote for you as PM Kevin!!! I know it's been very hard to fight with people that in the same shoe as you who can't be your true friends. But stick to people that support you!


    GO FOR PM KEV. They are nothing. prove them you can do it!

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  115. Mr Rudd,
    If you were to form another political party, I'd become a member.
    I know that you are a proud ALP man but, really, the tragedy here is that the major force in an alternative to conservative government is that of these faceless unionist men. This is defunct notion of an industrialist time.
    We are beyond that. Surely Australians deserve a party that embraces humanism, diversity, sustainability and innovation that does not also imply revolution.
    You have inspired me with your statesmanship, integrity and vision for the future. You were first known to me by an ABC doco on spirituality in politics, then wowed me with mention of homelessness in your victory speech and brought me to tears with apology to the stolen generation. Living between Australia and the EU during the GFC, I am amazed at your economic leadership too. I personally can think of no better man, or woman, to be our Prime Minister.
    If the rumored caucus vote goes ahead, I hope and pray that you will be reinstated as PM.
    But, please use whatever power you can muster to enliven the debate and revisit the mission of the Labor Party.
    I say this as a middle class women, first tertiary educated person among my family, who works with the burgeoning voiceless underclass. The blue collar is shrinking off the Aussie wardrobe and these muscling tactics don't represent us.
    I sincerely wish you all the best and hope that you remain public life. I have been proud to have you represent me overseas during your time as Foreign Minister.

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    1. Thank you for your comments, Mary-Ellen. Beautifully put. Kevin 07 is the best PM ever, and dealt with the GFC in such a way that we now have an economy that is envied in many other countries, especially in Europe. Thanks to our Mr Rudd.

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  116. Way to go Kevin, you're so much better than they are and you will always have my full support!

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  117. WE THE PEOPLE VOTED YOU IN NOT THE GINGER LESBIAN .. .
    PHOTOS SOON TO COME
    JULIA GILLARD IN HIGH SCHOOL IN A SAME SEX RELATIONSHIP
    YOU SHOULD OF NEVER STEPPED DOWN AS PM
    YOU SHOULD OF TAKEN HER DOWN .

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  118. Good luck in all you do, Mr Rudd. You are my favourite PM and I would vote for you again. Not Gillard - she has cheapened beloved Labor so much that if she is in control at the next election she will 'splat' Labor in the bin. Good luck in all you do and I support you in all your endeavors.

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  119. PUT HER DOWN JUST AS YOU WOULD PUT DOWN A DOG

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  120. were all you 'supporters' of Mr Rudd when all the rash decisions included in the stimulus package went haywire?? These decisions were taken too quickly and the consequences not thought through. This happens when a person does not consult enough no matter how well intentioned. Remember what you were all thinking back then and not the sob story yo've been fed since.

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  121. Thanku Kevin for serving our country with dignity. I thought that Aust was a democracy not run by dictators it seems to me that the faceless men are nothing more than dictators. To stab someone in the back is unAustralian I didn't vote Labour at last election nor the bloody Libs either after what they did to you but if you are the leader of the ALP I will once again vote for you gl in your next position

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  122. Kevin your a true inspiration.

    “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” A.Einstien.

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  123. Thank you Kevin. I, and many others, appreciate all you did as Prime Minister and as Minister for Foreign Affairs. My only wish is that you stayed the course on the Mining and Carbon Taxes when you were Prime Minister. Most Australians supported you and would have continued supporting you.

    I know that you will make the best decision for Australia, the ALP and your family.

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  124. Get Gillard out! serves her right for backstabbing you! It's time for her to go!

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  125. Congre K Rudd, you do your best for Australia future and labour party; ALP already lost the leadership ever..,

    well done, please continue with your life elsewhere.

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  126. You brought me hope, but Julia took it away. Ever since, I want it back. Hope is a fragile thing.

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  127. Stand your ground, yes!!! You are a honourable man and the best PM Australia ever had. A politician with an OPEN HEART and INTEGRITY. Would love you back as PM!!!

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  128. It is a pity that our system of Government does not allow for the people of Australia to directly elect their leaders, it is done behind closed doors. Good on you for not lowering your own personal standards to that of Jewel-Liar Gillard. With all the back-stabbing and workplace harassment that has been going on, you should lodge a complaint with Fair Work.
    We would love to see you as an independant.

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  129. Kevin, I have never been a labour voter! I was disgusted and appalled at how you were treated as PM. You have maintained your dignity the whole time. All we can do now is sit back and watch Julia Gillard finish stuffing this country completely! I cannot stand the woman! Good luck with your future.

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  130. create your own party mate. end the rba. and the 1percenters. be know in history as the guy who took down the banks and brought the government back in line to be run by the peoeple for the people bring back if we want a law to vote for it . end this fucking corrupt government that is plague our land come on mate stand over this puppets.

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  131. omg *insert vomit*

    at least Abbott won't be worse than the current government.

    Because that is impossible.

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  132. I support you Kevin, I know it's challenging to understand where some of these comments are coming from, but I feel the majority of us are right there with you, on many levels, and including whatever you do at a professional level. I'm not a fool to the media nor to the state of our nation and global politics, although these days seem as if only time can reveal the zenith of society, your presence has given hope that it and all of our great ideals may come days sooner. Thank you

    Sky Reddell

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  133. I think Bob Brown will welcome you with open arms

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  134. Kevin,

    Congratulations on your decision and I hope it leads to a positive outcome for you and for Labor. I'm a swinging voter, but there is no way I could vote for a Liberal party led by Tony Abbott. There's also no way I could vote for a Labor party let by Julia Gillard.

    I believe in you as a statesman and as a leader and I always admired your attempts to combat the factions in the Labor party (which we never get a vote on).

    They say you frustrated and abused them as PM and maybe they're right. But I'm sure it was a two-way street. The factional system HAS to change.

    I hope you've got the numbers. Swanny's true colors are now out for all to see and others will join him. Without a strong victory one way or the other, the next election will be Tony Abbott's un-losable election.

    Fortunately, we've seen a Lib candidate lose one of those already, but yahweh help us all if the Mad Monk gets the top job.

    Go hard, go well.

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  135. Kevin, THANK YOU for your time in the PM Seat, and for continuing your work when you (sadly) went down to foreign minister. Although, I am in London, and have only been here about 6 months, you are well known over here as Australia's preferred PM about of you and Gillard.
    You of all people, would know, one of the main reason's those idiotic and childish faceless people, kicked you and put in Gillard is not because of your popularity, which was low because you wouldn't tolerate idiots like the faceless people, but it was also quite a large publicity stunt, Australia's first female PM - And she's a red head. Who'd have guessed. that would've happened this term?

    You were an amazing PM. You made the RIGHT decisions while in the seat. You ARE THE RIGHT person to be there. You SHOULD be there, still, today. You have guts to meet the Australian Public's wants, and needs. A good example of this, was the bail out package.Look where we are now,much better off then we could of been, and I fear, that if Gillard was there instead of you, we'd be much worse off.


    Kevin, although, I dont think you will be hunting for that big seat again in the near future, that seat is rightfully for you as long as Gillard is sitting there.

    Kevin 07 supporter.

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  136. Kevin for PM! We all love you and respect you as a strong and compassionate leader. All the best and I hope we have not seen the last of a great Australian ambassador.

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  137. Your speech as always was dignified and honest.Mr Rudd I applaud your bravery and tenacity. As I said to David Bradbury when he was trying to justify your demise after the installation of Julia G: 'It was the WRONG thing to do and it will come back to haunt you and the party'. But what do I know I am only an ALP foot soldier, wife and mum? The hypocrisy of your fellow cabinet ministers is appalling. Now suddenly they are blaming you for all the ALP's woes..Tony Burke's comments on 7.30 tonight were malicious and about on par with Crean. Dont they realise that even branch members like me are fed up and disillusioned by it al? As far as I'm concerned the ALP are headed for disaster and far from being your fault it all started when YOU did not get the loyalty that you deserved. If we end up suffering under another 15 years of liberal government with the backward thinking Abbott in charge the schemers that removed you so unfairly will be to blame. Good luck if there is a leadership spill.If you do win back the leadership please continue to be honest and forthright,get rid of the PR and spin..keep it real and make decisions and policy that are right for the country even when they are not popular.I wish you and your family all the best for the difficult days ahead and the future.

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  138. I don't really know what to say other than that you have my utmost respect - for the time you were PM and Foreign Minster and for your decision to resign. For a while there something was actually happening in the leadership of the country. I'm sad to see you resign, but at the same time I thank you for it. I know it wouldn't have been an easy decision, but maybe now politics can be politics, not ridiculous media hype which pits government against itself.

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  139. Thank you so much for your efforts and tireless dedication to a job that was not of your choosing. You always gave your best as I believe you genuinely have the Australian people's interest at heart.
    That is why I believe you a the only person to lead Labor to the next election as leader of the party.
    Ms Gilliard was not elected with a clear majority and should not contest another election.
    Please don't allow Tony Abbott to win by default, it would be disastrous for Australia's future.

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  140. Just turned 18...
    So confused.. Lib or Labor?

    Lib = workchoices
    Labor (Not Mr Rudd)= drama queens
    But if you were voting for your old office then Labor any day.. because unfortunately Labor quoting someone(said in a similar way) tell me plz "Labor is headed for annihilation for the current voters as well as the current generation of young adults"

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  141. You dont need numbers in Caucus. You only need two in Parlament and Judas and her traitors can loose a non confident vote. The Best thing is to call an election with you leading the troops. Qld is behind you. They need Qld to govern this country.

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  142. Katie from Adelaide22 February 2012 at 23:23

    You were the best PM and Foreign Minister we've ever had Mr Rudd, the first PM to say "Sorry" for the Stolen Generation. I'm Sorry that it has come to this.
    Since I've been old enough to vote I've voted for and supported Labor, and voted for Julia Gillard to give her a chance and give Australia it's first female PM. BIG MISTAKE.
    After the way she treated you and Julian Assange I will never vote Labor again. Nor will I vote for the Liberals. But I would be willing to cross to the 'dark side' if you do!
    Abbott reminds me of that guy from the Vicar of Dibley who says 'NO' alot!

    Great speach and love the youtube video.

    Wish you all the best for the future.

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  143. Well done Kevin, now all you need to do is leave the party and quit your seat and take a job in the UN. Leave the party to rot I say.

    All they done is stab you in the back day in day out, no matter what you did you could never do enough to please the bastards.

    Too much party politics going on every one is looking out for them selfs and what hey can get out of it. We need a Government that has the people and country in mind and think less about how much they can get out of giving their support to PM that has no credibility what so ever.

    If you challange the PM some time next week and should that challange result I believe for the good of the country and its people you step down from politics and force and early election. I know sounds harsh but the people are not happy with this government and their leader!

    Lets hope the party sees this and casts their votes for you and getting you back into the job you should be in P< of Australia the peoples choice.

    Good luck and keep up the good work!!!

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  144. Kevin

    You should become an Independent. Qld will always keep you in Griffith as longer you want to serve the people of Griffith and Qld. You are Christian. You should not be part of party where the main policies are dishonesty, disloyalty, corruption, lying,etc etc,etc.

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  145. Pigs might fly too! voted in by the people!!! we all know the real person who the people of Australia voted for!

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  146. Hey Kevin,
    I was a 4th generation ALP voter. In fact, my friend's all know to commit me to a mental asylum if I ever vote Liberal.
    In 2010, I had to vote Green, I couldn't vote for a party that treated someone as inspirational as yourself that way. My mother didn't talk to me for a while because thought I was going all communist.

    So please make a push for the top job. Otherwise I'm destined to a life of loneliness without my Mum or institutionalised

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  147. I believe you were a great PM and Foreign Minister.
    I reckon, Australia need leader like you. I think Australia need a new party, a party that can change Australia.

    All the best.

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  148. Kevin, you are a legend, I cannot believe what they did to you - and now again! You are the best person for PM in Australia. I was staunchly Labour up until now, but I will never vote for Labour with all this unethical stuff going on. They have lost my support - I voted for you, NOT Julia Gillard! You have the ethics and morals that I want the leader of our country to have. Thank you for all you have done.

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  149. Well done kevin. Please use this time to prepare and stand in the next election as PM. You are by far the best option for australia!

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  150. Right behind you Kevin.

    The people voted you in as Prime Minister Gillard stole it.
    We would do the same again given the chance.
    Good luck you have done a great job considering.
    Bonnie Mckinnon.

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  151. Mr Rudd,

    I voted for YOU not for ju-LIAR
    I never consented to having my elected PM removed
    Given the chance i will vote for you yet again

    I HATE having to choose between abbot or the ALP and what it have become. To be honest i think it really truly is time for an honest , transparent government. We are all being taken for a ride. I don't have a home loan (yet) but i cant believe that the govt is more interested in our carbon emissions while some people live from week to week .

    Please fix this mess and look at aus realistically. Since i was a kid, iv seen a boom in immigration (being indian myself i can tell you everyone is after the PR and citizenship and NOBODY wants to study for the skill sets and im sure the government is aware of that) , a boom in prices, unreasonable expenditures being justified . 90% of the products i buy and use are made in china (which is ok with me) but are being charged for as if they were made in italy or france by expensive labour.

    My dear country is slumping towards a decline and it breaks my heart to see it happen .

    :(

    K

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      K

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  152. SAVE US MR RUDD.

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  153. Go get em Kev!!!! Gillard is on the ropes and you have the full support of the australian public!. Now is the time to strike so stand up for us and get in there to get the job done! The drama needs to stop & we all want you back in mate!

    Good Luck and you have my vote!

    Adam from Central QLD

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  154. Kevin should form a new cabinet from the back bench.
    Combet, Gillard, Emerson, Shorton, Conroy, Swan, Garrett should just be fired as they have just been appalling and the public loathes them. They will never work with Rudd again anyway. A clean sheet and toss this garbage out.

    If Rudd wants to win he should tear up the deal with the Greens, delay the carbon tax, beat the unions back and start focusing on the issues that matter to the Australian people and Labor root and branch. It is not too late to beat Abbott.

    Labor has absolutely no chance under Gillard, and the party knows it.

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  155. Good luck, I don't know if Labor will win next election whoever leads the party. Get back to Labor's traditional base for low-mid paid workers and traditional society values. Labor might think they get more votes being in bed with the greens but it's that exact reason many have left, and of course it's worse than ever now - even my old ex-union rep dad swapped to independents. PS Penny Wong will be crushed in the dust with Gillard hey? LOL

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  156. Why Can't Julia Accept The Fact that 95-99% of Australians Dislike Her? Why is She So Stubborn My Goodness? She is under a lot of Curses and one day these curses will catch up and all will go Kabum...
    Anyways Kevin, Please Call Early Elections When you get in and Yes sack the whole lot of them including ju-LIAR....

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