Monday, 27 February 2012

Statement to the Parliamentary Labor Party following the Re-Election of the Leader

I accept the will of the Caucus without qualification and without rancour. And I congratulate Julia on her strong win.

To each and every one of my supporters - I say thank you – it’s never easy being part of the minority.

And I have one simple request for you all, and that is to unite under Julia’s leadership to do everything we possibly can to prevent Abbott from prevailing.

To paraphrase the new poet of our age, Albo, we’re here to fight Tories, not ourselves.

To those of you who didn’t vote for me and with whom I’ve had great conversations in recent days, I thank you for your friendship and your civility.

To those of you who have been pretty free and willing in your character analysis of me in recent weeks, I say this:

I bear you no grudges.

I bear you no malice.

And if I have wronged any of you in what I have done and in what I have said, please accept my apology.

To Julia I would say this: leadership is hard – harder in this Parliament than in the last.

You will have my absolute support in your efforts to bring us to victory.

I will not under any circumstances mount a challenge against your leadership.

I go one step further. If anyone turns on Julia in the 18 months ahead, of the type I have seen reported in much of the press, Julia – you will find me in your corner against them.

And I am ready to help in anyway whatsoever in my capacity as Member for Griffith, as a former Labor Leader, as a former Labor Prime Minister, as a former Labor Foreign Minister, or in any other capacity.

I will continue as the Member for Griffith and with the support of my local community, through the next election as well.

And my final request of the leader – no retribution against my supporters.

They are good Labor people, every one of them.

They all have good Labor values.

As do I.

I’m proud of the Party I joined 30 years ago.

The great Neville Wran once said, we have our brawls, our bare knuckled fights, our squabbles (probably never as spectacular as this) then we take out the industrial hose and wash the blood off the walls, and go out together as a team.

Neville comes from that lesser known school of poetry called the ‘New South Wales Right’ school.

But he’s right. So I’d just say to my harshest critics, I’d suggest we have a cup of tea, a cup of coffee, or something harder (and I don’t mean an Iced Vovo) as we seek to put all of this behind us.

The acrimony of recent weeks cannot continue.

Not one bit.

Not for a moment longer.

Let’s go together to defeat Abbott and deliver Labor the victory.

I thank the Caucus.

69 comments:

  1. Do you feel easy about leaving your job? I've been thinking a lot about yourself, never mind the general parliamentary members. I am very sad, that you should be the sad one. Anyone in the general Australian public, who stood behind you could see you are a kind, caring sort of man. They saw your resolve,determination, to become inspired, to then be crippled in disappointment. It's made me sick. You know why? You, Mr. Kevin Rudd, have something that most people don't, decorum and integrity. This is Not for YOU! It's for Them, to be heard, cared about. Yesterday I felt totally devastated about the proceeding 'class room' practises. Your personal ideals of which you displayed at the Foreign Affairs roles, was something I had much admired. I watch the parliament antics in the House of Representative frequently these days. The Senate have it. I hope you like Queensland Mr.Rudd. I'll stick here in Tasmania. I was thinking of joining the Labour Government, but have now changed my mind! Bye.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Goodbye Labor Government in 2013. Hello Tony Abbott. What a short-sighted voting behaviour by these MP's, who say they are here for us, the Australian public (and not just 'working families'). Apparently they just could not get over their personal feelings versus Kevin Rudd and thereby saddle us with an imminent Abbott government, winding back many real advances made. Shame! What a bunch of twits. Hang around Kevin. You're still needed.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I withdraw my criticism of William Bowe's Honour.

    He is truly honourable and courageous.

    Cheers Kev, still rooting for you.

    Radguy

    ReplyDelete
  4. An awesome post and must read it.Thanks for sharing it
    Examhelpline






    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for sharing this post.It is very extraordinary post.
    <a href="http://examhelpline.in>Examhelpline</a>

    ReplyDelete
  6. An awesome post and must read it.Thanks for sharing it
    Careinfo






    ReplyDelete
  7. This is awesome article.I get many useful point through this post. I would like to thanks for providing these information. Thank you for sharing it.
    Carebaba






    ReplyDelete
  8. The moneylenders will assess your advance reimbursing ability by checking your record of loan repayment. This is one of the principle elements for them to consider while going to a choice whether to give you an advance or not. Payday Loans San-diego

    ReplyDelete
  9. Great article and valuable information. Thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  10. a given article is very interesting and very useful for my admin thank you very much and sorry for my permission to share the article here :

    Obat penyakit maag kronis
    Obat alami pengapuran tulang
    Cara mengatasi badan yang berlemak

    ReplyDelete
  11. If you have come from the West and you are captivated by the Asian beauty, in that case, we make sure that you get the best Call Girls in Mahipalpur to help you taste the Asian flavor in the best way. At Mahipalpur, we make sure that you are getting one heck of an experience with our girls. So, no matter whether it is official meeting or bachelor party, we are there for all your needs. Visit:- Here

    ReplyDelete
  12. Do you need a Call Girls in Gurgaon to give you the real pleasure of your life, well, if you revert in affirmative, in that case, you are at the right place. We are a stupendous track record of providing the best girls that would completely take the evening of yours by storm, so to avail them all you need to do is just call and we will provide the best at the right price. Visit:- Here

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hi Guys! This is me: Archana kumari and I'm once more present with the latest information in connection with your deep interest in call girls. As always I've brought new team of teenager call girls ready to satiate your hunger of female companionship. Just click the links for guidance.

    Call girls in worli
    worli Call girls
    Escorts in Worli

    Escorts in Air Port Kolkata
    Dum Dum Call girls
    Call Girls in Dum Dum

    Worlil Escorts
    call girls in Andheri
    call girls in borivali
    ------------------------------------------------------------------

    ReplyDelete