Thursday, 23 February 2012

Transcript of Press Conference, Washington DC

Well, good morning, ladies and gentlemen. The reason for calling this press conference this morning is, as you know, I'll be in the air for the next 24 hours or so returning to Australia.
       
Overnight I've had many conversations with caucus colleagues and with ministerial colleagues.

I'm very pleased by and encouraged by the amount of positive support and encouragement of me to contest the leadership of the Australian Labor Party.
       
I have many more calls still to make.

Their overall argument to me is that they regard me as the best prospect to lead the Australian Labor Party successfully to the next elections, to save the Australian Labor Party at those elections and to save the country from the ravages of an Abbott Government.

I've frankly been shocked and disappointed by the tone and content of the intensely personal attacks which have been lodged against me overnight in Australia.

Whatever our differences in politics I do not believe that these sorts of vicious personal attacks have a place in our national political life.

We all have a responsibility to preserve the fabric of decency in our national political institutions, and that includes within our principal political institutions including our principal political parties, therefore I've been shocked and disappointed.
       
I would say to you and I would urge my own supporters in Australia not to retaliate, not to engage in this sort of vicious personal attack. I don't believe it has a proper place in Australian politics.
       
The reason I also think that, is that in Australia today people are sick and tired of the politics of division, sick and tired of the politics of division within our political party, sick and tired of the politics of division in Australian politics overall, and, as we know, Mr Abbott is the national master of the politics of division and dividing our nation.

Therefore it is important that we begin to cultivate and develop a new sense of unity in our country; unity because the policy challenges we face are so formidable, as indeed the international community face as well.

The bottom line is, this question of the future of the leadership of our party and our country is not about personality; it's about trust; it's also about policy and it's about vision.

I'm proud of the fact that when you look carefully at what we've been able to achieve as a Labor Government, from the time I was first elected back at the end of 2007, the achievements are formidable.

Remember it's through that period of Government, when I had the privilege of being Prime Minister, that Australia got through the global financial crisis without going into recession and without generating mass unemployment. A single achievement among all the major developed economies. And not only that, but we emerged with among the lowest debt and lowest deficit rates of all the developed countries in the world.

And when I look ahead, can I say the Australian people and the Australian business community need to have confidence that the Government is in strong and stable hands in negotiating the very uncertain global financial shoals which lie ahead.

We're not out of hot water yet when it comes to Europe, I think everybody knows that, and therefore in the very difficult period which lies ahead in 2012 experience and competence and discipline will be needed in terms of our national economic management fully wired to the threats which lie out there in the global economy.

But can I also just emphasise this; that in the achievements, the policy achievements that we have registered so far as a government, in the period that I've been leader, and post that, we have done some formidable things.

A massive new investment in education;
A massive new investment in our public health and hospital system;
The launching of a National Broadband Network so that everyone in the country has an opportunity to be wired to the information highway of the 21st century;
Of course dealing also with the challenges of climate change, the fact that we now have in legislation a 20 percent renewable energy target, which we did not have before;
And beyond that again, dealing with the challenge of indigenous disadvantage and the apology to the first Australians.

But that is what we've done so far.

What I'd also like to talk about in my remarks today is the policy challenges which lie ahead for Australia, and these are big ones.

Number one, the restoration and the maintenance of business confidence. 

Business generates jobs.  It's fundamental that there is confidence in the business community to invest and to continue to create jobs. That is critical. And a policy area where I want to see new work for Australia, by the continuing Government of Australia, is in the area of small business and what we do to encourage directly small business to invest in their businesses' future and turn them into the big businesses of the future. And that means changes to the way in which we deal with them on tax.

Second, a big policy challenge for the future is manufacturing.

I have said before, five years ago when I first contested the leadership of the Australian Labor Party, that I never wanted to be Prime Minister of a country which didn't make things any more - that remains my enduring passion. I do not share the view that manufacturing is somehow old fashioned and belongs to the old economy.  It's never been my view. We have to be smarter about manufacturing, but can I say loud and clear, I believe fundamentally in the importance of a strong Australian industry for the future and as a result a strong industry policy for the future as well

And let me say quite bluntly, I do not support the decision taken by the Government to axe the support we have provided for the Australian automobile industry through the Green Car Fund which myself and Minister Kim Carr signed off on in good faith with Australian auto, with auto manufacturers from around the world.

Remember this: the Australian auto industry came through the global financial crisis without a single company falling over. We preserved the industry - it's still strong and competitive. And there's nothing wrong with an industry policy like that. And if you compare it with industry policies of various forms around the world - let' just be very plain about this; we're not Robinson Crusoe in having an industry policy, and furthermore, our levels of industry support are among the lowest in the world.

A third big area of policy for the future is the continuation of health reform. This is fundamental.

Remember, when I first became Prime Minister I said that we needed to have a health and hospital system where ultimately the buck stopped with me. What happened in reality is that we fell short of that with the National Health and Hospital Reform programme. We squibbed some of the hard decisions in the end, and decisions that were taken under the course of the last 12 months.

It's no secret to my colleagues that I didn't support that.

I believe we've got to complete the task of reforming our health and hospital system for the future because it's so fundamental for all Australian families. We need to make sure that doctors are more accessible, that hospital beds exist, and for me, this is an abiding passion.

Can I also say that for the future, we also need to make sure that we are engaged in the strong business of education. I'm disappointed - deeply disappointed at the Government's decision to axe a scheme which I introduced. And the scheme I introduced was to half the HECS fees of maths and science students going into university. And if they proceeded to pursue a career in the maths and sciences, to halve their HECS fees again.

And if you looked at the data that's come out since then, our study of maths and science at senior secondary school goes down and down and down. If we don't get this right, let me just tell you folks, we may as well kiss tomorrow goodbye - it's so fundamental. And this is a scheme I brought in, in good faith and which regrettably has been axed. It needs to be restored - we need to get on with the business, and similarly with the emphasis on Asian languages in Australian education.

My vision as always is to have an Asia-literate Australia at the forefront of the knowledge of Asia and China, Indonesia and other countries who will be writing the history of the 21st century. We need to be able to read it and to speak it.

And finally, could I say beyond these important matters of policy, there is the big question of the reform of the Australian Labor Party itself, so that our party which has been around for 120 years - one of the oldest continuing democratic political parties in the western world is equipped for the tasks of the 21st century. And that means a party in the future which is not governed by the faceless men.

Can I conclude and say this - I must now return to Australia, aircraft await - but the bottom line is this: as I said in my remarks yesterday, I will make a full statement on my future on the question of the Australian Labor Party leadership in Australia. That is the right place to do it.

I've been left with no alternative in this country in terms of tendering my resignation as Minister for the reasons I outlined in my statement here yesterday, but on the future of the leadership of the party, that is a statement to be made in Australia.  I'm encouraged by the levels of support I've received so far. I've got a lot more people to talk to, and I'll be making a full statement there.

Ladies and gentlemen, I can take just a few questions. And then when Ranya says there's a plane waiting, she's not joking, okay?

QUESTION: Do you have the numbers, Mr Rudd, to…

KEVIN RUDD: Can I just say on the question of the numbers - the perennial question in politics - it's important at this stage of a process like this to remember one, I will declare my position on the future of the ALP leadership on my return to Australia; number two is anyone is a mug who believes in circulated lists of numbers at this stage of a possible ballot process - anyone's a mug who believes that.

There is a huge doctrine of enlightened self-interest at work when people put out one list or another in terms of how many numbers people have. But I can say to you in complete candor, and I've got to say with a degree of contentment, happiness and surprise, is the level of support which is coming in, and not just from the parliamentary party. Can I thank also the extraordinary expressions of support from the Australian community.

I think when this comes to a head, it really does need to be recognised that the future government of Australia is not about the power of factions, it's about people's power. And the people of Australia have a view on the future leadership of their country. I would urge each and every one of them to make that view known across the country. Pick up the phone, talk to MPs, talk to your media outlets, express your view. Ours is a democracy in the open spaces, not behind closed doors and not governed by faceless men.

Another question. Yeah.

QUESTION: Mr Rudd. In your view, clearly, Julia Gillard is a failed Prime Minister. Is that correct?

KEVIN RUDD: I have not stated that I have made a decision to declare for the position of the leadership of the party. I have said very plain - plainly that I need to consult more with colleagues, and it's appropriate to make that statement in Australia.

But let me just say this: I do not believe that Prime Minister Gillard can lead the Australian Labor Party to success in the next election. That is a deep belief; I believe it's also a view shared right across the Australian community.

I can take one more.

QUESTION: Mr Rudd…

KEVIN RUDD: I just want to be fair…

QUESTION: …your allegations of treachery against your former colleagues have been returned tenfold overnight. Have you done anything that would warrant the Prime Minister to sack you which was speculated widely yesterday?

KEVIN RUDD: Well can I just say I seem to recall that some time yesterday I tendered my resignation, and the reason I did that was that you can't be Foreign Minister of the country when the Prime Minister of the country refuses to express her confidence in you.

And that's what occurred in the last 24 hours which caused me to make an extraordinary statement yesterday about the need to resign.

Can I say more broadly on the question of personal attacks, I just emphasise again what I said before - whatever our different political views, whatever they are, across the Australian political landscape there is a place for civility. There is a place for actually conducting a debate in a way which gets to our vision for the nation - our positive policies for the future.

And sure there are tough questions about individuals. But you know, hooking into one another in highly vicious, personalised attacks I don't think is Australian. And I don't think we should be part of that focus, and as they say in the classics - I've got to zip.

Thank you.

322 comments:

  1. I love it Kevin i voted for you before and i will again you are the best person for the top job you go mater and good luck for Monday

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    1. Every one I speak to today (family ,friends, strangers) are all backing Kevin Rudd after all he is the Prime Minister we voted for. We love him to bits. What he's doing he's fighting for us. GO Kevin. from The Cumming Family, Ipswich

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    2. Thank you "The Cumming Family, Ipswich".

      Your adoring message will make Kevin Rudd cum.

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    3. A typical nameless and faceless comment above that in my opinion is disgusting and reflects your intelligence. Maybe you should post on the local porn site instead of here. Your last name wouldn't be Crean or Swan would it, they also like to attack people personally instead of facing the real issues. I voted Kevin Rudd for PM and I will do so again. Go Kevin, your a man of honor and integrity. The Lincolncrew.

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    4. That is just foul.

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    5. Oh that's gotta be an Abbott supporter.

      Pretty funny nonetheless.

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    6. Met you in Cairns when you first came up. Best of luck monday hope if falls your way. Rather have a Queenslander in the lodge then a bogon anyday

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    7. The "local" porn site? If only.

      "A chicken in every pot, a porn studio on every block..."


      Literacy tip 'Lincolncrew':

      It is 'you're', not 'your', you undereducated sack of cum.

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    8. KRUDD IS THE TYPE OF POLITICIANS THAT GIVES POLITICIANS A BAD NAME. CAN'T STAY AWAY FROM A MICROPHONE, CHRONIC LIAR AND SELF PROMOTER. I AM RUSTED ON LABOR VOTER BUT WILL BE HANDING OUT HOW TO VOTE CARDS FOR ABBOT IF KRUDD IS REELECTED.

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  2. We voted for you once Kevin and will do so again. No one wants to vote for Abbott, but if Gillard leads Labor to the next election we will have no choice. Do it for the people.

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  3. Nailed it perfectly - K Rudd for PM - #stormthecastle

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    1. "#stormthecastle"

      Have Gillard's shock troops at the tent embassy switched allegiance?

      Is one petrol tanker pulling up (with drinks all round) all that it takes to buy that crowd?

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  4. Go in hard and show Julia what it's like to be in the firing line. I know that everyone has faults but the personal attacks by Labour ministers is just the reason you need to do what you plan to do.

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  5. Go Kev, if you get in, don't step down from any policies that have been put forwards by your party since last election. That's what got you in trouble the first time! good luck.

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  6. Stick it to the caucus ... POWER TO THE PEOPLE

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    1. "POWER TO THE PEOPLE" - how true.

      No-one can stop the coming Coalition landslide that is now baked-in.

      It isn't about Rudd.

      It isn't about Gillard.

      The Labor party itself is dying.

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    2. Largely thanks to Kevin Rudd! we have watched as he has constantly undermined the julia and the goverment that he shoould have been supporting .. he has disregarded the interest of Australia for his own agenda. it is very sad to watch the ALP self distruct. on your head kevin! You are not the saviour you think you are! Abbot is coming.. god help us all!

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  7. You have my vote! Good luck for monday should you decide to challenge.

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  8. It was Kevin Rudd that I voted for and I will again.

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    1. Thank you. Your vote for Kevin Rudd achieved so much...

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  9. Go Kevin!!!
    I really hope for the sake of Australia, you return as PM, alot of people support you! Take back from Gillard what she took from you!

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  10. The carbon tax is the sticking point for my vote. More discussion needs to occur on how our policy matches world action. I do not like the thought of manufacturing jobs going offshore because of added pressure of the carbon tax. I'm frightened about job losses. Can you please have an open and honest discussion with us on this, and not just you but ministers like Martin Ferguson who so clearly stands for the manufacturing industry needs to help explain. All of the Ministers in Cabinet need to be on the front-foot and explain the policy. This has not occurred under Gillard. Everyone has been frightened and she stopped going to supermarkets because of her no carbon tax lie. If we've moved slighty ahead of the world, can you reassure us that we will not continue to move forward until the rest of the world catches up? That'd be a huge first step in restoring confidence in Labor.

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  11. You're the man for the job Kevin and Labor's only prayer, even if some of them are too arrogant and proud to see it. Good luck Monday, you're own only hope of avoiding an Abbott PM.

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  12. Great speech - hate all the mudsling - think maybe you might need to start a new party of the people for the people - hope you win in Caucus - don't go quietly to the back bench if you loose - go independent!

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  13. Agree, Labor has no chance with Gillard

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  14. I'll be waiting for you here in Oz KEVO!

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  15. If you do challenge and lose, please don't give up. The people of Australia need you in our corner.

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  16. Go Kevin, Go get them and hit them hard mate. You as far as I am concerned still the only elected PM in this country. The other stole it by backstabbing and deceit. Besides it just not give a damn about the Australia voting public. We are all very sick of her lies and crap we get from her.
    And as far as I can see maybe the worst PM we have ever had by far.
    I wish you the best of luck in the next days ahead. do us all a favor kick those "Faceless Men" out, right out and get the labor Party back to where it should be. So far all these people have done is destroy it, big time.

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  17. I'll be honest; I didn't vote for you & I won't be voting for the ALP in the foreseeable future; but I applaud you for sticking to your guns; what happened to you when you were ousted as PM was wrong - the people voted you in & the people should have been the ones to vote you out.

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  18. Thank *you* Kevin for the job you've done on the ALP.

    Yours,

    Liberal Inc.

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  19. Labour is clearly divided and needs fixing, as does the Liberals. You're the peoples choice as is Malcolm Turnbull so we hope the Australian Political landscape figures it out quicksmart and the real business of running the economy is taken seriously.2 smart guys who can govern with transparency.

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  20. Great speech, as usual, makes me remember what living in a country with a confident, intelligent, thoughtful Prime Minister feels like. As you know Kevin, if you challenge we're desperate for you to win, but if not, keep being a thorn in their side and doing all you can to get back to where you deserve. Only you can prevent Prime Minister Abbott.

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  21. The only thing I disagree with here, Kevin, on an initial read is the last paragraph.

    Of course it's Australian - it's called Tall Poppy Syndrome. Always tear someone down when they're trying to do a good job rather than supporting them.

    It is, regrettably, endemic in this country. And it helps no-one.

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  22. Spoken like a true PM. All the best.

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  23. Well done Ruddy. I would prefer Abbott to Gillard, but you are a better option than both. Keep fighting, you will win.

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  24. Nope - I like where our current PM and government are taking us . I like the team, I like the policies and don't agree with what you're doing at all .

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  25. Go Kev! The people of Australia voted you in, and no amount of internal politicking should remove the democratically elected leader. We voted for Labor because of you; you are the rightful Prime Minister and should retake what is rightfully yours, Lion King-style.

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    1. "Lion King-style"

      KRudd, you've got the Disney-cartoon quoting adult public on side!!

      Great minds need brain-fuel. Subsidise soft-drinks & crisps, and they'll do anything for you.

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    2. Wow, what an a unnecessarily scathing reply to an obviously light-heart analogy. I'm going to guess Gillard supporter.

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    3. "I'm going to guess Gillard supporter."

      Could there be more options than that dichotomy?

      Speaking of food, Gillard is so bogan she'd tell a Japanese ambassador she "loves your ancient culture" because she once opened a jar of Kantong, & after all, all those 'AAAAshian' cultures are so similar, right?....

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  26. Labor has no chance without you leading the party. Kevin, when you get back in could you look into the dental crisis here in Australia. As a 1 middle income family we just cannot afford dental with the rising costs of living.

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  27. Its easy.... A vote for Gillard is a vote for Abbott. Labour has no chance with Gillard as leader in the next election. Look what happened last election. They are only there because of the independents, and they may only be there till the next election too!

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  28. I voted for Kevin and co, wanted change from the Liberal smarmy drivel. Good ideas, skills and presentation, but what happened??? So sorry but if you were my well qualified high-achieving employee, I would still have to sack you because your people and teams skills are not evident to the public. You are obviously too bright for your own good and are frustrated by those less cerebrally endowed. Go forth and excel elsewhere..like Foreign Affairs..oh-oh you chucked that GEM of a job in...and are now starting to reinforce my decision to terminate your employment. Kevin, something got to change - YOU, or your job. PS I agree that all the nasty business is nasty, but that's politics, isn't it.

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    1. I agree Kevin had his chance blew it by being a one man show!!!No communications except with himself which does not work in a team atmosphere...Kevin how can you say we should feel sorry for you,vote for you when all you have done is at every turn try to pull down the one thing you profess to love which is The Australian Labor Party..Shame on You!!!

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  29. I think these ideas, albeit noble, are a way off. First hurdle is to contemplate what is the best path to take for the future for yourself, your supporters and your constituents. Even if you split the Caucus down the middle and you win, the notion that you have such angry and vicious people in your party must make you think twice whether this is the right path. Frankly I think a clean cut and restart perhaps in coalition or independent is best. The Labor party can only go backwards from here especially the way these senior ministers are behaving to date and they are losing face in the eyes of labor voters and Australians in general.

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  30. Kevin, you are the one that can win the next election not Julia, Abbott will surely get in if she takes the party to the next election! I have alway's supported you, good luck with the challenge! Australia is watching.

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    1. Australia is turning off, tired of this laborious puppetry. For the 50% of Australia that voted in labor this is what you deserve. Suck it up! Problem is the libs are not much better and greens are pointless. Advance Australia very fair indeed.

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  31. So you know my post of 8.04 pm... I did vote for Kerry Rea in 07, but didn't in 10 because of the way Gillard was approaching the carbon tax... she didn't come across as honest in what she was saying and was being too tricky with words. I couldn't trust Gillard, and the party had failed to sell the policy at that stage. People like Tanner and Ferguson and Shorten are the sort of people that I will listen to when it comes to the carbon tax, if they can explain it to "the workers", then the Party could regain trust and suburban workers votes. That means majority rule again... but hate any kow-towing to the Greens ...

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  32. Kevin, please head quietly to the backbench. We have weathered the storm of global uncertainty better than almost anyone else under the stewardship of Julia Gillard. Your reckless destabilisation is neither welcome, nor useful.

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    1. No one has weathered the global storm of uncertainly, certainly Wayne Swan who can use this to get out of goal free, Your great leaders have dug a hole so deep that once again the next party will bail them out for the next generation of flouro collar workers to step out of the union shit holes and fuck it up again. Rudd is a Dud, true but Julia is so out of her depth it's not funny, which makes it funny.We are all laughing at labor and their followers.

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  33. Kevin best wishes with your decision. However, your speech does not promote your leadership qualities. It comes across as a victim of events more than recognizing that you do have the vision, passion and competency to lead Australia

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  34. Go for it K Rudd! You need to run for leadership.
    Everyone I know in the community are behind you.If you don't challenge Jullia Gillard I'm afraid people will vote Abbott just to despite her and that would spell DISASTER!

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  35. If Rudd isn't PM we should stage an Australian Spring, form a coup and depose Julia Gillard

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  36. You have not addressed the issue of asylum seekers and their human rights. I would like to see you commit to improve the current intolerable situation with people at risk still in detention, including minors, families and those who have been locked up for extensive periods. Close the detention centres, have in-community onshore processing and monitoring, and demonstrate that Australia is a nation that respects everyone's rights. Further to that, the right to gay marriage and the improvement and empowerment of the indigenous community would show our maturity as a nation. You were treated appalling when you were knifed in 2010. If and when you take the reins again, please show the leadership that this country needs by demonstrating compassion and positivity to those around you and to the country by your example. Good luck!

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    1. I wonder if asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran are cool with gay marriage?

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    2. ... let's just send a happy message of love and joy to the 200 million poor living 2 boat days from Darwin... what a great idea everyone, let's give them Ikea vouchers and driving lessons... let's all vote for Lisa, maybe you could be our next foreign minister you seem to know what the foreigners really need.

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    3. Have you read the book or seen the movie "Tomorrow, when the war began"? Although it doesn't actually tell us who invades Australia, it suggests that the invasion happens due to Australia's lack of compassion for neighbouring countries. Lisa, you are on the right track, let's hope the ignorant broaden their minds soon!

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  37. Thankyou sir,
    You have honour and integrity. You are a true gentleman. Keep up the fight! You and Australia deserve so much more than what has happened to you these past few days.
    God bless you.
    Eric

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  38. Great speech and a great set of future priorities. Labour would have a working majority in parliament right now had it not been for Gillard's "night of the long knives". Anybody with common sense realises this and, if Kevin Rudd runs and loses, it shows that the ALP is riddled with corruption and politics and doesn't deserve to govern.

    Heaven help us if Abbott gets in though--the "faceless men" will have a LOT to answer for.

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    1. lets get back on track with kev

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  39. A politician who focuses, genuinely, on the people and welfare of the country is a true leader! Very best to you Mr Rudd

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  40. We need you to win mate. Julia is so despised in Queensland, the backlash would wipe half the Labor seats up here. I hope Anna Bligh throws her full support behind you. Good luck and fight the good fight.

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  41. Done well Kevin, The public have seen the most disgusting behaviour in government recently and I believe that Julia knows that Australian people want Kevin Rudd to lead, not Julia. Don't give up. The entire Gillard gov conduct is exposed for what it is - a scam.

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  42. go kevin, you're definitely the right person to lead the labor party. full support.

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  43. Go Rudd Go, Im not voting for labor under Gillard.

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  44. PLEASE do something about this Days of Our Lives mess that's going on right now. Unify the party as best you can. We need stability in our Government. We DO NOT WANT Abbott. Julia has let everyone down, but Labor as a whole has as well. Sort it out and be a leader.

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  45. ... 十年不晚。Monday is not a good day

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  46. Mostly populist crap sorry KRudd. We will be eternally grateful for your 2007 campaign which resulted in the toppling of the do-nothing Howard government and more so for your apology to indigenous Australians on our behalf. But you got rolled for a reason, and Gillard is a much better Prime Minister. If you lose or don't run Monday, do the best thing for Australia and the Labor and don't leak, quit or rock the boat until after the next election. Thanks again

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    1. Hear hear Frank - totally agree. Please, please, please Mr Rudd stop this unedifying spectacle and go gracefully. Let the government get on with its agenda and put the focus back on making Tony Abbott articulate his party's policies - for him the Labor party is the gift that just keeps on giving. I have long respected you but to see the government being torn apart and imploding (when it is actually doing some great things despite the tough operating environment of a minority government) is unbelievable.

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  47. Well spoken Kevin, I look forward to your successful challenge on Monday.. Know that the majority of the public support your views and long term vision for our great country.

    My support is assured..

    Richie.

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  48. IF EVERONE WOULD LIKE TO SEE KEVIN RUDD AS PRIME MINISTER PHONE THE LABOR PARTY AND VOICE YOUR OPINION LIKE I DID. WE WANT KEVIN AS PRIME MINISTER NOT JULIA GILLARD.

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  49. JULIA & HER FACELESS MEN NEED TO GO - RETIRE FROM POLITICS... Hope you win Kevin and give those backstabbers what they deserve.. If Julia wins I will not vote for labor..

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  50. We voted for you before and we will vote for you again. Go get your job back Kevin 07!!! Australia needs you! We will all be behind you knowing that you have the best interest's of our country as your main priority

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    1. Unbelievable - are some people blindfolded AND drugged out there...?

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  51. Go Kevin ! Always been adn will always support you.
    Expect you to win at the end.

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  52. Voted ALP in 2007, after what they did to you I voted Green in 2010. Looking forward to voting ALP again in 2013 if they make the right choice in giving you back the job they never should have taken from you.

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  53. i don't think it is very honest to pretend that this battle is about policy. Besides, I like what Julia Gillard is doing and the cohesion she has brought to the government since the chaos of 2010. This personal need to gain the leadership is destroying the Labor party and is very distressing for many Labor supporters. Please have the humility and courage to do what is best for the party and the country and support your leader from the back bench.

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  54. Kevin wish you all the best, voted for you as PM and cried when i saw you resign, we need you back as PM and have spoken to my local MP to show my support for you.You will be our only chance to beat Abott.Goodluck and our support will always be with you.

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  55. Come back Kevin - Australia is waiting for you

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  56. I support you Kevin Rudd. I voted for you in the first place and I think that it was the right choice. The way senior ministers have behaved about you is not acceptable. If I spoke to somebody in my work place that way I could certainly expect some reprimand. We are luck in Australia that we can express our views but they should be done in a respectful and courteous way.

    I hope you become the leader of the Labor party again and do a total clean up to get rid of these two faced people. I will not continue to support labor if Gillard continues to be the leader. I have phone the office of my federal MP and spoke to them about my views. Quite honestly they were taken aback by it and I think they were not prepared for these kinds of phone calls.

    Regardless of what happens on Monday I wish you all the best.

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  57. Well done Kevin! Take the bull by the horns and go for it!

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  58. Voted for you, felt sorry for you when Julia replaced you but now grow up and stop whinging and moaning about how hard done by you are. You come across as an angry bitter and spiteful person at the moment. Julia has done a great job so far with some big policy wins in difficult conditions. And she would have had much better press and public approval if you had done your jobs and stopped undermining her at every step. The level of personal egotism and ambition shown by you is frankly disgusting - putting yourself ahead of the party or the country. Please shut up and go to the back benches. You

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  59. You're not the Messiah...you're just a very naughty boy!
    But you're better than any of the other options currently on the table so good luck

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  60. Go Kevin !
    You have a great vision and determination. Don't let J Gillard damage labour further. J Gillard leadership against T Abbot is a destined lost cause. I hope your labour mates ponder upon this and throw their weight behind you. If not, they will be all wiped out in the next general election. Julia is simply not electable.

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  61. Hi Kevin,please come back and help the blackfellas more like you did with the apology.

    OK, I know no extra cAsH came about with the apology (like it shoud have), but I know u could find another (cheeky?) way to send us some swagg.

    Just to get us through to Christmas but.

    Also, could you please end the intervention? CUlture is being harmed.

    Many traditional activities are harmed (or becoming more expensive) because they're calling stuff contraband. End the checkpoints going onto the lands.

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  62. Go for it Kevin. You would get my vote back. I sincerely hope you have learned from your past mistakes and that you can lead a united party to victory at the next election. Good policy and vision is what is needed from you now. Lead on sir.

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  63. Don't give up Kevin, you don't have to stand for the leadership just now. Let those other faceless ***** fall on their own swords. As time goes by and the public become more dissenchanted with gillard (lowercase) the party will come to the conclusion that at this time you are their only real hope of survival. If we are unfortunate and must have a minority conservative government then we can only hope that Turnbull buries abbott (lowercase again). Has ther ever been anything else but minority conservative governments? Have the liberals ever won enough seats to govern without forming a coalition with the nationals? Until the last election Labor never had to resort to seeking help to form government with the aid & vote of other parties. Those independents saying they will not support you are only going to force an early election and for them early retirement because they stink in their electorates. If I can't vote for you Kevin then it looks like I may have to vote informal because I coud never vote for the Rabid abbott.

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  64. The report that MP's will be expected to show key power brokers their "secret" ballot is outrageous and symptomatic of everything that is wrong with the party. I may be naive but agree to stand for leadership ONLY if the secret ballot is genuinely secret . That would secure the vote of the MP's who are being manipulated by the backroom unelected puppet masters.

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  65. You should Start up your own Party !!! I dont like either of the options we have at the moment !!!

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  66. Can we make the number one priority the restoration and maintenance of decent and civil behaviour in the Labour Party? What happened was wrong but it happened because it can. We - the voters - need systemic safeguards if confidence in Labour is to be restored. Else we're looking at a decade of Abbott ...

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  67. If Kevin Rudd is the answer.....it must have been an inane question!!

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  68. Is anyone else reminded of Kath and Kim when Julia Gillard speaks?...

    I'll vote for Kevin Rudd again, never Gillard.

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  69. Every time anybody tries to undermine you & attack your credibility (both LNP, and more recently some ALP members), your popularity skyrockets... Theyre going to have a hard time holding you down lol

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  70. KRudd is returning...

    The oceans are parting...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder

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  71. Go he Ruddster! You are the best PM Australia has ever had - you told it like it is and didn't make false promises. The current PM got lost somewhere along the way and proved time and time again that she couldnot be trusted. You are the only labour politician who will save the party from Tony Abbott! best wishes and go lions 2012!!

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  72. Dear Mr. Rudd,

    You have seen locally, Nationally, and Internationally, shall you have a vision for Australia, show us the blue print, and lead it with integrity and encouraging team effort, don't let it go!

    A great Visionary sees it's vision through, A great Leaders sees it, seize it, and pull everyone one through to the finishing line, I see both in you!

    In the Attitude of the Salmon or the Boxing Kangaroo. Or just I sang to many times Advance Australia Fair, and forgotten the rest of the lyrics....

    May God Blesses Australia

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  73. About time kevin, You where voted in and i voted for you and not J Gillard, she broke the golden rule in Aussie, You dont back stab or white ant any one, Her puppets boys who gave her your job can see now she cant lead the party to a win the election. Only you can do that. Rally the team and us real australians will stand up and let her know her time is done.

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  74. Liar liar liar liar liar liar liar liar

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  75. Kev, the more you get away from 'politics' and the closer you get to being upfront and genuine, the better you will do. Keep this in mind whenever you speak to the public. You just provided a great example of this, and we can't wait for more of it.

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  76. Go for it kevin dont let the bitch stay there any longer
    and make a change so that an elected PM can only be deposed by an election of the people good luck

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  77. Just a thought, why dont you form your own party?, you at least have 30 serving politicians by your side and no faceless men!!

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  78. We believe you are the best choice for ALP to defeat Abbott, we believe in you and we believe you will revitalise ALP once again as a better choice for Australia future generations in terms of education, health and equal opportunity. You have the vision and the courage to deliver these important reforms to ensure Australia as a fair and properous country.

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  79. Good luck Kevin. Hope it works out - we need you.

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  80. Wishing you the best for Monday!, Australia needs a leader that has the interest of the country at heart, having confidence in you all the best! Cathy and Michael Barbieri, (Murrumbateman)

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  81. i hope you win kevin, tony abbott would be a disaster, not to mention his cabinet oops i mentioned that bunch....sorry(lot)

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  82. I'm not voting for Labor with Gillard as the leader, not a chance.

    Mr.Rudd, I will consider voting for. With Mr.Rudd Labor has a chance. With Gillard, not a chance.

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  83. Good speech Kevin and good luck with your attempt to regain leadership.

    When you were the PM you could not do anything about the genocide of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka. Now the US, UK and Canada has made statements about it for international investigations. I hope as PM you will take a stronger stand on HR violations in Sri Lanka and other asian countries.

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  84. As a Canadian outsider, can I say that choosing Ms. Gillard over you would be the most ridiculous decision the Labour party can make. Good luck to you and all of Australia!

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  85. Go Kev, I've been waiting for this. You're a clever guy and your supporters in parliament have similar traits of rationality, common sense, civility and foresight.

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  86. Go Kev wishing you the best monday u have done it once you can do it again go KEV

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  87. I voted for your party when you were its leader mate, but you disappointed me completely in your first few months in office. Now you make me embarrassed to be a Queenslander. Grow a backbone and stop you whinging and whining. Of course I'll vote labor no matter who is in the top job, but you make it so hard to like you.

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  88. Very well said, Mr Rudd!
    The Australian people voted Rudd for PM in 2007. Gillard and her flunkies had no right to take this position away from you! But, to this day, you still have the support of the people.
    Only you can lead Labor to the next election. Only you have the attributes to effectively lead this great nation.

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  89. All those lackeys (Swan, Roxon, Crean, Shorten, to name a few) are way too arrogant and stubborn to concede that their beloved Ms Gillard cannot defeat Mr Abbott. Has Mr Swan forgotten that if it wasn't for you, he wouldn't be where he is today? Have all of them forgotten this?
    LET'S ALL RALLY TOGETHER BEHIND HIM AND SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR THE PROPERLY-ELECTED PM, KEVIN RUDD!

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  90. Not too many people get a second chance, I'm hoping that you regain what was given to you by the people! All the Best!

    Viz

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  91. Kevin Rudd for Labor, Kevin Rudd for PM!
    It's time for the people's voice to be heard. It's time for Australia to move forward once again. It's time for the right thing to be done.

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  92. wahooo kevos yeaaah dawwg you got my vote

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  93. Hi Kevin our family supports you, good luck, dont be pushed into a leadership challenge on Monday if you want another day, dont let them shaft you again, you choose when it suits you. Helen

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  94. Kevin
    You have not addressed the issue of asylum seekers
    carbon tax IS WHERE MY VOTE WILL LIE
    AND I THINK THAT THE LABOUR PARTY SHOULD NOT PICK WHO RUN THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY THE PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA SHOULD BE THE ONE'S

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  95. I would like to commend you for your dignity and public demeanour throughout what must have been a most difficult time. Whereas others have been prepared to trample on integrity, you have stood fast and stuck with your beliefs. I hope you come back and I am sure many Australians feel exactly the same as I do.

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  96. I agree with you that Ms. Gillard cannot lead the Labor party to election victory. You had my vote in 2007 and you'll have it agree. Best of luck.

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  97. Great speech and wise policies Kevin, for this era that we live in. You are truly a charismatic speaker who is able to inspire. I have acknowledged through time that you are a leader who is brave enough to do what you believe in. Just really hope if you can be given another chance to lead, that you will listen to your colleagues and the Australia people, US, when it comes to implementing of policies. What you believed in , the Mining Tax, was probably right, but we felt pushed into something.

    All the best, may God give us a wise leader. You certainly have a global view. We need someone with that this quality.

    From Perth

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  98. All the derogatory comments, personal attacks and abusive language directed at Julia Gillard are not in any way helpful. Kevin Rudd is the best person to lead the Labour party to victory in the next election. One of the things we love about him is class and dignity with which he conducts himself, his commmitment to doing whats best for the people of Australia in the most proactive positive way he can. So lets follow his example and show our support with intelligent relevant discussion that will be more effective in making the Labour party to hear what we have to say. I for one will not vote Labour again unless they give us back the Prime misnister we elected by choice (not by default because she was the least worste alternative at the time). Kevin for PM!

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  99. We the people voted you in as our PM, it was not our choice to have you dragged from this most esteemed position, that choice was stolen from us, I will never vote for Gillard, it's you or Abbott mate, get the numbers Kevin, just get the numbers and save us from total incompetence.

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  100. Proper policies, no hate speeches, (vitriol is so bad for the soul) we could have a proper leadership this time. Not withstanding monday!! …

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  101. 'God love you, Rudd.' when I prayed this morning, I felt to have to say these words to you. and would like to share two Scriptures with you; "suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope.'(Romans5:3-4)and 'because the Lord disciplines those he loves,and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son'(Heberews12:6)
    as a Christian, the purpose of our life is keeping learning how to follow His Will and make His Will done in our life. but the self-center, self-achievement, and self valu of human being always trys to control(master) his own life, expand self, instead denying himself and therefore, his self becomes his own lord so God disciplines us by 'suffering'. the end of human is the beginning of God. confessing our 'sin'(which means always live in 'self'), repent and accepting Holy Spirit living in our heart then we can start to be the follower of Jesus Christ and walking in the Narrow road. we are lucky because we found the 'small gate' and 'narrow road' by 'suffering' which God gave to us in the end of age. for "the world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the Will of God lives forever!"(1 John2:17)

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  102. resign and force a bye election because the THE PARTY WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU and the people HATE GILLARD she is the worst thing ever to happen to Australia

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  103. She walks like a duck with a stick up its ass, buys her clothes from lowes, was educated by her adopted tasmanian distant relatives, even makes Helen Clarke look attractive and has no reason to be there, not one person has ever voted for her. Payback time!

    From the Faceless public.

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  104. If it wasnt Rudd, Australia would have been fked by the GFC and unemployment rate would go beyond 7% by 2010 and heading towards 9% in 2011...

    Yet the party dogged him for spending too much money to protect our citizens, yet ignoring the fact the consequense could have been chaostic if Rudd did not apply such stimulus, how pathetic.

    Hopefully Rudd will be back in position unless he has planned to watch these parties stuffing the country up and let them beg for forgiveness...

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    1. Rudd took the Liberal's $20 billion surplus, and blew it on $900 checks, pink batts that caused house fires, and unwanted school halls (just to help out friends in the construction unions).

      Rudd was, and is, a megalomanic, who racked up billions of dollars debt for Australia, and treated his Labor colleagues like a dictator.

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    2. The pink batts didn't cause the house fires, it was the morons putting them in. Don't blame Kevin or Julia for that, blame the installing companies. So greedy to install as many as they could with untrained workers. As for unwanted school halls - maybe some were, but our local ones was a dream come true. The school has been able to hold many a meeting in the dry & parents are happier to attend. Kevin is passionate & so expects a lot from people who work with him. He doesn't have patience with people, but neither does my younger son. Maybe Kevin is like my son & is expects a lot from other people because he expects a lot from himself. If Kevin wants to run as an independent I would vote for him. I'm over the Labour party & have no confidence in Tony.

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  105. Kevin is who I wanted to be Prime Minsiter and tobe stabbed in the back by the party is so ridiculous. It really go against my wish. I will stand by my choice and not let the ALP say my vote is irrelevant ! Go Kevin 12

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  106. Kevin

    My support has always been with you. Im from morning side and was your supporter in Brissy Queensland. Though Im in the Philippines now follow all the politics in Labor Party and an avid supporter of you.

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  107. Good luck Kevin! If you don't believe you can win the leadership, please do not contest it. If you are forced out of the party, I will have little hope for the future of Labor. As I will never vote for Abbot, I will have little choice but to vote informally at the next election. Please hang around :)

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  108. Keep on keeping on sir! Be sure to focus on the vision. We are waiting 4 u!

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  109. Thank you Kevin for this Second Coming. If the Labour MPs don't rid themselves of the current Pretender, and fail to return you to your rightful position as Australia's leader, there's no justice, morality, vision nor intelligence remaining in the current government.

    I, for one, refused to vote Labour after your wrongful dismissal - for the first time ever. I voted Indie, and will do so again if you are not reinstated.

    Cheers, Miranda

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  110. Hello Kevin,

    Wishing you the best for Monday, really hope you win! You deserve it and I believe you will be a strong leader for Australia.

    You have the potential. Good luck again!

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  111. If he wins, I hope he ensures he maintain cabinet transparency and due process. Let decisions be based on hard data viewed always through the lens of compassion. Leave the polls to centrebet and hacks incapable of any real insight or analysis... bon chance

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  112. MMM the speach is full of "I". I have my doubts about K Rudd. He seems to have narcissistic tendencies, despite sound policies and an intellectual mind. Government is as much about the way we govern and show leadership without ego as the policy outcomes themselves. Julia wins on this account

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  113. Good luck Kevin. Australia needs a leader with your honesty and integrity.

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  114. Much rather to have a leader supported by general public and people than a figure head backed by the faceless man and factional party. I wish the majority of the caucus can wake up to the fact that Julie will not deliver them a victory over Abbott in the next round, Kevin Rudd is their best hope. Go Kevin, don't want to waste another of my vote for next election.

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  115. abandon the challenge and go independant! You will be savaged by your colleagues but you are now anyway.
    it'll be a farce any other way.
    No way you can work with these faceless criiters. Your integrity will be compromised as well as having to watch your back for ever. START AGAIN WHILE YOUR POPULARITY IS GOOD.

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  116. Kev, I dont mind either of you but I strongly object to the way the office of PM was denigrated.

    Its beside the point, this two speed economy is going to force me and my company to go offshore as IT funding in this country is a joke.

    Currently our startup has 2 people. We expect to employ a hundred and make some serious money but I cant get enough funding to pay aussie programmers, so its off to either Silcon valley for more cash or India for cheaper programmers.

    Would love to stay here but we need much more loans, grants, incubators and tax breaks.
    Please kill the 2 speed economy and support tech startups.

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  117. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Gillard has no business being the PM of Australia! Nor does she deserve votes. For a woman PM she does a really bad job trying to "represent the people of Australia" and I have never found her to be the slightest bit convincing on anything. The Carbon Tax is BS and so is getting rid of normal unleaded fuel. There is enough pain being put on Families in Australia, why continue to leave her in charge?

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  118. Gillard or Rudd they or from the same school, the school of liars. We swap one liar with another one.
    What hope we have ?

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  119. Good Luck Kevin. I lined up for over an hour in London to vote for you, as did many of my friends. Good luck on Monday.

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  120. GO KEVIN!!!! I really hope you win!

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  121. Kev,
    You know that you have the backing of the people, we're counting on you coming through this and bringing back the power to the people.
    Didn't mind Julia when she was deputy, but now to be honest if anyone but Abbot was running the liberal show i would be voting for them at the next election in preference, Please find a way to make get back in power in put the kevin 07 show back on track. Education, Health & Environment, and small business not large. Bring in the tobin tax - and you'll be loved forever!

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  122. OMG I am so happy about this, I want kevin back in charge, he is the best prime minister this country has ever had. I don't now, and will never trust julia gillard. Kevin stood up for everyone, and I believe he cared about all australians.

    It is time for justice to happen, and julia can go to the back bench where she belongs.

    Kevin Rudd for prime minister.

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  123. This is a great country. However, it can not remain the best country in the world if we have leaders that put their heads in the sand and pretend that it is perfect and that societies are not forever changing. We need a leader that sets a vision, to implement positive, proactive changes... not just policies that have the nation stand still, that allow wealth and power to concentrate in the hands of a few, a few people usually living abroad.
    Gillard made positive progress, only because her hand was forced by the Greens.... Rudd, Australia needs a leader. Abbott, Bishop, Gillard and Swan are not leaders, they are just elected civil servants.

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  124. "Good luck Kevin. Australia needs a leader with your honesty and integrity."

    WHAT A JOKE

    "Bad luck Kevin & Julia. Australia doesn’t need a leader with your shiftiness and dishonesty "

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  125. Better than JG in TAS23 February 2012 at 16:35

    I am still undecided on whether it would work out if you were to declare- tough to predict. Maybe it would make JGrogan, BOcon, WSwannie, BShort, MAbib, SCon, SCringe and TBurculosis look worse if you weren't to challenge? It must be a difficult difficult decision to make with the personal attacks and 'faceless colleagues' of yours we all know exist. Many of us watch with anticipation and suspense- nervous for your decision. Hope that your advisors inc. give you good strategy and support. Good luck whatever you decide to do.

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  126. Come on show Julia what goes around comes around.
    This country was better off having you as the Prime Minister and i was shattered in regards to Julia's actions ans alot of our fellow Australian's.
    You are the best person for the job and if Julia is still in power this country will not be in a good state.
    Kevin Rudd for PM

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  127. All that needs to be said is that when Gillard stabbed you in the back she thought she was clever.. We live in Australia where we are meant to look after our mates. Gillard showed Australian's that it's cool to be un-australian. Kevin, and family, you stood up and took the punch in the mouth with Aussie spirit and now you get to stand up again with Aussie spirit knowing that YOU were the one we voted for. Thanks for putting the gloves back on. Matt N.

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  128. Brilliant policies. Hope you stick to them, particularly the one about halving HECS fees for maths and science students. It would be a great help to me and a lot of other students. Good luck with it all. You have my vote.

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  129. AnonymousFeb 22, 2012 10:16 PM
    Gillard or Rudd they or from the same school, the school of liars. We swap one liar with another one.
    What hope we have ?

    Joe Hockey!!!!

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  130. Go Kevin. You hold a lot of power now.
    Why run for PM again, even though you are the best person for the job, resign from the party and sit as an independent. Your electorate will support you.
    You should have never been knifed in the first place, by someone who says she asked for a spill that you decided not to contest!!
    Good luck on Monday, whichever way you decide to go.
    the people are behind you.

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  131. Go Kevin you are the best for PM again i voted for you in 07 and if i have to i will do it again

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  132. Good luck mate. We'd all like our real Prime Minister back.

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  133. What this country needs is a party to run with clear policy and direction and not play politics. The indecency with which a leader had been deposed was disgusting and it is a reflection of the result of the 2010 election.
    Whichever way it goes on Monday, someone needs to come forward with the vision to get on with the job. Explain the what, why and how and the people are likely to come with the Party.
    Keep this rubbish up and it will be political annihilation for the Labor Party.

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  134. the polls are screaming 'Kevin Rudd' and so it's blatantly obvious that the interests of the Australian people are irrelevant but then i consider all of the labor mishaps and debacles since Julia and i shouldn't be surprised that the opinions of those, to whom they serve, is given no attention at all.

    I am convinced Kevin is the right person for the job when i first saw him, boots and all, get amongst the Queenslanders and help them with the big flood clean up. Where was Julia Gillard? I think i saw her in a press
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  135. I fully agree with the policies you outlined. The thought of Gillard continuing as PM is worrying and Abbott Being elected even more so.

    I voted for you as PM and would do so again. You have my full support and I wish you luck if you decide to contest the leadership.

    Go Kevin!

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  136. Kevin,

    Everyone thought that you really liked the Foreign Minister's job. Your daughter said so on Q&A. You said you really liked it. Are you now sick of it? If you implode like you did as PM then it surely shows not being suited to the job. It is sad how it all happened.

    We have a long time to go to the elections and the government seem to be working well as it is. So what if there are endless media beat ups because they cant write good articles or find some interesting news. It is so bad that the good people are running for the hills.eg. Allie Moor has disappeared from Lateline and Tony Jones is kind of going mad. They all seem addicted to the hype just like Abbott.

    It is Tony Abbott who has shredded the masses minds with all his attacks and angst in the beginning and then the media just continued it. People are miserable and hated him being like this. But that is Tony Abbott being hooked on adrenalin. It is probably the Lib long term agenda to create havoc which invades everything. Especially all those gender attacks on Julia...it's just not nice. The young women are looking really sad to see this.

    It's a relief that more of the truth is coming out at last. Should be more of it. Did you really try to disrupt the last election by leaking the stuff?

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  137. I have to admit you have raised some very good policy there. With this one piece you have just won a vote form Tony Abbott already lord knows he would never do those things.

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  138. Good luck Kevin. You have my support and look forward to your taking back the reigns of the government

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  139. Good luck Kevin, it's a pity the general public aren't voting in this because than you would win by a landslide. Hopefully you will win and not only put this country back on track but save the ALP from electoral oblivion.

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  140. Dear Kevin Rudd,
    The people want you back. Your vision and leadership is what Australia needs. Julia Gillard has lead the Labor Party to its lowest public popularity poll ever and will not beat Tony Abott at an election.
    Australia can not be lead by Tony Abott who is not a leader, is a compulsive lair and changes his mind whenever he is held accountable for what he has said at any time.
    Its only with your leadership Kevin Rudd that the Labor Party has a chance.
    Australia needs your Leadership & Vision.

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  141. You can out-distance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you. Rudd for PM!

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  142. Dear Mr Rudd,

    I am a liberal voter for the very reasons you say the ALP has to change. In my humble opinion your micro-management of the government, as your erstwhile ALP colleagues refer to your leadership as, was in fact prudent management of the faceless scourge that the factional side of labour and their idiotic alliance with the communist Greens threaten to inflict on business in Australia.

    I am not a Liberal voter by choice. I come from a very working class British family but I now run a small business with 25 staff. I am a Liberal voter by necessity to keep the rot of previous labour governments from ruining the country again.

    Be proud of your recent Washington initiative in bringing matters to a (red)head, (sic). While you may not win the upcoming spill if the pundits are to be given credence, I hope that one day you can lead the Labour party back to being a common sense party for all the Australian people and when you do, you have my vote.

    Good luck and stick to your ethics and beliefs.

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  143. Sujatha Vipulananda23 February 2012 at 17:41

    Kevin Rudd you are awesome and you have a caring heart. Especially for ppl with disabilities and people around the world which are in poverty. I pray that the Lord gives you favour and you become the new Prime Minister for the Labor Party.

    Sujatha

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  144. Hope you kick that bitch out the house and those other deceitful bastards too! Please don't give up, Kevin, Australia needs you, now more than ever!!!

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  145. Don't worry about that pedo-lookin Bobby Brown either, if you were the leader at last election, no-one would've voted for him as per usual.

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  146. Good Luck Kevin. The majority of the public want you back.I want you back

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  147. every time i see a bad comment on here i think Julia has been busy typing again.

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  148. Mr. Kevin Rudd. I might only be one vote in millions, but you have my support: the support of my wife, mother, father, sister, friends we talk too and work mates - find the support from your party and once again become the Prime Minister we all want and voted for.

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  149. I am an Australian who lives in HK, and even though I am not living in Australia full time, I was extremely angry when you were ousted as PM by Julia Gillard. Friends and associates of mine who come from a variety of other countries made comments that demonstrated they were also perturbed you would no longer be leading Australia. You were voted in by members of the Australian Public and you deserve the role to be returned to you. JG is an embarrassment to our country. I hope your colleagues in the Labour Party can appreciate that the majority of Australian Labour Party supporters - the Australian Public Voters - want your role reinstated and none of us trust Abbott to lead our country into a positive future. Australia needs an intelligent leader who understands how to work alongside an international community. Kevin Rudd for PM!

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  150. Kevin where are you at this time of ALP crisis! on a plane as usual! Kevin 747! I think you are a conniving meglomaniac. hell bent on taking control again.. no matter what the damage! your own self interest and arrogance staggers me! you could have gone quietly. but no you have tired to undermine julia's goverment at everyturn! I've got some words of advice. the labour party don't want you anymore! put up or shut up! Get over it and crawl away to die in the political wilderness. please please just go away!

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    1. Or join the Liberals and we'll all vote for you.......

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  151. The Labor Party will not win the next Election and thats very clear without you as Leader so good luck Kevin!

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  152. Hi Kevin,
    you don't need the ALP your bigger then that, I will support you, you will always have people who bag you, cause its the great australian way, blow them off and go for it, have only people around you that support you good luck for next week, and if by chance you get in sack the F___ lot of them, cut all politians wages via 1/3 they don't work any way, just wasting money

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  153. I am urging fellow Labor Party supporters to email the Labor ministers, citing your support
    for the return of Kevin Rudd for leadership of the ALP. I have just done so, all of them. Same message.
    Here is the link:
    http://www.alp.org.au/federal-government/minister/

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  154. Kevin,
    I am the woman who reached out to shake your hand while you were leaving the concert in the hall at Villers Bretonneux last Anzac Day. I asked you "When are you coming back?", you replied "soon". It's time now. Good Luck.

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  155. Revenge is a dish best served cold - I love it, go get the backstabber and these gutless "faceless" men!!!

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  156. Kevin, amy i say a great speech, getting back to the main fundamentals to cover security for people. The business reform is fantastic, i am extremely happy about the health, we need a huge change here in Qld, so many broken and misleading promises from Julia. There is nothing worse than a faceless person talking with her mouth covered. As far as the back stabbing comments, dont worry about them, i am sure that the video of you that you swore in a week ago that came out, well all the people i know say the same thing, it shows you are human and genuine, people make mistakes - shit happens! If this is the best Gillard can leak then it is pretty piss poor effort. Amazing how since she came to power how all the back stabbing and party jibbing came about. You keep it even and organised, this time get rid of the faceless people, starting with Swan and the other non believers and self hearted people. You deserve the position and there is no one better than you to run our country. Kick ass mate.

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  157. Support you until the very end sir.

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  158. Can't wait to see you back where you belong on Monday and looking forward to you continuing to overhaul the health system. 2 weeks ago, my father was having a suspected heart attack at a doctors surgery. After 3 phone calls by the doctor from his surgery in Rutherford NSW, it took an ambulance 2 hours to arrive and get him 5 minutes down the road to Maitland Hospital. He survived after having a stent inserted and thank god I still have my dad. Others won't be so lucky.

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  159. I am disgusted with the personal attack on you by the so called senior labour ministers.
    I wish you best of luck on Monday and win it for Australia.

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  160. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!

    Show those backstabbers that democracy is about the what the people of Australia want not those faceless men feeding their effing egos..

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  161. Some critics say he is hard to work with/for... Welcome to the real Australian work force we have all worked for tough bosses... Isn't that a job prerequisite for the PM role any ways? God forbidd we had a puppet for PM. Go Rudd you have all my support.

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