Friday, 22 March 2013

Statement from Spokesperson for the Hon Kevin Rudd MP

Mr Rudd has said consistently over the last 12 months that he would not challenge for the Labor leadership and that he would contest the next election as a local member of Parliament at the next election. That position has not changed.

Furthermore, Mr Rudd wishes to make 100 per cent clear to all members of the parliamentary Labor Party, including his own supporters, that there are no circumstances under which he will return to the Labor Party leadership in the future.

207 comments:

  1. You're a very intelligent great man. Keep up the good work. Behind you all the way.

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    1. Agreed. So sad to see this outcome, especially as Kev has advised no future interest in ever being ALP Leader. I think Crean's move this week, was in fact to support Shorten, Conroy and Gillard - I don't believe for a minute that he really was doing this to support Rudd (see 2012 contest comments by Crean). Good bye to ALP for next 3 terms as a consequence....so sad.

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    2. Yes I agree, Creen's actions were designed to neutralise Rudd. While I can accept political skulldugery I cannot accept the deception of a nation that occurred. I'm not entirely sure Gillard instigated this latest sad chapter in Australian politics but the fact that she played along with the charade suggests she was as complicit as Creen.

      So what about Rudd....not a peep from him since since the contrived leadership spill...why Kevin?

      We can only wonder what deal has been done to keep you silent.

      So you have missed the opportunity to again lead Labour to victory in September. You missed a golden opportunity to take a stand against the ability of labor factions to subvert the democratic process in Australia. While you may accept the behaviour of Creen and Gillard as part of the political process I think most Australians have had enough of the way political parties operate primarily in their own interest and government is a secondary issues.

      Kevin your actions (or lack thereof) have ensured that Tony Abbot will be the next Australian Prime Minister and, despite what you may have been promised, Bill Shorten will be the next leader of the Labor party and so the Labor party will follow the Democrats into obscurity.

      Thankyou very much, I think I will emmigrate to somewhere where politicians have a little more credibility...maybe Italy, or Burma..Russia maybe.



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  2. Well done, solidarity forever!

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    1. Certainly solidarity, but I really do wish the final line was truncated of the words "no circumstances". That's really closing the door for good regardless of the situation.

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  3. I commend you for staying true to your word that you wouldn't run for pm. You really didn't have anywhere to go after "cryogenic freezing".

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    1. Unlike Juliar Gillard, who stated"Their is as much chance of me being Prime Minister as playing full-forward for the dogs" You have stuck by your word. I commend you Kev

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    2. "There is"

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    3. People who use the PM's name as above are the very sort to support Rudd who would align better with the LIBS - maybe he can challenge Campbell Newman for leadership of the Libs??

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  4. Thanks for actually having some integrity and standing by your word. Refreshing!

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  5. Can you guys please stop destroying the Labor Party. How can anyone have confidence in you guys when you have none in your leader, whoever that may be this week....

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    1. The Leader since a few weeks prior to, and ever since the 2010 election, has been Julia Gillard. This has been contested 3 times and she has won each and every time. There is no "whoever that may be this week."
      I applaud Mr Rudd for his integrity and condemn the fools who are making a mockery of his integrity and that of the party....as it's only a few who are doing so.

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  6. If another journalist brings this up you should say this:
    Short answer: No
    Long answer: NNoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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  7. So upset by this. If people had waited just a few weeks you could have saved the Labor Party and led it to the sweetest election victory of all - even sweeter than 2007. Unfortunately we're now going to be stuck with an Abbott Government from September.

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    1. Abbott Government will be refreshing post current rabble.

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    2. except for Abbott's unpredictably dangerous policies for the country that are currently hidden behind one liner motherhood statements.

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    3. Abbott is a good deal more moderate than all the scaremongers would make out. He is a good bloke who will bring moderation and competence back to government. Many of Gillard's problems have origins in Krazy Kev's turn at the helm. Can't wait for Sept 14!!

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  8. Thanks for your integrity and honesty Kevin. The ALP made a mistake they day you were deposed. Keep fighting the good fight.

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  9. Good luck on becoming Leader of the Opposition in September

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    1. if that were to happen, then rudd would be going back on his word to not be leader of the labor party.

      i prefer to accept that Rudd is being honest (rare as it is for a politican), and hope that he would change his mind if labor loses in Sept

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    2. Rubbish, the promise only covers a Gillard government. But that wont be around after September. After September the ALP will need Kevin and others to move forward.

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  10. You were not true to your word. If you had the numbers, you would have challenged, hence the 4.25pm announcement.

    You are a Mr Murdoch man, disgracefully disloyal to the ALP, rolled as PM because of intolerable narcissism and I do not believe for a second you will contest your seat.

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    1. Say it how it is Suzi :)

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    2. Does 'unless I have overwhelming support' ring any bells Suzi? Wake up.

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    3. What the hell are you talking about?
      He said he wouldN'T challenge, and he didn't, therefore keeping his word. It was Simon Crean that tried to force him to challenge, if he wanted to challenge he would have.

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    4. I am sure that there have been numerous conversations internally, including perhaps between Simon & Kevin. We are seeing a beautiful example of politics at work and the result being the Labor party destroy itself without the help of the voting public, as unfortunate as the case may be.

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    5. exactly Kevin would have had a presser before Question Time yesterday if he was not running. Clearly he was, then it became clear he was far short of victory. Gillard had 58, Rudd 41, undecide 9.

      If Kevin has integridy he will march into Gillard's office & pledge his loyalty to her & the party. Then he should be given back his FM portfolio (Carr is good but has shown he is a turncoat). It's time to take the fight up to Abbott, not the ALP or supporters. Gillard has consistently shown she has unbelievable strength & is a true leader. Unlike Abbott, or with much respect Kevin. Gillard is our only chance to win the 2013 election and anything is possible while Abbott leads the LNP

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    6. Exactly Suzi, if Mr Rudd was genuinely true to his word, 5 minutes after Mr Crean's statements, he would have clearly stated that he would not stand for the PM's job.

      Instead leaving it to the very last minute, then claiming he has honour....no thankyou. I'm not from Mr Rudd's electorate, so I'm sure my opinion means nothing.

      But since his removal from the PM's position, he has shown himself to be nothing but a spoilt brat, and disgrace to the party, the office, & the country.

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    7. How would you know Suzi? Why blame Mr. Rudd for your Murdoch inspired belief system?

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    8. Would you ever pledge your full and undying support to a person who turned on you and forced you out of your job. Not me, sorry.
      Although I didn't like the leaks policy employed by Rudd's team in the past 2 years, I stand for him and I fully support him in this latest turn of events.
      Thanks Kevin.

      For all the rest of you fools, wait for September and for Bill Shorten's first attempt.

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  11. Angela & Jeff22 March 2013 at 11:17

    NOW - hold bloody hands with Julia and beat the arse of Abbott! How about a photo together showing unitedness to shut the media up once and for all...Western Sydney needs to be re-educated in 6 months and WHERE is news about Abbott's upcoming court case?

    http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/politics/one-nation-co-founder-to-launch-criminal-action-against-abbott/

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    1. Can't see that happening sunshine.....

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    2. Gillard, unfortunately, has no chance of beating "the arse of Abbott", whoever's hand she's holding!

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    3. How come this hasn't made news I bet a lot of people really don't know about this. Yet anything to do with the Labor party is always front page news.

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  12. I voted for KRudd back in the day when the people voted for PM's instead of the cabinet. If you created your own party, I would vote for you again.

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    1. people have never voted for a PM in this country (only the cabinet does, ALP or LNP). Unless you are in the PM's seat, otherwise you vote for a local member of a party. Simple & I think u already knew that :-)

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    2. The party's put forward the face of the frontpeople, the person they want seen as PM and even though the strings are pulled behind the scenes it is that face the lay person votes for

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  13. I'm disappointed. It's not leadership speculation that's damaged Labor. It's the current leadership. The electorate still has a bitter taste in its mouth about the way in which you were removed from the Prime Ministership. Gillard cannot win an election for that reason. I respect your integrity, but I'm not sure you've made the right decision for the Party.

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  14. I wish you would have run, I am very unhappy with the current Labor Party, putting Single Mums on the dole was the last straw! Now I am forced to vote Greens at next election, I will never vote for Gillard/Swan!!!

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    1. I’m afraid you don't look at things correctly as the greens supported putting Single Mums on the dole (If they had of voted against it wouldn’t have gone thru). So your vote is going to get more of the same types of things, as by voting greens you are voting for Labor party.

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    2. Your so very wrong! The Greens did not vote with the Libs and Labor in the Senate, they voted against the motion to put single parents on Newstart - Read post @ http://qld.greens.org.au/content/greens-support-single-parents!!!
      There are other policies Gillard is focused on which are not the Labor way, ONLY after Kevin Rudd was taken out did Gillard/Swan start implementing NASTY MEAN policies... Rudd you have my vote if you take leadership back!

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    3. No one is ever forced to vote for anyone!! Simply hand in an empty ballot!!

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  15. Rudd should now show solidarity, throw himslef totally behind Julia and offer himself up for a senior portfolio, put his bitterness aside and work as part of the team.

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  16. Time you make the move to the State Parliament. We need you desperately to save Queensland from the ongoing debacle

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  17. Kev, for the benifit of this country, will you and your silly mates, including that extremely embarrassing women!! pack your bags and leave the politicial landscape forever this is our country not a silly little play thing for you and your "Hard" Labor mates!! at least in Sept we know federal labor will cop a Queenslander!! and be gone for at least 10 years!! the sooner the better, I am so angry with your lot..

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  18. Extremely saddened by the events of yesterday and even moreso by this comment today.

    Simon Crean attempted to ambush you and somehow you have ended up as the bad buy in all this by actually standing by what you said.

    Labour will now be annihilated and as someone who lost his second last job due to the Coalition WorkChoices and his most recent one due to the LNP public service massacre I dread to think what the upcoming massive Coalition majority will do to the country from September.

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  19. Miriam Taylor & Jaime Gomez22 March 2013 at 11:32

    Dear Kevin,
    We are very sad that you aren't taking the reigns again. It is a sad day for the country. You would know how people are suffering out there, and how every day small businesses close. The LNP looks after big business so after their inevitable next term in government we will as a country be living what Cyprus and Greece are going through now. We respect your integrity but urge you to reconsider and to put the country back on track. With the fondest regards

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  20. You will always have my support. Wish you'd form a new party out of the ashes of the ALP which are now smouldering in Canberra.

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    1. Hear hear. Go it alone, K Rudd. You'll get quite a bit of support from the electorate that is sadly lacking in the Labor party room.

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  21. Aren't we lucky that we live in a country where all this can happen and nobody gets shot! Appreciate & move on.

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  22. Mr Rudd,

    Not only were you true to your word yesterday. You were sensible not to be persuaded into taking the poisoned chalice on offer.

    kind regards

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  23. You had your chance yesteday, but as Christine Milne quoted Martin Luther King as saying " a coward asks is it is safe?".

    You obviously asked that question yesterday and gutto'ed out.

    You dont deserve to be leader, your'e too gutless.

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  24. Good on you, Mr Rudd.
    Forget about local politics and find new role at UN.

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  25. Why doesn't Kevin make the comment himself? And why doesn't he say he supports Julia Gillard, and urge Australians to vote for her? Can Kevin not see that if he fails to do that, he is not really in the labor party, he is in the Kevin party?

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    1. What a great idea. The Kevin Party. When and where can I join up? It certainly has to be better than the Gillard ALP or the Abbott LNP.

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  26. Kev, you are spineless and a coward for not admitting your part in the folly that occurred yesterday. To think that the "numbers" were being counted without you pulling the strings is beyond reason. You should now move on to enjoy your plush pension (even though you and Swanie crippled superannuation for the rest of us). Give someone else the opportunity to serve the members of Griffith. You have had your time. If you stay around, you will only show that you remain as self-interested as your Labor mates. That the apology to those affected by forced adoption was distracted by your crew is disgraceful.

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  27. Very sad about all this Kevin, rubbish talk today from Wayne Swan and others about resolution, the only resolution is going to be a mind numbing, frightening landslide victory for Tony Abbott and the Coalition, what a disgraceful mess the ALP has put us all in!!!

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  28. "Furthermore, Mr Rudd wishes to make 100 per cent clear to all members of the parliamentary Labor Party, including his own supporters, that there are no circumstances under which he will return to the Labor Party leadership in the future."

    But it's what the people want.

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  29. I'm not a citizen of this country even though I've lived here for 13 years because the political discourse is such that I'd not want to have to vote for any of the parties.

    If I could vote for a party formed by Kevin Rudd, I would get citizenship and vote.

    Might seem trite but there is so much in politics here that sickens me. You stood for what was right and got knifed for it.

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  30. I really wish you had said this some months ago. The party would be in better shape today without the uncertainty fed by your ambiguity over the last few months. Better late than never (I hope).

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  31. I'm starting a social media campaign to have Labor supporters vote informal, writing "Kevin" across both their ballot papers.

    If enough people pledge to do this, the party will have no choice than to draft Kevin into the leadership position, as they will all be booted out by a high informal rate from Labor voters.

    Gillard isn't an option. This isn't over yet. If Kevin won't keep up the pressure on Gillard, voters and social media will have to take over the campaign to save Labor from itself.

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  32. I am really sad that the labor party is allowing ABBOT to sniff victory. The labor party is currently incapable of managing itself under Julia and is looking really bad driving some of the most important reforms needed for our country. WAKE UP Labor and reinstate the man who deservedly must lead the labor party before it is too late. Wake up MPs. Listen to the Australian people. We need a strong man. We need Rudd back to stop the September landslide.

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  33. You had my full attention yesterday Mr Rudd was so hoping you were going run once again, but I understand your reasons, head up and keep smiling Mr Rudd always have my support.

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  34. Come on Kev, go out on a high.
    Forget what the labor party has done to you and think about the long suffering grass roots labor supporters who will suffer mentally and physically if a liberal government wins in September.

    Throw your support behind Julia, if only for our sake - we desperately need a miracle win this time and that can only happen if the leadership group and all other factions and disgruntled cliques show complete solidarity towards the cause.

    Kev, swallow your pride for our sakes.

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    1. what more does he need to do ?

      he stuck to his word to not challenge, he didnt challenge, and everyone supported Gillard for leadership

      its not rudd that is causing labor to be polling in the low 30's

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  35. Australian politians are the laughing stock of the world. What a circus!
    I guess the only saving grace is that if this occurred any where else in the world it would have ended in civil unrest and quiet possibly bloodshed.
    God save Australia, because no one else can.

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    1. Too bloody right. What a farce!

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  36. Those that live by the sword, die by the sword... Julia will meet her sword all by herself!

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    1. As Buddy Holly use to sing "That'll be the Day..."

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  37. Come on Kev, time for you to lead the Nation again, but not I think within ALP.
    We need strong leadership and unity both of which you have and LNP & ALP have shown they have not

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  38. Dont worry Kevin. You'll have your ultimate revenge when Labor and Gillard are decimated at the next election.

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    1. Yes that's exactly what Kevin's on about - not the good of the labour movement.

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    2. Good of the labour movement? Hahahahaha!

      Don't you get it?? The 'Labour movement' has caused all this rubbish by what it did to Rudd in the first place!

      His LOWEST opinion poll, the supposed reason they got rid of him, was much, much higher than either Gillards or Abbotts polls are now, or have been for quite a long while.

      The public has spoken; they want Rudd back. Every poll, poll after poll, after poll...same story for years now...however, the 'Labour movement' didn't like ol Ruddy because he wasn't in a faction and didn't do what they wanted him to do.

      The one time he did, backing down on the carbon tax, caused the public to give him a bit of stick in the polls...which gave the happy lot behind the scenes a weak public reason to organise the assassination. And it was their idea that caused the dip in the polls...they are a crafty bunch.

      They aren't that crafty though. So simple; Rudd as leader, election victory, as per poll ad infinitum...isn't rocket science really.

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  39. It's grossly dishonest of Kevin to suggest he was not contesting the leadership, and at the centre of the destabilisation camp leading up to yesterday's ballot. We've seen in the lead up to the last election how it was more important for Kevin's mates to white ant Julia's campaign with leaks than focus on winning government, and so it has continued.

    Aren't the Obeid and Thomson scandals devastating enough for the Labor.

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    1. Sorry mate, face up to facts...the Gillard government is hopeless. The more you try to blame the media, or secret Kevin leaks, or the weather, the longer you will be in denial.

      The thing that really makes me angry is that this lot of budgies is going to allow Abbott in as prime minister...sickening. I haven't heard one decent policy from him, and he won't even need to make any at the rate Julias lot is giving ground.

      So in effect, the Labour partys current belief at the top is; we would rather have Prime Minister Abbott than Prime Minister Rudd...

      As for Obeid et al, they and their friends were all in on the Rudd Assassination, so you were probably singing their praises before this all came out.

      These are the kinds of cronies that rise to the top when you don't have a strong leader in charge of the ALP.

      The factions don't like a strong leader...I wonder why?

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    2. they like a leader who is incredibly tenacious, made of steel and will steady the ship to hit the Abbott iceberg in Sept ...bizarre!

      I am also not proud that Julia is our first female pollie...so sad...a back stabber is not a good role model. Does she have cult leader tendencies, that she get everyone to stay strong and willingly walk off the cliff with her?

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  40. Kevin Rudd could have been the best Labour leader but was stabbed by his own party. Stay there and keep the raggedy lot honest.

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  41. Devastated Kevvy ! However I feel your hand was being forced again and respect that you stayed true to your word and didn't participate in what would have been essentially the same thing that was done to you. Please reconsider for the future though, Australia needs an intelligent , bi lingual Prime Minister with values to represent us. I travel extensively and you have great respect internationally.Your speeches as foreign minister resonated world wide and Americans actually know your name - which says a lot. To be taken seriously internationally is integral to Australia's future. I only voted ALP because of you. I will not vote Labor without you at the helm and my contemporaries in the film industry hold the same view.

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  42. Please do not say something which you regret it later like "there are no circumstances under which he will return to the Labor Party leadership in the future" this is politic play it right

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  43. Will you all wake up! Kevin is a weak and flawed character with a heart the size of a pea, and a media tart with a huge ego. How is it that this pretender is seemingly popular in opinion polls, but his own party cant stand him. That is untenable.
    Theres a really bad stench in the seat of Griffith and it aint roadkill. As for Gillard, all those baseball bats on lay-by are just about paid for, in fact can i buy another one. Good luck suckers!

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  44. Your a disgrace ...

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    1. Your grammar is a disgrace...

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    2. No your a disgrace for follwing a pathetic political party that has * spent 300 bil dollars * now has no surplus (there was one when you came to power) * has stuffed up the pinkbats costing billons to fix * built school halls in tiny remote towns then the schools closed * stuffed up the live cattle market * lost control of borders & a high court challenge & adopted howards policy * has now had 2 more leadership challenges * the PM is up to her ears in a dodgy union slush fund * got smashed at the NSW poll * got smashed at the Qld poll * got smashed at the WA poll * stuffed up mining in this country - large compannies shelve projects & sack staff - the mining industry pulls wool over swans eyes designing the new mining tax (that would no be hard) then tax raises 126 mil - not 2 bil * picks a fight with the media * offends all migrants on 457 visas - even though many are working on NBN project * oh by the way NBN now missing deadlines * gives $900 cheques to people that get spent at the pokies * renegs on pokie deal with Wilkie * has a fight with every club in australia over poker machines (by the way stupid they are the desperate smoking/drinking voters that support your party) * picks an excellent speaker in Mr slippery Slipper * now have i forgotten one - oh thats right * "THERE WILL BE NO CARBON TAX UNDER THE (rabble of a) GOVERNMENT I LEAD" & got into bed with those dope smoking mates of yours THE GREENS - although your not really mates are you because they are stealing all your votes (the ones we dont need or want). So i guess thats enough - dont worry i have more, but i dont want to cause you any sleepless nights. I might be a disgrace to you but at least i wouldnt be caught dead supporting a political cause as useless as yours - i do have standards. Oh and it looks really good with all the current ministers etc that have had to resign because they cant stand your RED leader. nice nice - keep it up i say. Im so glad Rudd didnt run - we will win a lot more seats if your "popular" girlfriend stays there. HA HA HA HA HA.

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  45. not happy jan.

    if the polls remain as bad as they are (and Gillard has not shown any reason why they should improve), then Labor is looking at a huge defeat come Sept.

    thats when I want Gillard to finally accept she made a mistake in how she ran labor, resign, and have someone new take over. I would prefer Rudd, as he represents a different way to run Labor.

    Never said never. I would like to see Rudd as leader come sept.

    And if gillard does pull off a miracle, and wins in Sept, then she deserves to remain as leader.

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  46. Hopefully we'll get a massive cleanout at the next election. But chances are all those snivelling, conniving, untalented union cronies and their corrupt backers will all be contesting the safer labor seats...

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  47. Chris Bowen's press conference today proved to me that those involved in whipping up votes for Rudd really did believe with all they had. His staffer has no job and a baby no more than a few hours away from being born. You think they are just in it for themselves? Look past the politics - easier to do as they are resigning right in front of you - and see that behind the theatre and the games, at the end of the day they wouldn't make these moves without reason.

    Well done Rudd. Proud of you yesterday, proud of you today. Not even a Labor supporter, I'm Lib. Proud of you as an Australian. I really do think you did the right thing, and I believe that Simon Crean acted unilaterally and unwisely. I think you would have been a fool not to at least see where everyone was, but it was clear they are too foolish to snif the wind. Good luck in the future.

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  48. Kevin, I think your unceremonious dumping a couple of years back was appalling, and not the right approach to deal with a dip in the polls and onslaught from the media mining interests. But, it happened, and your subsequent attempts to return have irrevocably damaged the Labour Party, and will be reflected on in the future as shameful acts from someone who couldn't accept that they had to relinquish power.

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  49. A good decision Kev. A better one would be to get out of politics altogether, leave those conniving bastards to their fate, and find a way to use your enormous talents to make a real contribution to the world. The only way the labor party will ever amount to anything is to suffer a massive defeat at the poles and rebuild themselves from the ground up. The problem is, they will still be peopled by ambitious self-serving, back-stabbing psychopaths, so that is not likely to happen anyway. Meantime, let's prepare ourselves to be ruled by the alternate bunch of self-serving, back-stabbing psychopaths known as the Coalition.

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  50. This is not that simple, I think Kevin was set up and forced to give up leader option once for ever.

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    1. Yes, I agree. I think the labor caucus members were changing their positions daily and moving to the Rudd camp. Julia knew that she had to put a stop to Kevin while she still had the numbers so she appointed Simon to request the spill and get Kevin to stop either way. He chose the right path not to contest the leadership, but for him to abandon the chase is not a wise move in my opinion since Julia will not last till September.

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  51. You are the only Politician on the planet - with integrity - that I have faith in. A born leader, denied that right through circumstance and the work of political thugs. What a waste of talent. Australia was always behind you and the country is worse off from not having you as a leader.

    And I don't even vote Labor!! I certainly won't be voting labor going forward - ever. I might have if you had progressed to a leader role.

    Stuff them Kev.

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  52. it's the smart move KR. let the captain go down with her ship.

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  53. You deserve to be leader of alp Kev

    Its easier for the coalition to beat julia
    But hard to beat you

    Wayne swan is the worst treasurer the way he and julia ruined the mining tax they should of stuck to your mininf tax
    Now small miners pay more than the big miners
    its not fair

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  54. There is no "safe Labor seat" come September. Except Kevin's

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  55. Kevin,

    Take care of yourself mate, we still hope you get another chance at PM someday.

    JNG

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  56. I have great respect for a man who stands by his word.
    I am deeply saddened that it is reported Mr Rudd will not lead a labor government in the future.I hope this is not true.

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  57. Thanks Kevin. NSW Labor disease has well and truly infected the Federal Party and given us a leader chosen by factional bully-boys; a leader whom the public cannot abide. You can't be expected to single-highhandedly rescue the country from the ingrained stupidity of the Labor factions and Tony Abbott.

    I am truly grateful for your vision and integrity. I fear for the future of Australia under Abbott.

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  58. Hey Kevin

    You are a good man, Australia need you. This country needs a person like you a PM like you. You are honest, true, hard working and stable. you can not just run away from the responsibilities of being a PM, This country desperately need people like you. Now you have decided that you will not lead ALP, is it possible for you to create a new party through out Australia and fight the election against our current PM and Mr.Abbott. I ask you to Stand, Create, Lead & Win for the betterment of this country.

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    1. Hi PK, you've got my vote. Would it not be nice if there was a Twitter account or somethiung like that to set up a party calling itself the Party for Honesty and Integrity and was looking for appropriate people to join and lead them to the next election? There are many other qualified and experienced representatives (and indeed from other political parties) that wouldn't mind contemplating such an idea? Voted in by popular demand. Ah, I must be dreaming.

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  59. Here's a Jewish-German-Australian-American in Seattle taking his hat off to you, Kevin

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  60. I am very happy to hear Kevin won't run again for leader of the Labor Party as this was their only chance of being re-elected, our Country needs to return to a Liberal Government. Kevin have you considered swapping teams?

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  61. I will say this: Gillard and Crean conspired together to bring on the spill immediately thereby ensuring KRudd had no time to gather numbers. Had the ballot been held say on the following Monday the result would have been quite different. Those calling for KRudd to wait for the decimation that is surely coming to take up leadership of an opposition Labor front bench have to be nuts. What annoys me more than anything is that Abbott and his cross eyed deputy will win government at the next election without even trying!

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    1. Labor has caucus the liberals have a conclave of abbotts bishops and idiots

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  62. 那日同您在维省的艺术馆(拿破仑展)擦肩而过还让我记忆犹新 - 想当时我的中文如此的糟糕,作为从北京来的移民(尽管是三十年前)真的是很惭愧。

    无独有偶,星期三我同丈夫还在谈起您,结果星期四就听到了这次的政治动荡。政治是一个很血腥的动物,它的残酷无情是有目共睹的,我衷心为您的勇气和智慧感到钦佩。我想说的是,我希望能够看到您说的那个三起三落在不久的将来会兑现。

    我喜欢毛的一些诗--很有气魄.他在《沁园春•长沙》里写到:问苍茫大地谁主沉浮?我希望在不久的将来再为您举杯。

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    2. 您已经损害了澳大利亚工党。

      你应该已经控制了你的雄心壮志,要早得多。

      能否请你从现在开始协助。

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  63. Well Kevin, it time to change Parliaments and run for QLD premier against Campbell Newman. You have so much goodwill in QLD that you need to harness it closer to home.

    Bruce

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  64. I voted for Kevin Rudd NOT Julia Gillard. I am disgusted in the modern ALP. I was a labor voter for over 40 years but no more.
    The ALP has become narcissistic and cannot see anyone but themselves.
    I will simply write on my ballot paper Kevin Rudd with preferences to no one

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    1. Narcissistic - in that case he's in the right place. Btw, if you were eligible to vote fot he and Gillard you need to fix your enrolment. Only people living in Griffith can vote for Rudd. The parliamentary party votes for the leader. A popular misunderstanding amongst those who know not what they talk about.

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    2. I voted for the THEN leader of the labor party Kevin Rudd. I DID NOT vote for Gillard the NOW leader of the party. Do you understand that?
      I will NOT be voting labor in the upcoming election because I don't want Gillard as my prime minister. I don't like her narcissistic qualities and do not like Wayne Swan either. You see it IS about leaders and NOT about parties.

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    3. I actually voted for a Labor MP to represent my electorate, and since that point in time, my MP has refused to listen to the electorate, and stayed loyal to the very PM that is going to cause the biggest crash and burn in Australia's political history.

      This is not democracy. This is not what I voted for. This is not what Australia voted for.

      I get it Kevin, and believe me, I respect your strength to stand by your word, however... this party is in very big trouble. There's no simple way of putting it.

      If you cant lead the ALP to win against Abbott, then who the hell can?

      I can promise you. As a citizen of this country that lives within my electorate and hears them every single day, not because it is my job to listen to them, but because I am a part of my electorate and one of the people crying out for change... the ALP is going to lose the next election, and it will have been avoidable.

      Again... who can lead the ALP to victory. If not you, its definitely not Gillard, so who can, and can all ALP MP's get their s*** together to make it happen, or are they going to go down with their ships, and fail the electorates that elected them to represent them?

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  65. Good riddance. Pathetic behaviour.

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  66. bring out the popcorn, choc tops and coke for this dramatic tale

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  67. I guess if you want revenge on Julia, what better way than to watch her go down to defeat to Tony on Sep 14.
    She will be out as PM and out as leader. Complete fall.
    Good onya Kevin

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  68. Taking a step back or even a couple more, distancing yourself from Labor is the smartest action you've taken.

    Come September 14th who would really want to be in the labor party, unless you REALLY believe labor can come back after 2 terms in 2021 - and you really want to be there that long until 63. What a waste of life that would be.

    Give us a parting gift leave labor, so we can go to the polls, unless you want 'her' to 'come up for air'.



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  69. This is a shame...

    Yesterday, I caught the news about the spill and thought "About bloody time. Hopefully they will have the sense to bring Kevin back in.."

    I wasn't happy at all when I heard you wouldn't run, but after some reflection I respect you for keeping your word. However, I still don't understand why you have ruled it out forever. Had enough of the factional cronies? Don't want to be looking over your shoulder every 5 seconds?

    Ah well, your gain in having a more relaxing life is Australias loss I guess.

    I won't be angry if you change your mind and go back on your word in the future though...

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  70. Gee thanks Patrick!

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  71. The way you have been treated is an absolute disgrace... I say cross the floor and join the coalition...!

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  72. Become an independant, and vote with Abbott for no confidence in the government. It all needs to be sorted.

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  73. Do the right think and resign with your supporters.Ms Gillard stabbed you in the back and she does not deserve any loyalty. I agree.....cross the floor and join the coalition

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  74. Seeing loyal, good people who believed in you resigning or being sacked is terrible to watch. Careers being destroyed.
    I'm not sure how I feel about you now Kevin. After this display I thinking the only right thing for you to do now is resign from the Parliament altogether. I see now how very destructive your behind the scenes behavior has been. Good people are suffering now because of it.
    I did want to see you back as leader but now I don't wish to see you at all!

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  75. I think it's right that Gillard to be the one to lead the party to defeat in September, after all, it will be of her making. She shouldn't be allowed to dodge responsibility and no new leader should have to carry that legacy.

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  76. Now that Martin has stepped down,why not start your own party, call it the "Democratic" Labor Party or "The Magnificent Seven"

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  77. Kevin,
    You are still the Prim Minister that we the people voted for. If we call on you again to take the high position we expect you to shoulder that burden. Such is the position as a member of our parliament.
    Sincere Regards
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  78. How about:
    For the community and for the country?
    Yous politicians look like a bunch of creche kids playing games with yourselves and in the process ruining the future of this country. (Look at the current mine industry)
    Maybe the constitution should be revised and all the fringe benefits and pensions of politicians should be based only on merit, sure that would stop this childish games that the voters and taxpayers have to cop with on a daily basis.

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  79. Kevin, I admire your courage, integrity, vision and decency. I was never prouder to be an Australian than when you were in office and the day you were ousted was one of the saddest days of your life. The treacherous, despicable, dishonest and unethical way that the current clique deposed you and have treated you since your removal from office and the arrogance and the contempt for the Australian people that they have consistently continued to display is absolutely unforgivable

    I was an active member of the Australian Labor Party for many years and would have done (and did do) anything and everything to help them out in years gone by. The day they knifed you was the day I walked away and I think it will be for good unless somehow you get back into the leadership (if you change your mind or you are drafted that is). I will always remember the current Caucus for the rudeness and the disrespect they have treated you with (especially those of them who were elected on your coattails in 2007 and then had the arrogance to stab you in the back and desert you when you needed their support the most that is just the lowest of the low). The ingratitude and disrespect shown toward a leader who led Labor out of the political wilderness after eleven years and who apologized to the Stolen Generation, withdrew Australian soldiers from Iraq etc tells me as much about the lack of values and ethics of a significant majority of today's Labor politicians as I need to know. I take some inspiration from the brave and courageous Caucus members who stood alongside you but the fact that there were so few with true Labor principles and values reminds me of why I can no longer trust or believe in Labor

    Anyway, sorry for the rant! It says a lot about you, Kevin, that after all the crap they've thrown at you, you still want to stay and help the party and the community through your public service. You will always have my deepest gratitude, my respect and my deepest and sincerest thanks. My warmest regards to you, Therese and your family and enjoy your life as a grandfather!

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  80. Kev, i hope you still allow yourself to be drafted to the position after Julia is done running the party to the ground and resigns.

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  81. Dear Kevin

    As hard as it may seem to be, you need to take that walk down the corridor to Julias office (not literally - that would be difficult for both of toy right now)and repeat what is arguably, one of your more famous quotes.

    "I'm Kevin, I'm from Queensland, and I'm here to help."

    Labor needs to win those seats lost in Queensland in 2010. and you are best qualified to ensure that that occurs.

    Tony Abbott must never be allowed to set his foot in the Lodge.

    My best wishes Kevin.

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  82. Understandable as you are always used as scapegoat and the stress must be horrific, however, its our (Australia's) loss, Kevin. If I was in your electorate, I would vote Labor. As I live in the electorate of a soulless affiliate of the right, I will vote green. You gave us great and proud moments as PM and Foreign Minister. Thank you for your service.

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  83. Please Kevin. Listen to the polls. The people of Australia don't want Abbott but they would rather him than Gillard. You however can save us from both.

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  84. That's it kev, watch them go down in flames

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  85. Dear Mr Rudd,

    I am one of a growing thousand of young adults who just simply have no representation in parliament. I grew up in Logan, I'm sure you have heard of it and its reputation. The people there struggle everyday. A depressing majority deal with drugs, violence, fear and hatred on a daily basis. I see promises made to the most desperate people, only to have their spirits crushed by superficial marketing campaigns that exploit their desperation.

    I was very passionate when I first enrolled to vote and it has been an interesting and surprising journey for myself.

    I now whole-hearty believe that a political party disables the ability for a democracy in which all Australians can have a voice. You showed me that.

    If a Federal Representative first follows the "party line", does that not mean obligations to their constituents come second?

    Save your rhetoric arsenal, because I think you know the answer.

    I have become utterly disgusted at our political environment. Liberal & Labor, the façades of working class vs small business owners, the stale corporate marketing that focuses on a statistical majority, they way the Australian public are treated as morons. Even the occasional good deed done by these political parties is just crammed with some hack neoliberal agenda.

    Essentially you are just a tool, a part of this suffocating duopoly. I don't blame you for it, you followed the line to get to the top and when you got there you started to realise how it really worked. I admire your courage and your resilience while you served our country as Prime Minster. But you proved that you are part of the game.

    I'm 24 now, I would like to identify myself with Classical Liberalism and Anarchism but much of it is a full time battle. I need to food, shelter and good health so I need to work with the current system.

    I just hope you invest some interest into the next generation of political landscapes that are under development. The age of digital decentralised political systems which allows real participation in democracy. I hope you join us on this side of the fence because you have a good heart and are a good man.
    Thank you for reading my letter, Just wanted to give you some food for thought.

    Regards,
    One of your constituents.

    Anonymous
    Longlands St, East Brisbane 4169

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  86. Dear Kevin, I'm not sure I could call burning so many of your colleagues honorable, but at least you have demonstrated to us once again what a detestable and horrible piece of work Gillard is. We didn't need that though, we know she is dishonest. Perhaps the guys over at the Libs might give you a job. I think that's a challenge worth going after. Let's face it, given this declaration, what's left for you with the ALP? You haven't got any friends there at all now. PS. You were always with the wrong party you know - give Joe a call. Show them all!

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  87. I believe Mr Rudd is the greatest Prime Minister the country will never have. And, as the party I supported for 51 years tears itself apart and aims for 10 years in opposition, I would like to wish Mr Rudd, his wife and their family every good thing in the future.

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  88. C'Mon Kevin!

    Where is that Aussie Spirit of never giving up? You should listen to the people!! They want you as our leader and need you as our leader!

    Get back on board and fight for what is yours in the first place!!!!!

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  89. Kevin Rudd was well aware of the plotting and scheming behind the scene and must accept full responsibility for the destablising impact this has had on the Labor party. No member of an organisation can get their own way all of the time and the leader once elected should have unchallenged support. Kevin Rudd allowed his men (and women) to climb out of the trenches and take the bullets. He could have stopped this. He didn't. He took the safe route out of the trenches.

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    1. I think it is ridiculous Gillard supporters to try and take the moral high ground and blame Kevin Rudd for this mess. Kevin Rudd was the most popular Prime Minister in Australia's history. At the time he was deposed, he was still in an election winning position against Abbott. This was revealed in the SA polling leaked the other day.

      In February last year he withstood the treachery of the most obscene and false character assassination in Australia's political history. Ministers like Swan, who Rudd magnanimously elevated even though they were not originally his supporters, repaid his kindness with the grossest ingratitude.

      Kevin Rudd is still hugely popular. He represented our best chance of averting an Abbott government. We have now lost that chance. We have lost the chance of an inspiring Labor Party. We have lost the chance of witnessing a Labor victory at the next election.

      We have 'won' the chance to witness an Abbott government. A government that kowtows to Gina Rinehardt and her heartless ilk. A government that will ensure that Australia becomes a backwater.

      Kevin, I'm so sorry about what happened yesterday. I wish you every success in your continuing future in public life. And I pray that you again topple a Tory PM.

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  90. As a former Public Servant in your electorate that you gave lip service to instead of support with my problems, I implore you to resign or at the least not re-contest your seat at the next election. You have never been interested in representing anything but your own interests. If you go through your electorate files you will find me, I may still have been working if you had bothered to lift a phone to give me some support.

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  91. If you're sick of Federal Labor's unwillingness to listen to the people, if you're sick of their lack of common sense, then there is only one thing to do.

    Write "Kevin" in bold letters across your ballot papers come election day. Spoil your ballot.

    I'll be taking a bright red marker to do so, so the scrutineers won't miss it. If they don't get the message now, they will see it in bright red on election night.

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    2. Certainly thinking seriously of doing this too - 'abstaining' from a vote for the first time in my life. However Abbott could well be horrendous for Australia and the values we stand for.....hmmm how to choose? What a ridiculous choice we are left with.

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    3. If 'you' (the voting public) are without doubts of an LNP landslide win, then perhaps the donkey vote is the way to make ourselves heard. But if you have any doubts, beware the mob mentality and think carefully before casting your final vote. I will certainly be watching unfolding events before making my final decision which currently leans toward the bright red marker.

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    4. I'll definitely be doing this.

      I'll be taking a bright red marker with me on election day, and writing "Kevin" in the largest letters I can across both ballot papers.

      I'm thinking of a creative message to add to the Senate ballot. There's plenty of room there to work with.

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  92. Kevin was correct in not standing for the leadership. He will be needed to restore the party after the election to meet the needs of Australian wage earners and small business. He is a multi-generation Australian who can connect with average Australians. The same cannot be said for many in parliament who have no roots in this country. Neither Gillard nor Abbott were born here and despite any external displays, neither really represent real Australians.

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  93. C'mon Aussie whingers - let's move on!!
    We don't realise how lucky we are. Even as a disjointed labor party - with the strong, tough leadership of Julia Gillard (and she is tough putting up with all the bullshit and crap that's been thrown her way) ALP would still be a better option than LNP with Mr Murdoch's puppet as leader!!! Don't let the Main Street Media run our country. And calling for an election NOW when we don't even know if and what their policies or costings are.
    Take the time to read this article and image what a laughing stock this country would be if TA leads LNP after September!!! guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/21/australians-julia-gillard

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  94. Hi Kevin, the ALP has lost my vote. If the majority of the ALP can't see that you are clearly the most competent person to lead the party, then the ALP don't deserve to be elected into office. I'm absolutely certain that Abbott will be a disaster for this country, that's why he is smart not to release any of his policies. But I will svote for the Liberals, as the majority of this country will in September, to remove the power away from Gillard and her supporters. They do not deserve to hold the highest office of this country, when they don't put their party interests first, or this nation's interests first, by not electing you as leader. The ALP deserve political annihilation. I hope you maintain your seat, I think Abbott would be crazy to have you however be a member of parliament... he will give you a nice plum job overseas. To be honest, you deserve it and I wish you all the best.

    To all the Gillard supporters: you can blame the media, you can blame Rudd, you can blame Abbott for his negativity, you can blame all the sexist attitudes out there, but at the end of the day, you will only have yourself to blame when the most incompetent PM in history leads the ALP to the ALPs largest defeat in history. You've angered the rest of Australia by your own incompetence and lack of good judgement to give Kevin his old job back. You've put personal politics against Kevin, ahead of the interests of this nation and your party and you should be absolutely ashamed of yourself.

    I was an ALP voter, and I'm going to vote the Libs so you are taught a lesson. Your arrogance, your faceless men, your internal factional structures, your bully tactics by the unions - you are a sick institution. And the only way we will get a better democracy and a better ALP is when you hang your heads in shame.

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  95. Julia Gillard may not win the election, but if she doesn't, it's this sort of disunity that will come to bear. Who rabble rouses in the background without knowing they have the numbers to honestly contest? It wasn't the way you were deposed that affected your credibility, it's the childish way you've carried on since. Other people were dragged into these egotistical and obviously unrealistic schemes and they've had their careers and respect truncated and not only that they've been made to look foolish, because in the end it was all hot air. Meanwhile you would swear you were in the employ of one Tony Abbott. In fact you've done the Liberal party so many favors both while in power and since, at this stage you might as well swap sides.

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  96. Re: "there are no circumstances under which he will return to the Labor Party leadership in the future."

    Why?

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  97. Kevin I have voted labor all my life and I have believed that labor was the party that stood up for social justice, equality, tolerance and compassion, but Labor in this government has shown anything but. To say that I am personally disappointed is an understatement. To hear you say that you will not make yourself available under any circumstance is also disappointing, but it is your choice.

    I can't vote for Labor because I actually have some principals and this current bunch of ratbags are ruining a party built on principals and ideals (they call it running the government). They have lost me and I can assure you that I am not alone people are leaving you guys in droves and i am predicting that if Labor get 40 seats this time around it will be lucky. The Libs will enjoy a free ride for the next three years because of this governments incompetence. Labor once had a good message to sell now it does not matter because no one is listening.

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  98. Hi Kevin, Most people I talk too would prefer you as our Prime minister as I would too, however if you say you are not going to challenge again would you ever consider running for Premier for Queensland as we need someone like yourself to take on Campbell Newman

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  99. So sad to hear this. I thought you would have a good chance of winning the preselection (and the election) if you made your move at the end of the Winter sitting period. We all know Julia will almost certainly lose the election - then we are stuck with Abbott. Hope you change your mind - as there aren't too many decent folk left in caucus that could be PM.

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  100. To all the True Believers left out there, I say 'credit to you' because I have lost my conviction. I have never been so disillusioned with the ALP - and it has naught to do with the Leadership challenges. It has everything to do with the stupidity of the power-brokers to be so pig-headed, and egotistical to stick with the WORST ALP Prime Minsiter in history. The facts speak for themselves - woeful errors in strategy, and execution in plans. I will not be voting ALP at the Federal Election - 1st time in my life not to do so.

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  101. Hi Kevin,
    It was a shame about the political doings which got in the way of the apology yesterday.

    In terms of the politics I think I understand why you announced that you would not stand without the numbers (for the good of the party and in the end, to keep your word). I was happy to think the leadership of the country (or rather, the lack of competent leadership being shown by Julia) might still be resolved, so you could step up in future.

    However it is disappointing (and very saddening) that you felt you needed to release the statement today that 'there are no circumstances under which [you] will return to the Labor Party leadership in the future'. I know you have every reason in the world to take this decision for personal reasons based on all that has happened, but it saddens me that Australia will lose out.

    I am not a diehard labor or other supporter and admire what you achieved in the relatively short time you were able to be leader. I do admire the moral high ground you hold so well, however I wish you would take a more flexible principled position so you might yet have a look-in in the future to lead for the good of Australia.

    Wishing you all the best

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  102. Those considering a protest vote against Gillard should give it to independents rather than Abbott because he is going to tax us into oblivion by concentrating only on the deficit and as usual the lower class will suffer the most. I'd rather see Abbott have to argue with independents than get an absolute majority to do as he pleases.

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  103. Do reconsider...

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    2. Not at all! I just don't want Abbott & Bishop running the place.

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  104. Very much agree with this comment re Crean- and what a disaster - how short sighted for the ALPs future. So sad for Gillard Kevin and Bowen - no sympathy for Ferguson Carr and Crean - who dont know when its wise to shut up - Far too full of own self importance (from this distance )Best intentions dont count in a disaster of this scale. Please stay strong Kevin ( as you are )- we need independent progressive thinkers in Govt and fall back PMs in times when disaster strikes ( this was NOT that time ) Gillard has been a great PM in many ways. Conroy at very least needs his pants smacked for his role in the debacle - More ability to discuss issues with cross benches and Greens and independents is needed - even though its hard slog - arrogance will bring about its own reward eventually - More consensus Politics please - we have had lots this term which is very refreshing thanks to Julia and the two independents up north and partly one from Tas - Look up and live - All the best Kevin - stay strong - feeling for you so much XXOO- you still I hope have more to give - even though that seems suoerhuman

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  105. Somewhere in the middle of his talks to the media, Rudd mentioned his future role outside of Australian politics and in the international scene. Can't find that quote but think it may be worth following through. Rudd @ United Nations, I consider a distinct possibility. MLCL

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  106. It is time to realise once again that Labor means a lot more to some people than the components of the party. I don't give a stuff who leads the party, as long Labor upholds its values (and mine) of fair-go and looking after all of us, and concentrates on making sure that those that think that the poor should live by the mercy of the rich don't get a look-in.

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  107. Best wishes Kevin. We want you as our leader. If you are not the leader my vote is for Tony Abbott. I am sorry.

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  108. Seriously considering not voting Labor for the first time in my 51 years. Greg Sheriden of The Australian said it all for me. :(

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      So I'll just be taking a bright red marker, to write "Kevin" in the largest letters possible across both ballot papers.

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  109. Kay I feel the same. I have been a Labor supporter for the past 27 years and for the first time I really don't want to vote for them. I voted for Mr. Rudd back in 2007 and believe him to be the best PM ever. I am upset that Mr. Rudd did not put himself forward for the leadership role but understand his reasons behind not doing so. However, it must be abundantly clear to all and sundry that Labor WILL NOT win the next Federal Election. If Mr. Rudd had been leader then we would have stood a chance. I can feel a long run of LNP leadership coming on. :-(

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    2. It is almost as if the ALP is sending leadership gift wrapped into the NLP's waiting hands

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    3. Liberal/National, National/Liberal, whatever the acronym they have always worked 2-1 against everyone else

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  110. Please just go now. It was always about your ego. You won a presidential style campaign but could not manage to deliver anything - except a big backflip on emissions trading. I am one of many who would prefer someone with some balls as a leader. After a cry, what then 12-18 months of white anting and ultimately when you had a 3rd chance to compete - nothing. Your weaker than Costello and that's saying something

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  111. Sounds as if the 'anonymous' entries (apart from the 17.04) have been written by Kevin himself. Who else could see anything positive in what he has done. I thought he was simply a weak, egotistical man but have I discovered the truth? Is he a 'sleeper' for the Liberal party? Was he planted to create an aura of paranoia, to set minister against minister so that honest discussion on policy would become impossible for fear of being leaked to the press or the Liberals?
    What a piece of work this man is; he has achieved his goals and more. I am deeply ashamed, as a human being, by his behaviour.

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  112. Re "no circumstances"... What about if Julia Gillard was taken by aliens, for example?

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  113. I think it's a shame that everything has become what it has with the Australian Federal Labor Party since 2010. For all of my voting life I had voted Liberal until 2007 when I voted Labor for the first time. No offence to anyone but I felt Kevin Rudd copped a raw deal in how he was dumped as PM. Again no offence but Julia Gillard in terms of her poll position is pretty well where Kevin Rudd was when he was dumped back in 2007, but nobody was prepared to dump Jullia Gillard. From that aspect I just feel that there seems to be a little hypocrisy by those in Labor who will do all they can to retain Julia as PM even though she is in a similar poll position as Kevin Rudd was back in 2010.

    I just hope the Australian Labor Party history reflects the truth on their website that Kevin Rudd was disposed of as Prime Minister in 2010 by various ALP members. So far when I have looked at the ALP website it does not state Kevin Rudd was removed as PM.

    I guess time will tell how things pan out for the ALP but I think it will be a roller coaster ride in the polls for sometime to which Labor may not win the September election.

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  114. I had heard Kevin Rudd was not going to stand again for Griffith- that would been the last straw.
    Time everyone grew up,in the meantime a rather disturbing apparition wearing red bathers has turned up and it greyly signals a scrapping over the spoils of defeat for Labor political figures and much grief for ordinary Australians.
    Paul Walter

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  115. You're a whimp Kevin, plain and simple.

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  116. It seems to me that this is a good time for Kevin to set up a new political party that only endorses honest politicians. It wouldn't all be that hard, considdering the mood of the population. He has good a good reputation as far as honesty is concerned.

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    1. This. I along with many others would vote for this party. A new party would probably not win majority support, but would win possibly more than the ALP. It could then govern with the ALP, with Kevin as leader of a party with no factions.

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  117. I am sickened...the Labor Caucus guaranteed the election of an Abbott Government...please come back Kevin!

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  118. Sorry but if Rudd had been quiet in acceptance that he no longer had the numbers, we wouldn't have had to endure this rubbish for years now. Instead we had the tears over the faceless men who knifed him and frequent replenishing of this cult of personality tripe. When Rudd's arrogance overtook what was right for the country, when it stamped on the toes of ministers trying to look over their portfolios, when it unashamedly saw ordinary public servants (and others) being blasted, then it was time to go. To suggest that this man was the greatest PM is a farce. He does not stand anywhere near the truly great PMs this country has had (unfortunately, not for a long time).

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    1. Poor public servants my foot. They do nothing all day and get paid the highest wages in Australia. Bravo to Rudd for wanting to get rid of them. Bloodsuckers the lot of them

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  119. Is Anonymous 24 March 2013 17.30 Julia writing? Or Simon Crean? Crean almost deserves an Oscar. I don't know, it's a democracy, they should be able to have a leadership ballot or not if they see fit - there's alot of talk about Mr Rudd being incompetent but what about the employers that failed to supply adequate training to young people trying to install insulation batts or even supply safety footwear? What about Howard, Costello and Abbott's work choices that took away the right of inspectors to inspect building sites and led to many deaths????? If it hadn't been for the overly rich mining companies taking over the air waves and other media and propagansizing and making up lies about how the mining tax was going to cost jobs then the leadership spill wouldn't have happened in the first place. What about the years and years of us having to suffer Mr Costello circling Howard for the Prime MInistership, or all the other Liberal Party's changing of leaders and ongoing leadership challenges, on and on and on. Who cares, the main thing is peoples health and well being, ability to eat and get meaningful work etc etc

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    1. Kevin recently advised us on TV, that Chris Bowen will make a good future PM. He then described the attributes of the other people he respects: Martin Ferguson, Kim Carr, Richard Miles, Joel Fitzgibbon, Ed Husik, Janelle Saffin. These people have all stood up for the Labor Party we valued with Kevin as leader. We still have these people, the light. Let's listen carefully to what they say in the future. Perhaps we will see hope through them, if we support them.
      We also know the dark, the ministers and people we don't believe. They need to lose their electoral seats and union postions.
      The percentage mining super tax was the issue that divided the light from the dark. Dark took over the Labor Party. Wealthy people invest their money in mining. Wealthy mining companies have their people in the Liberal Party and also the Labor Party. So we could look at their assets, as politicians have to declare their assets.
      So we have to first defeat Abbott, then cleverly take back the Labor Party. Join with the little enemy, Gillard, to defeat the big enemy, Abbott, then defeat the little enemy, Gillard. We have the light, good defeats evil. Keep voting Labor.

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  120. Mr Rudd,i hope you haven't been the victim of a set up. It is so fishy that Mr Crean ALL OF A SUDDEN has a change of heart and wants you replacing Julia, whom he has supported all along. I think they came up with this bit of acting to put you in a spot and a bad light. Crean getting 'sacked' makes Julia look in control, and it was the price he was willig to pay. But I don't think they foresaw that number of ministers that would leave. It sounds plausible doesn't it?

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    1. I believe that is the case. In my opinion it makes the Labor party led by Gillard just a big farce.

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  121. I dont know how any labor or liberal politician can look across at their kids at the dinner table and say I did a great job .They sold a lot our assets ,lets rent our country back and stay poor forever .The multinationals pay little or no tax which comprises 91 percent of corporate Australia .Thats why everybody is struggling .Only 9 percent are paying tax.Middle class and small business is being destroyed by GST and other taxes Wake up Australia before it too late .Come on Kev lets do it for the kids.These multinationals take out close to $600 billion a year tax free.A debit Transaction Tax will fix this country in 12 months. No DEBT and all our loans paid back to the IMF in ONE year.NO MORE PAYG INCOME TAX,.Imagine the average worker would have over $300 a week extra in his pay every week If the the labor did this they would never be voted out of office. Then the tax office could do something useful and run infrastructure projects instead of wrecking peoples lives and keeping us poor.Time to act Kevin for your children and mine

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  122. HERE HERE lets get rid of double taxation act now

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  123. Why won't we start an online petition to the Labour party to bring back Kevin as the leader? If few millions Aussies signup a petition, no faceless men could stop Kevin.

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  124. The ALP got rid of a first year Priminister then they had an opportunity to correct that error.
    What has the Labor Party done? Don't they know that Kevin is likely to save seats? I suspect the leadership spill was a stichup.
    I would not cross the road to see the Priminister but I would for the Local Member of Griffith.
    I have always voted Lobor but now how can i vote for a party that doesn't listen to the Australian people? The Labor Party has cut off their nose to spite their face.
    I am devastated.

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  125. Still hoping you will replace Gillard, otherwise will never vote Labor while she is PM...

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  126. Albasleazy needs to resign, then Gillard would be out...

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  127. Tick, Tick, Tick time moves closer to the May 2013 Budget, and what is likely to be another Gillard/Swan fiasco. The amount of hype on Superannuation tax reforms that Swan has drawn attention to no doubt is already having a very negative impact on potential ALP voters (me for one). I undertook salary sacrifice for years (pre & post PAYG tax), plus made lump sum deposits when I was able so I would be a self-funded retiree, and not a welfare recipient in my retirement. If the superannuation reforms are retrospective, as Crean has suggested (& are a cash grab to fund ALP cash shortfalls), then I will never vote ALP again.

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    1. You worry about this ? ME TOO!!! But wait...there's more. After the May 2013 dramas, that will be followed by the early July 2013 'coming clean' on the NBN Rollout achievements (lucky to be 200,000 sites against target 341,000 - less than 60%). I guess Conroy will blame this on Rudd too and the Leadership tensions....? No doubt this is a complex project, but to read that the delays relate to workforce issues is really pathetic, and management at NBN Co should have to pay a hefty fine to the Aust Govt for these delays - assuming a standard commercial contract is in place.

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