Feb 21, 2012

Rudd rumblings: no Left turn yet, with Vic MPs still wavering

Sources inside the federal Labor caucus have questioned the wisdom behind media reports claiming the "Victorian Left" have unanimously rounded behind Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, pointing instead to a fluid situation in which caucus members are still wavering.

Andrew Crook ā€” Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

The latest story to feed this week’s leadership speculation feast and add to the rising sense of momentum behind Kevin Rudd was splashed across The Sydney Morning Herald this morning, as the paper reported that loyal Kim Carr enforcer Senator Gavin Marshall had ratcheted up his support of Rudd, preparing a petition to corral the required 35 signatures needed to force a spill motion when federal parliament resumes next week.

But sources close to the federal Labor caucus have questioned the wisdom behind media reports claiming the “Victorian Left” has unanimously rounded behind Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, pointing instead to a fluid situation in which MPs are still wavering. Jagajaga’s Jenny Macklin and Ballarat’s Catherine King stand in the way of unanimous Left support for the Foreign Minister and the positions of others are not at all clear.

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61 thoughts on “Rudd rumblings: no Left turn yet, with Vic MPs still wavering

  1. Jimmy

    TIme to give this story a rest, Rudd has less than 30, Gillard has more than 50 and the “undecided’s” will fall behind Gillard if for no other reason than Windosr & Oakeshott threatening to send them to an early election.

  2. puddleduck

    FFS. Gillard ‘ a dream to work with’, but unpopular with the people. Rudd the other way around. Can’t remember where I read that, amongst all the tealeaves the media is serving up on this story at the moment.

    Isn’t the simple, obvious answer, that they work together? Isn’t that what was meant to happen with Rudd as leader and Gillard as Deputy? But then something went wrong, it was all off, or it was all “on”, as the sportspeople and fighters amongst us might say.

    I can only think that egos are to blame. And more than 2 of them.

  3. Col in Sydney

    It’s impossible to understand how anyone can suggest this is a media beat up. And it isn’t really a leadership challenge either.

    Gillard is the most unpopular prime minister in history. Every single criteria on which she relied to knife Rudd now applies to her to the nth degree.

    Labor under Gillard will be wiped out at the next election. She is not going to turn around the simple disgust with which so many Australians now regard her.

    Rudd doesn’t have to challenge. Give the simple reality time to trickle into the consciousness of the trolls the Labor Party puts into Parliament and they will be begging Rudd to take over.

    The only reason anyone in the caucus is baulking at Rudd’s return is the expectation of the very well deserved castration they can expect for their disloyalty to him in the first place.

  4. Whistleblower

    Whatever happens, Gillard is a doomed leader in the eyes of the Australian public , and will lead Labor to annihilation at the next election issue if she is not replaced. As usual, factionalism is more important than political survival, otherwise Rudd would already be back in the PM’s office.

  5. shepherdmarilyn

    Enough already, it seems to me the media in Canberra are more entertained than anyone else.

  6. Jimmy

    Whistleblower – As Howard demonstrated when the election comes around a lot of the BS disappears from the voters mind and they start focusing on policies, the MRRT, NBN and Private Health Rebate are all popular, the Carbon tax will be less scary when it is being lived and the ALP will increase Helath & Education spending as election promises (Gonski for example) and Abbott’s massive hole in his costings will become an issue and he will not be able to match the ALP’s spend.

    Whether this is enough to get the ALP across the line who knows but it will be closer than a lot think.

  7. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    So the factions that tossed Rudd out (for knifing them over selection of the ministry) have discovered how wrong they were, how untimely was their intervention and now how powerless they are in managing and manipulating public perception. Those same factions are being driven to the wall by Rudd and he will stand on their necks, even while he’s out of the country, until they collapse in a screaming heap. Rudd will be applauded by half the electorate, his stocks will rise and the future of the ALP government will again be in the hands of the Australian electorate. I’m afraid Our Julia will simply disappear – a waste really but then she could have said ‘no’.

  8. Oscar Jones

    If the idea that Julia Gillard is so unpopular because she rolled the elected prime minister Rudd, why does anyone think that by doing exactly the same and rolling the elected prime minister Gillard for Rudd or anyone else for that matter, that things will change.

    Alternatively the Labor Party could unite behind the current leader, who despite the false claims, has actually achieved things and perhaps their ratings would improve.

    At least it might get the frigging loathsome Canberra press gallery of our backs.

  9. liliwyt

    All of this leaves the Australian public questioning the wisdom behind media reports of any kind

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