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Jun 26, 2013

Day one of Rudd reboot: how it happened

Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as Australia's prime minister. But he has a ministry to fill, independents to appease and a Parliament majority to wrangle. Crikey covers the latest ...

Amber Jamieson — Freelance journalist in New York

Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York


It’s Kevin Rudd’s first day in his second reign as prime minister. Crikey brought you a blow-by-blow of the days events.

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  1. paddy

    I will be supporting the Powerfox by drinking the best bottle of wine in my cellar tonight.
    Should she win, it will be drunk in celebration.
    Should she lose……To *ANYONE*, it will be drunk in honour
    of Australia’s first female PM and in mourning of a Labor party unworthy of even my 2nd pref vote.

    Go Julia.

  2. Harry Rogers

    Politics in Australia has now become the ME game and nothing to do with service to the electorate. There should be a self serve department in Canberra where they all go to register their interest in what they personally want from the coffers.
    Not a scintilla of ethics left.

  3. JMNO

    I hope Rudd doesn’t win because I don’t think he is the future of the Labor Party. However if he does, at least Gillard has got her Gonski legislation through Parliament. She could leave knowiing that she has achieved a number of great reforms

  4. Griffiths Karen

    Well done! Media you have hounded the personality in preference to policy. You’ve got your day. You have been screaming without substance for 3 years now. A long time to have champers on ice- drink up.

  5. Griffiths Karen

    I’ll cry into my glass of shandy on ice…faaarrk.

  6. michael r james

    Anyone who imagines that the recent polls will magically translate into a sustained Rudd boost to Labor is deluded beyond description. Not only are the polling questions loaded, many of those voting are LNPers (no matter what other questions the pollster may or may not ask). News Ltd plus many Fairfaxers (and Michelle Grattan who has a picture of Abbott amongst other former PMs on the proof copy of her upcoming book on Australian PMs!).

    Further, on Monday’s Q&A Tony Jones took a quick show-of-hands poll asking for those who didn’t mind a change in PM (right now, ie. effectively a Rudd resurrection) and maybe 15 to 20 people raised their hands (of audience maybe >500, so ≈4%) but the inverse question (who didn’t want any change now) caused everyone else to raise their hands. A surprise perhaps but unambiguous if difficult to analyse (of course this is amongst the politically engaged–those who bother to turn up at a Q&A–so the bogan count will be low).

    People may want this minority government to be resolved but a change in PM will cause mass dismay, both in all voters and of course will cause the Labor party to implode like nothing we have seen so far. Those who claimed to want Rudd will disappear like morning mist. And any remaining ones will be dissuaded by the barrage of sh!t from News Ltd (parroted by ABC at every opportunity).

    Further, given that both Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott have argued it makes more logic and arguably justice (gulp) that if Gillard is no longer PM then their second choice at the time just after the 2010 election should fill the spot. It doesn’t make much sense for them or other independents to support someone who wasn’t even in the race. (It induces nausea in me but I have to agree there is some logic to this.)

    Seriously are Rudd supporters in the Labor party so f-witted? Apparently yes. There is a credible risk that Abbott might be PM by the weekend, followed immediately by an election in which he would sweep the board. News Ltd and Fraser deja vu all over again.

  7. michael r james

    IMO Shorten has just done his career and reputation grievous damage. Not only does it look cowardly, disloyal, traitorous and opportunistic but I believe quite wrong when he claims it is in the best interests of the party. We’ll see the party shatter far worse than anything we’ve seen.

  8. michael r james

    Shorten: ““I will serve and support enthusiastically whoever is selected as leader of the Labor Party tonight.”

    Sure, just like last time! Ridiculous inconsistency.

    And Amber/Crikey: “..likely sealing that Kevin Rudd will be prime minister of Australia by the end of this evening.”

    No, sorry, that is totally wrong. He will simply be leader of the Labor Party but require to be sworn in by the GG who he will have to convince that he can command the confidence of the House of Commons.

    Given that both Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott have argued it makes more logic and arguably justice (gulp) that if Gillard is no longer PM then their second choice at the time just after the 2010 election should fill the spot. It doesn’t make much sense for them or other independents to support someone who wasn’t even in the race. (It induces nausea in me but I have to agree there is some logic to this.)

  9. Griffiths Karen

    “In the best interests of the party ” hahahahahahaha Rudd shorten fitzgibbon Bowen etc??!! In the best interests of white middle class males according to the media. What ya gonna do after this media?

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