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'Australia deserves better'

Posted by: 3AW Radio | 20 February, 2012 - 6:53 AM
Kevin Rudd

UPDATE: A senior Labor MP has called on Kevin Rudd to "exit the team" if he's not prepared to offer Prime Minister Julia Gillard his full support.

Even Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu weighed in on the crisis on Monday morning, claiming an election is needed urgently to restore stability.

Meanwhile, Julia Gillard has refused to describe her leadership rival Kevin Rudd as disloyal and says she has the "strong support" of her colleagues.

*Scroll down for all related audio links, including audio of Rudd's outburst and Simon Crean's interview with Neil Mitchell*

3AW's Michael Pachi has provided a analysis of the leadership crisis:

Nineteen months after the brutal leadership coup which deposed Kevin Rudd from the nation’s top job and propelled his deputy Julia Gillard into the role, the tables have turned.

We could be looking at another leadership challenge as early as next Monday or Tuesday when parliament returns.

MPS in the Gillard and Rudd camps will spend the next week crunching numbers for the respective candidates.

It works well for Mr Rudd because he’s away at a G20 conference in Mexico and can distance himself while his backers do the work.

Some Labor mps have been calling on Ms Gillard to resign;    arguing she doesn’t have voter support and therefore her position is no longer tenable. It’s unlikely the Prime Minister will voluntarily stand down; instead she’ll likely bring the situation to a head and call a leadership spill as soon as possible.

A ballot next week offers some distance from the Queensland election on March 24th

At this stage the 103 member caucus is split three-ways

One-third in the Rudd camp, another third in the Gillard camp and one-third undecided

EARLIER: Government MPs are starting to take sides as a showdown between Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her old boss Kevin Rudd appears inevitable.

Mr. Rudd declared he was a changed man before jetting off overseas to Mexico amid mounting speculation of a leadership spill within weeks.

The Australian newspaper has done a head count and reckons Ms Gillard has 51 MPs backing her, Mr. Rudd 31 and with another 21 undecided meaning both camps are short of a majority.

Over the weekend, a video leaked on YouTube showing Kevin Rudd swearing during a recording while he was Prime Minister.

Julia Gillard has denied any involvement in the leak, although division within the ALP remains at a fever-pitch.

Neil Mitchell came out with a scathing criticism of the crisis in Canberra this morning, saying 'Australia deserves better.'

Watch and listen below.

PLAY: Barrie Cassidy - host of the ABC's Insiders tells 3AW Breakfast there is a possibility Rudd might've leaked the video himself


PLAY: Simon Crean: Kevin Rudd is not a 'psychopath' but he must stop this campaign

PLAY: Canberra Correspondent Laurie Oakes discusses whether Rudd is a 'changed man' and Simon Crean's odds of a leadership challenge

PLAY: Neil Mitchell: 'Australia deserves better'

PLAY: Kevin Rudd throws a tantrum over his inability to speak Mandarin Chinese


VIDEO: Kevin Rudd loses his cool in front of the camera (Channel 7)

Blog comments Your Say

  • Why does the Labor Party turn on its self, and self destruct it does nothing to help the people who voted them into power, I am sick and tired of the whole debark-ale.We deserve better, we all look like fools to the rest of the world . Please stop the infighting and Govern this country!!!

    Sue Thorp Thursday 23 February, 2012 - 11:52 AM
  • Rudd for PM with Turnbull for Treasurer. That's a team that would satisfy the Australian Electors. Turnbull returns to Labour and runs the country as Treasurer while Rudd runs the world as PM. Go Australia!

    Michael Thursday 23 February, 2012 - 12:26 AM
  • Tell us again about work choices garry, what is that story again,how did your boss rip you off??

    Steve Monday 20 February, 2012 - 8:30 PM
  • Lame duck Wayne Swann is very very quiet. Wonder what this backstabbing buffoon is up to. As for you Simple Simon Crean, you are living in lah lah land if you honestly think that you will win the next election. Australia does not want you and your rabble. You have too much damage to this country. Morons.

    Jane Monday 20 February, 2012 - 4:46 PM
  • We need leadership, full stop. This country has never been so badly governed and the current crop of politians is the worst in living memory. Not even the liberals can provide leadership. It's a travesty and these people are no better than children.

    One rule for you... Monday 20 February, 2012 - 4:34 PM
  • Now there is something I actually like about Rudd.

    Jake Monday 20 February, 2012 - 4:19 PM

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