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Lundy, Leigh back Gillard in leadership spill

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Ross Peake and Chris Johnson

Kate Lundy and Andrew Leigh would have backed Julia Gillard in Thursday's leadership ballot.

Senator Lundy was the first ACT Labor MP to declare her stand.

@juliagillard has my full confidence and ongoing support. — Kate Lundy (@KateLundy) March 21, 2013 

‘‘@JuliaGillard has my full confidence and ongoing support,’’ the Multicultural and Sports Minister tweeted, just minutes after Ms Gillard told Parliament the leadership ballot would be held at 4.30pm.

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh told The Canberra Times he would vote for Ms Gillard.

Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann has not publicly declared her hand and insisted she would not comment before the caucus ballot.

But sources close to her in the NSW Right say Ms Brodtmann would have supported Kevin Rudd, who did not stand in the ballot.

The Member for Canberra did not confirm or deny it when it was put to her by The Canberra Times.

In last year’s leadership challenge Ms Brodtmann voted for Ms Gillard.

Across the NSW border, Minister for Defence Materiel Mike Kelly has also so far not returned calls to The Canberra Times to state where his support lay.

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher declined to take sides.

“This is a matter entirely up to the federal Labor party. There is no doubt the ongoing leadership speculation has been bad for the government and the party and it needs to be resolved once and for all,” she said.

8 comments

  • "winning" a position no one wants, but watch them line up for it after the election!!

    Commenter
    time
    Date and time
    March 22, 2013, 7:35AM
    • Off course they would vote for Gillard, they need her especially after Ms Lundy's recent drugs/sport I'll load the gun and you fire it report stuff up and Mr Leigh and his regular photo opportunitys with his cute little grin and head bobbing on demand all the time firmly grafted to Ms Gillards hip.
      More power to Ms Brodtman for her fortitude being neutral when asked.

      Commenter
      OLD DOG
      Location
      ACT
      Date and time
      March 22, 2013, 8:42AM
      • Kevin Rudd has demonstrated he is a wrecker and a gutless worm who's only goal is to undermine his leader and his party. It is about time he got out of politics and handed his seat over to someone who is prepared to be a team player, stand by his leader and work for the betterment of his party, government and country. If Labor loses the election they can blame people like Rudd and his shadowy supporters.

        Commenter
        Another Grumpyoldfart
        Location
        Tuggeranong
        Date and time
        March 22, 2013, 9:08AM
        • Regardless of the merits of Rudd, one is constantly bemused that the majority of Caucus, (including our own lightweights, Lundy and Leigh) are happy to cheer on Gillard as she drives the ALP bus over a cliff - from which it may take a decade to recover. One can only assume that because they come from the ACT, they think their positions are safe, and don't care about the future of the Party. Why are the ALP content to march towards electoral oblivion? One can only assume that they believe in miracles or that they oblivious to how widely and intensely disliked is Gillard.

          Commenter
          JD
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          March 22, 2013, 9:10AM
          • I could not care less about Lundy as she has shot herself in the foot anyway but Leigh has to swear all and sundry to Gillard having been parachuted by Labor into his position.

            Commenter
            MIKE the HAMMER
            Location
            ACT
            Date and time
            March 22, 2013, 10:59AM
        • That's OK. Most of them will be gone after September!

          Commenter
          Badger
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          March 22, 2013, 9:11AM
          • Again, Mr Shorten nowhere to be seen.

            Positioning himself for after election.

            Commenter
            Shorty
            Date and time
            March 22, 2013, 9:36AM
            • Probably out the back loading the gun/s.

              Commenter
              MIKE the HAMMER
              Location
              ACT
              Date and time
              March 22, 2013, 11:56AM
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