Federal Politics

Politics wrap: June 26, 2013

Rudd: 'I cannot stand idly by'

Prime minister elect Kevin Rudd and his deputy Anthony Albanese address the media for the first time after the Labor leadership spill.

I am finally going to sign off. But, first, a recap of the day that was:

  • Kevin Rudd has been elected leader of the Labor Party;
  • Anthony Albanese is his deputy;
  • Julia Gillard has resigned the prime ministership and will leave politics at the election;
  • independent MPs Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott will also leave;
  • the Coalition wants an election as soon as possible.

Tomorrow Mr Rudd and Mr Albanese will visit Government House to be sworn in as prime minister and deputy prime minister.

Andrew Meares, Alex Ellinghausen and I will be with you to bring you all the details of the day - who might be in the new ministry, when the election might be and the last sitting day of the House of Representatives.

Thank you so, so much to everyone who read, contributed and stuck with us through the day.

Get some sleep. It's going to be a big day -again - tomorrow.

Mr Abbott says Mr Rudd should name the election date as soon as possible.

Mr Abbott says people would react with "an overwhelming wave of abhorrence" if Mr Rudd decided to have a later election (than September 14).

Mr Abbott was accompanied by his deputy, Julie Bishop. He means to send a clear signal that the Coalition has a stable leadership team whereas Labor does not.

 

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott at a late night press conference on Wednesday.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott at a late night press conference on Wednesday. 

Mr Abbott will not speculate as to whether or not he will try and call on a no confidence motion tomorrow.

"I'm not interest in playing parliamentary games. I think the people of Australia are sick of parliamentary games," Mr Abbott says.

Mr Abbott says Mr Rudd should name an election date.

He has not spoken to the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce.

 

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott addresses the media late on Wednesday night.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott addresses the media late on Wednesday night. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mr Abbott: "In 2007 you voted for Kevin and got Julia, in 2010 you voted for Julia and got Kevin. Who will you get in 2013?"

(I'm willing to bet we will hear this statement a lot over the next few days, weeks and months.)

Mr Abbott says Mr Rudd "is obviously a skilful politician" in order to bring about the leadership change.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott: "I want to say directly to the people of Australia - you deserve better than this."

Mr Abbott repeats his call for an early election.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop address the media late on Wednesday night.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop address the media late on Wednesday night. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr: "Suddenly the election has become very contestable. There is now hope."

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will make a statement very soon.

Mr Rudd says he has already met with Ian Watt, the secretary of the Department of Prime and Cabinet, and will briefings on the budget in coming days.

He has not yet met the Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

Neither Mr Rudd nor Mr Albanese take any questions.

Prime minister elect Kevin Rudd during a press conference on Wednesday.
Prime minister elect Kevin Rudd during a press conference on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mr Albanese says "Julia [Gillard] and Wayne [Swan] are not just people that I've worked with.....but also close friends".

Neither man has said anything about the timing of the election or who might be chosen for the new ministry.

Mr Rudd introduces "Deputy Prime Minister Albo".

(Note that neither have yet been sworn in so are only prime minister elect and deputy prime minister elect.)

Mr Albanese says his is a typically Labor story. He is the "son of a single parent who grew up in a council house in Sydney".

He promises "enthusiasm, passion and commitment" to the Labor cause.

 

"Please come back and listen afresh," prime minister elect Kevin Rudd says to young voters.

"With your energy we can start cooking with gas."

Prime Minister elect Kevin Rudd during a press conference on Wednesday night.
Prime Minister elect Kevin Rudd during a press conference on Wednesday night. Photo: Andrew Meares
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Mr Rudd says he's been thinking about the global economy a lot lately and "bad things are happening out there".

 

Mr Rudd says his decision to return is "pretty basic" and "pretty clear".

"I do not have it in my nature to stand idly by and allow an Abbott government to come to power in this country by default," he says.

 

Kevin Rudd and Anthony Albanese address the media at Parliament House on Wednesday.
Kevin Rudd and Anthony Albanese address the media at Parliament House on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Ellinghausen

Mr Rudd says of Ms Gillard: "She is a woman of extraordinary intelligence, great strength and energy."

Mr Rudd says Ms Gillard faced difficult circumstances given the hung Parliament.

Mr Rudd says were it not for "Julia" there would not be the better industrial relations and education policies that are now in place.

Mr Rudd also pays tribute to Mr Swan, particularly the work they did together keeping Australia "out of a global catastrophe".

 

 

Kevin Rudd and Anthony Albanese have turned up. Both are wearing blue ties.

Mr Rudd says: "In recent years politics has failed the Australian people. There has been too much negativity around."

Mr Rudd is still late (for anyone who is wondering this is pretty usual for him).

While we are waiting please read the great Tony Wright's take on Ms Gillard's final press conference.

 

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Mr Rudd is late for his press conference. More than one person has observed that nothing much has changed since he was last Labor leader.

Julia Gillard has now left Government House.

The Fairfax Media team has been busy.

Let me direct you to their efforts:

 

 

Wayne Swan leaves his press conference on Wednesday night.
Wayne Swan leaves his press conference on Wednesday night. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The video of Ms Gillard's press conference:

Julia Gillard bows out

Prime minister Julia Gillard has resigned her position and will not recontest the next election.

A statement has come from Mr Rudd and Mr Albanese in which they are referred to as "Prime Minister" and "Deputy Prime Minister" respectively.

They advise they will hold a press conference at 10.15pm in the blue room (the ministerial press conference room).

Just a point here but they have not been sworn in yet so that use of titles seems, what's the word, presumptuous.

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