Rudd bid can draw on the public purse
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Rudd bid can draw on the public purse

Kevin Rudd is still technically Australia's Foreign Minister, marking this Labor leadership battle as the mutiny that follows the 2010 coup.

Mr Rudd's dramatic resignation in Washington came with a carefully calculated sting - a request for 48 hours' grace ''after my return'' to get his office in order.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce granted the extra time on the advice of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. It means Mr Rudd retains his ministerial staff, including two full-time press secretaries and advisers to field media requests.

His office can draw on the public purse to co-ordinate press conferences and distribute Mr Rudd's comments. Daniel Flitton