• KEVIN RUDD resigns as Foreign Affairs minister.
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[release][B]Foreign Minister Kevid Rudd has announced his resignation at a press conference in Washington DC at 1.20am local time, 5.20pm AEDT.[/B][B]Mr Rudd he believed he no longer had the support of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and had no option but to resign.[/B][B]He called the leadership brawl a "soap opera" and said he would not have "anything to do with it". [/B] [IMG]http://images.smh.com.au/2012/02/20/3056806/Rudd_smh_Wide-420x0.jpg[/IMG] After midnight ... Kevin Rudd to address the media in Washington DC. A move against Kevin Rudd next week is almost certain with Prime Minister Julia Gillard determined to resolve the leadership crisis when parliament resumes.With the backing of her senior cabinet ministers, Ms Gillard is poised either to sack Mr Rudd from the ministry or hold a leadership ballot to expose his lack of support.Senior sources stressed that no decision had been made but, said one: "There's movement at the station." [IMG]http://images.smh.com.au/2012/02/22/3062763/gillard729-420x0.jpg[/IMG] Winging it ... Julia Gillard at the BAE systems factory in Adelaide today. [I]Photo: David Mariuz [/I] One backer of a ballot said there was a growing feeling that Ms Gillard would take on Mr Rudd in a leadership spill next week and "not only win, but win bloody decisively".[I]The Sydney Morning Herald[/I] revealed today that Ms Gillard was reserving the option of calling a leadership ballot next week but that she will bring it on only from a [B][URL="http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/name-dropping-prompts-mps-to-declare-for-pm-20120222-1tngn.html?rand=1329885370222"]position of strength[/URL][/B] to resolve the crisis consuming her government.A senior source reported that "it is still very much an option to bring it on ... No decision has been made. It's a discussion that needs to be had."Industry and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet fuelled speculation that the leadership battle needed to come to a head.Mr Combet told the National Press Club in Canberra that he was "frustrated" that the speculation over a leadership bid by Mr Rudd was continuing."Enough is enough. It is time this matter is resolved," he said."It is a distraction to the work of government."He said he was a "strong supporter" of Ms Gillard."This issue needs to be resolved and it needs to be resolved in the near future," Mr Combet said.The way in which it was resolved was "a judgment for the Prime Minister to make".Another senior Gillard backer said Ms Gillard and Mr Rudd could no longer work together "in any capacity"."The facts are that Kevin can't stay in cabinet and Julia needs to take him on in front of the caucus," the source said. "If he doesn't throw his hat in, then he will be dumped anyway."The Gillard camp is confident that it retains the numbers to win convincingly over Mr Rudd in a ballot, with the Foreign Minister thought to have about 30 votes in the 103-strong caucus.Mr Rudd - who is to deliver a speech in Washington, DC, on Wednesday - said that he was not challenging for the leadership and expected to remain Foreign Minister."Can I just say, as I've said many times before, that we have a Prime Minister; I support the Prime Minister; and I intend to remain as Foreign Minister," Mr Rudd said in response to questions about a leadership spill. Read more: [URL]http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/rudd-quits-as-foreign-minister-20120222-1tn8j.html#ixzz1n5cDsfZN[/URL][/release] Wow... I blame Julia.
Oh K.Rudd
He spoke a few minutes after [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOUFKZBpFTY[/media]
He was going to be sacked by Gillard next week anyway, so he undercut her. Leaves the question as to whether he'll challenge her leadership or not.
I wonder what he'll do for a job now then...
[QUOTE=ash47;34814153]I wonder what he'll do for a job now then...[/QUOTE] He just resigned from that particular portfolio. Means he'll have to be reshuffled, or take the lead.
Fuck, I liked Rudd.
[QUOTE=Superwafflez;34814183]He just resigned from that particular portfolio. Means he'll have to be reshuffled, or take the lead.[/QUOTE] Wait, so he was a Minister without a Portfolio like Hermann Goring?
What a whole lot of wank
I think K.R. was a good pm and a good foreign minister, he did the honorable thing of not making a fuss about it all.
[t]http://images.smh.com.au/2012/02/22/3062763/gillard729-420x0.jpg[/t] neeeoooowwww pew pew pew vroooooo pow pow ptchoom hahaaa, there goes your house mr. rudd nyyyoooooorrrrrr neeeooowww pew pew pyowwww
Fuck off gillard let Kevin be PM!
[QUOTE=Best4bond;34813933][B]He called the leadership brawl a "soap opera" and said he would not have "anything to do with it"[/B][/QUOTE] Funny how you were such a big part of it, though.
It's situations like this that make me wonder how an American style system would work out. Instead of just having MPs vote who runs the party, any registered member of the party should have a say in it. Maybe then they wouldn't be so trigger happy to replace the leader once their internal opinion polls pass a certain level.
They're going to have a hard time getting someone better than Rudd.
Well, I guess it looks better for him to quit, than to be fired, right? I wonder what will happen now
Aww, Why did he have to go?
[QUOTE=benjojo;34815037]Aww, Why did he have to go?[/QUOTE] Oh woe is me, Where is my bad reading rating.
Not surprised, seems like no one in the labor party liked him anyway. Wanted to have everything his own way and whatnot. He's also a bit hypocritical in that he leaked shit to the press to undermine Gillard and the labor party in general.
I can't believe he bloody retired! These FUCKING dickheads at the embassy and their FUCKING language!
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97kTsj19rJQ[/media] Now to place kevin rudd in his place.
Rudd just posted his statement of resignation: [url]http://www.kevinruddmp.com/2012/02/statement-of-resignation-as-foreign.html[/url]
All this shit is depressing, they can't leave Kevin alone, you can tell how much of a cunt Julia Gillard is. Anyway, at the end of the day, we DID vote for fucking Kevin Rudd and not that red head skank.
[QUOTE=mr apple;34815517]All this shit is depressing, they can't leave Kevin alone, you can tell how much of a cunt Julia Gillard is. Anyway, at the end of the day, we DID vote for fucking Kevin Rudd and not that red head skank.[/QUOTE] Actually I believe we vote for the party which chooses their head. So we didn't directly vote for Rudd.
[QUOTE=Jake Nukem;34815572]Actually I believe we vote for the party which chooses their head. So we didn't directly vote for Rudd.[/QUOTE] But you voted for the party while Rudd was the leader (back in 07), with the reasonable expectations that he would continue to be the leader.
[QUOTE=mr apple;34815517]All this shit is depressing, they can't leave Kevin alone, you can tell how much of a cunt Julia Gillard is. Anyway, at the end of the day, we DID vote for fucking Kevin Rudd and not that red head skank.[/QUOTE] The only people who voted for Rudd are the people of Griffith, as Rudd stands as a representative for the people of Griffith, but also at a point in time was recognised as the leader of the Labor party, hence how he became prime minister. You didn't vote for Rudd, you voted for Labor representatives and if at least half of the house was made up of Labor preresentatives the prime minister would be a Labor representative. If you ignored what your Labor representative stood for and voted for him or her anyways just so you could hope to get the prime minister to be one from your favourite party, then either you're an idiot or you just don't give a shit about how your local representative would affect your local area.
[QUOTE=Antdawg;34815684]The only people who voted for Rudd are the people of Griffith, as Rudd stands as a representative for the people of Griffith, but also at a point in time was recognised as the leader of the Labor party, hence how he became prime minister. You didn't vote for Rudd, you voted for Labor representatives and if at least half of the house was made up of Labor preresentatives the prime minister would be a Labor representative. If you ignored what your Labor representative stood for and voted for him or her anyways just so you could hope to get the prime minister to be one from your favourite party, then either you're an idiot or you just don't give a shit about how your local representative would affect your local area.[/QUOTE] Didn't really need the asshole remark towards the end, but now I know
[QUOTE=mr apple;34815700]Didn't really need the asshole remark towards the end, but now I know[/QUOTE] Sorry I'm just not good at explaining things nicely (or I just don't think through the consequences when I do explain things)
There's no doubt Rudd will contest the leadership, the fighting between the various factions in the Labour party had definitely left Rudd with more than a few supporters, especially the ones who lost faith in Gillard in last few months. Whatever the turnout is, the Liberal Party is going to have a fucking field day with this, yet another move to knock Labour to it's knees. Not to mention Blight is about to lose Queensland so that makes it worse.
[QUOTE=RaptorBlackz;34815174][media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97kTsj19rJQ[/media] Now to place kevin rudd in his place.[/QUOTE] oh dear christ i just realised how puffy his eyebrows are reminds me of worms reloaded
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