The ALP is going down hard but there s a school of thought that suggests that a quick change back to theÂ narcissisticÂ Kevin Rudd may jut save some them…or if polls are to believed put them back in the hunt.
KEVIN Rudd’s resurrection as Prime Minister would lift the Labor Party back into a 50-50 fighting chance against Tony Abbott at the election.
But voters have urged Julia Gillard not to hand the job to him on a platter – rejecting Labor MPs’ calls for her to resign to make way for Mr Rudd.
An exclusive Galaxy poll forÂ The Sunday TelegraphÂ has revealed Mr Rudd would deliver a six-point lift in the Labor Party’s primary vote, saving up to 18 seats in NSW, Queensland, WA, Victoria and the Northern Territory including Treasurer Wayne Swan’s Brisbane electorate of Lilley.Â
That would deliver Labor 50 per cent of the two-party preferred vote – creating a real political contest with Tony Abbott’s opposition.
Bigger swings are predicted in Queensland – suggesting Trade Minister Craig Emerson may also be saved under Mr Rudd’s leadership.
But with Ms Gillard at the helm the Labor Party has gone backwards since the Budget with a two point drop in primary vote support to 32 per cent.
On a two-party preferred basis, Labor faces a 45-55 result under Ms Gillard.
Senior Rudd backers have confirmed the former prime minister could be drafted back into the job in the next fortnight if broad support emerges for his return, with all eyes on Gillard backer Bill Shorten.
Rudd is like rust…he never sleeps.