Blood and Guts in Australia as ALP splits

Julia Gillard is fighting for her political life.

If Simon Crean is calling for a ballot then I’d say she is dead meat.

Mr Crean: “We need to settle this and move forward. As for the position of positions being declared open – Kevin Rudd has no choice but to stand for the leadership. He can no longer say he will only be drafted. That’s why I’m putting myself forward as part of the leadership group.”

Mr Crean: “If the PM  does not agree to it, which I suspect she won’t, I am calling on members of caucus to form a petition.”

“This is not personal. This is about the party, its future and the future of the country. I believe we can win the next election.” 

Mr Crean: “I’m urging Mr Rudd to put his name forward….I do not believe simply changing from Ms Gillard to Mr Rudd will solve anything. The internals must stop. We must be an inclusive party.”

Mr Crean is asked if Mr Rudd has the numbers: “I wouldn’t be doing this if I did not believe there was the mood and the need for change within the party.”

Labor annouced the leadership spill via Twitter:

Politicians don’t put their names to things unless they are very sure of their numbers. Gillard is almost certainly toast…what remains now is to find out what proverbial faceless men in the back rooms of the Labor party will stitch up now.

All the same blood and guts in politics is beautiful to watch.


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  • johnbronkhorst

    Fighting over who will steer the good ship SS Labour all the way to the bottom of the ocean.

  • Steve R

    With most if not all political reporters say labour have lost this years election it’s just a matter of by how much and ditching the red head maybe it won’t be a landslide hahahhaa

  • Dave

    Alternate theory: Julia realizes she cant win the election against Abbot, doubts anyone in Labour can, allows the spill, Rudd is elected leader with Creen as deputy. Labour loses the September 14 election. Julia says, well, you wanted Rudd, she is clean to lead again in the future, Rudd is wiped out permanently!!

  • i cant believe that Labour won the last election. I thought they were well and truly done for THEN.

    if they are re elected YET AGAIN it will prove that Australians by and large truly ARE DUMB and will REALLY prove that they have very very short memories.

    • StupidDisqus

      Labour didn’t win the last election – they stole it (ironically under FPP) with the help of treasonous MPs who were voted in as coalition-supporting independents.

      Tony Abbott’s coalition had far more votes than Labour ever managed – and more seats.

      Tony Abbot has been the rightful PM of Australia for the last five years.

  • StupidDisqus

    RadioCommunism just said “over 2/3rds of the labour caucus will be wiped out“.

    In QLD, Labour is no longer a political party – with any luck, the same will soon be true of the Federal govt!

  • blokeintakapuna

    The parallels between Labor there and Labour here … Too close to call.
    – systemic corruption demonstrated again and again,
    – leadership spills imminent
    – funded by unions

    Next foot… Reload…

  • cows4me

    Shit what a circus. 747 Kevin has exposed the traitors, you couldn’t make this shit up if you tried. Surely their right to govern is well and truly up shit creek. I do hope our very own Liarbore party give it a go.

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    Rudd has just shown Labor for the clusterfuck that it is. Popcorn this way please.

  • Gazzaw

    Gillard will last now at least until the winter recess in June. Plenty of blood to be spilt on the floor between now and then starting with the public castration of Simon Crean.

  • Dumrse

    “…then I’d say she is dead meat.” Best you give her another shot then.

  • StupidDisqus

    Abbott has called the GG and demanded and election. Now!

    What chance the Labor-appointee hack GG will do what clearly must be done: follow Kerr’s precedent, appoint Rudd PM and go to a snap election.