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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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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