June 24th, 2010
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(CNN) – Kevin Rudd’s sudden loss of his own party’s backing as Prime Minister of Australia seems to fly in the face of conventional wisdom that has ruled politics since Bill Clinton successfully stumped for U.S. president in 1992 on the back of this slogan: It’s the economy, stupid.

In the midst of the storm clouds that have surrounded the global economy during the “Great Recession,” the Australian economy has been a ray of light.

Australia never fell into recession. Rudd was widely credited for successfully steering the nation through the credit crisis, thanks in no small part to its commodities-rich trade with China and other emerging economies.

As recently as six months ago, CNN’s Stan Grant reports, Rudd enjoyed record approval ratings for a sitting prime minister.

What happened?

Two major culprits, both of which have a deep impact on business in Australia: The failure of his emissions trading proposal – which would have introduced tougher cap and trade policies for industrial polluters – and a 40 percent “supertax” planned on mining companies.

A once passionate advocate of reducing global emissions, his softening on the issue upset his environmental base. His support of mining taxes, naturally, upset the nation’s powerful mining interests (at the close of trading in New York, shares of both Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton were up more than 2 percent on the news of a possible leadership shakeup).

Rudd’s inability to steer these two measures created doubt within his own Labor Party that he could successfully lead them to victory in upcoming elections.

Moreover, it appears Rudd alienated the supporters closest too him, who saw him as controlling and mercurial in his leadership style.

Which goes to show that its not always “the economy, stupid,” when it comes to politics. Instead it appears Rudd forgot that other maxim of politics, coined by former U.S. Speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill: All politics is local.

It’s a lesson for executives, too: If you don’t have the support of those around you, you don’t have any support at all.



soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. D Rant

    If you believe Australia's economy is in good shape and out of recession, you're delusional.

    June 24, 2010 at 1:42 am |
  2. Desree Shepherd

    I am so disgusted in the Labor Party for changing leaders, to remove a first term Prime Minister is unheard of, and yes they did remove him by making new alliances. Goes to show how much they care about the voters (we vote them in but they still have last say)... I have always been a labor supporter until now. Kevin Rudd must be sitting in his off pulling all the knives out of his back!

    Charters Towers Australia

    June 24, 2010 at 1:52 am |
  3. John Godden

    Australians know this man gave his all and are grateful for his contribution but they came to recognise he was his own greatest fan. A megalomaniac control freak who's character faults became all too obvious to the Australian public in his disingenuous media performances and his non inclusive leadership style. The public had stopped listening and his colleagues had no choice but to replace him.

    June 24, 2010 at 1:53 am |
  4. Martin Kennedy

    This guy started the ball rolling on the wrong foot by trying to force on us a full blown internet censorship which was optional before he won the election but became mandatory once he got in office. This poisoned his youngest base of supporters who in turn complained long and loud to there parents and anyone who would listen setting the stage for the rolling dictatorship that became Kevin Rudds style of government.

    June 24, 2010 at 1:54 am |
  5. Dietz

    Too bad from a big picture perspective......refused to genuflect before the idol of "climate change". Seems like he was one of the few Western leaders serious about fiscal responsibility and not going the way of Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, etc....

    Anyone running a country (or company) that hasn't "fallen into recession" in this enviroment deserves to keep their job.

    June 24, 2010 at 1:54 am |
  6. pexa

    @D Rant
    It's in better shape then nearly all other developed countries.

    How exactly are we not out of recession? we haven't had a recession to begin with.

    You are the one that is delusional

    June 24, 2010 at 2:04 am |
  7. Jade

    The best thing that Kevin Rudd has done in his time as PM is stepping down. Gillard is no better though.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:17 am |
  8. Chris

    Kevin Rudd failed to manage the Tall Poppy Syndrome (as demonstrated by D Rant... this is where people try to cut others down who they believe have "got too big for their boots"... not appearing like an ordinary person).

    He made mistakes yes, but most critically he lost his way when he focused so hard on hard work, a task orientation, and failed to back it up with political skills and relationship building.

    Kevin Rudd is an outstanding individual. His long list of achievements are truly remarkable.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:22 am |
  9. Tyler

    The only reason our economy is a ray of light is because of Howard. He kept the economy strong till the day he was outsed, Rudd just rode his coat tails.

    Rudd is a Dudd, Gillard is worse...

    June 24, 2010 at 2:26 am |
  10. David

    Its interesting to see what policies and issues are being reported by the worldwide media on this story. There is a grab bag of real issues they havent mentioned, such as the home insulation debacle that cost lives and resulted in burning houses, the refusal of Rudd to accept real responsibility for the programme, the medical insurance rebate issue, a stunning increase in people smuggling, a budget defecit, government advertising spending policy backflips, his temper, his vicious treatment of staffers, the laundry list of broken promises... theres more to this story than CNN and other media outlets are letting on. At the end people just didnt like Kevin Rudd the person.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:31 am |
  11. aussie

    @D rant

    Australians never went into recession. trust me as one i would know. when the world went into recession nothing changed here so have a think why don't you... we have a strong economy investigate before you say something as stupid as that.
    your delusional not australian

    June 24, 2010 at 2:32 am |
  12. Peter A

    D Rant.

    There was a downturn but no recession.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:34 am |
  13. J Jeckeln

    D Rant should get his facts straight. Australia never went into recession and we faired better than most countries – no small part because the liberals left while the country was in the black economically. It was Swan who was Treasurer when everything went south. That being said, the country has to be better off with out Kevin Rudd, who was a legend in his own mind. Bring on the election!

    June 24, 2010 at 2:35 am |
  14. Dawn Novak

    So we vote in a left-wing Labour party that I believe has been the best government we have had in years and the hardcore right-wingers come right in and disrupt our judgement as much as they can. Seems no matter how hard we try, the right wingers always get the final say. This has not gone un-noticed.

    Kevin you were a good guy, Julia you have our support. And the right wing has only made me more determined than ever to keep the left in power.

    Hornsby, Sydney

    June 24, 2010 at 2:40 am |
  15. Peter A

    Rudd’s fall: It’s not always the economy, stupid... The same could be said when PM John Howard was voted out of office back in 2007, when the economy was fairly strong.

    The last time Australia was in recession was in 1992/93 and the Australian public voted then PM Paul Keating back into power.... so it’s not always about the economy.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:42 am |
  16. willnotbeshutup

    Crazy turn of events. Poll at: http://wp.me/pXIwk-1c

    June 24, 2010 at 2:47 am |
  17. Fin

    In point of fact, Australia is not a G-7 nation but a G-20 nation.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:52 am |
  18. Jess

    I miss KRudd already.

    From his speech today you can see how much he cared about the achievements his leadership has made in the past 2.5 years.

    Yes, he stopped communicating properly and hasn't seemed the same in the last year. But he was a great PM and will be missed.

    I hope Gillard does a good job, and personally she seems to really care about the Australian people, but watching her speech today she seemed to have been more interested in making sure Labour won at the next election rather than improving policies.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:53 am |
  19. P. Darvio

    The people of Australia are thick as bricks as they have now twice, effectively, booted out 2 Prime Minister who were doing a good job for no reason other than they are brain washed by the local media over trival issues.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:54 am |
  20. Jess

    And on the mining note. Maybe the mining companies should have stopped wasting MILLIONS of dollars from their PROFITS trying to steer the population against Rudd's tax policy. Then the executives would have been able to have a couple extra million dollars in their bank accounts before the policy took some extra future profits.

    Wouldn't the tax have benefited their lives and families too? Putting money back into the country to update infrastructure, school systems, health etc ahead of the game?

    As usual someone's good intentions has been crushed because of greedy executives. I guess Australia is becoming more like the US everyday.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:57 am |
  21. Luxy

    Rudd did not soften on the ETS, but it was turned down 3 times in the senate...either way ppl are not happy having sumone on power when they did not even elect her...who can we vote for now??? I got no faith in either party more so now

    June 24, 2010 at 3:06 am |
  22. TF

    @ D Rant

    Where have you been, mate? Australia came close, but never slipped into recession, largely thanks to Rudd taking immediate action and pumping money that had been stacked up by the Liberals into the hands of the people – who then spent it and kept the economy going. A surplus is worthless if it's held up like a golden calf to be worshipped while the country goes down the tubes of recession. Yes, there was and still is an economic downturn (no-one knows it better than small business owners like me), but Australia never went into a recession at any point.

    The problem with many Australians is that they watch American newscasts and decide that what is happening in America is what is happening in Australia. This has been beautifully illustrated today by all the whingers saying that they "didn't vote for Gillard, they voted for Rudd". In actuality, in Australia, one votes for a party, not for a candidate. Voting for a candidate is an American thing – not Australian.

    Perhaps, D Rant, you have been watching too much CNN and think that is all about Oz?

    June 24, 2010 at 3:43 am |
  23. Ian Mac

    Interesting change, but like to like IMHO. I have nothing against female PM's, but I dont feel Gillard has any better credentials to lead this country. Or represent us in the international arena.

    Where are the true leaders? I'd suggest Australian politics lacks such a thing.

    I'm no Howardite, and I disliked Costello. But oddly if Costello came back today and led the Liberals I'd vote for them in lieu of the Labour party...who seem to lack any real sense of direction in the way they lead this country.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:48 am |
  24. SL

    @ P. Darvio. This was a party decision that the Australian public had no say in. The Australian public did not "boot" Kevin Rudd out of office. Perhaps you should look at all the facts before making assumptions about the intelligence of an entire country.
    This was a show of big business flexing it's muscles in the political arena. The mining profits tax was the nail in the coffin of Kevin Rudd's leadership. The Australian public know there will never be true democracy in this country while big business is still pulling the strings of the puppets we call politicians.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:17 am |
  25. Graham V

    The only person who brought down K. Rudd downfall , was himself.
    He stopped listening to the Australian people months ago. We all know that he has many leadership errors. However, charging out the Henrys' mining tax report as his golden egg was the end of it. I don't think anyone in Aust minds some level of increase in mining tax, however , trying to bulling mining companies and aust people into it, is not the Australian way. A bully never wins in the end.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:18 am |
  26. Disenfranchised Aussie

    Australia is a socialist hellhole with a garbage constitution, no bill of rights, and clearly undemocratic. I am Australian, I wish I wasn't.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:37 am |
  27. Anti Mafia

    Good luck, I wont be happy until all the mafia boys get their greedy paws of the tilt. I know first hand how these thugs operate and 70% of the labor government are mafia kingpins. Communist in disguise, they gave state sponsored stealing a new term, social justice. Cannot wait till they are out of office all together, only a few more months.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:01 am |
  28. RG

    It is a sad day when the NSW State Labor party 'leadership merry-go-round' enters the Federal arena. Rudd appears,fatally, to have won few friends in Caucus but I thought his performance was generally very good. As a voter who votes on merit rather than tribal allegiance I am amused by the liberal (conservative)stalwarts who trot out that "labor got us into debt' when economists consider that saved our economy {esp jobs} . Blaming Rudd for insulation deaths was as logical as then Minister of Health Abbot being expected to take the rap for dodgy surgeons in Queensland. Even many Liberals support a profit based tax on the mining Industry as easier and fairer than royalties.
    The Apology, fairer workplace laws, signing Kyoto, National Broadband, health reform, surviving the GFC....an impressive legacy that would have seen him reelected (recall the Rudd v Abbott health debate anyone??!!). A sad day

    June 24, 2010 at 5:08 am |
  29. kolzy

    You dont know what you have till its gone.

    Its a sad day for Australia. K Rudd kept us out of recession. Anyone who lived or travelled overseas during the height of the financial crisis would know how well we have weathered the storm.

    Who is running the country now the miners or Julia Gillard. Im from WA and am disgusted that we don't have the health reforms and the response to the mining tax. Barnett your an idiot who is protecting yoru own interests not the people

    Wake up

    June 24, 2010 at 5:18 am |
  30. Michael Patek

    DANGEROUS FOR DEMOCRACY ! . . . . . for years to this very day and moment our nations Politicians and the Media endlessly hide the truth upon this PRIME MINISTERS CRIME and this 35 Year long epic event evil and enormous Humans Rights Crime upon the PATEK WORK PARTY in CHINA & AUSTRALIA & ASIA ! Over 10,000 Public Record Papers and Everest In Evidence confirm that even KEVIN RUDD has had a very serious connection and involvement with this Gangsterism in the Governments of Australia ! The reality is that the Impossible – Ispossible in that this Grand Crime Game and Mafia Gvt Mania may in fact be one of the ever more secret reasons that led to the dismissal of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd !

    June 24, 2010 at 5:24 am |
  31. Jon Bassett

    A couple of corrections for your lead blurb on the web and the story: Gillard was voted in at 9am today (June 24th), Eastern Australia Standard time (that's THURSDAY!) and if Australia every reaches the G7 then it will be full from all the North American, British, European and Japanese refugees rushing from their countries' economic collapses. We're in the G20, just. Fingers crossed we somehow manage to stay there.

    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 am |
  32. STEVE YUNG

    I think AUSTRALIAN POLITICIANS are very naive & fragile!!!
    It is pity for AUSTRALIA not learning from USA & RUSSIA!!!
    If you want STRONG NATION with RICH ECONOMY, you need
    to have GOOD LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT such as
    MAGGIE THATCHER & RONALD REAGAN!!!
    VALDIMIR PUTIN is STRONG LEADERSHIP too!!!
    MAY be AUSTRALIANS should return to GREAT BRITAIN for more
    POLITICAL SCIENCES education???
    CHINA is a good teacher too with DENG XIAO PING!!!
    I might never visit AUSTRALIA??!!

    June 24, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  33. scorpion

    the guy was an idiot, it just took a while for some people to catch on.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  34. patricia

    En masse all most fo the australian population care about is theri SPORT.If they put as much interest, energy and money into who governs them as they do into sport, we'd have a government to be proud of. Al you have to do is look ast the photogrphers and journo's and these are supposed to be reasonably intelligent people – bullies thats all. Pat NSW

    June 24, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  35. Jas.

    Yung your an idiot and "Disenfranchised Aussie", hand in your passport and dont come back. You belong with the septics and they are welcome to you. Your a perfect example of why some in the animal kingdom eat their young. Moron.

    June 24, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  36. Joel Schubert

    The problem with Australia is a massive bias in the media. The media is an important at delivering checks and balances, and the media has been solely representing the interests of the Liberal party. It skews the facts against Labor, leaving the Liberals with nothing to do but to reinstate what the media has said. Their is no channel that represents labors views, putting us all at risk of our views being skewed by the media mongrels.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  37. Moya

    Thank goodness they got rid of Kevin Rudd. He would definitely lost the next election. I know several die-hard Labor voters who were switching to the Greens (and NOT giving preferences to Labor) who will now reconsider under Julia Gillard. I think she'll win next election. She'll make Tony Abbott the opposition leader look weak.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  38. Waheed

    Too bad for the Prime Minister of Australia, it should be hounrable event not brutus you too style.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  39. shirley Murray

    Our empathy for Kevin Rudd. Not because of what happened – BUT HOW it happened. My Parents used to talk of how the water front Unions ran Melbourne and we know Kevin Rudd ousted Beasley (who is a gentleman) not that long ago however, who would have any faith in what Gillard says? At least Tony Abbott is honest an open. The manner of Kevin Rudds demise gives little dignity to Australia.Also alarm for it's future. The Liberals willl have to be forthright and positive about their directives and ambitions to get the Nation back on track. To all the Rudd Family, our empathy – we do believe you did not deserve such a happening.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  40. Colin

    How I do miss Australia. I was there a couple of years ago and was fascinated about everything including the politics. I just hope this is not a mistake. There is already a black cloud here forming over Obama and I believe Americans are going to make another stupid mistake. Please Australia! Be careful. Don't live up to the quote that people deserve the government they elect.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  41. Jovial Monk

    Rudd is a great man. This morning my eyes were tearing listening to his concession speech: in it he was listing the huge achievements of his government to date. Keeping us out of recession and doubledigit unemployment was a major feat which owed nothing to previous PM Howard!

    The UK PM's recent Sorry speech was an almost direct lift from Mr Rudds Sorry speech to the Stolen Generation.

    But he was not really a team player and relied on bad advisers.

    Julia will be much more direct.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  42. johnson

    Guess nobody really cares that this is the same man who's been trying (very successfully) to give the entire country away to China for the past few years.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  43. It's freedom of the Internet, stupid

    Conroy and his dictatorial stance on Intenet filtering without transparency and accountability has to be next to go....

    June 24, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  44. Zaida Adams

    It's not an easy job running a country. I applaud you for your services, Mr Rudd. To you, and your family, my heart is with you. You did not deserve this. God bless you all for holding your heads high and spirits bright.

    To the Labor Party, shame on you. Your actions today were despicable. You could have let Mr Rudd walk out with dignity and grace (only had 5 months of term to go), but how would that serve you in the coming election? I can tell you this, you've lost my vote for your lack of moral dignity. It just wasn't morally right.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  45. Scott Hillard

    Australians vote in Liberal Governments for as long as they can stand them, and Labor Governments for as long as they can afford them. Kevin 07/Gone By 11 spent the treasure – we can't afford his kind anymore. Good riddance to bad rubbsh.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  46. Adam

    Kevin Rudd is most stupid PM in the Australian 221 years history

    June 24, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  47. Dave

    So people are already trying to re-write history?

    The GFC hit 8 months BEFORE the election that ousted John Howard. Interest rates were in freefall, things were going into the crapper everywhere until after the election and Krudd starting throwing money around. Jeez, it was only 2 and a half years ago and already the closest Liberal posters here are deliberately misrepresenting the facts.

    Krudd got on the nose with Aussies because he came across as an elitist knob. His grand schemes have cost us billions and he passed the buck repeatedly instead of stepping up an accepting responsibility for what he put into action. His tantrums and hissy fits were also the stuff of legend and eagerly reprinted in the media.

    The Labor Party historically was all about the 'Working Man' or 'Blue Collar' mans party. Kevvy Rudd had about as much in common with the average 'Working Man' as Paris Hilton does with morals. Blokes like Krudd and Swan are typical of the 'new Labor' that most Aussies despise. A virtual carbon copy of the Libs.

    The funny thing I found today, the faux anger about 'back room stabbings' gave us a 'Prime Minister we never elected'...you are kidding right? And mostly from the same people who for the past 2 years have been bitching how bad Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party is! They seem to forget that the only period of stability the Liberal Party has ever seen in 50 odd years is the 10 years 'Honest' John was in power....after he knifed all his predecessors...several times. Paul Keating took over from Bob Hawke after a back room deal. Its nothing new.

    I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning ;)

    June 24, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  48. Khoo Boo Boon

    Kevin Rudd does not strike me as a pragmatist. He is so dogmatic that he won't accept anyone else point of view and make the necessary changes in policies in the light of so much opposition. Facing reality and accepting what can and cannot be done takes a lot of courage and he has effectively demonstrate this inability and paid a price.

    Manila, Philippines

    June 25, 2010 at 2:11 am |
  49. Jason

    I'll leap to D Rant's defence here. The statement was "If you believe....", obviously everyone having a shot at the comment here does believe Australia avoided a recession. What Rudd did was take a large surplus and spent it to fill the GDP growth numbers by channeling the funds through union dominated industries, particularly construciton (BER program) where they took their kick back for putting him in power. On the surface a recession was avoided but only by a small minority getting rich in the process, but at the ground level little changed and D Rant is making a point that most people are probably seeing recession type conditions despite the numbers saying otherwise. It's funny that what Labor did is actually very similar to what the US did in TARP and the plethora of other funding lines to try and prop up their economy. Both had to stimulate the economy and both chanelled that money via groups with the primary interest of taking a large cut for themselves first. It's quite interesting also that in both cases the chosen groups also control the government, Wall Street and their lobbyists with Congress and Unions with Labor. It's the same scam the world over........

    June 25, 2010 at 5:49 am |
  50. aussiegirl

    @Steve Yung

    please feel free not to come to australia.

    far be it for me to stereotype, but at least Australia chooses its government and accedes that there have been mistakes made in some of their decision (for the most part), as opposed to your countrymen.

    The leaders you named, by the way, aren't exactly top of the humanitarian list either, and some things are more important than money.

    June 25, 2010 at 5:58 am |
  51. Anthony

    Kevin, Kevin, Kevin, I wish I wanted to feel sorry for you...but some how you brought this all on yourself. You are the weakest link, good bye!

    June 25, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  52. jacksonAUS

    It was a COUP it was not about the economy, CNN it is undemocratic for the fractional leaders of the Labour party to install a Prime Minister. Australian people have a right to democratically elect there Prime Minister. That right was stolen. THIS WAS A COUP. ABC and Sky News Knew their was a leadership challenge before Government Ministers did. Australian is not Fiji,Pakistan ect.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/06/23/2935349.htm

    June 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  53. Gene Downs

    The great defenders of workers rights -

    Aussie mateship -

    June 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  54. Anton

    This qustion keeps repeating in my head...is there any real difference between the thugs that rule countries like Iran, Burma, North Korea, Zinbabwe etc ad nausam and the thugs that took out an elected PM of a first-world country? So much for 'western democracy'!

    June 25, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  55. Zane

    This was not the first time a sitting Aussie PM was replaced outside of an election....and i doubt it will be the last

    June 26, 2010 at 3:25 am |
  56. richard

    Australia has never had a visionary government determined to make the hard decisions necessary for the strategic success of our country. The treatment of Rudd illustrates this in a profound way .
    It`s not just "all about the economy stupid", or even , "it`s all about staying in power regardless of principle', as this situation illustrates.
    It`s supposed to be about governing "the country" – read , "the people" , in a way that ensures our countinued growth , success , progress and security , not just in the next three years , but for the next one hundred years. Unfortunately , in this australian culture we live in , everybody wants what is best for them , and not what is best for the country-we truly deserve the dictatorship form of government that is forming

    June 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  57. Michael

    I agree with the last comment from Richard.

    When this first happened, I was in absolute disbelief and viewed it as an utter disgrace. Yet again the back room power brokers pull a swifty and disbatch a PM who untill 6mths ago was still velry popular and seen as doing a good job and 2 and half years ago, took Labor out of the political wilderness after 12yrs, pretty much on his own.

    In the cold light of day I understand why they did it. Gillard now has the ability to completely back flip on every policy Labor have had for the last 12mths and to completely disown the policy failures such as the Home Insulation scheme and the Schools Building scheme. It was actually a pretty neat trick, there is no wasy Rudd could have done this particularly on the Resources Super Profits tax withouth losing further credibility. To some degree on this point Rudd had made his own bed and had to sleep in it.

    Oh well, looks like old Labor is back with the back room shenanigans. I would have preferred they just stick to their guns and keep Rudd and their policies. It is "almost" anough to make me vote Liberal again (I did once!) and I would be doing so if Turnbull was still there. I just can't stomach Abott, and I think that may save Labor...this time.

    June 27, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  58. Kim

    Tyler – I could not have said it better myself.

    June 27, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  59. Sam Daniel - Private Banker

    Rudd was the People's Prime Minister.
    Julia is the Unions Prime Minister – a traitor with red Head.
    She is not fit to govern. Bcos the Goevernor General is a Granny with some flesh on her bones., She can be sworn in.

    Rudd on the Other hand should have called the ELEction and showed the Union bosses that they cant win the Federal.

    Await the Arise of the New force in Australian Politics. and we will say that proudly, "Eichben Ostralian" (I am an Australian).

    God Save Ostralia.

    June 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  60. Meredith

    I voted for Kevin Rudd but he lost me good and proper when he decided to change the age from 65 to 67 to be entitled to aged pension. I believed and still believe that this was a cruel decision which was not debated and therefore he deserved everything he got.

    June 29, 2010 at 9:53 pm |
  61. Omar Haleem

    I think it's about time that a woman led this country. She genuinely cares and will perhaps set the stage for other nations to try giving women a chance. If this lady utilizes her nations brightest minds and inspires the youth to contribute towards making Australia an example of excellence and an inspiration for other nations of the world, it will be a legacy worth leaving. This world needs more women in leadership positions, Go Julia!

    June 30, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  62. Kumar

    Rudd’s fall: It’s not always the economy, stupid – IT IA HIS RACIAL ATTITUDE. HE IS NOT WANTED BY ICC(INTERNATIONAL CRICKET CLUB) as a candidate for Vice Presidentship also.

    July 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  63. hari

    Mr Rudd was too RACIST, INTIMIDATING, US Sucking Idiot.

    I think people dint like him for his inferior taunts against AUS.
    he is also negligent in handling Asylum seekers, which is his
    big blow i believe.

    July 5, 2010 at 3:11 am |
  64. Dougie Doon

    With Gillard in power australia has the ability to have the strongest (free) education system, her loyalty lies with her strong family morals. Rudd came in from infrastructure he was lacking a certain passion. I saw him during question time in canberra, he chuckled at everything.
    Gillard is a positive step the first Ranga PM

    July 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  65. Leonard Limpus

    Bi-partisan support for callous human rights abuse, fueled by xenophobia, and fostered by politicians who lack the moral fibre to stand up for what's right, and educate the public rather then cater to it, combined with a voting system that compells giving preferences that support such attitudes which are repulsive to human decency disenfranchises me this election.

    The real loser of the of the 2010 election will be the party which wins it and implements these policies. When the nation comes to its senses history will condemn them and no-one would pride themselves in an assocation with it.

    July 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm |

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