BREAKING: Australian leadership ballot result

Julia Gillard has trounced Kevin Rudd 71-31.

As one tweet remarked:

“You will sit quietly on the back bench for 18 months, won’t you, Kevin?”

Will the independents call a no confidence vote? Unlikely.

Labor still in a quandary: voters prefer Rudd, caucus prefers Gillard. Voters hate Gillard, caucus hates Rudd…

More later.


  1. So the debacle continues

  2. This is about drudging up public support for Rudd don’t worry he will be back the plan is so obvious

  3. Ashley Nero via Facebook says:

    Makes no difference who won. Labor is just delaying the inevitable. The Coalition will be liking this.

  4. or maybe not… recount in progress. On the upside it’s been almost a week without an new ALP tax. Hope they keep up the infighting and leave us alone !

  5. Looks like it was actually 71 to 31. Good. That means Rudd can continue to destabilise the government.

  6. Who cares, they’re both crap!

  7. Rudd wins…who cares? Gillard wins…who cares? Neither deserves to be leader and the Aussie voter knows it. Obviously Rudd and Gillard haven’t picked up the voter vibes yet. Just leave them (and Labor) wallow in fantasy land.

  8. … and voters hate the Carbon Dioxide Tax / Labor and the Greens love it, which is exactly why they’re in this leadership tussle.

    … and what has Labor learnt from that – absolutely NOTHING!

  9. Whoever wins … we lose.

  10. Look at those her pathetic supporters! Please fearless leader lead us into your wonderful clean energy fuchca!

  11. agwnonsense says:

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful (however unlikely) if KKrud quit his seat and brought down the whole house of cards(or is it dunny wrap) or on the other hand did they cook this up to hide something else like a job for Kruddy at the Useless Nations.

  12. agwnonsense says:

    I was also wondering why anyone would have anything to do with a mob that can’t even spell LABOUR ?!?!?!?! basic primary school spelling.

  13. The latest Essential Media report has Labor on 45% and the Liberal/Nationals on 55% on 2PP.

    Labors primary vote has slumped to 33% – about the same as Kevin Rudds support inside the Labor party … and he lost!

  14. Graham Richards says:

    Scary Obituary
    In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

    “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
    A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.

    From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

    “The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
    From bondage to spiritual faith;
    From spiritual faith to great courage;
    From courage to liberty;
    From liberty to abundance;
    From abundance to complacency;
    From complacency to apathy;
    From apathy to dependence;
    From dependence back into bondage.”

    The Obituary follows:
    Born 1776, Died 2012. It doesn’t hurt to read this several times.

    Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:
    Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
    Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
    Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
    Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1

    Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was
    mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

    Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income
    tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”

    Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
    “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler ‘s definition of democracy,
    with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached
    the “governmental dependency” phase.

    If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal
    invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say goodbye to the
    USA in fewer than five years.

    Maybe we need some similar analysis of where we in Australia are headed under either a Coalition or Socialist Labor government

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