If the leadership ballot was a public vote, Kevin Rudd would have won because he has the popularity vote with the people as they see him as the better leader over Julia Gillard. The people forget that Kevin had his chance to be the PM, he made mistakes and he was stubborn over many issues while he was in office, that was why he was ousted back in 2010. People lost confidence in him as a leader of the country, his party lost confidence in him as the leader of the Australian Labour Party. He was doing more damage than good the longer he remained in the role of PM. There was a lot of talk at the time within his own party about having Kevin removed as PM in a no confidence vote. People were tiring of the way he was leading both the Australian Labour Party and the country.
Many people have also forgotten that while Kevin Rudd was Prime Minister, while he was feeding his ego and going on a lot of overseas trips, Julia Gillard spent a lot of time running the country during his absence in the role of Acting Prime Minister.
There are those people who hate Julia Gillard because they see her as the one who “knifed Kevin Rudd in the back” because her motive was that she wanted desperately to be PM. She was left with no other choice but to tell Kevin, during a late night meeting, that she was taking over as the PM whether he liked it or not. She was the Deputy Prime Minister at the time and there was many people in the factions of the Australian Labour Party – many of them self serving Independent MP’s who are only looking after their own interests, who feel they are the ones who are really running the country because they get a big say in how the country is run after the last Federal election when many Independents won seats on the Frontbench – people who never did support Kevin or no longer supported him, that wanted him gone. They were the ones who put the pressure on Julia because if she didn’t ask Kevin to step down as Prime Minister, they would have, if they had no other option left, placed that no confidence vote. However, most of them lacked the balls to do the dirty work themselves, as they were looking out after their own careers, and egos. So they got Julia to do their dirty work. Either way, Kevin Rudd’s time as Prime Minister was well and truly up.
When Julia took over from Kevin as Prime Minister, she was up against the wall from day one. She’s had to deal with the factions, the supporters of Kevin Rudd in parliament, as well as the all the people of this country who saw her as the “bad guy”, the failed policies under Kevin Rudd. She also had to deal with the man himself who would undermine her at every opportunity he got and didn’t really give her his support.
The Party have now spoken and have told Kevin Rudd they do not want him to be PM. Hopefully, he stays true to his word and goes quietly to the backbench and not bring up the question of leadership again.
Now that Julia received the majority of the votes in today’s leadership ballot, may the matter now rest so that she can lead the country and the people the best way she can.
I think Julia will be a great PM now after the question of leadership of the country, not just the ALP has been finally settled. She can make changes to the people she wants in the Member’s of the Caucus with a reshuffle of the Cabinet, where some of the Frontbenchers will be removed to the Backbench and vice versa, the new Member’s in the Frontbench will be given new portfolio’s, while those who move to the Backbench will lose their portfolio’s.
Hopefully in the time that there is left before the next Federal election is called, Julia Gillard has the time to gain the trust of the people. I think that now she no longer has the issues of leadership over her head, not to mention the continual in-fighting within the party, she will finally have the time to prove herself as a leader of the country.