Aussie PM Defeated in Duel to the Political Death
Rudd defeats Gillard 57-45, takes back power again
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2013 3:15 AM CDT
Updated Jun 26, 2013 7:36 AM CDT
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd sits in parliament during question time in Canberra, Australia today.   (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

(Newser) – The long struggle between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd for leadership of Australia's Labor Party—and subsequently Australia—is finally over, with Rudd defeating Gillard to take the reins once again. Rudd won a party caucus vote 57 to 45, after Gillard—who ousted Rudd as prime minister in 2010 and fought off a leadership challenge earlier this year—called for another leadership vote earlier today, amid growing internal opposition and slumping public support ahead of an election later this year, Reuters reports.

"Anybody who enters the ballot tonight should do it on the following conditions: that if you win you're Labor leader, that if you lose you retire from politics," Gillard said before the vote, as per the BBC. But Rudd isn't PM again just yet—the change still has to be approved by the Governor-General (the Queen's Aussie rep), and several independent and minority party members, whose support is needed to keep the Labor Party in power, have said they will support a "no confidence" vote against Rudd, the Age reports. That would leave the country in a sticky and unprecedented political situation, reports the News, one that could see the entire Parliament dissolved or conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott being installed as PM.

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Crotalus
Jun 26, 2013 4:47 PM CDT
Australia is a great and wonderful country, with thousands of national treasures to take care of (especially their wildlife). I wish the very best for the people of Australia and their government.
clmsman
Jun 26, 2013 10:16 AM CDT
This progressive bitch was trying to make Australia into western Europe glad this disease has been purged. Aussies are great people they deserve better.
Libris_Fidelis
Jun 26, 2013 6:40 AM CDT
What is this crap about "the queen's representative" having anything to do with Australian politics???? My friend Jonathan says he NEVER votes in Australian politics and now I can see why... a CAUCUS appoints the Prime Minister? THAT IS ANTI-DEMOCRACY! FIRST... Australia is an independent country, yet their population is as brainwashed by English communism as is Canada and New Zealand... the three countries are FREE of the English tyranny! SECOND... Elizabeth Windsor is NOT a queen !!!!! There IS NO MONARCHY in England and if the people in the world would only GROW UP and realize that! The monarchy in England ended in 1824 when Parliament passed the law OVER King George to PREVENT him from ever conducting military operations by sending troops and ships overseas, and since monarchs do not obey law.. MONARCHS ARE THE LAW... a monarchy OWNS every PERSON and THING in the realm of a monarchy, Parliament effectively ENDED the monarchy in passing that law! Thirdly, the Australian political process is a sham of a tyranny. I keep reading in the news media that Australia is a "Democracy"... well that is not a Democracy... Australia has political mob rule, plain and simple. So this Newser news article is bogus in so much as saying that ANYONE won the Prime Minister position... it was APPOINTED without the public consent and participation. THAT IS NOT DEMOCRACY !!!