Gillard And Abbott Appear On Sunday Talk Shows

With the Parliament adjourned for the year, following a week of invective over the AWU slush fund affair, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott both made appearance on the Sunday morning political talk shows.

The Prime Minister appeared on Channel 10’s Meet The Press, whilst Tony Abbott appeared on Bolt.





Video: Sunday Political Talk Shows

Video of Meet The Press and The Bolt Report.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and independent Tony Windsor appeared on Meet The Press. Liberal Dennis Jensen appeared on The Bolt Report, Grace Collier discussed industrial relations, whilst John Della Bosca and Alexander Downer discussed the political week.


Rudd Announces ALP Caucus Leadership Ballot; Gillard To Challenge

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced that there will be an ALP caucus ballot for the party’s leadership tomorrow morning.

Rudd emerged from a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard to make the announcement at around 10.25pm. He confirmed that Gillard requested a ballot.

Rudd

The announcement followed several hours of feverish speculation, following an ABC report at 7pm that Rudd’s leadership was under challenge. [Read more…]


Swan And Smith Desert Crean For Beazley

Senior shadow ministers Wayne Swan and Stephen Smith have deserted Labor leader Simon Crean and thrown their support behind the return of Kim Beazley.

The ballot for the Labor leadership is scheduled for June 16.

The former leader, Kim Beazley, declared his candidacy on June 06.

Swan and Smith say that a “train wreck” is coming if Crean remains leader. They say that the electorate has stopped listening to Crean. [Read more…]


Alexander Downer And Peter Costello Win Liberal Party Leadership

Alexander Downer won the leadership of the Liberal Party after challenging John Hewson at a partyroom meeting on May 23, 1994.

Downer defeated Hewson by 43 votes to 36. Peter Costello was elected unopposed as deputy leader, replacing Michael Wooldridge.

Hewson had been leader of the Liberal Party since April 1990. He succeeded Andrew Peacock, following the party’s defeat in that year’s federal election. Hewson led the Liberal Party to defeat in the 1993 election. He survived in office for another year before he succumbed to leadership speculation and called a leadership ballot. [Read more…]