Rudd Resigns From Gillard Ministry; Late Night Move In Washington

In a late-night move in Washington DC, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has resigned from the Gillard government.

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Rudd called journalists to a Washington hotel at 1.30am local time (5.30pm in Australia) to announce his decision to resign.

Rudd said his job as Foreign Minister “requires the full support of the leader – I clearly do not have that… the only honourable course is to resign”. [Read more…]


David Bartlett Announces Resignation as Tasmanian Premier

4.30pm AEDT – Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett will resign tomorrow. It is expected that his deputy and Treasurer Lara Giddings will succeed him. [Read more…]


Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon Resigns From Rudd Ministry

The Minister for Defence, Joel Fitzgibbon, has resigned from the Rudd government.

Fitzgibbon is the first ministerial casualty since the Labor government was elected in November 2007.

In his letter of resignation, Fitzgibbon says he has reviewed the transcript of proceedings at the Senate Estimates Committee hearing last night. In relation to his brother’s dealings with Humana, an American-managed health insurance company, and Defence officials, Fitzgibbon told the prime minister: “Despite have made it clear to all parties that it was important that I not be involved, I am not satisfied that contact between the various parties leave it clear that I have entirely conformed with your Ministerial Code of Conduct.” [Read more…]


Fidel Castro Does What John Howard Couldn’t!

Cuba’s President Fidel Castro has announced his resignation, after 48 years in power.

The Communist Party leader issued an extraordinary statement on the website of the party’s newspaper, Granma. [Read more…]


Peter Beattie Announces Resignation As Queensland Premier

The Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, has announced that he will retire later this week.

Beattie has been Labor Premier since June 1998, winning re-election in 2001, 2004 and 2006. He will retire as the second longest-serving Labor Premier of Queensland. William Forgan Smith served for 10 years from 1932 until 1942.

  • Listen to Beattie’s Resignation Press Conference (23m – part only):

This is the text of Peter Beattie’s resignation statement.

Peter Beattie, outgoing Labor Premier of QueenslandI indicated in late June that I would be considering my future over the next 12 months. Well I’ve done that. And it’s now time; it’s time for renewal.

And therefore I’ve indicated to my cabinet colleagues, and my caucus colleagues and my workmates that I’ll be resigning as premier as of 10am Thursday. There will be a special caucus meeting on Wednesday at 11am to elect a new leader. [Read more…]


Peter Beattie To Step Down On Thursday

2.45pm – The Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, has announced that he will step down on Thursday.

Peter Beattie, outgoing Labor Premier of QueenslandAt a press conference in Brisbane, Beattie said he looked forward to the election of Queensland’s first female Premier, Anna Bligh.

Beattie said it was “time for renewal”.

He will leave office as Queensland’s second longest-serving Labor Premier.

Beattie was first elected in 1998, as leader of a minority government.

He won handsome re-elections in 2001 and 2004.

Statement issued by Premier Peter Beattie.

“I have given a great deal of thought to Queensland’s future since my speech to the Party Conference in June and those considerations were taken into account at last Monday’s Strategic Cabinet Meeting.

“The Government has a strategy for the future and now we need new leadership to take Queensland forward. [Read more…]


Blair Announces Resignation After Ten Years As British Prime Minister

Tony Blair has announced that he will relinquish the British prime ministership on June 27.

Addressing his party members and supporters in his Sedgefield constituency, Blair confirmed his departure after ten years. He became Prime Minister on May 2, 1997.

  • Listen to Blair’s Resignation Announcement (20m)
  • Listen to Blair and Opposition Leader Cameron in the House of Commons (May 9 – 3m)

Text of Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Resignation Announcement.

Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Great Britain, 1997-2007I have come back here, to Sedgefield, to my constituency. Where my political journey began and where it is fitting it should end.

Today I announce my decision to stand down from the leadership of the Labour Party. The Party will now select a new Leader. On 27 June I will tender my resignation from the office of Prime Minister to The Queen.

I have been Prime Minister of this country for just over 10 years. In this job, in the world today, that is long enough, for me but more especially for the country. Some times the only way you conquer the pull of power is to set it down. [Read more…]