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Malcolm Turnbull’s Press Conference Announcing His Challenge To Tony Abbott

4.15pm – Malcolm Turnbull has announced that he has resigned from the Abbott ministry and will challenge the Prime Minister for the leadership of the Liberal Party.

Turnbull approached Abbott shortly after Question Time and informed him of his challenge. Abbott has made no public statement yet.

Turnbull held a media conference in the grounds of Parliament House. He said Abbott had failed to provide economic leadership and the government had been behind in 30 Newspolls in a row. [Read more…]


Kevin Rudd’s Second Washington Press Conference After Resigning As Foreign Minister

Having announced his resignation as Foreign Minister at 1.30am in Washington DC, Kevin Rudd has held a second press conference later in the day to comment on reaction to his move.

Rudd left open the possibility that he might challenge Julia Gillard’s leadership of the ALP. [Read more…]


Bob Hawke Repels Leadership Challenge From Paul Keating

Prime Minister Bob Hawke defeated his former Treasurer, Paul Keating, in an ALP caucus ballot on June 3, 1991.

The caucus voted 66-44 to re-elect Hawke. After eight years as Treasurer, Keating went to the backbench.

Hawke served as Treasurer for one day, from June 3 to June 4. He was unable to appoint an acting treasurer because Keating had resigned and there was no-one to act for. John Kerin was appointed Treasurer on June 4.

The following are ABC radio broadcasts from June 3, 1991:

10.45am – ABC radio rolling coverage (48m):

11.00am – ABC News (5m):

12.00pm – ABC News (10m):

12.10pm – The World Today (44m):

Bob Hawke’s press conference following his victory over Keating (17m):

Canberra Times – June 4, 1991 (CLICK TO VIEW FULL SCREEN):

Canberra Times