Australia's Rudd 'a changed man'

2013-06-30 10:25
(File, AFP)

(File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Sydney - Australia's newly reinstalled Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is a changed man since his first stint in the job, his deputy Anthony Albanese said on Sunday, as a national poll showed the switch in leadership had revived the government's election hopes.

Rudd dramatically retook the leadership on Wednesday, three years after he was suddenly ousted by his centre-left Labour Party, members of which had accused him of non-consultative and dysfunctional government.

But with Labour flagging dismally in the polls, the party dumped Rudd's predecessor Julia Gillard in much the same way, in favour of the man who had led them out of opposition by beating then Prime Minister John Howard in a landslide vote in 2007.

"He has changed," Deputy Prime Minister Albanese told Sky News of Rudd.

"One of the things that occurred during the first term were there were circumstances that weren't foreseen of the global financial crisis. That meant that there were shortcuts in terms of processes. Kevin Rudd has learnt from that."

'Importance of consultation'

Rudd himself has admitted to not discussing policy changes with colleagues during his first term as prime minister, saying he had learnt "the absolute importance" of consultation.

"We can all say it's too busy, there's a global financial crisis going on, sorry colleagues, don't have time, we've got to save the banks from falling," Rudd said on Friday.

"These all seem pretty good justifications at the time but frankly decision making is always much better when it can be done collegiately."

Albanese said the sudden removal of Rudd by Gillard back in 2010 had had consequences with Australians who had voted for him in droves.

"People know Kevin Rudd. People trust Kevin Rudd. People like Kevin Rudd," Albanese said, adding that Labor now had a chance of winning the upcoming election.

The Galaxy poll published in News Limited papers appeared to support this view, showing that Labour was back within reach of the opposition which was ahead 51 percent to 49 percent in a race between the two major parties.

The survey of 1 002 voters also revealed that 51 percent of those polled believe Rudd would make a better prime minister than opposition leader Tony Abbott (34%). Fifteen percent were uncommitted.

Close poll

The poll follows a survey of 3 018 voters conducted by polling firm ReachTEL for the Seven television network which on Saturday put Labour at 48% against the opposition's 52% - much closer than polls conducted when Gillard was leader.

Rudd, whose ascent to the top job prompted the resignations of several high-ranking ministers including former treasurer Wayne Swan and former trade minister Craig Emerson, is expected to have his new-look Cabinet sworn in by Governor General Quentin Bryce on Monday.

The election date, originally scheduled for September 14, in part so as not to clash with the National Rugby League or the Australian Rules grand finals, could be brought forward, Albanese said.

But he said there was no "rush" to confirm the date.

"There might be some slight change... it won't be on grand final day," Albanese said.

Read more on:    julia gillard  |  kevin rudd  |  australia

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.