also delivered the country its first female leader and stunned the public.
uncontested vote about 12 hours after she surprised many colleagues by
challenging a prime minister who, until recently, was one of the most popular in
recent Australian history.
Chinese-speaking leaders and for helping to broker the Copenhagen climate change
agreement – showed his party had lost faith that he could win a second term at
national elections due within months.
government and big mining companies over a proposed tax on so-called
super-profits from burgeoning mineral and energy sales to China and India.
promoting the tax, keeping a Labour promise that Rudd broke to never use
taxpayers’ money for political advertising.
counter-advertising that claims the new tax would cost jobs and harm investment
in the mineral sector, which is driving Australia’s economic growth.
on the proposed tax. Opinion polls show the tax debate is doing increasing harm
to government’s re-election chances.
this nation publicly that the government is opening its door and we are asking
them to open their minds.”
backflips, including a decision in April to shelve plans to make Australia’s
worst polluters pay for their carbon gas emissions.
an apparent reference to the backflip: “Julia aim higher on climate.”
so-called emission trading scheme in which polluters would buy and trade permits
for every ton of carbon gas they produce. The Senate has twice rejected the
consensus on how carbon pollution should be priced.
final speech in the prime minister’s courtyard at Parliament House today, saying
he was proud that his first act in government in 2007 had been to ratify the
Kyoto Protocol for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
an emissions trading scheme through this Parliament, although we failed. I’m
less proud of the fact that I have now blubbered,” he joked, as he struggled to
contain his tears.
government “in any manner in which I can be of assistance”.
offices today by Australia’s first woman Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, within
hours of the ballot.
fly to Canada tomorrow for a summit of Group of 20 major economies in Rudd’s
place. He was also elected unopposed. Gillard has yet to announce any other
ministers in her new cabinet.
date as part of Rudd’s four-member inner circle that included Swan and Finance
Minister Lindsay Tanner.
election for personal reasons.
blamed Rudd’s style and inability to clearly communicate for his plummeting
a smarty pants, policy wonk and when he does the human face stuff, he seems a
bit disingenuous to the ordinary person.”
communicator in Parliament – months out from an election was risky for the
government: “We’ve got rid of a successful prime minister after two-and-a-half
years and we’ve never done that before in the past.”
family who migrated to Adelaide when she was 4 years old in search of a warmer
climate for a lung condition.
she has been attacked by some opponents as unsuitable to lead because she is
childless and therefore out of touch with most Australians.
puts the centre-left government neck-and-neck with the conservative
for the first time in more than four years. Rudd is a Labour hero, having led
the party to victory at 2007 elections after 11 years in opposition.
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