Alison Rourke Wednesday 26 June
Australia's first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, has been sacked by her party just months before the next election and replaced by the man she ousted three years ago.
After an unprecedented day of political bloodletting in Canberra, Kevin Rudd beat Gillard in a ballot of MPs by a margin of 57 to 45 to become Labor party leader. It is only the second time a sitting Australian prime minister has been removed from their first term in office by their party; Rudd was the first.
Delivering his victory speech, Rudd dedicated himself to winning the election in September. "In 2007 the Australian people elected me to be their prime minister. That is a task that I resume today with humility, with honour and with an important sense of energy and purpose."He also paid tribute to Julia Gillard. "She is a woman of extraordinary intelligence, great strength, great energy. All of you across the nation would recognise those formidable attributes," he said. "Julia has achieved much under the difficult circumstances of minority government, helped by a dedicated set of ministers."...To Read More.....
My Take -I have never understood these parliamentarian governments. They kind of remind me of an unruly school room with cliques, like to jocks in one section, the egg heads in another, and so on.....and each with their own agenda .....and each trying to get the others to play that game they most like, or can be most successful. There is one thing I do like about it though. Everyone can decide to dump the leaders without a time table to prevent it. Maybe its not so bad after all!