Kevin Rudd resigned as Australian Foreign Minister in a midnight speech from Washington. It resembled his midnight speech after he was removed as Prime Minister; a desperate attempt to appeal to the people over the head of caucus. He will now return to Australia, consult, and issue a statement as to his intentions. There has been a long destabilisation campaign against Gillard – run extensively in the Murdoch media and on Sky.
Right figures such as Richardson and Loosely support Gillard; left leaders such as Doug Cameron and independents such as Bruce Hawker support Rudd.Richardson said on Sky that stories were about to appear that showed Rudd had been active in destabilising Gillard so he had to make a pre-emptive move.
Nobody seems to think Rudd has the numbers to win a ballot this week; the issue will be whether he stays on the back bench and continues to undermine. I can’t see that lasting.