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Kevin Rudd Sworn in as new Australian Prime Minister

June 29th, 2013

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  • A leadership spill in the Australian Labor Party, the party of government in the Parliament of Australia, was held on 26 June 2013.
  • Prime Minister Julia Gillard called a ballot for the Leadership and Deputy Leadership of the Labor Party, following persistent leadership tensions.
  • It is to be noted that in Australian politics, a leadership spill is a declaration that the leadership of a parliamentary party is vacant, and open for re-election.
  • A leadership election may result in a new leader, or may confirm the status quo.
  • If the party in question is in government, the election of a new leader will result in a new Prime Minister, Premier or Chief Minister; if the party is the opposition, the election of a new leader will result in a new Opposition Leader.
  • After Gillard’s announcement, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that he would challenge Gillard.
  • 102 members of the Labor caucus from the House of Representatives and the Senate were eligible to vote, with 52 votes needed to win.
  • All caucus members voted and Kevin Rudd won the ballot by 57 votes to 45, therefore becoming Leader of the Labor Party for the second time.
  • 55-year-old Rudd was subsequently sworn in as Prime Minister for the second time on 27 June, with Anthony Albanese being sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister.
  • Rudd took the oath at a short official ceremony at the Government House in Canberra in front of Governor-General Quentin Bryce.
  • The leadership change comes just three months ahead of the country’s general elections, which surveys suggest the Labour is set to lose..
  • It is to be noted that Rudd previously held the post of Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, and Labor Leader from 2006 to 2010.
  • He is the first former Prime Minister to return to the office since Robert Menzies in 1949.

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