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Bob Hawke calls time on Kevin Rudd's leadership

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The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP Shadow Minister for Finance, Deregulation and Debt Reduction Chairman of the Coalition Policy Development Committee

Thursday 22 August 2013

Bob Hawke calls time on Kevin Rudd’s leadership

Labor’s unresolved leadership tensions have once again bubbled to the surface this afternoon.

In a massive vote of no confidence in Kevin Rudd, Labor legend Bob Hawke today backed Bill Shorten over Mr Rudd for the Labor leadership.

In a pointed reference to Mr Rudd’s problematic relations with his colleagues and his notoriously abrasive interpersonal skills, Mr Hawke said Mr Shorten was better equipped at dealing with people.

Standing side by side with Mr Shorten at an event in Adelaide, Mr Hawke was asked whether he thought Mr Shorten would do a better job than Mr Rudd.

Mr Hawke replied:

“Ahh... well that’s a good try, on your part but I think comparisons are truth is that Bill has had a longer experience in the labour movement and Trade Union movement and has had more experience therefore in dealing with people at an individual level and that would mean, I think, that his relations with his colleagues would always be easy.”

Mr Hawke’s public intervention today demonstrates a complete lack of confidence in Mr Rudd’s leadership by a revered Labor Party elder.

Mr Rudd doesn’t have the confidence of the majority of his former Cabinet colleagues, and now he doesn’t have the confidence of Labor’s longest-serving Prime Minister.

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