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Friday 1 December 2006

ALP MP expects Kevin Rudd to win leadership challenge


MARK BANNERMAN: One Labor MP who's welcomed the news of next week's spill is outspoken Tasmanian Lower House MP Harry Quick. 


Mr Quick once referred to Mr Beazley as a "silly old fart" who'd plenty of time to gain power but hadn't. 


He told our reporter Tim Jeanes, he's expecting Mr Rudd to win the leadership in a landslide. 


HARRY QUICK: I've just got off the phone and there's a feeling that this is going to be a tidal wave. There's a realisation that on Monday we need to clean out a whole nest of lackadaisical front bench workers and get a new team in, and the Beazley supporters are just whistling in the wind. 


TIM JEANES: Why would Kevin Rudd make a better leader than Kim Beazley?  


HARRY QUICK: He's more decisive, he's more focused, and there's a real enthusiasm, and he'll produce coherence in the caucus. 


TIM JEANES: How ugly could this battle get? 


HARRY QUICK: There'll be blood on the floor after this. This is a knock-them-out, drag-them-down, real expletive fight. 


TIM JEANES: Now, a couple of months ago, you actually said that you thought it was too late to change leaders. 


I mean, what's changed since then? 


HARRY QUICK: There's a realisation that John Howard will win the next election unless we have an invigorated, fresh-faced, enthusiastic, coherent, policy-driven team, and that's what Kevin and Julia will provide. 


TIM JEANES: What do you think brought this on? I mean, do you think it was the recent events of the Rove McManus gaffe? 


HARRY QUICK: Well, the Rove McManus gaffe was just symptomatic of what is happening in the party and Stephen Smith's absolute disaster. 


The dissent motion against the Speaker when he didn't get the matter of public importance up was poorly organised, poorly implemented, and the back bench just threw their arms up in despair. 


TIM JEANES: Personally, what would this mean to you? I mean, you have been a long-term critic of Mr Beazley. 


HARRY QUICK: A sense of satisfaction, in a way, that we can resolve this, we can all go home at the end next week and enjoy our family and have a great Christmas, hopefully watch some decent cricket on the Boxing Day Test Match as I do with my family in Melbourne. 


TIM JEANES: So, bring it on? 


HARRY QUICK: Bring it on. It'll be interesting, and my staff can't wait to get up there to be part of the process as well. 


MARK BANNERMAN: Well, I'm glad they can't wait. That was Harry Quick, Tasmanian MP.