As she called the ballot this evening, Ms Gillard set the stunning condition that the defeated candidate must quit politics.“Anybody who enters the ballot tonight should do it on the following conditions: that if you win you’re Labor leader; that if you lose you retire from politics,” she said.
If Rudd can regain the Prime Ministership (it’s not clear yet that he will, according to ABC News), his party still faces a tough fight ahead of it in September. Opposition coalition leader Tony Abbot immediately pointed to the Rudd-Gillard leadership squabble as evidence that Labor is unfit to lead Australia. The next few months should be very interesting for political junkies down under.[When they were friends: Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard in 2006, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.]