Newspoll in the field 27-29 October
Primary vote: ALP 36, Coalition 412PP: ALP 46, Coalition 54PM approval: 35, disapproval 51Preferred PM: Gillard 45, Abbott 34Asian Century white paper
Excerpts of McKew’s book
in Fairfax papers26 Oct
Coverage of Maxine McKew’s book.
24 Oct SMH covers union poll.
23 Oct Kevin Rudd announces campaign t-shirt competition.
22 Oct Union polling leaked to the Australian.21 Oct Maxine McKew calls for the ALP to bring back Rudd as a prominentpublic force, in an interview before the release of her book.
19 Oct Aust wins seat on UN Security Council.18 OctPhillip Coorey
KEVIN Rudd has beat a steady drumbeat this week. He began bytweeting about his sick cat. On Wednesday, he used his considerablepopularity to campaign in the marginal seat of Banks, in south-western Sydney. On Wednesday night he conducted a wide-ranginginterview on the ABC program Lateline in which he called for an endto personal attacks pervading politics and a return to policy debate.This morning on Brisbane radio, he lamented the slow pace of reformin the Labor Party, recounted the trauma of losing the leadership, andexpressed hope that the mining tax, watered down after he wasdumped as leader, would make the revenue it was forecast to make.Mr Rudd was dumped in June 2010 in the middle of a fight with themining companies over his mining tax. His supporters freely admit theformer prime minister is repositioning himself for the leadership butinsist there will be no challenge and the caucus must come to realiseit needs him to win the next election.
18 Oct Kevin Rudd on ABC Radio in Brisbane
17 Oct Kevin Rudd interview on Lateline, calling for more civility in politics
17 Oct Robert McClelland criticises
role of PM’s office in Australia