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MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH The Hon.

Kevin Rudd MP

STATEMENTTOTHEPARLIAMENTARYLABORPARTY ***DistributedwiththeapprovaloftheLeaderandtheChairofthe Caucus*** 27FEBRUARY2012

Colleagues. IhavereflectedcarefullyonmyremarkstothisCaucustoday. WhenIleftAustraliaaweekagoasForeignMinister,IdidnotanticipatethatIdbestandingbefore youaweeklaterinthisleadershipballot. ItsbeenagreathonourtoservethenationandthePartyasForeignMinister. Itisaprivilegetobeelectedtothisplace. TohaveservedyouasLeader,asPrimeMinister,andasForeignMinister. TogetherIbelievewevedeliveredlastingforeignpolicyachievementsinthebesttraditionsofLabor foreignpolicy. TheestablishmentandconsolidationofAustraliasmembershipoftheG20; ThecreationforthefirsttimeinthehistoryofAsia,asingleregionalinstitutionwithallthe principalplayersofourregion; OurleadershiponLibya,SyriaandSomalia; Thefactthatwearenowthe7thlargestaiddonorintheworld. ThesearegreatLaborforeignpolicyachievementsandwhoeverbecomesthenextForeignMinister, shouldownalltheseachievementswithpride. WeareatourbestwhenweownourLaborlegacy.

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Weareatourworstwhenwedont. ThereasonsformyresigningasForeignMinisterarenowpartoftherecord. ItwasadecisionItookwithaheavyheart. Butgiventhesustainedanduncontestedpublicattacksonmyintegritybycolleagues,IbelieveIhad nochoiceandthatitwasthehonourablethingtodo.NickChampionremindedusofthatprinciple backin2010. Myreasonsforcontestingtheleadershiparedifferent. IdecidedtorecontesttheleadershiponceJuliasaidthatshewoulddeclarethepositionopen. Mycorereasonfordoingsoisthis:forthelast12months,notthelasttwomonths,ortwoweeks, wehavebeenontracktosuffertheworstelectoraldefeatinourhistory. AndIrefusetostandidlybywhilethenextgenerationofLaborleadersiswipedout. Idontwanttoseehardworkinglocalmemberswipedout.Peoplelike: MikeinEdenMonaro LaurainLaTrobe DarreninCorangamite JanelleinPage SteveinHindmarsh IbelieveIamthebestplacedtodefeatAbbottatthenextelection:thepeopletrustme.Theydon't reallytrustAbbott. IhaveexperienceexperienceinnegotiatingusthroughtheGFC.Abbotthasnone.Nordoeshe havethetemperamentforhighoffice. InmyonemajornationalpolicydebateagainstAbbott,attheNationalPressClubonhealthand hospitalsreform,Abbotwasexposedforthehollowmanthatheis. Thetruthis,unlessweturnthetideagainstAbbott,thiscaucuswillbereducedtoarump,andwe willbeoutforageneration. Andeverythingwehavebuiltuptheselast4years,willbetorndown: theNBN; aCarbonPrice; HospitalReform; PaidParentalLeave; thelot Nowtothechargesagainstme. First,itistruethatIswear,andnowthereisdocumentaryevidencetothateffect,itishardtodeny.

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Idoubt,however,thatImexactlyRobinsonCrusoeonthatscore. Second,leadershipstyle,andtheneedforgreaterfocusonthecorechallengesofthegovernment delegatingmore,greaterrelianceontheteam,greaterconsultation. You'dbeamugnottolearnfromtheeventsofJune2010,andIhave. IdrecallthoughSimonCreanscommentsstraightaftertheeventsofJune2010.SimonsaidthenI wasagoodChairofCabinet.ThatIlistenedcarefullytoeachcontribution,thensummarised. IdalsonotetherecentcommentsofRichardMarles,theParliamentarySecretaryinmyown portfolio.RichardisvotingforJuliaforunderstandable,longtermloyalties.RichardwithwhomIve workedintimatelyforoneandahalfyearsnowhasstatedinrecentdayshehashadafirstclass workingrelationshipwithme.Richardisright. Onleadershipstyle,thereisonefurtherthingIdliketoadd.ManagingtheGFC,keepingthe economyafloat,preventingmassunemployment,wasreallyhard.Itwas24/7. Butwesucceeded.EvenwithaPMwhogotgrumpysometime. Thenthereisthethirdaccusation,thatIunderminedthe2010electioncampaign.Thatisuntrue. Thoseresponsibleknowthetruth.Andhistorywillrevealthattruthovertime.Wehavehadafull reportintotheeventsofthe2010election.Itsbeenselectivelyleaked.Itstimeforitalltobe released.Giventheamountofbloodonthecarpetinrecentdays,Icanseenoreasonforthisreport intowhatreallywentwronginthe2010electionnottobereleased. Finally,todaygivesusanopportunitytodealwiththeeventsofJune2010.AsAlbosaidonSaturday whatwasdonein2010waswrong.Thatsthepeoplesview.Thatstheviewoftheoverwhelming majorityofoursupportersandourbranchmembers.Notjustwhatwasdone,buthowitwasdone. Thequestionishowwenowputitright. Thishasbeenadifficult,almostviolent,ballot. Itshouldn'tbelikethat. Whateverhappenshere,wehavetohealtheshow. Notrhetorically. Butinreality. Genuinereconciliation. Otherwisewearealldead,andthehopesofworkingpeopleeverywherediewithus. Andtheremustbenoretributionagainstanybodyinthisroom. IfIsucceed,or,ifIfail,IrespectfullyasktheCaucusforitssupport.

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And,IwillrespectthedecisionoftheCaucus.

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