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MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH The Hon.

Kevin Rudd MP

STATEMENTTOTHEPARLIAMENTARYLABORPARTYFOLLOWINGTHE REELECTIONOFTHELEADER ***DistributedwiththeapprovaloftheLeaderandtheChairofthe Caucus*** 27FEBRUARY2012

IacceptthewilloftheCaucuswithoutqualificationandwithoutrancour.AndIcongratulateJuliaon herstrongwin. ToeachandeveryoneofmysupportersIsaythankyouitsnevereasybeingpartoftheminority. AndIhaveonesimplerequestforyouall,andthatistouniteunderJuliasleadershiptodo everythingwepossiblycantopreventAbbottfromprevailing. Toparaphrasethenewpoetofourage,Albo,wereheretofightTories,notourselves. TothoseofyouwhodidntvoteformeandwithwhomIvehadgreatconversationsinrecentdays,I thankyouforyourfriendshipandyourcivility. Tothoseofyouwhohavebeenprettyfreeandwillinginyourcharacteranalysisofmeinrecent weeks,Isaythis: Ibearyounogrudges. Ibearyounomalice. AndifIhavewrongedanyofyouinwhatIhavedoneandinwhatIhavesaid,pleaseacceptmy apology. ToJuliaIwouldsaythis:leadershipishardharderinthisParliamentthaninthelast. Youwillhavemyabsolutesupportinyoureffortstobringustovictory.

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Iwillnotunderanycircumstancesmountachallengeagainstyourleadership. Igoonestepfurther.IfanyoneturnsonJuliainthe18monthsahead,ofthetypeIhaveseen reportedinmuchofthepress,Juliayouwillfindmeinyourcorneragainstthem. AndIamreadytohelpinanywaywhatsoeverinmycapacityasMemberforGriffith,asaformer LaborLeader,asaformerLaborPrimeMinister,asaformerLaborForeignMinister,orinanyother capacity. IwillcontinueastheMemberforGriffithandwiththesupportofmylocalcommunity,throughthe nextelectionaswell. Andmyfinalrequestoftheleadernoretributionagainstmysupporters. TheyaregoodLaborpeople,everyoneofthem. TheyallhavegoodLaborvalues. AsdoI. ImproudofthePartyIjoined30yearsago. ThegreatNevilleWranoncesaid,wehaveourbrawls,ourbareknuckledfights,oursquabbles (probablyneverasspectacularasthis)thenwetakeouttheindustrialhoseandwashthebloodoff thewalls,andgoouttogetherasateam. NevillecomesfromthatlesserknownschoolofpoetrycalledtheNewSouthWalesRightschool. Buthesright.SoIdjustsaytomyharshestcritics,Idsuggestwehaveacupoftea,acupofcoffee, orsomethingharder(andIdontmeananIcedVovo)asweseektoputallofthisbehindus. Theacrimonyofrecentweekscannotcontinue. Notonebit. Notforamomentlonger. LetsgotogethertodefeatAbbottanddeliverLaborthevictory. IthanktheCaucus.

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