Anthony Albanese
Anthony Albanese

Deputy declares its 'game on' in Qld after Rudd's return

LABOR'S last-minute decision to reinstall Kevin Rudd has prime minister has revived the party's fortunes in his home state of Queensland.

Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he had no doubt Mr Rudd's return would win votes for Labor in the sunshine state, particularly in seats thought to unwinnable only a week ago.

"He gets it. And it will make a big difference," Mr Albanese said.

"We're about winning government, we're not about holding on. Part of the argument in favour of Kevin Rudd's return is the difference it makes."

"I think Queenslanders are understandably proud to have a Queenslander as their PM and for seats including Leichhardt, Herbert, Dawson, Flynn, Capricornia, Longman, Bonner, Bowman, Forde - it's game on."

An Essential poll released on Monday showed 55% of people thought Labor had done the right thing in replacing Julia Gillard with Mr Rudd, with 31% disapproving.

A third of the almost 1000 respondents said they would be more likely to vote Labor because of the change, with 14% of those identifying as Coalition voters.

One in five said they would be now less likely to vote Labor, while 42% said it would make no difference to the way they voted on election day.

Meanwhile, Queensland's Acting Premier Jeff Seeney accused Mr Rudd of "turning his back" on the state after he failed to appoint a single Queenslander to the Cabinet other than himself.

Human Services Minister Jan McLucas is the only Queenslander in the outer ministry, while Shayne Neumann, Bernie Ripoll and Yvette D'Ath remained as parliamentary secretaries.

"How can Queenslanders have any confidence at all that their interests are being represented, when they don't even have a voice in the ministry?" Mr Seeney asked. "It was important for our state to have representation in that inner sanctum where so many of the big decisions are made.

"In one of his many contrived media conferences, the Prime Minister said it wasn't all about Sydney and Melbourne. It seems it's not about Queensland either."

Mr Seeney also called on Mr Rudd to do the "honourable thing:" and set an election date.



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