I wasn't influenced by Shorten, says Neumann

MOMENT OF TRUTH: Blair MP Shayne Neumann (second from right) accompanies Minister for Workplace Relations Bill Shorten (left) on his way to announce he will support Kevin Rudd in the ballot.
MOMENT OF TRUTH: Blair MP Shayne Neumann (second from right) accompanies Minister for Workplace Relations Bill Shorten (left) on his way to announce he will support Kevin Rudd in the ballot. LUKAS COCH - AAP

BLAIR MP Shayne Neumann has stood by his decision to back Julia Gillard three years ago and vote to remove her as prime minister this week.

His Labour colleague, Oxley MP Bernie Ripoll, will support Mr Rudd despite backing Ms Gillard when she became prime minister in 2010 and again in Tuesday's leadership spill.

The pair will not stand down from their parliamentary positions, which they were promoted to in March when Mr Rudd resigned from the cabinet after a failed leadership challenge.

Mr Neumann remains parliamentary secretary of the Health and Aging portfolio and wants to continue in the role.

He said the final decision would come down to Mr Rudd.

"That's up to the prime minister. It's up to him whether I keep the position," he said.

He said he did not regret the decision he made three years ago.

"I don't regret any decision I have made. That is the past and I want to talk about the future."

Mr Neumann walked by Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten's side to the press conference at which the Labor powerbroker announced his intention to back Mr Rudd against Ms Gillard.

Both Mr Neumann and Mr Shorten had previously staunchly supported Ms Gillard.

But Mr Neumann said Mr Shorten's announcment did not influence his own decision. "Bill made that decision himself. I went out and stood with him because he is my friend," he said.

"I walked with him to the press conference because it was a matter of significance.

"I think Kevin Rudd gives us the best opportunity and chance to stop making Campbell's Queensland into Abbott's Australia."

Oxley MP Bernie Ripoll said he would not step down from parliamentary secretary for the treasury.

"I'm willing to continue to serve, but it is up to Mr Rudd to make that decision. I'm certainly not resigning and I will serve in whatever capacity," he said.

"The party has done two things. It has dealt the leadership once and for all. We had a democratic process and I will always support the caucus and I will be supporting the prime minister."

Mr Neumann's LNP political rival for the seat of Blair Teresa Harding said the electorate deserved to choose their prime minister.

"I think it should be brought forward. It is the only way to bring certainty," she said. "The way I see it is he has the blood of two prime ministers on his hands now."



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