Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Prime Minister Julia Gillard Rob Williams

Julia Gillard lashes out at Rudd's 'clumsy' leadership rules

FORMER prime minister Julia Gillard has hit out at the new rules that govern Labor leadership contests, describing them as "a clumsy attempt" for bad leaders to hold onto power.

Shortly after unseating Ms Gillard, Kevin Rudd introduced reforms which give rank-and-file members a say in the party's choice of leader.

The first contest governed by these rules is underway, with Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese beginning a month-long campaign to win the job of opposition leader.

Under the new rules, the only way to then remove the leader would be for 60 per cent of Caucus members to sign a petition requesting a new election.

But Ms Gillard has written in The Guardian that the new rules represent "exactly the wrong approach", protecting poorly performing incumbents instead of the best candidate.

Read more at ABC News Online



'Ipswich's sweet side': Strawberry lovers get behind farmers

premium_icon 'Ipswich's sweet side': Strawberry lovers get behind farmers

Fruit sales and prices recover ahead of "Strawberry Sunday"

Mum is no longer the word on teen pregnancy

premium_icon Mum is no longer the word on teen pregnancy

Classes open for Ipswich teen mums

Third year in a row for Ipswich artist to win top award

premium_icon Third year in a row for Ipswich artist to win top award

The awards are Flying Arts Alliance's annual visual arts prize

Local Partners