Kevin Rudd's extraordinary political resurrection has made headlines around the world - not all of them are good. The New York Times declared that Mr Rudd's 57-45 ballot win on Wednesday night was “one of the most sensational political comebacks in Australian history”. But other organisations have mocked the high drama and instability of Australian politics, with the Huffington Post listing both Mr Rudd and Julia Gillard as among the world's "most shocking political backstabbers".
WHEN Julia Gillard stopped the crowd at the National Press Club in January with an election announcement seven months early, the consensus called it a smart move.
Federal budget takes $17 billion hit. Another broken promise: The Gillard government cancelled a family benefits boost that would have provided up to $600 extra a year to eligible Australian families. 2 weeks ago Swan said the budget deficit would be $7bn; last week Gillard said $12bn; this week Penny Wong says it will be $17bn. All this despite revenue going up by 7% this year. Voting them out in September can’t come soon enough.