Rudd Says Working Relations With Australia’s Gillard Are ‘Good’
“It’s a good professional working relationship,” Rudd, who was ousted by Gillard in a party room coup in 2010, said in an interview with Bloomberg News in Singapore. “My job as a member of Parliament is to support the government’s selling of its message.”
Rudd enjoyed record-high popularity early in his 31 months in office after defeating John Howard’s Liberal-National coalition government in 2007. He was toppled amid complaints about his autocratic style and in February lost a leadership ballot in which he tried to reclaim the prime minister job from Gillard.
Support for the Labor government climbed to an 18-month high in an opinion poll published this week. Labor’s primary vote rose 3 percentage points to 36 percent, while Tony Abbott’s Liberal-National coalition slid 5 points to 41 percent, according to a Newspoll survey published in the Australian newspaper Sept. 17.
Rudd, who attended the Singapore Global Dialogue conference, said Labor had become “increasingly successful” in articulating what an Abbott-led government would mean for Australia.
That would include cutting public service jobs, “gutting health and gutting education, and not having a credible economic strategy for the country once the mining boom is over,” he said.
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