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Gillard expresses ‘surprise’ over Rudd’s refusal to challenge her in leadership poll

Last Updated: Friday, March 22, 2013 - 14:19

Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has conceded she was ‘surprised’ after Kevin Rudd chose not to contest against her in leadership ballot.

Gillard has given her first interview after surviving the leadership showdown, talking about how she spent the night at home alone with her dog Rueben.

According to, Gillard gave a jovial interview with controversial radio host Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O on Sydney’s 2DayFM.

She also said that any future agitating for a Kevin Rudd return would be laughed off.

Gillard said that if anybody wanders into a journalist’s office in the future claiming to have the numbers sheet they will be met with laughter.

She said she expected more people in her team would stand down after the resignations of key Rudd backers Richard Marles, Joel Fitzgibbon, Ed Husic and Janelle Saffin from senior positions.

But asked specifically on the future of senior cabinet ministers and Rudd backers Chris Bowen and Kim Carr, the Prime Minister would not be drawn, the report said.

Gillard responded by saying that she will consider that and look at what is the best team to go to the election, adding that she is not dealing with issues of the ministerial reshuffle now.

Jackie O sympathised with the Prime Minister about working in a male-dominated environment.


First Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 - 14:19

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