PHOTO: AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE EQUALITY
It’s official – Kevin Rudd has come to his senses, officially changing his stance on marriage equality. In a blog post on his site last night, the former prime minister wrote: “I have come to the conclusion that church and state can have different positions and practices on the question of same sex marriage. I believe the secular Australian state should be able to recognise same sex marriage.”
The reversal follows his vote against a marriage equality bill last year – he was one of 98 MPs who voted against the bill. The change, he says, is a result of “a lot of reflection” and “conversations with good people grappling with deep questions of life, sexuality and faith.”
It’s a move that will most likely make the controversial politician more popular with the people, but get him into strife with his party as he upstages Prime Minister Julia Gillard once again.
After a failed challenge last year, former prime minister Kevin Rudd promised to not challenge again and to sit, content and loyal, on the backbench.
We’re less then 7 months out to this year’s election, and the leadership of Julia Gillard seems plagued with Labor doubt. But who else can save Labor from an election wipe out?
The options for a new leader seem to be three men: Kevin Rudd, Bill Shorten or Simon Crean.
It’s been a long and tumultuous year for Australian federal politics. The hung parliament has provided us with many scandals, a leadership challenge and some seriously weird moments. Here’s our favourite political moments that left most Australians thinking, “What the hell?”
1. Craig Emerson breaking into song and dance
During an ABC interview about the carbon tax, Trade Minister Craig Emerson broke into a Skyhooks-inspired rendition of Whyalla Wipeout.
The awkward pause while the music started is enough to make most of us cringe, but it’s the weird head-bob that you can’t turn away from.
On Saturday, the Labor Party celebrated five years of government. It seems hard to believe, but it’s true: half a decade has passed since Australians flocked to election booths to vote out John Howard’s Liberal government, and to vote in Kevin Rudd’s Labor Party.
It must have been a bittersweet day for Rudd, as he and the rest of the Labor Party reflected on their successes.