- From: AAP
- February 27, 2012
TONY Abbott says Julia Gillard's victory in the Labor leadership battle is a stay of execution, rather than a new start for Labor.Ms Gillard on Monday won the ballot against Kevin Rudd, 71 votes to 31.
Mr Abbott said there were still 31 members of caucus who did not have confidence in Ms Gillard. "What I think today is likely to be is not so much a new start for
this prime minister but merely
a stay of execution," he told
reporters in Canberra.
Mr Abbott said there would still be Labor's carbon tax, "border protection chaos" and not enough focus on the jobs of Australian workers. While Ms Gillard was saying a good government had been dragged down by a wrecker, Mr Abbott said it was more likely people would see a bad government exposed by a whistleblower.
"The public will not quickly forget Kevin Rudd's critique that this was a government that was run by faceless men," he told journalists in Canberra. "That this is a government which is actually damaging our country and that this is a government led by someone who has fundamentally forfeited the trust of the Australian people."
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