Gillard and Swan remain after challenge evaporates

Prime minister Julia Gillard and her deputy Wayne Swan will continue in their jobs, after no competing candidates entered the leadership ballot called in Canberra today.


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The race has started Simon. You want to change horses? Sorry mate its to late to put your money on something else. Never mind, some times a bad start can be made up if the horse is a champion.

What a circus and a mess this Govt is and they have controll of our country, I hope all the people that voted them in now relalise what they did and make sure they sack this incompetent Govt, What a joke we must be to other countries

When a country is at war a certain type of leader is required to command, Mr Churchill led UK to win WW11 and twas then replaced with a better peace time leader. Today Australia is in the middle of a global economic war and again, Australia requires a competent leader with the right skills and the ability to cut across political lines and draw upon the 'world class' business experiences we have access to Australia wide. For the countries sake let's put politics behind us (at least for as lon as it takes) whilst together we show the world our capability. We have everything except leadership.

The saddest part is that they had already proved to be a bad, incompetent and wasteful govt at the last election, but they were still voted back in. I've come to the conclusion most people vote for whoever they think is going to give them the most, either by way of pension, social security, health benefits, tax breaks or cash bonuses. For most people voting for a competent govt is secondary.

Julia Gillard is a self centered desperate politician that will do anything to retain her position of power. She took the accolades for being Australia's first woman prime Minister, what a joke. The jewel in the crown, being Australia's first ELECTED prime Minister is still on the table. What a mess. When will we have a Government that Governs

Beware of the ides of March The knives are out and Caesar Gillard is terminal

It should be noted that the 'Ides of March' is the 15th.

A good move from Gillard and for the country. Rudd is by far the peoples choice.

Julia, there is no need, you are doing just fine on your own! Labor has become a toxic political brand, from the complete lack of leadership, poor decision-making, poor policy and total lack of fiscal credentials, from the current crop of encumbents. I am sure those who have supported and believed in Labors core values, must be at an absolute loss. C'mon Australia, lets realise the mistakes of the past and give this shambolic rabble of a govt, their well-earned leave, hopefully for a long long time. It's going to take a fair while and alot of political courage, to fix the mess, they have created, in record time!

'complete lack of leadership, poor decision-making, poor policy and total lack of fiscal credentials'. Yet Australia is booming in comparison to the majority of other developed countries. Your lack of objectivity makes your statement propaganda not fact.

Australia is relatively strong because the last Liberal Government left us debt free!! We cannot forget that legacy. That said, how sad it is to see such a legacy squandered.

I would like to say Australia is relatively strong because of clever fiscal and monetary policy but it is because its banks had little or no exposure to the toxic loans. With regards to the fallacy that Liberal governments are more prudent that Laboor it should also be noted that the Barnett government is $18billion in debt forecast for $24billion this time next year.

All these achievements are despite the Government, NOT because of them. They are the worst of my lifetime.

It may now be up to the Victorian police to help remove this incompetent mob by bringing charges relating to the AWU scandal against the interested party/parties.

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