Rudd return is no ALP circuit breaker
CHANGING prime ministers does not seem to have mollified the Labor party's political opponents in the Bundaberg Region.
The party ousted Julia Gillard in favour of former prime minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday night in a move widely interpreted as an attempt to ease the scale of the defeat it is expected to suffer at the September 14 election.
But Keith Pitt, who will run in the seat of Hinkler for the LNP at the election, said it did not matter which jockey was riding the horse.
"Labor hasn't changed their spots," he said.
"The question for the people of Hinkler is if they want to change the government they have to vote for the LNP.
"If Mr Rudd leaves it too long people will remember why they got rid of him last time."
Rob Messenger, who will be the Palmer United Party candidate for Hinkler, said he was happy the leadership issue was out of the way because the focus could now be on the policy debate.
"My gut feeling is if I was Rudd I would want to flex my muscles as leader, and address some of the policy problems," he said.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said he was deeply disturbed by the faceless backroom deals in the soap opera that was now the Labor party.
Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said at the end of the day people who voted for Labor did not know who they were going to get.
"The faceless men of the Labor party are the ones who are going to decide," he said.
Former Labor Member for Hinkler Brian Courtice said the Labor party caucus was still divided, as it had been for the past three years.
"In the end the architects of failure over the past three years have been Rudd and Gillard," he said.
Mr Courtice said the majority of the caucus had decided to try to save their own seats by going back to Mr Rudd.
"Whether they've done that we'll see at the next election," he said.
Mr Courtice said the party needed to be rebuilt from the ground up.
"This is not good for Australia," he said.
"We've got one side of politics that is falling apart.
"A good government needs a good opposition."
The Labor candidate for Hinkler, Leanne Donaldson, could not be contacted.