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Australians react to Rudd as prime minister again

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 01:31

June 27 - Australians react to the return of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister after he toppled former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a leadership vote. Sophia Soo reports.

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Australia's political infighting - which has seen Kevin Rudd return as Prime Minister after toppling Julia Gillard - is provoking mixed reactions on the streets of Sydney. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYDNEY BUSINESS WOMAN, REND NASHI SAYING: "I just think it's a mockery, I think it's, you know, this wouldn't happen in other countries, in other democratic countries around the world. And I think it's been made a joke out of really, I think, you know, a lot of people around the world are talking about it and it's not going to reflect positively upon the Australian society." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYDNEY RESIDENT, NICK STRINE SAYING: "Yes, I think it's great 'Rudd-emtion'. He planned out his attack very carefully for a long period of time and I think he deserves everything he gets." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYDNEY TAXI DRIVER, HASSAN ALI SAYING: "Because Australians don't accept female prime minister, my dear. They don't. Well, why? You ask them. The Australian culture they don't accept female prime minister," Ali said. Liberal party leader Tony Abbott wasted no time in trying to make political capital for his opposition party - demanding an explanation from Rudd on why Gillard was toppled. Rudd remained tight-lipped - and apparently not amused. Rudd's return comes after three years of bitter infighting within the ruling Labor party. Australia is expected to hold federal elections in September - with polls showing that Rudd's leadership could keep the country in Labor's hands.

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Australians react to Rudd as prime minister again

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 01:31