Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Brendan Nelson is the new leader of the federal Liberal Party. Julie Bishop deputy.
UPDATE. Rudd names his cabinet; Peter Garrett demoted.
UPDATE II. The man just won’t quit:
Prime minister-elect Kevin Rudd spoke uninterrupted today for a staggering 30 minutes in a frightening sign of what may be to come in a Labor-ruled Australia.
Announcing his front bench, Mr Rudd almost finished after 25 minutes but remembered he had forgotten to speak about a minister - and started talking again …
The performance from Mr Rudd, who became a household name through chatty appearances on breakfast television while in opposition, follows his lengthy and unremarkable acceptance speech on Saturday when he was elected.
It took Mr Rudd 20 minutes to run through the list - and he forgot to mention Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and Assistant Treasurer Chris Bowen.