Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd

Kev won't sit quietly: O'Dowd

YESTERDAY'S Federal leadership result may have the Labor Party saying it's time to get on with the job, but Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd has his reservations.

Mr O'Dowd said 31 members of the Labor Caucus had no faith in the Gillard leadership, and no faith in policies like the carbon tax.

"This means that (Kevin) Rudd will not sit quietly on the backbench for long, if at all," he said.

However, Capricornia MP Kirsten Livermore said yesterday showed resounding support for Prime Minister Julia Gillard and for the government's agenda.

"The Prime Minister has indicated that this should put an end to any leadership speculation and it is time to focus on the challenges ahead," she said.

"That means creating jobs, keeping jobs growth going and keeping the economy strong; providing Australians with high-speed broadband, a better education, a better health system and 21st century infrastructure.

"As the Member for Capricornia, I am getting on with the job and working to deliver these reforms for our region."

Mr O'Dowd hit out at Ms Livermore's backing of the Prime Minister.

"Kirsten Livermore's decision to back Gillard shows just how out of touch she is with Capricornia, polling shows that people in her electorate overwhelmingly wanted Rudd and she has flagrantly ignored them," he said.

Mr O'Dowd said nothing had changed.

"This is still the same government in chaos, with the same broken policies," he said.

"If you can't govern yourselves, you can't govern the country.

"Australia needs an election."



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