I am grateful for Kevin Rudd's service to Australia. He was Prime Minister for 3 years and Member of Parliament for 15 years. He achieved many good things during this time. I appreciate Kevin's passion for helping people who are disadvantaged. One example is his increase of Australia's foreign aid to 0.33% of Gross National Income.
After four terms years in opposition, Labor squandered its opportunity to govern. On the 24th of June 2010 Kevin Rudd resigned as Prime Minister when it was clear that he had lost the support of his Labor colleagues. The abrupt decision of the Labor caucus to replace Rudd with his deputy, Julia Gillard, was a disaster for Labor. The leadership change was the major factor in both Labor going into minority government in August 2010 and its defeat in 2013.
Ms Gillard and the Labor caucus showed remarkable disloyalty and poor judgement in dumping Kevin Rudd. In June 2010 Rudd was popular with the electorate. Newspoll showed he was preferred PM by 46% of voters compared with 37% who preferred Tony Abbott. In June 2013 35% preferred Gillard as PM compared with 45% for Abbott.
So I'm not the only one who wishes Kevin Rudd had been Prime Minister for longer. I thank him for serving the Commonwealth of Australia so well. I wish him God's blessings for the future.
51. Alice Springs 24,208
52. Gawler 23,957
53. Victor Harbor - Goolwa 23,485
54. Devonport 22,770
55. Maryborough (Qld) 21,777
56. Whyalla 21,736
57. Goulburn 21,484
58. Busselton 21,407
59. Mount Isa 20,570
60. Cessnock 20,013
Of these urban centres, 8 are officially cities. Alice Springs and Gawler have chosen to remain as towns. Although Victor Harbor and Goolwa are now one urban centre, they are in separate local governments: City of Victor Harbor and Alexandrina Council. I lived in Alice Springs in the early '90s and now call beautiful Busselton home.