It was Julia Gillard who called the snap leadership vote, vowing to quit politics were she to lose.
Gillard said the Labor party leadership vote was in the best interest of Australia. “This is it. There are no more opportunities. Tonight’s the night.”
But it was not her night, as a count of the ballots revealed.
With a vote of 57 to 45, the prime minister of Australia was out and Kevin Rudd was in.
“If I win this ballot, every effort I have in my being will be dedicated to uniting the Australian Labor Party,” Rudd said before the vote. “No retributions, no paybacks, none of that stuff. It’s pointless, it’s old politics.”
After the vote, Gillard confirmed her plans to leave politics. “I will not recontest the federal electorate… at the forthcoming election.”