Kevin's closing the trapdoor behind him

Kevin Rudd can be sure of getting his leadership proposal through the special caucus meeting, but it will also be met with cynicism. The new rules would make it almost impossible to topple the leader.

Kevin Rudd is nothing if not brazen. Less than a fortnight after rolling Julia Gillard he has proposed an historic change that would prevent such a putsch in the future.

His radical plan – one of the most fundamental reforms ever to Labor rules – would guarantee that the leader who won an election would remain as PM for the full term, except in extraordinary circumstances.

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