A NEW leader but the same old nonsense.
That's the response from candidates contesting the Federal seat of Richmond to Labor's recycling of Kevin Rudd last night.
Like the public, the local candidates were still trying to process the historic scenes on Wednesday night after Labor's caucus decided to restore Rudd to the post it removed him from just over three years ago.
Mr Rudd was sworn in as the nation's 28th Prime Minister yesterday.
Dr Phil Allen, who is running for the new Palmer United Party, said it was further evidence of the broken political system and that both major parties had a lot to answer for.
He predicted that Mr Rudd would face a campaign of vilification from the Liberals despite the public being sick and tired of that kind of nasty politics.
"It will just be groundhog day," he said.
Dr Allen said Palmer United was more committed than ever to providing a genuine alternative to the two major parties.
"We're very focussed on getting up at the next election rather than what the Labor party is doing to self-destruct."
At the moment we have got these two old parties who are so into themselves that they are just not listening - Dawn Walker
Greens candidate Dawn Walker said The Greens leader Senator Christine Milne was now the only female party leader in Canberra.
Ms Walker agreed with former Prime Minister Julia Gillard's assessment that her gender had contributed to the treatment she had received as Australia's first female prime minister.
Ms Walker said the leadership stoush was proof Labor had not been listening to the community for some time as they were too consumed with internal issues.
"At the moment we've got these two old parties who are so into themselves they are just not listening," Ms Walker said.
"The Greens are strongly consistent and they will take the fight up to Tony Abbott."
National's candidate Matthew Fraser said he watched the leadership spill coverage on Wednesday night with a sense of disbelief.
"The titanic ship is sinking and they're changing captains," Mr Fraser said.
"What you've got to remember is that one third of the cabinet despise Rudd.... which is why there were so many resignations from the ministry last night (Wedensday)."
He predicted Mr Rudd's political honeymoon would be short lived, particularly in Richmond where people were concerned about border protection, the carbon tax and the cost of living.
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