Despite knowing that he would be done in if the polls did not advance, Mr Perrett said removing Kevin Rudd had been a violation of the trust his voters have put in him.
He said: “I will not be breaking faith with the people of Moreton. I did it in 2010 and I’ve been constantly reminded by my voters that I did that. The consequence will be a byelection in Moreton. This is not about loyalty to Julia Gillard or Kevin Rudd, it’s about loyalty to the people of Moreton. This is about me keeping faith with the people who put me in office. People need to grow a bit of backbone and give the Australian people a chance to embrace and understand our policies.”
A by-election can consume at least two months to hold. If there was a shift in power, the new prime minister would be bound to go through an election, severely off-putting his or her options.
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