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Photo File: A composite image showing prime ministers of Australia since 2007, Kevin Rudd (top left) taken Thursday, Nov 29, 2007, Julia Gillard (top right) taken Friday, Aug 13, 2010, Tony Abbott (bottom left) taken Monday Dec 8, 2014, and Malcolm Turnbull (bottom right) taken Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AAP Image)

Photo File: A composite image showing prime ministers of Australia since 2007, Kevin Rudd (top left) taken Thursday, Nov 29, 2007, Julia Gillard (top right) taken Friday, Aug 13, 2010, Tony Abbott (bottom left) taken Monday Dec 8, 2014, and Malcolm Turnbull (bottom right) taken Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AAP Image)

FED: Rudd memoir details dealings with Gillard

Date: Sat 21 Oct 2017

Kevin Rudd's new memoir details his agreement with Julia Gillard that he would have two terms as opposition leader despite opposition from his faction.

The former prime minister details in the book Not for the Faint-hearted: A personal reflection on life, politics and purpose, how they shook hands on an agreement that she would be deputy leader.

He acknowledges that he underestimated her ambition and also his regret in appointing Wayne Swan as treasurer, according to The Weekend Australian.

Mr Rudd also recounts how he and Ms Gillard plotted the downfall of then party leader Kim Beazley.

"She said I should be given two terms as opposition leader," Mr Rudd writes.

"If I had failed to win by then, then she would reserve her rights. She then added a caveat that if I went backwards in the 2007 election, when measured against (Mark) Latham's result in 2004, she would also have to give some thought as to her next move. Both propositions sounded reasonable to me. We shook hands on it," The Weekend Australian quotes from the memoir.

Source: AAP Newswire