Australian new PM to talk to Rudd about cabinet post

12:54, June 27, 2010      

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Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard attend the Labor Party conference at Darling Harbour in Sydney in July 30, 2009. Gillard became Australia's first female prime minister on June 24, 2010 after Rudd stepped down before a leadership ballot.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

Australian new Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she will talk to Kevin Rudd later on Sunday about a possible new position for her predecessor.

Gillard said she would announce her new cabinet lineup very soon.

"Obviously I have to have a set of conversations and make a set of decisions," Gillard told the Nine network.

"As you would imagine coming into the position as prime minister, there has been a lot to do. I am very keen to settle the ministry arrangements and I will be doing that as quickly as possible.

"I will have a conversation with Kevin Rudd during the course of today."

Rudd said last week he was not prepared to stand aside just yet and there was still a role for him in a Labor government.

Gillard declined to speculate on a possible job.

"The conversation should happen first between two colleagues and we will have that conversation first," she said.

Julia Gillard has become Australia's first female Prime Minister after Kevin Rudd stood down as Labor Party leader on Thursday morning.

Source: Xinhua


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