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Cygnian Labour Party leadership election, 2013
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130 caucus members
7,089,256 party members
66 caucus votes and 3,544,629 member votes needed for victory
2012 ←
26 June 2013 → 2020
Julia Gillard Kevin Rudd official portrait
Candidate Julia Gillard Kevin Rudd
Home state Victoria New Zealand
Caucus votes 90, 69.6% 40, 30.4%
Member votes 4,402,428, 62.1% 2,686,828, 37.9%
Percentage 65.9% 34.1%

Preceding Leader
Julia Gillard
Elected Leader
Julia Gillard

The 2013 Cygnian Labour Party leadership election was organised by the Cygnian Labour Party to select the congressional leadership of the party. After the resignation of former leader and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Kevin Rudd from the Gillard Shadow Ministry, incumbent leader Julia Gillard on 20 May 2013 declared that she would vacate the leadership and directed the party to organise a leadership election. Rudd announced that he would contest the leadership, and Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek also announced that she would contest Gillard's deputy Wayne Swan for the Deputy Leadership. Ballots were held in all 21 states and in the Territory of Swan, with Rudd and Gillard being the only candidates for the leadership, and Swan and Plibersek the only candidates for the deputy leadership. Gillard won and remained as party leader. Plibersek won her contest, and as a result replaced Swan as Deputy Leader on 28 June. The results of the election made it the first time in the Labour Party's history that all major leadership positions of the party — Federal President, Leader, Deputy Leader and Senate Leader — were all filled by women.

President of the Labour Party Jenny McAllister formally declared at a meeting of the Labour Party National Executive on 28 June 2013 that Gillard would remain as leader of the Labour Party, and that Plibersek would become the new deputy leader. Three years later, Gillard and Plibersek would lead the Labour Party to victory at the 2016 federal elections, and on 3 January 2017 were inaugurated as Chancellor and Vice Chancellor respectively.

Candidates and results

Leader

Candidate Notable positions Caucus votes Member votes Total % Campaign status
Julia Gillard
Julia Gillard
Leader of the Opposition
(2013–2017)

39th Chancellor of Cygnia
(2012–2013)

13th Vice Chancellor of Cygnia
(2009–2013)

Member of the Cygnian House of Representatives for Lalor
(1997–present)
90
69.6%
4,402,428
62.1%
65.9% Elected
The Hon. Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
(2013)

38th Chancellor of Cygnia
(2009–2013)

Member of the Cygnian House of Representatives for Griffith
(1998–2013)
40
30.4%
2,686,828
37.9%
34.1% Lost

Deputy Leader

Candidate Notable positions Caucus votes Member votes Total % Campaign status
Tanya-plibersek2015
Tanya Plibersek
Shadow Minister for Education
(2013)

Minister for Health and Human Services
(2011–2013)

Minister for Housing
(2009–2011)

Member of the Cygnian House of Representatives for Sydney
(1997–present)
63
48.5%
4,147,215
58.5%
53.5% Elected
Treasurer Wayne Swan, 2009, crop
Wayne Swan
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
(2013}

14th Vice Chancellor of Cygnia
(2012–2013)

53rd Treasurer of Cygnia
(2009–2013)

Member of the Cygnian House of Representatives for Lilley
(1997–present)
67
51.5%
2,942,041
41.5%
46.5% Lost

Senate Leader

Candidate Notable positions Caucus votes Member votes Total % Campaign status
Penny Wong May 2012
Penny Wong
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
(2013–2017)

Leader of the Government in the Senate
(2012–2013)

12th Minister for Energy
(2009–2013)

Senator from Avon
(2001–present)
unopposed Elected
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