10.38pm: Kevin Rudd has addressed the media in Canberra and said he was not able to stand by and “let an Abbott Government to come to power in this country by default”.
Rudd said Julia Gillard is a woman of great intelligence, strength and energy.”She’s achieved much under the circumstances of a minority government.”
“If it were not for Julia we would not have a Fair Work Act. We would not have a national literacy scheme.”
9.59pm: Julia Gillard has reportedly gone to the Governor General’s house to resign as Prime Minister.
9.46pm: Kevin Rudd will hold a press conference shortly.
9.36pm: Julia Gillard has addressed the media, saying: “In view of his election I have written to the GG asking her to commission Mr Rudd as Prime Minister.”
Gillard said she was proud to be the first female Prime Minister and of the party’s achievements.
“It will be easier for the next woman, and the woman after that and the woman after that. And I am proud of that,”
9.08pm: New reports from Paul Murray on Sky News that Kevin Rudd told the Labor caucus that this election will not be about “saving the furniture” and that Abbott is “completely beatable”.
9.04pm: Julia Gillard will hold a press conference at 9:15pm.
9.01pm: Greg Combet has quit as Climate Minister. He said: “It is well known that I have been a strong supporter of Julia Gillard. This is the right thing to do.”