Clive Palmer - big parties running scared.
Clive Palmer - big parties running scared. Clive Palmer UAP

ALP leadership talk because of me, claims Clive Palmer

MINING magnate and aspiring Prime Minister Clive Palmer says the Australian Labor Party's latest round of leadership speculation has been sparked by the growing threat of his Palmer United Party.

Mr Palmer, who was in Melbourne on Sunday to unveil 30 Victorian Palmer United Party (PUP) election candidates, told reporters that the current Labor leadership speculation was a direct response to the growth of his burgeoning political party.

"What it's really about is that Kevin Rudd would like to call the election early so he can stop our party from being registered federally," he said.

Mr Palmer said an early election in August would push forward the issuing of writs and hinder his party's ability to register.

"It's about denying people the right to choose -- that's what it comes down to," he said.

More on this story at Brisbanetimes.com.au

News Ltd is today reporting Kevin Rudd has privately warned colleagues that unless Bill Shorten and other key ministers were prepared to publicly put their name to a putsch against Julia Gillard, he would resist any calls for a comeback.

Senior Labor sources close to Mr Rudd have confirmed he has put conditions on any potential return to the leadership, including the demand that Mr Shorten played a role.

The Daily Telegraph reports that NSW Labor had failed to find a candidate to nominate for the Central Coast seat of Dobell despite Ms Gillard's promise that they would find an A-grade candidate to run against former Labor MP turned independent Craig Thomson.



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