White baseball-style cap with ‘ALP’ embroidered on the front, featuring the signatures of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard on the peak of the cap.
Kevin Rudd’s ascent to the Labor leadership was in part due to his partnership with his deputy leader, Julia Gillard. The Rudd/Gillard relationship was a crucial factor in the ultimate success of the campaign and in government Gillard, as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment, Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion, was arguably the most powerful member of Rudd’s team. Gillard was part of the key decision-making team in the Rudd government. Throughout that government the relationship between Prime Minister and deputy was highlighted by the media and speculation became rife about the possibility of Gillard eventually succeeding Rudd as Labor leader. This eventually became a reality on 24 June 2010 after an extraordinary series of events that saw the Australian Labor Party (ALP) replace Rudd as leader following abandonment of key policy areas and poor poll performances. Gillard led the ALP to the 2010 election; the result was a hung parliament in which Gillard was able to form a minority government. The manner in which Gillard replaced Rudd, categorised by the opposition as ‘assassination,’ was a key election issue and has been speculated to be one cause of the large swing away from Labor in Queensland.