Former Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced on Friday that he decided to stand against Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Monday's Labor Party leadership ballot.
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd
Rudd made the announcement in front of media in Queensland's Brisbane on Friday afternoon.
Rudd said the Labor party was "heading for the rocks at the next election".
"That's why I'm here today because I believe that to do the best for Australia and Labor things have to change," he said in Brisbane on Friday.
"It is no secret that our government has a lot of work to do if it is to regain the confidence of the Australian people," Rudd said.
"Rightly or wrongly Julia has lost the trust of the Australian people and starting on Monday I want to start restoring that trust. That's why I have decided to contest the leadership of the Australian Labor Party."
Rudd said he had been elected as the prime minister to govern the country for all Australians.
"I want to finish the job the Australian people elected me to do when I was elected by them to become prime minister," he said.