Gang of Four (Australian Labor Party)

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Members of the Gang of Four. Clockwise from upper left: Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan, and Lindsay Tanner.

The Strategic Priorities Budget Committee (SPBC), better known as the Gang of Four, was a political strategic grouping within the Australian Labor Party, comprising then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, his deputy Julia Gillard, Treasurer Wayne Swan and Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner.[1][2] This name refers to the tightly held concentration of political power between the group throughout the First Rudd Government (2007–10), which deliberated on various political issues concerning the Global Financial Crisis to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.[3][4]


  1. ^ Taylor, Lenore (9 November 2009). "The Rudd gang of four". The Australian. 28 January 2017
  2. ^ Tanner, Lindsay (26 September 2012). "Inside the Gang of Four". The Weekend Australian. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  3. ^ Crabb, Annabel (15 July 2011). "Prime Minister, interrupted". The Monthly. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  4. ^ Carney, Shaun (31 October 2012). "The leak that drowned Kevin Rudd as prime minister". Herald Sun. Retrieved 28 January 2017.

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