Australia’s parliament erupted in laughter on Tuesday when discussing a “coup” in the Maldives, as the opposition attempted to compare the situation to how Prime Minister Julia Gillard seized power. Gillard’s government has been rocked by rumblings that the man she deposed in a Labor Party room coup in 2010 to become leader, Kevin Rudd, may challenge her for the leadership to salvage the party’s hopes of staying in office. The issue flared after claims were aired overnight that Gillard’s office prepared an acceptance speech two weeks before Rudd was deposed, and the opposition seized on the Maldives situation to bring it up in parliament. “While the new leader of the Maldives says he did not bring about the coup, reports have surfaced that he was involved in coup preparations that began weeks earlier,” said opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop. “Does the foreign minister agree that the new leader should tell the full truth about his involvement in the coup?” The pointed question drew roars of laughter from the opposition benches, but a stony-faced Rudd stood his ground, reminding lawmakers who were enjoying the comparison that much was at stake in the Maldives.