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A complete and utter fraud

6 July 2013

9:00 AM

6 July 2013

9:00 AM

In a perfect world, Kevin Rudd would not be campaigning for election but visiting an analyst. Therapy is the treatment of our age for those the ancient Greeks saw as tragic heroes, personalities at once sparkling and deeply dysfunctional. But an election campaign it is, with the Australian people as the judge and jury, and it is important to keep in mind a key issue at stake: just who is Kevin Rudd?

Much has been made of the shambolic nature of Mr Rudd’s first term as prime minister. But it remains unclear why the 55-year-old former diplomat is such a dysfunctional figure. Most people don’t expect political leaders to have well-adjusted personalities. As Matthew Parris has argued in these pages, most politicians are ‘dreamers, attention-seekers and risk-takers with a dollop of narcissism in their natures’. But even by this standard, Mr Rudd’s character is really weird.

The centre of the dysfunction is not simply his ruthless political ambition — and the treachery, betrayal and frantic 24-7 mindset that go with it — although that trait certainly explains why so many of his colleagues have resigned from the cabinet ministry and/or parliament (see below).

Nor is the root of his problem his longing to be all things to all people. Most of what depresses and even disgusts people about Mr Rudd now was visible in 2007 when he ran against John Howard. His salient characteristics were trickery and fakery, the chameleon appeal to all sides at once, which helped him persuade the so-called Howard Battlers to come home to Labor without being embarrassed to tell their mates they were doing so.


From the outset, however, his leadership was an exercise in bad faith. From border protection and carbon pricing to economic reform and fiscal policy, Mr Rudd was always trying to say too many things to too many different people, to square circles and reconcile the irreconcilable. Given his recent flip-flops on gay marriage and 457 visas, nothing has changed.

But there is another explanation for the Rudd dysfunction: self-gratification taken to an extreme, an obsession with always being the centre of attention — like a spoiled child — and an addiction to being in the media spotlight. In our therapeutic age, perhaps we could call this pattern of behaviour megalomaniac or sociopathic, but perhaps these words go too far in pretending medical precision. To describe the same phenomenon, the ancient Greeks coined the word hubris.

When we write about Kevin Rudd, we feel like the pub bore. ‘Haven’t we said this before? Or maybe you knew that already.’ Alas, there are none so blind as those who will not see. This magazine has long maintained that Mr Rudd has only ever taken the Australian people for a ride, yet too many voters — how many remains to be seen — continue to be deceived or live in false hope. Despite the risk of appearing too negative, Tony Abbott is obliged to alert the electorate to what many Labor people already know: this bloke is a complete and utter fraud.

Hasluck’s ghost

According to the ABC’s Chris Uhlmann, in 2004 a senior Labor staffer was so captivated by the unflattering portrait of Billy McMahon in Paul Hasluck’s diary in March 1968 (later reprinted in The Chance of Politics in 1997) that he copied it and circulated it among some party colleagues with the question: ‘Who does this remind you of?’ So we thought we’d have fun and adapt Sir Paul’s withering critique of the hapless Billy to the Labor assessment of their dear leader:

‘We confess to a dislike of him. The longer one is associated with him the deeper the contempt for him grows and we find it hard to allow him any merit. Disloyal, devious, dishonest, untrustworthy, petty, cowardly — all these adjectives have been weighed by us and we could not in truth modify or reduce any one of them in its application to him. We find him a contemptible creature and this contempt and the adjectives we have chosen to apply to him sum up defects that cannot be balanced by better qualities.

‘He lost the good opinion of those with whom he is closely associated in politics for very simple reasons. He is disloyal and he can’t be trusted. He works for his own advancement by trying to destroy the reputation of his rivals. He worked against Brereton, against Crean, against Latham, against Beazley and against Gillard. We wonder if he deceives himself or whether in private there come the sad or the infuriating moments when his conceit breaks and he exposes himself to himself.’

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  • Tim Gillespie

    Kevin’s return is about him and him alone. He reduced the ALP to a laughing stock and then had them beg for him to come back to be their saviour from the valley of death. They fell for it.
    To paraphrase Nicola Roxon and the crew from Monty Python – ” He is not the Messiah , he is just a naughty boy” .
    The re opening of the pink batts fiasco and the deep and understandable pain of the victim’s family is the showing just how flawed and false the “prophet Kevin” really is. Why did he not properly apologise 4 years ago?

    • Brian Davids

      Why, when he can’t keep his promises to his own people for 5 days, do they expect us to have faith in his words over 3 years?
      Why is anybody falling for it?

  • DallasBeaufort

    Completely and utterly a raving mad fool too boot.

  • Timothy Humphries

    All good points. However the intersection between Labor insiders loathing for Rudd v.s. the marked good will Australians have for him, speaks volumes around why the next election may end up like the last election. The key will be the senate race. Hopefully I’m proved wrong.

  • denise

    Kevin the disloyal fake meglaomaniac, wake up Australians get rid of this circus of a government.

  • Paul Minihan

    damn this journo obviously knows him – poor bugga

  • Luke Manicaros

    I think we should pity the True Blood Labour Workers and thereby ‘voter’ who live in the blind faith and false hope ( and false promises !! ) that a “Pure and Honest Labour Party” and a real messiah type leader will come forward, be honestly elected and take the party back to the original honest doctrine of ‘looking after the worker’…
    and vote for Labour!!
    WHEN ..in FACT .. Whitlam!? Hawke!? Keating!? Goss!?? Beattie and Bligh…TOTALLY FAILED TO MAKE ‘THE WORKING CLASS’ BETTER OFF
    and DESTROYED THE AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY IN THERE EVERY ENCUMBERANCE.
    This writer may well be describing WHITLAM. HAWKE, KEATING, GOSS, BEATTIE AND BLIGH.
    THYE HAVE ALL BEEN DISHONEST IN THEIR LEADERSHIP OF THE LABOUR PARTY AND WORSE STILL…..AUSTRALIA.

    • David Lamond

      That’s Labor. Labour is for someone who works.

      • Short Kay

        …or who lives in England…

        • David Lamond

          I’m just saying, it’s the Australian “Labor” Party. not “labour”.

          • Luke Manicaros

            David. ‘Labour = Work’ !?
            Well then!!
            LABOUR is somewhat incorrect for this party.
            Labor HAS NOT WORKED FOR AUSTRALIA!!
            Hang on! Maybe it does apply as in:
            HARD LABOUR under Labor!!
            The RED Colour theme suits them.
            They have always left Australia and the workers here ‘IN THE RED’.

          • David Lamond

            Luke, you mentioned in your comment, quote,”in their leadership of the ‘Labour’ Party”.
            I’m saying it is the Australian ‘Labor’ Party, not ‘Labour’ Party.
            I know ‘Labor’ is the American spelling of ‘Labour’, this has nothing to do with the Yanks.
            Then you turn around and tell me the same as what I said before, quote: “That’s Labor, Labour is for someone that works.” meaning it’s spelt “Labor”.
            I have noticed reading more of your comments you keep spelling it “Labour” party. Perhaps you should check your spelling before posting, and don’t use “Spellcheck” it’s Yankee.
            Otherwise I agree with most of your comments.

          • janice

            don*t be such a snob.

          • David Lamond

            Sounds like you’re another that knows stuff all. I’m trying to point out that there is no such thing as the Australian LABOUR party, it’s the Australian LABOR party. Finis.

          • Peter _qld

            David, we understand that Labour is really spelt Labor when used as the name of the political party. Hardly the point of the post is it. This is not a Spelling Bee competition and one should be able to deal with the point rather than get sidetracked.

          • JohnHyde62099119

            That’s right. You Labor voters should remember There is no “YOU” (u) in todays Labor.

    • MIKE DREWRY

      You seem to have forgotten Bob Carr. It was he who wrote the book on how to bugger everything up for everyone but himself -$500,000 a year as a “Consultant” to Macquarie Bank. Sounds more like a pay-off to me, remember what he did to Worker’s Compensation in NSW? That was of obvious benefit to Insurance companies and banks. Anyhow get ready for him as next Opposition Leader or even PM if things go really badly, such is the dearth of talent in the ALP, even corrupt talent..

  • Luke Manicaros

    Yes !! ALL said, is a very objective assessment of ‘The Person’,
    who the ‘thoughtless, selfish, lazy b………s who want EVERYTHING!!
    ( NOT just ‘Something’!! ) for NOTHING !!!
    and the maniacal ideologues;
    ( here include the LEFT WING AND EXTREME COMMUNIST / SOCIALIST MEDIA AND JOURNOS ! ) { You parasites NEVER created as ingle job in your life-time ! }
    WOULD HAVE LEAD AUSTRALIA, FOR ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF ‘HARD LABOUR’?
    WE ARE DOWN A big hole NOW !! 4 years from now it will be a ink hole and we will be enslaved to China and maybe under full Extreme Islamic Dictatorship and Sharia Laws.

    “WE’ do not want a WIMP !! who sucks up to all the world leaders and ‘aggressive radical majorities’ both “within” ( the extremists who already have a beach head here!? ) Australia and on our northern oceanic borders and leaves WE as a Nation, looking Piss -weak in their passionate and aggressive way of thinking.

    WE want a “MAN’S MAN” WHO WILL STAND UP TO AND TAKE THE FIGHT TO ALL THOSE WHO WANT TO TAKE DOWN AND RULE OR COUNTRY.

    NOT A SPOILT BRAT WITH A LOUD MOUTH AND IS FALSE TO THE CORE.

    IMAGINE HAVING TO FIGHT A WAR TO DEFEND OUR BORDERS AND NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY WITH THIS ‘SOOK’ AS OUR ‘LEADER AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF’ OF OUR ARMED FORCES

    • unsettledswan

      If you want folk to listen to you: DON’T SHOUT!

      • Luke Manicaros

        Thank you for sharing!! One does tend to shout when one is very very very angry and frustrated.

        • Buddy Rojek

          I hear you mate! I don’t have an issue with capitals, it shows you are a real person who is frustrated and angry.

        • Collie

          I share your rage. Shouting is one way of venting one’s frustration and everything you say is, sadly, true.

      • Helen B

        Shout all you like Luke. It’s time for shouting “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” (Peter Finch I think …)

    • roger

      But unfortunately Bob Menzies is no longer available.

      • Luke Manicaros

        We want a REAL man to lead Australia out of the depth of despair that
        Rudd and all he hopeless cronies have taken our country into.
        May I suggest Rudd will use this opportunity to AGAIN!!
        try to get to be a ‘boss’ in the UN
        and then go tell the whole world what to do!!
        He will leave the Labour party in the hands of Bill Shorten as ‘leader’??
        What a good reason for Shorten to desert Gillard.
        Well may we say: God save Australia!!

        • Dominici Deltoro

          Dear Kevin,

          You returning to guide the political party you once decimated, is like having Edward Scissor-Hands remold a soft, deformed unfixable piece of clay. The fact you are doing it for no reason but your own sociopathic, egotistical,
          revengeful personal gain is despicable. You were once deposed, because of Labors demise in the polls and fear of obliteration, are you seriously back in office to fix it?

          You stuffed up so many policies in your previous two-year tenancy, that the splintered factions facilitated your removal. Now we have some of those faceless colleagues, like Bill Shorten, removing a bloody dagger from your own back and thrusting it, with no remorse, into Julia’s spine, for his own personal gain. It’s like you have manufactured a culture of psychopathic behavior, all at the expense of Mr. and Mrs. Australia.

          How can you honestly talk about “Labor party reform” when it was you that leaked destructive material in the 2010 campaign, to deliberately sabotage YOUR OWN party with treacherous intent? Who will you recruit alongside Albanese, Bowen and yourself for the new gang of four? And will you ruin their political careers too? Did I hear you say, “Lets all be nice to each other?” I have more faith in those words coming from Mike Tyson’s mouth, just before he steps into the ring for an Evander Holyfield rematch.

          So you have changed your autocratic ways have you? People hate each other more within you own party than they do, the coalition, or the public towards yourself.
          A result due to your narcissistic, malicious, vindictive demeanor, that cannibalised the party to which you have been reinstated.

          Please don’t reiterate Swannies old boring rhetoric of comparing us to the rest of the developed world, we are our own country, and business is hurting. Our books
          aren’t balanced; we can’t spend our way out of debt. We’re not naïve enough, for you consider buying more votes with reckless cash splashing. Rumors you could be pushing the election back and keeping business development in doubt, is causing further paralysis in our economy, you are ruining hard working families lives.

          Last week, your own colleagues voted you in to save their own seats, I can’t imagine voting for someone I detest. Now representatives in your team, have to smile and pretend everything is ok, how painful and demoralising. I bet they are physically sick with their decision and the thought of the months ahead, working under you.

          You epitomise the current predicament of the Labor party, so while it’s fitting you are their “new” leader; it provides no hope for the country. You are a dishonest coward, running a government of instability in which you were the architect. If you won the next election, your re-appointment would be the inception of a full revolution of implosion. You represent nothing but dysfunction, division and disaster. You are not a “real choice”, you are a disgrace and an insult; it’s embarrassing to be Australian.

          I have a family. I work for a wholesaler that didn’t turn a profit for the first time in decades. Its tough out there and all you care about is your own scandal, conflict, policy

          cock-ups, grubby deals, disunity and strategic blunders. We’ve had enough.

          Yours sincerely,

          Dominic Byrne

          (and all the other Aussie punters that can’t stand the thought of you steering a sinking ship. Do yourself a favour, call an election and “zip” off)

          • Luke Manicaros

            Dom.
            BRAVO!!! WELL SAID!!
            GUDONYER, MATE.
            The sort of passion and backbone our country needs.
            Imagine if KRUDD and his henchmen were living in, say, Europe, Latin America, South Africa etc ?
            There would already be a revolution .
            We Aussies are too easy going.
            We are letting them get away with ” murder’ of our country.
            Now the maniac is pushing his crazy ideas off on New Guinea.
            Believe me those people will rue the day and they will revolt very quickly against such massive and destructive demands on their nation.

          • I reckon the smart arse demanding Muslims will get some of theiir own back if the try throwing their weight around inPNG.The Rascals will soon lop a few heads off. KRUDD the dud.

          • Eldon Bryant

            Dom and Luke,

            Could not agree more with you both re your written sentiments!

            I suggest it may be a new experience for most Australians, but put your brain into action and wake up.

          • Luke Manicaros

            Thanx. Eldon.
            ???????????Give me a hint, please?
            Wake up !?
            To WHAT ?
            Happy to do whatever I can, to help save Australia.

          • Eldon Bryant

            Their own stupidity by engaging the brain occasionally. For many it could be a new experience!!!

          • Luke Manicaros

            Eldon.

            To me it is clear that there has been a dumbing down of too many people, in Australia.

            Now they are:
            Too lazy to think for themselves.
            Their brain has ATROPHIED. ( STONE or MUSH !?)

            They have allowed themselves to become less
            self-sufficient and more dependent on ‘the ( Socialist ) Governments to have to use their brain power to meet the challenges of life.

            Therefore, they are now living in ‘scare-city’ and fear and are intimidated by their need for the ( Socialist ) Govt handouts.

            They are subordinated to what does morph into a form of ‘Dictatorship’ that demands you jump thru their hoops and do what your told or else you will get ‘cut off ‘ from their theoretical benevolence.

            So! They will NOT use ANY of their ‘brain’ and will be no chance of ‘waking up’ to what is being done to Australia
            AND ALL AUSTRALIANS by the criminally hopeless political and economic managers of our country.

            NOT only the Capitalists, the Employers, the rich ones, the hard workers, the taxpayers.
            Because in destroying the economy, the result will be the Democracy will be undermined and then, it too, will be destroyed !

            And those who have NOT thought it through and just let the
            country go to the point of no return, will be sucked into the big sinkhole of an insolvent and destitute Nation

            WHEREIN THEY WILL NOT GET ‘SUCKED ALONG’! THEY WILL NOT GET FED!! THEY WILL NOT
            GET ANY SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS!!
            THEY WILL BE COLD !! STARVING!! AND PROBABLY HOMELESS.

            Then there will be more and more social disorder ( there is already!?) and criminal activities, ( there is already!?)
            and the lazy, mindless, brain dead, will CRY!?
            Wonder WHAT happened?
            AND BLAME EVERYONE ELSE!

            There is too much abrogation of our human responsibility
            for ourselves, our families, our neighbours, our suburb, City and Nation.

            What a pity! Because! the brain ( and all our human creation ) is such a superb masterful creation.

            The brain is magnificent in all it does with the ‘conscious; sub-conscious components’ that then have various levels of
            function, within the human body operation;

            as in, that it makes everything ‘work properly in balance’ in the earthly existence and it also interacts with the Universal Library of knowledge ( like the I’Cloud ) to ‘think’ new ideas and information into the earthly plane;
            that it ‘influences/directs the ‘feelings of the ( invisible ) emotions and the heart organ, our Spirit and/or Soul;
            that then influences our ‘decision making processes’ and our personalities.

            For those who do not THINK and exercise their Brain,
            it is a massive waste of an amazing resource.

            The ‘mindless and brain dead’, the ZOMBIES !?
            must live a very unhappy life.

            WHAT can we DO and SAY to WAKE THESE BRAINS UP AND THINK AND BECOME A WORTHWHILE PART
            OF AT LEAST, AUSTRALIA.

    • janice

      good on you luke

    • Alan Hunter

      NOT A SPOILT BRAT WITH A LOUD MOUTH AND IS FALSE TO THE CORE. sounds like Blabalott.

      • Luke Manicaros

        Alan, you look like you are from ‘a real man’s world’.
        On Rudd.
        I have just seen his taxpayer paid-for TV adverts, to tell us more damned lies on the state of the economy in comparison with other Nations economies.
        He obviously does NOT really talk to or listen to the grass roots people of our country. As per my previous comments, herein.
        Of course the ‘weenie’ has a wife worth some $200 m from questionable Govt contracts for Human Resources, so he does NOT understand the plight nor feelings of we real Aussies.
        He is not and never has lived in, the real world.
        He does NOT just get RESPECT because ‘the wimp’ back stabbed another country destroying maniac to be ‘called a PM.
        He has TO EARN IT !?
        He is so full of himself, he can never earn wide-spread respect.
        Strike me roan!!
        How stupid we are to have allowed Whitlam ,Hawke, Keating, Goss, Beattie, Bligh, Rudd, Gillard to destroy our country and when Rudd did not complete that the first failed attempt, we allow him to have another go to destroy it, totally.
        This is like the ‘scorched earth policy’ of the enemy in World War 2.
        I think we need to find a way to make these criminals have a ‘day of reckoning’ for the destruction of our great country.

        • skip

          Lies about the economy? We have the lowest debt percent of GDP out of all OECD nations. Source http://www.factsfightback.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/banner-750×380-debt-oecd1-470×260.png This is in major part attributable to the stimulus package. Economists the world over have praised our economy.

          You’ve obviously been misled or believe various media and Abbott driven rhetoric, so here’s some key quotes and relevant links for you to read and absorb. I hope you can open your mind to real and tangible facts rather than bluster and slogans. I suspect not though.

          An assertion that ““Australia’s fundamental strengths owe far more to the reforms of previous governments than to the spending spree of the current one.”

          Evidence affirms the opposite. Most recently, a UNICEF paper by Bruno Martorano shows that while Europe’s austerity measures worsened their economies, Australia’s prompt spending “limited the possible negative effects caused by the macroeconomic shock and favoured the process of economic recovery.””

          Our good position saved us? Not necessarily true: ““Australia’s debt position is better than that of some other countries – not because we’ve done better, but because we started better.”

          Not true. If it were, then other nations with no debt and strong budgets surpluses should have done well through the GFC. And nations deeply in debt and deficit would have done poorly. There is no such correlation.

          I could go on, but do an unbiased look around for facts on our economy and you’ll find we’re in one of the best positions in the world (part of what ‘I do’ is research facts and figures in an unbiased way…and like it or not, Labor have financially managed our way through the GFC much better than most countries).

          http://theaimn.com/2013/07/13/repudiating-the-negative/
          http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/pdf/iwp_2013_09.pdf
          http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/politics/tony-abbotts-latest-15-lies/

          • Luke Manicaros

            Skip.

            Thanx.

            You have a degree in ‘Economics’ ?

            ‘The magic manipulations of figures to ‘consciously’ deceive the ‘reader’. Two economists = 5 opinions !?

            or

            Are you just another fanatical supporter

            ( maybe a Zombie type !?) of the mixed bag of ‘tricks’

            that have sent our economy into insolvency and a debt that will take at least, 3 generations to pay out.

            WHO is this:

            ” ‘WE ‘ are in one of the best positions in the world’?

            Tell me / us who is the “WE”, you refer to ?

            The Economy is one thing. The Management of it, is another. The economic management IS ‘criminally incompetent’. Camouflaged with Spin and out-right LIES.

            To have ‘your comments and opinion ‘respected’;

            you have to ‘earn’ the respect.

            It will help IF:

            You are NOT a ‘Left Wing Journo’ ?

            You have a real job?

            I mean one where you work in Private Enterprise and maybe have an understanding of the “REAL ECONOMY”

            as it relates to so many small medium and large businesses ?

            The MANY who have gone broke, BUST and BANKRUPT under the CRAZY wasteful spending of the Labor Parties.

            IF you have invested any of your own CAPITAL ( you know? ‘Savings after a long time of hard work and many hours and then your savings …AFTER TAX !?’)

            in any sort of business??

            YOU KNOW ???

            A business that employs your family, friends, employees and they all pay Income Tax … to the National, State and Local Economies.

            IF you are a REAL WORKING AUSTRALIAN, who built an economy WITH A SURPLUS ! .. and have seen that SURPLUS WASTED ?? !!

            One of the REAL PEOPLE, WHO HAVE NOW GOT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF LIABILITIES, TO REPAY THEIR OWN DEBTS AND THE NATIONAL DEBTS, THAT YOU ‘SAY’ IS A PART OF ‘ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST ECONOMIES’.

            I mean one of the ‘workers’, who are NOT employed by the bureaucracies or Unions. The ones who CANNOT have a lifetime of security and excessive retirement benefits, even when they are sacked for criminality and incompetence.

            These are the people who have a real understanding of the economy. They are the Backbone, the GUTS, the Heart and Soul of the countries economy.

            They are the people who can tell you better, what the economy ( and Labor Economic Management ) is really like.

            NOT some Govt Employed economist’s b….s research.

            Not some Socialist, come Communist, come “Anti- Capitalism” maniac, who wants to drive these people back into power to give them another 3 years, to totally scorch the country.

            May be better to do your next research with ‘US’.

            Talk to me/us about the TAX PAYING AUSTRALIAN’S Confidence? Courage and Motivation to invest under this Government ? The level of confusion, fear and stress of all of US, who are not bludging on the country ?!.

            These are real components and the foundations of the Economy.

            THESE ARE THE WORKERS AND INVESTED CAPITAL THAT GENERATE THE GDP!!!

            The FACTS of the economy are at the COAL FACE of the work these people do and the businesses they create.

            IF YOU did NOT ‘contribute to the economy’, please don’t come on so condescending and all high and mighty as ‘a well read/ researched’ ‘smart alec’, who knows more of what is happening at the Coal face of the economy, than those of us who have and are suffering economic ruination under ‘THE LABOR ECONOMY’.

            PLEASE UNDERSTAND?!

            “WE” do not care how the information is ‘spun’ by any of those people, who want us to believe ‘everything is good in our economy’ and the Labor ( mixed bag of tricks! ) have done a good job,in comparison with any other country!!

            We want to know and feel and experience that we have a good economy: RIGHT HERE !! AT THE COAL FACE!!

            You immediate reference to the : ‘ Abbott driven media’
            suggest you are a supporter of the ‘Mob’ making up the current Government.

            Your quickly switch from the Economy to personality attacks

            indicates your political leanings.

            GOD save the Nation, if you manage to convince enough ‘zombies’ to get the ‘ Rabble’ re-elected and commit Australia to total economic devastation.

            3 generations enslaved to ‘OUR BANKER MASTERS’.

            IF YOU do that, then I predict Australia will experience the same social disorder and uprisings, as we have seen in various middle eastern countries over the last 10 years.

            You got kids? Skip? Bit of a worry, eh?

          • skip

            Thanks for the reply. I do find it odd having personal questions asked in order to ascertain my credibility, but I can deal with that. For what it’s worth, I’ve had real jobs for over 20 years and have started my own (very) small business this year. I have never taken one cent of dole, Centrelink, Austudy etc. money from this country. Fully self funded in everything I’ve done. I also have many colleagues who have their own business, some who’ve been positively affected over the last few years, some negatively. My background is in science and eduction, again for what it’s worth, not economics and journalism. I carry no cards for any political party or doctrine other than, given my scientific background, I seek facts, figures and evidence above all else, especially slogans and rhetoric (both sides are guilty here). I also try to avoid personality driven politics, so I couldn’t give a stuff if a party figurehead is a jerk or not…I don’t think we have a choice given both party leaders.

            Asking about my parental status is probably unnecessary. All I will say is that of about 20 friends and family who’ve had kids in the last few years (this may include me), in discussions about how politics affects them (I’m always talking politics) I’ve had only two friends complain about the lack of government support.

            Personality attacks? Where? I’m above that thanks, 21 years studying and working using online technologies has made me only intentionally offend those I’m friends with 😉

            If I come across as holier than though it may well be that I’m trying to summarise information I’ve come across, without wasting words on accusations or denigration / suspicion of others. Just facts and figures. That’s my thing.

            This is why I’ve intentionally looked at the macro scale. If one only looks at the micro scale, doesn’t consider the big picture and only considers the (perfectly valid) opinions of a select few, then there can be no fact and figure based discussion and dissection of “where we’re at” as a country.

            In the context above, we == Australia.

            Murdoch owns a stack of media in this country and it’s very obvious where his allegiances lie.

            From what I’ve read, if we didn’t spend what we did and when we did, Australia’s economy could’ve become a basket case like most other OECD countries. Instead, we have the *lowest* debt as a function of percent of GDP in the OECD. Did the previous government’s surplus (due in no small part to lack of increases in funding in education and health) help? Absolutely it did. But, again from what I’ve read (and I’d love to see real data supporting the opposite) the debt is manageable and reasonable in light of the GFC, which is still affecting many other countries.

            Personally, I’m after concrete data, figures, predictions, and solid policies from both sides. Unless I’ve become inept at finding such things from the Liberal party, there’s a dearth of concrete details. I’d love links to prove me wrong.

            Look, I’m in the throws of a mile high stack of paperwork so I’ll leave it here, I can’t devote time today or tomorrow to further discussion so here’s three links I have at hand. I’ll be back here to read responses, but probably would prefer facts and figures being thrown at me rather than personal opinions. Please ignore the deliberately inflammatory title of the third link and have a close look at the facts and figures. Are the writers biased? Absolutely. Are the facts manipulated? I doubt it.

            http://www.oecd.org/eco/surveys/Australia%20overview%20Eng.pdf
            http://www.oecd.org/regreform/44388793.pdf
            http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/politics/tony-abbotts-latest-15-lies/

            Edit: I just re-read your reply. It seems you’ve asked me about investing my own money in business (or otherwise). Again, rather oddly very personal. I won’t directly give you my financial history run down, but I’m independently able to support myself if I so chose to. Haven’t lost a cent in various investments. But thanks for asking, I’ve directly contributed more than my fair share to the economy, science and the eduction of thousands of students over the years.

          • Luke Manicaros

            Skip.

            Thank you for a well rounded reply.

            Good solid academic ‘stuff’.
            Makes me feel like a real ignorant, negative ‘Pleb’ !?

            I respect your contribution to higher education.
            Hope your students were all trained
            to give to the Nation and not just take from it.

            I am envious of your lifetime as an Academic;
            with secured employment, the indexed income and excellent superannuation, the holiday and sick pay, the research and study grants and the modern working conditions.

            Academics are a protected species in Australia.

            NOT deliberately attacking the Person but endeavouring to have everyone understand what the economy is really like at Grass Roots level. As I say ‘The Coal Face’.

            Having said that, all of Australia’s politics have been about
            ‘the Personalities’. Easier to attack and destroy a personality than to try to change the philosophy and ideology.

            The Left always comes up with the ‘morality argument’:
            ‘what we should be doing’ and never as to how we can do it properly and in a way the Nation can afford it.

            I do hope your assessment of how good the economy really is and how the thinking, that ‘She’ll be right, mate!!’ and all the academic’s economic assessments, proves to be true and the majority of Australians can enjoy lifetime of secured employment, with indexed income and superannuation, holiday and sick pay, and find a way to attract research and study grants and modern, clean working conditions.
            Me too! Back to ‘work’ ! At 73 still working to try to make a living. Not lucky enough to get paid for just turning up an doing ‘piles of paperwork’.
            I sincerely hope your new private enterprise business works successfully for you and you do not become totally dependant on your superannuation funding.
            The forecasts are not good for self funded retirees.
            Please keep watch on the economics facts and let us see where the Global and more importantly the Australian economies are in late 2013 and into 2014.

          • Peter _qld

            Hi skip … interesting perspective you’ve come to. My background these days is in finance and small business owner. Previously in Senior and Director roles in various Multi Nationals and going back to the ’70’s starting out as a small business owner after Uni. A very broad brush if you will. Couple of things I would like to comment on if I may. In 2007 when Rudd/Labor took over, Aust was in the best fiscal position it had been in for decades, due to it’s low tax environment, the savings program Costello had introduced via the Future Fund, no debt as all paid off, the GST as a broad consumption tax and best of all, high foreign earnings from high commodity prices along with Aust Banking and Mng Fund industries never having taken on board the debt collateralisation funds that USA had. What caused the GFC was the stupidity of trading in junk bonds and debt collateralised investments. When the borrowings to fund these was called in, they couldn’t be sold and obviously upon doing proper due diligence, they discovered they were essentially worthless. And in cases of high debt and no security and unable to refinance, they started to go broke until the Feds stepped in and got them out of trouble. The securities for all of this if you followed the trail were houses ie mostly via Fanny Mac and Fanny Mae. That is why house prices dropped, no one wanted to touch residential mortgages, so people couldn’t sell because no one could borrow money to buy. Hence quantitative easing, interest rates drops and the biggesttransfer of private debt to Govt debt in history. Australia never was ever going to suffer these issues because the foundations for them didn’t exist in this country. Labor’s exercise of posting $900 out twice to a few million people has, according to a recent study, been largely (around 45%) saved ie it was never spent, so the impact of this exercise was minimal. The Ed Rev had over 65% of it’s money spent in the economy AFTER the GFC was over. Again Nil real effect at the time of the GFC. Apart from the Batts installation program, what else has there been? If you have a real look at the situation, Aust was never going to experience the GFC as per USA and Europe, international effects were minimised due to high commodity prices and income and we had a high savings component at Fed Govt level with no debt. So any claim to have “saved” Aust is so much hot air. It doesn’t stack up. What has happened is that Aust now has a debt of some $300B and rising. That we never had before. The primary issue is that most of it has been spent on Labor’s favourite programs, but in manners which make me for one despair. I do not necessarily disagree with some of their policies, I disagree with their implementation and utter lack of oversight and accountability. If any Company Director had run their business in the same manner, they would be in jail. The worst part is that Labor thinks it is doing great things! And that is apart from creating an environment for social dislocation in so many different ways. But that is socialism for you! And to justify it all, they spin and tell lies and think the voting public are idiots. Unfortunately in around 50% of the case, they may well be right!

          • Luke Manicaros

            AGAIN! Bravo! Peter.
            Very well put.
            I dare say your detailed explanation will NOT be heard by those who have their head up their own ‘you know what !’
            As for the adnauseum comments about ‘Humanitarianism
            and the Australian Way and Fair Go Mate’ they are frustrating, as they mostly come from ‘do-gooders’ who are well off, don’t care about their ‘Fellow Australians’ and have a very narrow vision of just what is happening in this world.
            It is worth considering:
            That the majority of the ‘illegal refugees’ are of the Islamic Faith.
            We do NOT hear of the break up of their ‘ religion and or Faith?
            How many Christians are making it through the ‘illegal refugee migration system’?
            This whole event is a part of the long history of the every endeavour, to Islamise the world and ‘take over’.
            ( Let me hear the ‘squealers’ about any sort of reference to the ‘conspiracy thinking’ !? )
            Does Indonesia want more Muslims ?
            Specially any radical ones ! ?
            They are quite ok about letting Australia pay Indonesia to expedite the Islamisation of Australia.
            40 thousand in year one x 20% / 8,000 have another two children each year, so 40,000 becomes 56,000 in the next year etc etc COMPOUNDING !!! Ad-infinitum?!
            PLUS about 10,000 enable the migration of another say 10,000 relatives ?!
            So 40,000 grows to the said 56,000 + 10,000 = 66,000 in about two years.
            and so it goes ( NOT WILL !!?? ?? IS going,NOW!!! )
            Work it out yourselves ?
            Now the ‘P a D’ ( my new opinion of KRUDD )
            wants to pay for and force these ‘invasions of illegal refugees’ with their radical views and aggressive natures, off on all the Pacific Island Nations.
            Our neighbours!! Who ‘surround Australia !!
            This can destroy the Pacific Island societies, in about 10 years and make them as war torn, as the countries of origin of these ‘illegals invaders’.
            The Fijian Minister who has made this point in Australia this week, has it right !
            KRUDD is sucking up to Fiji in the pretence of wanting to open up a new trading relationship !?
            My bet is that he will very quickly try to force Fiji to ‘do the right, morale thing’ and take a few thousand of these ‘invaders’.
            I hope Bainimarama is ‘too smart for that’ !
            Fiji / He may end up with one of the biggest ‘Peace Keeping Forces in all the Pacific Basin’.
            KRUDD is very soon, very likely to earn the title as Australia’s ‘Public Enemy number 1 ‘.

  • USA2Galt

    Kevin Rudd: pyschopath

  • AkiraAkira

    Ok. Most people loved him comment section wise when he took over from Julia. Interesting. Perhaps because the comments were on the telegraph that i read?

  • Lindsay

    Please wake up Australia and all you blind faith Labor voters. This man is a fraud, an egomaniac and his policies are fiscally negligent. Look at his latest spur of the moment, ill thought out policy on Fringe Benefits Tax – the car industry is in meltdown with thousands of jobs and businesses now at risk. This country cannot continue like this any longer – we will be on our knees, if we are not already.

    • Jonesy

      For all the rantings about Kevin Rudd, the alternative for PM is an intellectual nobody running the country after the next election. Somebody who does not seem to be able to explain to the ordinary voter the Coalition’s policies.

      • Edward Roy of Vegas

        “Intellectual Nobody” ? – how about published Rhodes Scholar – sometimes the problem is not in the conduit rather the utter inability of the receptor to comprehend.

        • Jonesy

          You can’t comprehend what is not disclosed.

          • Peter _qld

            Ummmm …. Abbott has published, read his book and the outline of their plan published a couple of months ago. The Liberals have their policies in a broad sense on their website. Have a read. You are not going to get fine details until closer to election day – same as any party coming into an election. You can’t comprehend if you don’t read!

          • Sue

            Jonesy it’s disclosed look at it. That goes for fools who believe everything written as fact. Read the latest “Document” on the boat people. What a crock that is, and it is written!!

          • Dominici Deltoro

            Dear Kevin,

            You returning to guide the political party you once decimated, is like having Edward Scissor-Hands remold a soft, deformed unfixable piece of clay. The fact you are doing it for no reason but your own sociopathic, egotistical,
            revengeful personal gain is despicable. You were once deposed, because of Labors demise in the polls and fear of obliteration, are you seriously back in office to fix it?

            You stuffed up so many policies in your previous two-year tenancy, that the splintered factions facilitated your removal. Now we have some of those faceless colleagues, like Bill Shorten, removing a bloody dagger from your own back and thrusting it, with no remorse, into Julia’s spine, for his own personal gain. It’s like you have manufactured a culture of psychopathic behavior, all at the expense of Mr. and Mrs. Australia.

            How can you honestly talk about “Labor party reform” when it was you that leaked destructive material in the 2010 campaign, to deliberately sabotage YOUR OWN party with treacherous intent? Who will you recruit alongside Albanese, Bowen and yourself for the new gang of four? And will you ruin their political careers too? Did I hear you say, “Lets all be nice to each other?” I have more faith in those words coming from Mike Tyson’s mouth, just before he steps into the ring for an Evander Holyfield rematch.

            So you have changed your autocratic ways have you? People hate each other more within you own party than they do, the coalition, or the public towards yourself.
            A result due to your narcissistic, malicious, vindictive demeanor, that cannibalised the party to which you have been reinstated.

            Please don’t reiterate Swannies old boring rhetoric of comparing us to the rest of the developed world, we are our own country, and business is hurting. Our books
            aren’t balanced; we can’t spend our way out of debt. We’re not naïve enough, for you consider buying more votes with reckless cash splashing. Rumors you could be pushing the election back and keeping business development in doubt, is causing further paralysis in our economy, you are ruining hard working families lives.

            Last week, your own colleagues voted you in to save their own seats, I can’t imagine voting for someone I detest. Now representatives in your team, have to smile and pretend everything is ok, how painful and demoralising. I bet they are physically sick with their decision and the thought of the months ahead, working under you.

            You epitomise the current predicament of the Labor party, so while it’s fitting you are their “new” leader; it provides no hope for the country. You are a dishonest coward, running a government of instability in which you were the architect. If you won the next election, your re-appointment would be the inception of a full revolution of implosion. You represent nothing but dysfunction, division and disaster. You are not a “real choice”, you are a disgrace and an insult; it’s embarrassing to be Australian.

            I have a family. I work for a wholesaler that didn’t turn a profit for the first time in decades. Its tough out there and all you care about is your own scandal, conflict, policy

            cock-ups, grubby deals, disunity and strategic blunders. We’ve had enough.

            Yours sincerely,

            Dominic Byrne

            (and all the other Aussie punters that can’t stand the thought of you steering a sinking ship. Do yourself a favour, call an election and “zip” off)

          • MIKE DREWRY

            I’d say you’re an ALP stooge Jonesy. As long as they’re not Rudd’s, anybody’s policies would be better.

        • MIKE DREWRY

          “receptor to comprehend”, does that mean “listener to understand”? Adopt the KISS principle by speaking English, the message would be clearer. (There are those like you, who are amongst us and who would have us all talk like a bloody great herd of long-dead Dagoes).

          • Edward Roy of Vegas

            Mick – fair cop, now go f..k yourself. Regards, ER

          • MIKE DREWRY

            who ís Mick? It seems that not only can you not speak or write plain English, you can’t even read it. (I can teach you how to spell naughty words if you like).

          • Edward Roy of Vegas

            Thanks Mick, you are too kind, but I’m not sure about your expertise with spelling, for example I think you have miss-spelt ‘Dreary’. Regards, ER.

          • MIKE DREWRY

            You can’t even spell “misspelled”, nor can you read and then write “Mike”. Need I say more?

          • Edward Roy of Vegas

            Dear Mick, your grasp of irony is remarkable (more irony).

          • MIKE DREWRY

            Just like my mother told me many years ago, arguing with fools and children is a waste of time. So bye bye and do try to be a nice person, even if not a very clever one.

          • Elfucko

            Mick Dreary you are a complete and utter foolish turd. Rot in hell you bigoted maggot!!

      • Helen B

        An economics and law degree, Rhodes Scholar, serial humanitarian, health fanatic … you’re right, he’s not perfect.

        • janice

          All that does not make him a good man or person.

          • Helen B

            serial humanitarian … uh, what do you want?

          • JohnHyde62099119

            really? I’d say it goes a damn long way towards it.

      • Matt Eggleston

        Kevin Rudd is an ABSOLUTE FAKE that stands for NOTHING. He has flip flopped on every major policy position he’s ever stood for: “Climate change is the greatest moral and economic challenge of our time” in 2007, only to scrap any plans for an ETS in 2010; And his opposition to the Howard Government’s border protection policies in 2007, only to try and copy them in 2013 – are just two that spring to mind. It is Kevin Rudd that is the intellectual nobody, as he has never had an original thought of his own.

        • Tony Martin

          Hi Matt, It is Tony Martin, Nicky’s Dad. How are you. My email address is marbles@aapt.net.au If you get this please contact me and we could up-date a little.Regards
          Tony

          • Simon Devers

            So its true. All Australians really do know each other.

      • Adam Spaulding

        people like you Jonesy that wont be happy until this country is on its knees.

      • MIKE DREWRY

        shows how much you know about Tony Abbot.. Intellectual nobodies don’t win Rhodes scholarships. (at least not in Australia)

  • Tony Eff

    Is there a chance that Australians might forget Personalities & start thinking about voting for the Platforms of the Parties? Simply, if you want a Socialist Government, vote Labor, irrespective of who happens to be the Leader at the time.

    • Lindsay

      Agreed. And eventually, Socialists run out of other people’s money!

  • formonitoring

    Really? Rudd has brought Labor level with the Coalition in a fortnight, wrong footed Abbott at every turn, and is preferred PM by a near 30 point lead, and he needs an analyst? Sounds like Rudd’s pretty connected to reality. It’s the Speccie’s editor, seeing easy victory slide from the grasp, who might be in need of treatment for Rudd Derangement Syndrome.

    • Luke Manicaros

      Formonitoring:
      What you say is right. …SADLY!!!

      Highlites how many gullible people and ‘hitch hikers’ we have in Australia.

      You ‘say’ Abbott is ‘ Wrong Footed”?? So you have skills as a ‘Profiler’?

      OK! Please go Profile: ‘A Labour Voter’ for us.
      Bit hard !? Nah!!

      Plenty to chose from:

      A swatch of ‘alleged’ criminals, Radical and illegal refugees, Radical Greens, Communists, Socialists, Atheists, Anti-Christian, Anti-religious and:
      and …..( I say again!! )
      all those ‘hitchhiking bleeders’ of the everything for noting movement.
      Rudd will DESTROY more businesses, hard workers and the real tax payers will lose out…AGAIN!!!
      KRUDD WILL WRECK AUSTRALIA AND HAVE THE TEMERITY TO GO AN JOIN THE UN AND SET ABOUT DSETROYING OTHER GLOBAL ECONOMIES.
      When will he produce his version of: ‘Mine Kamp’ ?

      • Di Pearton

        When Australia’s economy rates as forth in the world, how can you declare that we ‘are down a big hole now’?? http://www.canstar.com.au/online-trading/australias-prosperous-economy/

        • Peter _qld

          Forth in the world? All that says is that the other countries are in shite state if Australia ranks fourth. Higher unemployment than when Libs were in; higher debt; less savings; more businesses gone and going broke or being propped up by Govt handouts. And a PM who thinks that setting up websites will fix rising grocery prices, rising fuel prices and that putting up buildings in school grounds actually helps kids do better with their reading and maths. And who says he is a fiscal conservative; a Howard lite – Rudd wouldn’t know a fiscal conservative if one bit him! He is the master of saying one thing and doing another. Failure at Copenhagen despite the 119 advisers he took with him; handed out $900 cheques to millions of people who we are told saved most of the money and had Centrelink post them to people in Greece, Italy, UK, NZ and just to show how compassionate he really is, people who had been dead for some time! The Mining Tax, the ETS scheme he backed away from, Tax Reform ignored, Hospital reform which stripped one third of the GST from the States and put the Feds in charge (against the Constitution – Health is a State role), and on and on and on. We may be able to handle $100,000,000 in interest payments on the debt, but we just shoudn’t have to. Yeah … we’re not down a hole all right!

        • Luke Manicaros

          Di Pearton: Thanx Di. Good question ?!

          IF the claim was only true !!??

          I will assume it is a ‘question’ and not a ‘contradiction of my comments’ by some rabid Leftie, sucked in by all the lies

          and criminal irresponsibilities being served up to Australians as ‘supposed good social conscience government’.

          There are some 200 billion reasons ( all DOLLARS OF DEBT !) that clearly indicate there is a DAMNED BIG HOLE in our economy.

          “Economy” being our ability to not only borrow such massive funds, but TO ALSO BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN THE INTEREST PAYMENT AND REPAY THE PRINCIPAL IN LESS THAT TWO TO THREE GENERATIONS.

          The Government who put out the ‘figures’ to ‘describe’ our economy are ‘proven liars’ and you must surely know that figures and ‘supposed facts’ are often manipulated

          ( with false evidence and spin )

          to deceive the ‘sucker’, who just wants to go on with the lazy thinking “Everything is FINE!!” and “She’ll be right, mate!”

          IF you stop listening to the lies and go and read the newspapers and talk to business people

          ( NOT only Left Wing Journos !! )

          and find out :

          How many BIG and SMALL businesses have gone down hill and broke, under the Labour watch?

          How many Bankruptcies there are, now?

          How many employees have had to be made un-employed ?

          How many people have lost their savings? Their Homes ? Their Superannuation returns, that enabled self sufficiency ?

          How many suicides; new alcoholics and drug addicts; broken marriages, family abuse in the anger and fear,

          road rage; crime increase; shop lifting; theft from even little old ladies, by desperate people, turning to crime,

          to TRY to have money for food etc?

          How many have cancelled their Medical Insurance; lost their hire purchase cars; cannot afford school fees, child care medical prescriptions?

          How many Pensioners are starving, freezing, sick from worry, neglected by Government/s?

          What is the number of ‘bludgers’ in comparison with the
          number of businesses capable creating employment and new tax payers for the country?

          What is the ‘majority collective mentality and emotion?

          I can assure you, those who ‘work for a living and are honest contributors to the economy’
          are de-motivated, confused, frightened, angry, now lacking in initiative, courage to invest and take risks and in many cases, with all this stress etc are headed for very debilitating sicknesses and then death.

          All of which, futher destroys ‘the economy’.

          Also !

          WHY? Is the Tax man oppressively charging after more and more taxes, from the diminishing number of businesses and workers?

          WHY !? Are there so many NEW taxes ?

          WHY? Is the ‘Reserve’ keeping interest rates so low,
          so as to try to ‘re-start’ the supposed ‘strong economy?

          WHY? Is the Government ‘stealing’ funds from our Super Savings, Bank Accounts?

          The Economy is ultimately the ‘ the investor, business creator and working people, WHO INPUT TO THE NATIONAL COFFERS AND DO NOT TAKE EVERY SINGLE OPPORTUNITY TO ‘STEAL FROM IT” !?

          IF ‘ YOU’ are NOT an investor, business creator and owner, a hard worker paying taxes, then you will never understand or help the economy.

          More sadly, frustrating and angering is the FACT that those who have failed our country and in their unconscionable, wasteful, fraudulent, miss-management of our economy, when they are ‘sacked’, will retire to a life of luxury, on the back of the hard working, real Australian, tax payer.

          IF ‘you’ do not understand what represents the ‘true economy’ then it is likely you have an un-sackable job,

          with the bunch of ‘crazies’ leading us over the edge;

          into the ever increasing ‘sink hole’ of our debt and economic and National destruction.

          IF you do NOT have such a ‘job’ then, in your own best interests, I hope you do not have a Credit Card !?.

          IF you are a part of the ‘bagatel’ called ‘The Left’, then you will NOT understand any of the above;

          and I expect you will contradict and maybe rubbish my comments.

          I am 74 and worked from age 17 years onwards! RAAF 6 years. Fed Govt. 12 years. Self employed since 1969.

          Now!! because of the crazy ideological and proven failed philosophical political and economic approach

          and management of Australia, by the various Labour Governments, I cannot get a pension or retire or a job and am still working to TRY to make a living in what used to be a very good country.

          I challenge anyone to prove how any of the Labour Governments left the Australian Economy in better shape, than when they inherited it ?!

          And more importantly!?
          HOW THEY DID IN FACT, CREATE BETTER EMPLOYMENT AND JOB SECURITY AND PUT MORE ‘REAL DOLLARS’ IN THE PAY PACKETS FOR THE ‘WORKERS’

          The ‘people’ they ‘claim’ to represent.

          ANOTHER LIE !!
          My advice to the thoughtless voters who will force Australians into even more ‘Hard Labour’ is:
          Learn to bite your tongue!
          Shut your mouth and say ‘Nothing’!
          …and…
          learn to say:
          YES! MASTER!!

          NOW !! Back to ‘work’ to try to earn an income and ‘help the economy’.

          • Look Mum, No Hands!

            Luke, I like the way you think! In fact you’re my new best friend

          • denise carrol

            Totally agree….I’ve pasted this whole conversation for future reference…. I think we need Luke on the airways….do you think they’d let him onto the ABC? —–(not bloody likely!!!:-.he’d certainly be alone in their lunch room wouldn’t he)

          • Helen B

            ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. We live in a fool’s paradise, in debt up to our ears, with all the problems you list festering away. And the fools will probably vote in this shiester.

      • Buddy Rojek

        One thing I have learned in the 2 weeks since becoming the Palmer United Candidate for Corangamite is the vocal minorities are only 10% of my electorate, and the issues they bring up, are not on the radar of most of my electorate.

        So I am avoiding what I read in papers, social media and other focus group rants, and listening to real people.

        Maybe if they did this 20 years ago, our political system would not be the cliched (e.g. Working families) riddled joke that it is.

        Check out the Palmerunited.com site and read the REAL profiles of the candidates.

        We are bringing back COMMON SENSE!

      • Tim

        Ah yes, ‘Mine Kamp’, the training manual for National Socialist Boy Scouts.

        • Luke Manicaros

          You got it!
          Kevin is a classic ‘International Boy Scout’..

    • Edward Roy of Vegas

      Formonitoring, you might want to spend 5 minutes reading up on the dangers of charismatic leadership, then look up conitive dissonance for an explanation of what you are experiencing.

    • Peter _qld

      You obviously don’t live in Australia!

    • Short Kay

      The latest popularity polls are already turning against Labor. Labor’s short-lived “revival” is nothing more than a typical dead-cat bounce.

  • Edward Roy of Vegas

    Rudd will end up as a case study of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

    • Peter _qld

      He may well end up such a study. But what about the 50% of Australians who apparently want to vote for him. What does this say about them! BTW, next time you see him being mobbed have a good look at the people doing that. Mostly high school kids and people who are lucky enough not to work but have to spend n shopping centres. Yeah I know I exaggerate, but have a look.

      • ozzisandman

        Peter_qld sounds like an uncut diamond from Caloundra !!

        • Peter _qld

          Rather than uncut diamond with all its potential than a cut, trimmed, polished one that is as good as it ever gets! lol Caloundra? No – not retired, not even a Qld’er! But keep guessing!!

          • Aussiemarg

            I agree with you Peter_qld, I don’t want to see a man who can hold a grudge for three years, Prime Minister of my country, if nothing else it shows what he is on the inside…. grubby.

      • Buddy Rojek

        WANT TO VOTE! TWO PARTY PREFERRED POLLS ARE MISLEADING!

        I know I used to do polling for spare money when at Uni. When people only have 2 choices, off course it is 50/50.

        Our internal polling is getting 30% Palmer United support when people are given a THIRD choice!

        • Peter _qld

          The point of my post is that I do not understand why around 50% of people in this country want him as PM. I could understand 30-40% perhaps, but not 50%. Also, re your statistical analysis and explanation … if 1000 people are polled and there is only a choice of two and 831 choose one option, then it is NOT 50/50, is it! In fact, the mathematical likelihood of it ever being 50/50 is the same as being any other possible ratio. It’s like that stupid social scientist who a couple of weeks ago announced that there is a 50/50 chance of the human race still being alive by late this century. Well, of course he is right, there are only two options. Alive or Dead. Now that can only ever be a 50/50 chance of him being accurate. But if you were to measure how many people agree/disagree with him about the likelihood of being accurate, then you could get any possible result. It is not the number of choices available that determines this, it is what the question is measuring. You could have one person agreeing with him or any number up to millions depending upon how many are polled. The problem is that not many people understand how this works. We constantly see statistics misused to support a proposition that wouldn’t stand up by itself. The same kind of stuff happens when modelling eg climate change models!

          • Buddy Rojek

            Agreed. Since entering politics my naive beliefs ave been shattered. I am finding the vocal minorities contacting me now, trying to influence me. When I put their views out to the general public, there is either ambivalence or an opposite view. So I am avoiding focus groups and listening to ordinary constituents. These people NEED THEIR VOICE HEARD FOR ONCE!

          • Peter _qld

            Buddy, the sense I get from the electorate and it is a very small overview of clients and friends I meet, is that the large majority are so pissed off over what has gone on they are switching off and dumping all politicians into the same category. One they don’t want. What I do find interesting is that many really like Turnball. And if one compares his behaviour, how he speaks, the way he speaks ie his words, his nuances, his capacity to say things that are middle of the road and say it in a decent wa,y with how Rudd and Abbott do it, I am not surprised. I think many in the electorate wish for a statesman to be PM. And Turnball appears the closest to who could turn out to be one. Rusted on Labor & Lib voters will always vote for the party. But as we know it is the swinging voter in this country that decides elections and these people really like Turnball. I wonder if the Libs are considering rolling Abbott!! Seriously … I doubt it, but it certainly would guarantee a big win and I’d love to see Rudd’s face the morning he was asked what he thought about it!

          • Buddy Rojek

            my thoughts exactly. I am campaigning in a way that does not “piss” voters off. They are very switched off now. I walked into the head office of the Liberal opponent, and the team she has, the flags, the USSR style sized banners will just backfire. Palmer’s grass roots approach and small budget given to candidates will actually work in Palmer United favour. Now I understand why he is a self made billionaire. Very very astute.

          • Luke Manicaros

            Peter_qld.
            Peter may I comment as follows, please?
            The ‘Labour mob’ always use the ‘divide and conquer strategy’ in elections.
            ie. They successfully divided Howard and Costello.
            NOW ! they and some other coalition supporters,
            are allowing the same strategy to be used
            with Abbott vs Turnbull ( NOT TurnBALL !? )
            In my poor, humble, uneducated personal opinion !!
            Malcolm Turnbull is the ‘Kevin Rudd’ of the coalition.
            He really thinks he has the unquestionable right to be the “Leader” of the coalition parties.
            He and others, suggest he was improperly removed from the Leadership.
            That is NOT TRUE.
            He was democratically voted OUT !!
            Over his desire to foist an ETS off, on Australia.
            He STILL supports an ETS scheme!!
            He LOVES going on Q & A and all other media where ‘someone???’ ALWAYS pushes his ‘Leadership wheelbarrow’
            Twitter’s are mostly from ‘Real Twits’!
            So damned annoying!!
            Tony Smith’s politics ?? GUESS!!
            A ‘Smug Mug’, if ever there was one!!
            Ha !! Ha!!
            He gets this conceited, supercilious look on his face
            as he condescendingly, denies he has any ‘current’ leadership aspirations.
            His every word on this, is unconvincing and very insincere.
            His insincerity bordering on being a ‘bloody lie’
            ( Hello ! God and we Aussies do hate liars!!)
            HE ALWAYS WHITE ANTS TONY ABBOTT’S LEADERSHIP TENURE.
            He feeds the Left Wing media jackals, who will do all possible to keep the LEFT ruling and ruining Australia.
            Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ has it covered, when Julius Caesar is conferring with Brutus
            and he is talking of ‘Cassius’
            ” Yon Cassius has a mean and hungry look!?
            I trust him not !
            Then Brutus back-stabs Caesar!!
            ‘Et tu Brute’?’
            Then there was the infamous ‘Judas’.
            A person who craved GOLD above loyalty and honour!?
            I have asked Malcolm to please go join the Labour Left
            as I think he would then be able to stand in his own ‘truth’?!
            I have suggested to him, directly, he shows signs of being untrustworthy and maybe even treacherous??
            Hello! Brutus and Judas.
            I have asked if his Goldman Sachs career will stand full investigation of always acting and advising with full propriety ?
            ( I am and Ex-Licensed Investment Adviser here
            and KNOW how demanding that is !!)
            We investigate many others in our country?
            Have we fully investigated Malcolm’s total business background?
            Where did his ‘fortune’ come from?
            Standard investigative stuff for politicians and aspiring National Leaders?!
            We question all our rich people! Gina ?! Clive !?
            How about Malcolm??
            Malcolm may be a better ‘talker’ than Tony.
            BUT I do not believe he has the guts of the convictions
            of ‘a Coalition Government ‘.
            I suggest ‘What you see is NOT what you get’.
            Abbott’s true persona is more obvious to me.
            CAN WE PLASE ELECT A LEADER WHO WILL BE HONEST WITH US AND STAND IN HIS OWN TRUTH!?

          • Peter _qld

            Luke – you can comment all you like mate! That is your right. Unlike some in the Labor Party who would like to control free speech. Re Turnbull, are you aware that he once considered joining the Labor Party and was seriously courted by them. He admitted some time ago that he didn’t as he chose not to get into politics at that time. Later, when he was ready, he joined the Liberals. That may well tell us something about his philosophy and social leanings. I doubt it tells us about his financial beliefs as I suspect they are well and truly honed in the fire of high finance and private enterprise . Which is good. Probably why Abbott gave him his portfolio. But his social philosophy is more left leaning. He is after all from the coffee latte drinking set and it is so easy to be generous when you have a lot to be generous with. In my previous post, I tried to raise his presentation and demeanour in the public view. His image. And one must admit, he presents well. The problem he has is that many Libs think he would move far to far to the left if he were Leader. Whether he would or not is debateable as he has now had 6 years of seeing those policies play out.

          • Luke Manicaros

            Peter. Thanx. We are mostly on the same page.

            A BIG issue is the way Labor’ s ‘ divide, weaken and conquer strategy’ has been effective in the past and can be again, unless Turnbull CONVINCINGLY puts a STOP to it.

            He is NEVER convincing, when on the subject of his desire to depose Abbott and be another ‘Phoenix’ of politics.

            Is he a closet ‘Leftie’? Is he a ‘False Prophet’ ?

            IF he is a half RIGHT and half LEFT ( Chamelion !?)
            then neither side can trust him !

            Maybe the BIG picture for him is: Hang in, to a safe senior position, for now. Continuously push the Republican agenda and at the RIGHT time, nominate for the first Republican Presidency?
            IF he is a rich capitalist, then maybe he could afford a big campaign ?

            BTW: In the higher finance industry, the Goldman Sach’s types, are well trained in presenting very pretty and optimistic pictures of the most likely success of their slick advices and financial devices.

            Most of such advisers are more interested in how much they can earn each week, instead of whether their advice will really work successfully for their client’s future.

            The majority of adviser’s clients ‘portfolios’ fail to meet the projected needed targets for whatever the end objective.
            They indemnify themselves against any responsibility for such ‘failures to perform’ !

            In the equities and securities investment sector, the only thing that is certain and secured is the ‘adviser’s (Goldman Sachs ? ) commission and fees.

            So!? My question remains: Should any of us support a person, trained in the industries that have regularly disrupted and even destroyed, markets, industries, international and national economies.

            I do not envy Abbott with this person always standing behind him and hovering like a buzzard or a hyena.

          • mondotrech

            the more alarming fact is that 50% of the country would prefer Abbott… now that’s scary

  • John Murphy

    The Tory who wrote this was so hysterical they forgot to put their name to it. What’s the name THAT psychiatric condition?

  • Buddy Rojek

    I would not worry about it. Despite Palmer United Party having very little media attention, people expressed their disdain for both parties to me, and are acutely aware of the false messiah that Kevin 13 is.

    I would not worry about him, and just focus to listening to the electorate and their needs. Despite a manipulated media, they see right through it.

    • Peter _qld

      Buddy, I wish I had your faith in the voting aust public! There is a tendency in this country to ignore policy and vote for “who I like”. Costello, a good solid Treasurer, some say one of the best, was not voted for by many due to his smile which they labelled a “smerk”. Heaven help us when the vote depends upon a person’s capacity to smile in an acceptable manner!

  • Voltara Smith

    Remember also that it was Rudd who gave us Gillard and Swan. They were B listers until they got lucky on the back of their support for a man neither of them could stand. Rudd was happy to oblige – he’s the sort of manager who prefers to surround himself with talentless hacks because it made him look better.

    The Labor members who voted for Rudd know better than anyone what type of creature he is, yet they chose to sell the country down the river (again) to save a few front-bench seats.

  • Kevin McCarthy

    I could not agree more with the writer. If people vote for a Party !!!!! or a dunce like rudd the dud whom have completely ruined this country, just like your cricketers.

  • Carolyn Henderson

    WHat has shocked me to my roots is a die hard through & through Labour sprouting friend will not be voting Labour this election In fact said, “if Malcolm Turnbull was the head of the oppositions they would be voting Liberal.” So hated is Rudd by learned Labour members

  • noboatsornovotes

    We cannot agree more. Given Labor’s naive, excessive, financially-treasonous and domestically-bigoted nature in their response to so-called asylum seekers (A.K.A. thankless, lawless degenerates; A.K.A sea-faring welfare leeches) we feel that Australians should take to the streets in large droves in one swift move, loudly declaring our absolute refusal to accept further financial liability for those who are lured here by nothing more than the whispered promise of a handout with all the trimmings. While Labor has played lap-dog to boatloads of thankless degenerates, our laws have been broken (remember the Uni student who was raped?) and our lives have been put in danger (remember the terrorist in a low-security detention centre?); and we have been forced to finance it all!…..

    Enough is Enough!! This could all be solved; Australians could be spared the cost of billions by simply stopping the boats at the point of interception and sending them back in the boats they came in – with no further cost to Australia!…..

    But Labor hasn’t got the guts to do that; they possess only the cowardly incentive to steal from its own people to fund the lawless and undeserving……

    It’s our children’s futures, our country and it’s our right to choose. Defend these God-given rights before the Australia we know is no longer there to defend!! ……. http://www.noboatsornovotes.comhttp://www.noboatsornovotes.comhttp://www.noboatsornovotes.comhttp://www.noboatsornovotes.com

    • skip

      So, as it’s our ‘God-given rights’, what you’re really saying is that by some cosmic accident because we happen to have been born in this country, we somehow have the right to claim all and sundry as our own?

      A few brief facts, I’m not going to waste too much time as your mind is already made up, but of our $350 billion budget, approximately $150 billion is spent annually on social welfare and structures for our own citizens. Approximately $350 million per annum is spent on asylum seekers – in the whole scheme of things it’s a fraction of a percentage AND an international responsibility that we have (like it or not) because we’re signatories to various international refugee conventions…and because isn’t it the right thing to do to help people? Have we become that nationalistic and self-centred that we care nothing for others in peril around the world?

      By the way, the various international / UN treaties and laws we subscribe to make it 100% legal to seek asylum.

      We take less asylum seekers per capita than most equivalently wealthy countries.

      Approximately 97% (or more) asylum seekers have been found to have legitimate reasons (persecution, threat of death, torture, rape etc etc).

      I suggest you have a think about this image: https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/540257_577741612263989_1300493646_n.jpg

      Quite frankly, I feel rather sorry for you, as much of what you’re saying has very little evidence based reasoning behind it.

      • Cruz Bannon

        Hey Skip…would you like a life jacket?? You’re drowning in your own misguided, tragically-blind mission of humanitarianism. Unfortunately for people like you, you don’t realise that the problem you willingly embrace and nurture today, eventually grows teeth and bites you on the arse; but hey…that’s not your problem; it’s your kids and I’m sure they’ll love your kind for it somewhere down the track when they are forced to be UNAustralian; can’t get a job and suffer financially and societally because of the “Economic Migrants” who are “silently invading” us today and will eventually take over due to people like you. You want Facts!!? Here’s one for you – ONLY an Economic Migrant would pay up to $2000AUS to get on a boat!! I don’t care what the financial percentages are!!! You want to come to Australia – fine – just fill out an application like everyone else who does it the RIGHT WAY. I’ve never had a problem with multiculturalism in Australia!! But I have no time for so-called refugees who destroy property, rape Uni students, stab policemen and break other laws AFTER they have been given a chance to be considered for citizenship – That’s Just Crap!!! But it sounds like “Crap” is the brand of cologne you use anyway!!
        Must go – no time for traitors of any degree or breed! –>–>–>
        noboatsornovotes.com –>–> noboatsornovotes.com –>–> noboatsornovotes.com –>–> noboatsornovotes.com

  • bookshop

    Last week the stark raving mad megalomaniac Kevin Rudd referred to himself as a somebody. Obviously in his estimation the rest of us peasants are nobody’s.

  • Guy Maxwell

    He was and still is, our democratically elected leader, the most popular one since Bob Hawke at one stage ( till he took on the big miners) He is passionate about a lot of things, family and his beloved Queensland, small government, on which he made his reputation and ominous moniker ‘ Doctor Death’.
    I perceive his passion also extends to wanting to lead this country into the future, one where Australia is a major player and the model of an ideal compassionate Democracy in the region and the world.
    All politicans are about the gaining and maintaining of power and the process is not pretty to watch from the out-side, the old ‘ sausage making ‘ analogy works well.
    Don’t look too closely at the process , or you’ll never eat another sausage!
    It’s up to us as citizens to rein in the excesses of our leaders. I advocate strongly , that in the new age of 24 hour news reporting and the internet , that we limit political broadcasts, comments and speeches in the media to daylight hours, say 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m., to act as a circuit breaker for them as much as us. Perhaps the sausage will look a bit more appetizing if you don’t suck on it all day and night !

  • Dindoul

    Kevin rudd will be remembered as the biggest ever Wanker Australian prime minister that his own colleagues called him a megalomaniac psychopath.I will not trust this parasite to look after a bag or crap.

  • Lilac

    We are trying to get rid of the freak, but the left crowd love him.

  • Neville Owens

    Why is there no byline to this article? I would be interested to know who wrote it.

  • K.P.

    I feel that your assessment of Australia’s King Krudd is correct in every way. However, I am concerned that many of my fellow Australians will be voting for him nevertheless. Fair shake of the sauce bottle…. who in their right minds would do so.

  • Bob

    It beggars belief that the ‘Return of Caesar from the grave’ doesn’t scare the
    electorate in whole.

    The very people who dismissed him last time for his ‘superb qualities’,
    are those that now return him to power.

    Was it the person ? or the abysmal way that each and every idea was
    implemented

    with the same enthusiasm and accountability as the ‘Ros Kelly Blackboard
    Affair’ Ideas wonderful in principle yet implemented with idiocy as their
    benchmark!

    The kitty is now bare and the task of returning Australia to a Smarter, Harder
    working , and accountable government fall to the Opposition…

    I am just a little scared that the Flim Flam Man will have more smoke and mirror
    effects to ‘disillusionate the populas’ when truth and sanity are all
    that is really needed!

  • ArchiePonsonby

    Poor Australia! It has its very own Tony Blair!

  • Dominici Deltoro

    The “Hon” Kevin Rudd MP

    Parliament House

    CANBERRA ACT 2600

    Dear Kevin,

    You returning to guide the political party you once decimated, is like having Edward Scissor-Hands remold a soft, deformed unfixable piece of clay. The fact you are doing it for no reason but your own sociopathic, egotistical, revengeful personal gain is despicable. You were once deposed, because of Labors demise in the polls and fear of obliteration, are you seriously back in office to fix it?

    You stuffed up so many policies in your previous two-year tenancy, that the splintered factions facilitated your removal. Now we have some of those faceless colleagues, like Bill Shorten, removing a bloody dagger from your own back and thrusting it, with no remorse, into Julia’s spine, for his own personal gain. It’s like you have manufactured a culture of psychopathic behavior, all at the expense of Mr. and Mrs. Australia.

    How can you honestly talk about “Labor party reform” when it was you that leaked destructive material in the 2010 campaign, to deliberately sabotage YOUR OWN party with treacherous intent? Who will you recruit alongside Albanese, Bowen and yourself for the new gang of four? And will you ruin their political careers too? Did I hear you say, “Lets all be nice to each other?” I have more faith in those words coming from Mike Tyson’s mouth, just before he steps into the ring for an Evander Holyfield rematch.

    So you have changed your autocratic ways have you? People hate each other more within you own party than they do, the coalition, or the public towards yourself. A result due to your narcissistic, malicious, vindictive demeanor, that cannibalised the party to which you have been reinstated.

    Please don’t reiterate Swannies old boring rhetoric of comparing us to the rest of the developed world, we are our own country, and business is hurting. Our books aren’t balanced; we can’t spend our way out of debt. We’re not naïve enough, for you consider buying more votes with reckless cash splashing. Rumors you could be pushing the election back and keeping business development in doubt, is causing further paralysis in our economy, you are ruining hard working families lives.

    Last week, your own colleagues voted you in to save their own seats, I can’t imagine voting for someone I detest. Now representatives in your team, have to smile and pretend everything is ok, how painful and demoralising. I bet they are physically sick with their decision and the thought of the months ahead, working under you.

    You epitomise the current predicament of the Labor party, so while it’s fitting you are their “new” leader; it provides no hope for the country. You are a dishonest coward, running a government of instability in which you were the architect. If you won the next election, your re-appointment would be the inception of a full revolution of implosion. You represent nothing but dysfunction, division and disaster. You are not a “real choice”, you are a disgrace and an insult; it’s embarrassing to be Australian.

    I have a family. I work for a wholesaler that didn’t turn a profit for the first time in decades. Its tough out there and all you care about is your own scandal, conflict, policy cock-ups, grubby deals, disunity and strategic blunders. We’ve had enough.

    Yours sincerely,

    Dominic Byrne

    (and all the other Aussie punters that can’t stand the thought of you steering a sinking ship. Do yourself a favour, call an election and “zip” off)

  • JosephPantaleo

    Kevin Rudd has brought out:

    1. the worst out of once respectable Australian news outlets like The Age, The Australian and the ABC who have been festering in gossip at the expense of discussing policy.

    2. the worst out of the ALP who have such an intense disdain for Rudd that he has resorted to hiring his own son as a political adviser.

    3. the worst out of the Australian people who used (hardly unprecedented) political backstabbing as an excuse to launch a vile, misogynistic campaign against the best ALP leader since Hawke/Keating.

    4. and the worst out of the parliamentary democratic system in Australia, which is not longer marketplace for ideas but a desperate grab for voters based on rigorous market testing and polling.

    That glib smile and vacuous rhetoric he spews on camera reveals a deeply troubled narcissist and, maybe, a sociopath.

    • M. Wenzl

      To be fair, (4) is the case in every parliamentary democracy.

      • Peter _qld

        You know why that is the case in every parliamentary democracy? Because the goal of every political party is to get into power. To become the Govt. I wonder what that objective has to do with running the country properly!

        • M. Wenzl

          Yes, although there needn’t always be a contradiction between striving for power and running a country properly. The latter is always going to be subjective anyway, especially given that mere GDP growth has been proven over the years to be an unreliable measure of effective governance.

  • Andrew K

    Kevin Rudd, like most other spotlight politicians of recent times, is a symptom of a bigger problem. Our system has gone wrong, we have decided to hand over responsibility to a select few, and our methods of deciding those few have become corrupt and counter-productive. To make it worse, the media depicts it all as an unfolding drama of characters, like a soap sometimes, most the coverage of late is drama not policy. We can argue about who is worse or better all day long and will continue to do so til we change the system… Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbot, Julia Gillard… I could care less which one holds the job, the job has lost its meaning and become something ridiculous. It shouldnt be a position given to a charismatic sociopath who won a popularity contest in a 2 horse race. Our greed and ignorance keeps them in power, and the corruptions of our society define the parameters of our government. Our blind support of failing systems due to apathy, self preservation and greed is only perpetuating the problem. As long as we are all worrying about whats best for ourselves and our own (which is what they want) we will continue to stagnate or worse as a society.

  • Bob

    Here is the Resurrection , The Light and the One true being who
    single handedly was brought down by
    his Own Party for incompetence on a scale not seen since the Whitlam Era!

    How
    is it possible that the very reasons he was handsomely ‘ Flicked’ from the
    leadership, are now the reasons of his Resurrection ??

    Is it really possible for a leopard to change its stripes?? or is that Spots?

    An ability to grab Headlines and be a Show-pony are not the true requirements of a political leader ( although they do assist)

    They say a week is a long time in Politics.. How is it that his first 20 months in the Priminster-ship (now sinking into the mire) were so diabolically Disastrous,
    and yet now , 3 years later, HE is the only person to lead the labor party to (possible) Victory?

    If the saying is true , then those who fail to learn from
    history , are destined to repeat it !

    Are the Australian
    population really that silly ???

    I Hope NOT!

    6 Years of Komedy Kapers is more than LONG ENOUGH!!

  • Anthony

    Replace the words Kevin and Rudd, with Gordon and Brown^^^^^^

  • Luke Manicaros

    Rudd and all the Labor current and past cohorts and the ‘Refugee issues’.
    May I suggest the “Asylum Seeker / Refugee” event/s have mutated into
    ‘AN INVASION OF AUSTRALIA’.
    Is this an extreme view?
    IF our border’s security and National Immigration Laws, have been breeched by thousands of ‘ essentially unknown and thereby, suspect persons’, who pay no respect to the cost and damage forced off on our country?
    IF these ‘ refugees etc’ are enabled by unknown, clandestine, suspect and proven criminal types, to effectively over-run our country?
    IF there is a level of complicity by a northern neighbouring country that does NOT allow any form of ‘illegal entry and residency’ to their own country?
    And who shows no concern for the difficulties, costs and damages being forced off
    on a very generous, friendly, open and honest Australia.
    Then it is fair to say:
    The whole Refugee situation is out of control.
    We have no effective defence, that protects Australia from all the costs and problems these illegal Refugees bring to our country.
    We have demonstrated we cannot control them, when they do get landed here, under the most generous of circumstances with benefits most Australians will never enjoy.
    THEN: WE ARE UNDER ATTACK AND BEING INVADED.
    It is also the ultimate height of absurdity to ‘Think and Try’ to pass this ‘out of control, costly and poisonous situation’ off to New Guinea, who Australia has honestly and at great cost, worked for so long to nurture that country to grow into a unified, peaceful and abundant developed country.
    This ‘passing the dump’ to New Guinea could completely destroy any/all the good works, we Australians, did achieve in those magnificent Islands.

  • Terry Rogers

    This sums up not only Krudd, but the whole of the Labor party in Australia. The sad thing about this is that a large proportion of the Australian population that have the right to vote, unfortunately don’t have the intelligence to see through the dogma and rhetoric of Labor, and thus we have what you see today.

  • Down to a tee. A psychiatrist’s dream !

  • Three french fries short of a Happy Meal !

  • Dodsworth

    This article carries no weight without a ‘by’ line and demonstrates a lack of understanding regards the issues and Australian opposition leader.

    • Peter _qld

      You think having a name in the by-line would bring weight to an article? Is that what determines an article’s validity? Good grief! Judge what is written by the content, not by who wrote it!

      • Dodsworth

        I found the article simplistic despite its various references to political history. Rudd’s first bite of cherry was shambolic, evidenced by his party taking the first excuse to depose him, however it was seen as fickle treachery, terminally undermining Gillard’s chance at popularity and her successes became hidden under the teenage style assault from Abbott and a predictable rear guard breach by a disgruntled Rudd. She also battled uphill against age old genderism. However Gillard’s camp then chose to ignore the previously convenient polls when they became in favour of Rudd over both Gillard and Abbott. I don’t think anybody enjoys Rudds purile platitudes anymore than they do Abbotts flimsy cheap shots which he attempts to deny at a moments notice each time he dribbles. It is most unfortunate that voters vote for people and not parties. Both Labor and Liberal voters would happily vote for Turnbull, vindicated re global warming, over Rudd and Abbott. The article supports such shallow voting practices when party philosophy and policies should take the day. We are not seeing much Liberal party policy and what does surface is either unpalatable or Abbott might just take it back if he thinks he is looking silly. Qld hey?

  • Joel Butler

    It is sad that his colleagues in the Labour Party are willing to saddle Australia with him simply in order to be re-elected, rather than risk personal approbation by telling the electorate exactly what he is like. What would you rather be? Disloyal to your party? Or disloyal to the country?

    • Peter _qld

      Hear! Hear! Joel. My thoughts entirely.

  • Alan Hunter

    How can anybody expect respect, or be taken seriously if they don’t have the guts to put their name to their opinion?. WTF are The Spectator doing publishing an unnamed essay, its pathetic, we have to give our name to comment, typical right wing hypocrisy.

  • Micky Mantell

    Even if people do like Kev the clownish circus master – they cannot escape the fact the Govt has been a lousy one from the beginning and people feel the pinch and business feels the punch – in the guts the ALP has delivered

  • Kriston Terbutt

    Jesus, some People Need to take a break here. A bit over the top. Our Australian political blood bath has been good for some, shit for others. Tony Abbot isn´t what his credentials list states he is. He’s just an earlier model of Kevin Rudd. Make no mistakes, both Major Political Parties in Australia are policy vacuums with only self serving individuals at their core. Careerist, opportunistic, vaccuus drones that want to gain power to serve their own ego´s. Kevin Rudd is not alone. Have a look at the idiots on both sides and you will find the same Modus apperandi. Sometimes you get the leader you deserve.

    • burningbeardy

      “Make no mistakes, both Major Political Parties in Australia are policy vacuums with only self serving individuals at their core.”

      That sounds like most political parties throughout the World…

  • furbian

    As a Brit who just happened to stumble upon this article, and does find the Rudd rise, fall, and return interesting, I was hoping to learn a little more about why he’s a fraud, but I felt I’ve just wasted a few minutes reading what looks like diatribe. Or is it implicit to most Australians why he’s a fraud? Is it because of his recent hard-line stance against boat people? If it is, it’s not obvious from the article.

    • Peter _qld

      Furbian, I can just imagine what you must be thinking about Aust politics at the moment!! The reason you are seeing so much … ummm … frothing at the mouth by posters here, is that Aust have had to put up with the Labor Party in power for 6 years. There is vast amounts of evidence in their total incompetence, graft and corruption. Their incapacity to effectively implement policies. Their ability to adopt short term fix it solutions that eventually have proved to create larger problems and worst of all, their capacity for either self deceit or lies to the public in trying to justify what they have done etc. For example, Labor constantly pushes the line that they “saved” Aust from recession during the GFC. How? Amongst other things the Bats installation fiasco, which was so poorly implemented that some installers were killed and when stopped by the Govt, sent many businesses broke. Such as the Education Revolution which consisted of building school buildings such as halls and covered play areas which apparently help kids learn to read and write and lift literacy. Something that has gone backwards according to Govt measures. More importantly from a fiscal perspective, the majority of the funds was spent well after the GFC crisis had passed and finally on this one, the cost per sq m of construction for Govt was 50% to 60% higher than what private school controlled expenditure was …. most of it went to favoured Labor mates/contractors and admin. Another one were $900 chqs sent out. According to a study by various an Aust Uni economist, only 40% of the money was spent and is still being spent. This has been measured by the Australian Taxation Office who were charged with tracking the chqs. So, really, one has to wonder about the effectiveness of all this and we keep being told and have the tax payers money being spent on advt telling us how wonderful they are! We have an ex Labor minister facing charges appropriation of Union funds for expenses incurred at brothels; others facing charges of giving contracts to Labor power brokers who have made millions in the resources industry as a result; The ex PM still being investigated by the Police for her role in misuse of Union funds by her then boyfriend. The list goes on! I’ve just touched the tip of the iceberg. Hope that helps explains why some are sick to death of them!

  • Julian

    People seem to forget the reason the ALP got rid of Kevin in the first place…he was a hopeless Prime Minister!

  • Eden Sinclair

    You conservative voters are always so completely insane, it’s hilarious.

    Please, please actually explain why anyone should vote for Liberals and the merits of the Liberals or Tony Abbott alone. And don’t give us that “Rhodes Scholar” Crap, if you people actually believed in intellectualism, you would agree with all the worlds scientists that Global Warming is the greatest issue mankind is facing, yet you don’t. You agree with the worlds massive companies and financial elite it is a “non-issue” or a “conspiracy theory”, yeah, because those business and financial elite have no reason to lie to you and are so trustworthy and totally wouldn’t throw you under a bus for a quick buck.

    The liberal policy book isn’t even policies, it’s vague goals. “Stop the boats” isn’t a policy.

    Yes Kevin Rudd is a sociopathic backflipper, but he still doesn’t even come close to the absolute dishonesty that the Liberal Party engages in.
    For all your “pink batts”. I can bring up 2 things. Iraq, Afghanistan. Countries we invaded based on lies and to get terrorists who were not even from those countries or in those countries. In fact, the entire point of Afghanistan and Iraq was to damage Iran’s ability to get its oil to the east and west.
    Iraq stopped for a long time the western Iranian oil pipeline (which now Iraq has stabilized, hilariously Syria the other country it goes through is now in complete conflict, I wonder who is behind that) and Afghanistan and conflict spreading into Pakistan stops the eastern oil pipeline. (I will make a bet Pakistan will be the next global battleground without doubt).

    You LNP voters are such absolute hypocrits its outrageous. So invading two countries based on LIES isn’t a issue, Children overboard coverup ins’t a issue, sending Australians to face the death penalty to set a example with the Bali 9, not a issue. But the goddamn Pink Batts scheme we should be whining over?
    Holy hell. Again, you are all insane.

    • Peter _qld

      Eden, careful mate before you shoot yourself in the foot! I’ll address one or two things here for you. You raise the Iran war as an example of bad conservative policy. Well what have you got to say about Labor agreeing with it and continuing to support it when in power? Secondly, of course “Stop the boats” isn’t a policy and I doubt you can point out one person who says it is. If you carefully analyse the comments here you will see a trend. It is not the slogan, it is the process of trying to implement the slogan due via various policies.That is, the policies adopted by the Labor party which are pissing people off. Particularly when the things they are now doing were so rubbished and lambasted by the very same people who are now implementing them. Remember Rudd and Gillard in Opposition during and post Tampa? Now, in anyone’s book, including yours if you are intellectually honest, that makes them all hypocrites at the very least. and IMO that is the nicest thing one can say about them. How about suggesting that turning the boats back will probably cause a war between Indonesia and Aust? Didn’t under Howard’s time, so why should it now? Just fear mongering by Rudd mate. If you want me to address the other issues I’m happy to do so in another post. Cheers ….

      • Luke Manicaros

        Thank you Eden.
        Yes! You fit the profile of a voter who will damn Australia to more years of HARD LABOUR!
        Please wear a Tee Shirt saying you are a Labor Voter so we can know the enemy of the Nation.

    • Peter _qld

      Ahh, didn’t take long did it Eden! Rudd says turning back boats may cause conflict with Indonesia and now the Foreign Affairs Minister from Indonesia says they are happy to discuss Abbott’s policy!
      Ohh along with that, Indonesia said Rudd should have at the very least discussed his Pacific Solution (known as the PNG Solution), with them as part of his commitment to the Regional Discussions he agreed to with Yoduyonu.
      In 2007 during the election Rudd quotes the Bible and a German philosopher about how to be Christian and treat hard done by people as brothers and sisters. He called a moral imperative! Does he still stand by that? Of course not, it won’t get him elected! What a hypocrite. Or is just behaving immorally?
      But mate you go ahead and vote for him if you think that kind of person has the right kind of values to lead this country.
      Re Global warming, the Climate Change Association Australia last week released it’s report as to how Aust is going towards reaching it’s 2020 target of 5% reduction in emissions. Guess what? We are on target! And guess what else???? It is direct action that has created the biggest drop! Fancy that! Not the Carbon tax, but tree planting and slowing land clearing. Just what Abbott is saying his policy includes! But of course, Labor and lefties do not like that idea as it disagrees with what they want! They prefer to peddle the myth that Abbott doesn’t have policies! Huh!
      BTW, have you gone to the trouble of reading what is written on the Libs web site? Been out bought Abbott’s book yet? Did you look at Abbott’s community discussion in Launceston last week that was aired live on TV where funnily enough he was asked about his policies and explained them? Nope, of course not. Better to remain ignorant, than having to admit you may have been wrong!

  • Ross Shure

    I wish to put my dog up for election it has more brains than either party.

    • Peter _qld

      What and allow more dog whistling!!

  • ruth

    OMG!
    At last we call it as it lies!
    This man is a COMPLETE-AND-UTTER-FRAUD!!!
    How do we get the Australian voters to see this?

  • Rob Vautin

    Congrats to the Spectator for such a great evaluation of Krudd, It’s a pity that Australian journos have not the guts to write the truth about Krudd instead of crawling to his ego . The Australian voter should be informed of the real nature of this megolomaniac..

  • Roz Bishop

    Interesting perspective. I’m looking forward to the election and a change of government.

  • woja53

    A superb and accurate appraisal for sure. You hit the nail on the head by using the words “megalomaniac” and “hubris”.

  • mamikel

    Both Rudd and Abbott are following the laberal script of a big housing and holes Australia. Vote 1 Stable Population Party 🙂

  • Luke Manicaros

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    Here is another reply to SKIP and his comments on the Australian economy.
    See The media article herewith: Billionaires Dumps Stocks , Prepare for collapse.
    Skip: You may like to rad this one?
    Take immediate steps to protect your wealth . . . NOW!

    That’s exactly what many well-respected economists, billionaires, and noted authors are telling you to do — experts such as Marc Faber, Peter Schiff, Donald Trump, and Robert Wiedemer. According to them, we are on the verge of another recession, and this one will be far worse than what we experienced during the last financial crisis.

    Marc Faber, the noted Swiss economist and investor, has voiced his concerns for the U.S. economy numerous times during recent media appearances, stating, “I think somewhere down the line we will have a massive wealth destruction. I would say that well-to-do people may lose up to 50 percent of their total wealth.”

    When he was asked what sort of odds he put on a global recession happening, the economist famous for his ominous predictions quickly answered . . . “100 percent.”

    Faber points out that this bleak outlook stems directly from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s policy decisions, and the continuous printing of new money, referred to as “quantitative easing” in the media.

    OH!!! DEARY ME!! YOU THINK RUDD AND HIS DUDD’S CAN STEAR US THROUGH THIS?

  • Cruz Bannon

    HEY SKIP …would you like a life jacket?? You’re drowning in your own misguided,
    tragically-blind mission of humanitarianism. Unfortunately for people like you,
    you don’t realise that the problem you willingly embrace and nurture today,
    eventually grows teeth and bites you on the arse; but hey…that’s not your
    problem; it’s your kids and I’m sure they’ll love your kind for it somewhere
    down the track when they are forced to be UNAustralian; can’t get a job and
    suffer financially and societally because of the “Economic Migrants” who are
    “silently invading” us today and will eventually take over due to people like
    you. You want Facts!!? Here’s one for you – ONLY an Economic Migrant would pay
    up to $2000AUS to get on a boat!! I don’t care what the financial percentages
    are!!! You want to come to Australia – fine – just fill out an application like
    everyone else who does it the RIGHT WAY. I’ve never had a problem with
    multiculturalism in Australia!! But I have no time for so-called refugees who
    destroy property, rape Uni students, stab policemen and break other laws AFTER
    they have been given a chance to be considered for citizenship – That’s Just
    Crap!!! But it sounds like “Crap” is the brand of cologne you use anyway!!

    Must go – no time for traitors of any degree or breed! –>–>–>

    noboatsornovotes.com –>–> noboatsornovotes.com –>–>
    noboatsornovotes.com –>–> noboatsornovotes.com

  • wycombewanderer

    sounds like an antipodean Brown!

  • Ipsmick

    Hmm, the tories, sorry, liberals must be running scared. Hoorah! say we.

  • James

    If he is so bad then why is he riding so high in the polls?
    Why was he given the highest ratings ever when he first came down from Qld.

  • MIKE DREWRY

    So you’re even aware of him over there! There’s a fine old Scouse term for the likes of our Kevin – “GOBSHITE”

  • Peter Mckinlay

    Kevin suffers a victim complex. He has no self belief in himself and needs constant reassurance he be a somebody which explains his constant look at me 24/7. The major problem with a victim complex is a reason for so must continually exist, which is why Kevin manufactures disasters for himself to endure.

  • global city

    he is much better than the Rudds that infest the UK establishment!

  • Luke Manicaros

    Skip.

    Hey! Skip. Where are you, mate?

    Reading all the news on LABOR’S GREAT AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY??

    The way it is all going, I suggest you do not give up your day time job for a hard working one in Private Enterprise.

    I hope some of the Laws of Physics and Sciences prevail.

    The ones that say: ” For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action!?”
    With these Laborite’s sticking IT to us and now New Guinea and Nauru
    I hope there will be some one / some thing that sticks it right back up their’s.
    Pretty crass? YEP!!
    I wager that is the collective mentality of those of us who work FOR THE COUNTRY AND NOT AGAINST IT.

  • Middle Child

    He is more a Pyscopath – google The Heiner Affair and see what he has his dirty fingers amongst http://www.heineraffair.info/site_pages/Rudd.html and the Governor general as well

  • Helen Bedford

    People need to view The Real Kevin Rudd youtube clip. It’s statements by colleagues that worked with him. There are also statements from journos from the taxpayer funded lefty ABC. It would seem that his colleagues would rather resign or refuse to work with him, but they expect us, the voter, to believe he’s a different “new” person. Not Ruddy likely. Go to Michael Smith news and see the documented pics of those arriving illegally on Christmas Island. Frightening! There are pages and pages of pics and some of the men look like they are on steroids. Our secured borders are secure no more. Since Rudd/Gillard/Rudd became PM, almost 50,000 people have arrived illegally without documentation. When John Howard handed over the government, there were Two people in detention. $BILLIONS have been diverted to this bulging industry. Australia is in a bad way and Labor like to compare us with Europe. But they should be comparing us with what they were left by John Howard and that was $26BILLION in the bank. They have squandered that then squandered the resources boom with nothing to show and China is slowing sharply. Once the ‘Lucky Country’, we are rapidly becoming the dumping ground of the Middle East. Nothing but a return to sensible policy will save Australia.

  • Gregory De Maine

    Yes Kevin Rudd is not perfect granted but he is there because we the
    people want him to be there… mate it’s called a democracy where the
    people choose the leader they want.
    We don’t care about his quirky little mannerisms, we only care about his plan and
    his policies which is how you should judge a leader in case you have forgotten.

    The alternative is… Tony Abbott?? What a fool! No plan, no idea, no
    way!!

    Yes Kevin was devious in bringing Gillard down because we the people told him to get rid of her and take leadership again – he didn’t do it because of his ambition solely (of course ALL politicians have an ambition to be leader – he is no different), he did it because we told him in the street that we wanted him back – get rid
    of her!
    I could go on about all the good plans he has and has started (like the NBN project which will fix up the big mess that John Howard made by selling off Telstra), but there isn’t enough space.

    What’s Abbott’s plan? Well to take instructions from John Howard sitting in
    the background who intern, takes instructions from your Queen. How does
    that help Australia forge ahead… it doesn’t!!

    The real problem with Kevin Rudd is that he is a republican and you Brits want to
    continue to own and control Australia for your own benefit so you can suck the guts out of the place just like you did in India and South Africa. 60% Rio Tinto goes to England; 40% of BHP goes to America because Gough Whitlam was sacked before he had a chance to buy up the mining leases for Australia. And who sacked
    Gough? the Governor General who intern takes instructions from her Majesty the Queen (God bless her cotton socks). And I understand that only 8% tax is paid on the money that leaves the country.

    Any leader who doesn’t do what is in the the interest of England (or America for that matter), gets removed like Gough Whitlam in 1975.
    Gillard was acceptable to the UK because she was a monarchist like Howard and Abbott – but they are all useless leaders which is why they had to go.
    Australia will never get anywhere until we have got the British and American ticks out of our jugular! Bring on Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbul as leaders of our two political parties so that we can go republic and get ahead!!

    • Helen Bedford

      You have obviously no idea. Gillard is a socialist, not a monarchist. Gillard under her hopeless leadership were going to see the Labor Party reduced to a rabble of seats. They were saying that they there was a possibility that Labor would loose that many seats, they might not be able to retain ‘party status’. Rudd was bought back because he was the ONLY person that could stop the haemorrhaging. Says a lot of the calibre of those in Federal Labor. He is hated by his party for his white anting of Gillard, and 9 MPs resigned rather than work with him. The electorate was relieved when Gillard was knifed. They had forgotten just how bad Rudd was as the PM. Today his polling honeymoon hit is over. People, at first fooled by the “new Kevin”, have suddenly remembered what damage he did to Australia. He has today slipped behind polling “best PM” with Tony Abbott leading. The online betting companies have given the LNP $1.24 and Labor is $4.00.
      This is not by polling random people, but by people willing to part with their money. Can you believe that when he stood in front of Parliament House to announce the Election, he actually solicited the voting public for donations!!!
      In a stark contrast to the election announcement with his reply, Tony Abbott said “This election is not about the Caucus, its not about the faceless men, its about YOU, the Australian people”. This is the great difference. Rudd is about Rudd. No-one else. It was first Kevin007, then he was Kevin747 in regard to his many, many overseas trips and now it’s Kevin4Kevin. The debt he has racked up in just 3 months has gone from $18BILLION to $33BILLION! Australia deserves so much better than this show pony who was forced by the faceless men to call the election for September 7th. He fought them and was threatened he’d be replaced. He desperately wants to rub shoulders with the world political elite at the G20. So, what does Rudd do? This morning, instead of campaigning, he will be heading overseas to be seen. The G20 is on from 4th-6th September in Russia. The election is the 7th. Care for the mess Australia is in? Not likely. He’s life goal is to get a seat on the UN has not waned, but using the Prime Ministership position is seen by him as a leg up. Australia deserves much more than to be lead by this megalomaniac.

      • Gregory De Maine

        Yes Gillard is a socialist but she is also a monarchist – she said so.

        Yep I agree Helen, Kevin Rudd will lose the election because Labor has too much baggage now as result of the in-fighting. This is because the unions wanted to continue their socialist agenda and Rudd wanted to take Labor to the right so he became a problem to the Union thugs and had to be removed. How is Kevin to blame for this; he was a victim of this skullduggery. When you try to make major changes to a political party there is always blood. Anyway he was not in power when most of the stuff ups were going on! The Bozo’s, who have now left to Labor party (thank God), were responsible the stuff-ups; it was their incompetence not Rudd’s.

        You say Kevin stuffed everything up.

        Kerry O’Brien (a senior ABC journalist), interviewed a senior economics professional from the US to comment on Rudd’s handling of the GFC and he said that, “Kevin did very well under the circumstances”. Yes Helen the insulation thing did go badly but when Kerry O’Brien reminded the the “economics professional” that Kevin had made some mistakes with the roll-out of his stimulus he said that “the critical point here was to inject the cash into the economy ASAP”. He went on to say that, “of course some things will go wrong because there is no time to plan carefully – you just have to take that on the chin”. “The important thing is to keep the cash flowing so that businesses don’t crash as it takes too long and costs too much to re-establish these business some years later”. Barack Obama did the same and received the same criticism.

        Oh and the debt he has racked up?

        Yes well the GFC required a lot instant stimulus which is why you keep a surplus for crashes that occur from time to time.

        Anyway what debt?- Australia’s debt is 10% of GDP – BIG BLOODY DEAL!! What’s America’s; about 100%! What’s the UK’s – about 120% oops! This debt will disappear in just a few years; no problem. Abbott wants to sack everyone to make it go away sooner for political reasons of course. The debt is not a problem Helen; restructuring the economy for the new Globalised world; so we need to “kick the can down the road” for a little while longer so don’t panic Helen – it’s going to be OK.

        The Americans are doing exactly same thing and for good reason – the Yanks didn’t become a very successful economic power by chance you know.

        I am personally anti-union and anti-socialist (as probably you are Helen :)), and was going to vote for Abbott myself because a socialist Government (under Gillard), is not an option for me.

        Rudd is trying to take Labor more to the right – of course you would call that a back-flip; I would call it responding to what is needed as every politician should be doing. He has since clipped the unions wings, put them in their place for good and is now occupying a lot of Liberal policy – good!

        But Abbott is a John Howard puppet and nobody wants him check out the polls Helen – even a lot of Liberal voters don’t want him.

        If the Liberals were to replace Abbott with Malcolm Turnbull, and Joe Hockey to remain as the treasurer, then it would land slide victory – bring it on!! Fundamentally what I want is an independent Australia who is prepared to place short and long term policy to take us down a new globalised path. Kevin and Chris Bowen will do this I am sure, as would Malcolm Turnbull and Joe Hockey.

        In short – Kevin is not perfect and he has made mistakes and he has acknowledged those mistakes, but I am never voting for a John Howard puppet/Bozo.

        • Helen Bedford

          Kevin’s job was given to him via Eddie Obeid, the union heavyweight that will face jail in the future for Labor corruption before ICAC. I ask 2 things of you. Alan Jones interviewed Professor Ergas this morning. He is a leading economist in Australia. He explains what is happening to Australia and the dangerous slide we are now on. Just go to 2GB and listen totally to the podcast. It should be on the home page or Jones’ page. You need to listen carefully about the AAA rating. The second thing please go to YouTube, search under The Real Kevin Rudd. Peter Garrett is in the screen. This is what Colleagues think of him. But they want to save their necks.

          Yes, Australia does need another party that will protect Australia’s interests. But Kevin Rudd trying to rebadge Labor is a farce. The unions still control Labor whatever Rudd has spun you, and NO CHANGE can take place BEFORE the National Conference next year. He’s just lying to you again.

          He had NO intension of calling the election yesterday. He wants to go to the G20 in Russia and calling it for the 7th September would rule that out. I have it on good authority that Rudd was told to get on the bloody RAAF jet and get down to Canberra or else. The plane EVY06 left Canberra flew to Brisbane picked him up, bought him back to Canberra, he visited the GG, signed the writs and EVY08 returned him to Brisbane at about 7:30pm. The plane then flew empty back to Canberra.

          The reason is this and it will start to leak out in the coming days. The PNG Parliament Members have lodged a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE in the Prime Minister of PNG because of the asylum issue. They want him gone. Many in the PNG Parliament are hostile and do not want it to go ahead. Like Rudd, O’Neil can only see what’s in it for him. Now here is the cruncher. The vote will take place on MONDAY, 10TH SEPTEMBER. If Rudd had waited ONE DAY MORE the election would have had to be on the next weekend, BUT, because of the crisis in PNG regarding a Vote of No Confidence, he had NO OPTION but to call the election BEFORE that PNG vote on 10th September. Kevin Rudd is a scammer and a fraud and needs to be consigned to the political dustbin. I have nothing more to say.

    • Helen Bedford

      Let me add further. BOTH Rudd and Turnbull are multimillionaires. Rudd’s wealth comes via the BRITISH TAXPAYER. Therese Rein, the wife, won a UK government contract to supply unemployment services to the UK unemployed, with the contract awarded being $1.2BILLION! Google Ingeus or go to Kangaroo Court of Australia to see all the scheming that Rein was involved in when her business was in Australia. She had to offload her Australian arm when Rudd became PM the first time. Hence her UK business.
      Now we get to Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull approached Bob Hawke and Keating for a Labor seat. He is as RED as Rudd. A socialist. He’s a banker and was involved in the collapse of HIH in Australia during the GFC. WHO bailed him out? Goldman Sachs, the worlds largest carbon credit trader. Now, both Rudd and Turnbull conspired TOGETHER to bring in an ETS. Malcolm Turnbull was Opposition Leader at the time. Turnbull and Rudd knew that they could do very well financially and Turnbull still owed Goldman Sachs. They don’t call him the Minister of Goldman Sachs for nothing!! Turnbull had conned the LNP to vote with the government and he nearly pulled it off except Andrew Robb found out what he was up to. Turnbull tried to stop Robb from speaking but when Robb had finished, so was Turnbull and the LNP sacked him. A spill was called and Tony Abbott won. Tony Abbott saved Australia from an ETS. Turnbull resigned, but later withdrew it. He was a hopeless Opposition leader with a dysfunctional party and his personal polling was between 14 -17. Like Rudd, Turnbull has also continued to undermine his leader, but he is hated by LNP voters and we wish he would just disappear. On the other hand Tony Abbott laid waste to Rudd, then Gillard now Rudd again. He will unite Australia by ending the class, gender and race wars. He will repeal the carbon tax which has crippled industry and caused 1000s job losses. He will stop the boats and put our Navy back in place to defend our borders. He will make a fantastic ELECTED, not KNIFED Prime Minister of Australia.

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