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Kevin Rudd: A “Rude and Dysfunctional Bastard” says Roxon

October 17, 2013


Former Health Minister and Gillard-apologist Nicola Roxon has launched a scathing attack on Kevin Rudd calling him a “rude and dysfunctional bastard.”

“Removing Kevin was an act of political bastardry for sure. But this act of political bastardry was made possible only because Kevin had been such a bastard himself to so many people already,” she said.

“We left everyone looking for other answers and by doing this we did a great disservice to both Kevin and Julia.”

Ms Roxon insists that getting rid of Kevin Rudd on the night of the long knives was still “the right thing to do” but admits that it was done in a “clumsy way”.

“I think we had all the right reasons to act but I think we were clumsy and short-sighted in the way we did it.”

Ms Roxon said that Labor needed to explain Mr Rudd’s faults as a prime minister to the public.

“We didn’t explain the dysfunctional decision making and lack of strategy… we didn’t talk about his rudeness or contempt for staff or disrespect for public servants.”

The former Labor frontbencher, who quit politics at last month’s election to “spend more time with her family,” (LOL) also tabled some “handy hints” for any future Labor government.

Perhaps not knifing a popular prime minister might be one of them.

Ms Roxon says ministers should be given greater responsibility and prime ministers less.

The former member for Gellibrand who was health minister under the Rudd government and later Australia’s first female attorney-general under Ms Gillard, also suggested Mr Rudd had a messiah complex.


“Accept that you are not always right and cannot always fix everything,” she said. “Kevin had a fatal attraction to everyone else’s problems.”

Ms Roxon said that in her opinion, for the good of the Labor Party Mr Rudd should quit politics because while he remained in the Parliament, destabilising polls would be run about his popularity.


Ms Roxon also criticised Labor for being overly polite when Mr Rudd was ousted in 2010.

“What the rest of the world calls a polite white lie became political poison.”

Ms Roxon said the former prime minister “had an overwhelming inclination to focus on minutiae, as a way of avoiding the big, harder decisions.”



23 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 17, 2013 12:14 pm

    Nice to see the ALP doesn’t hold a grudge.

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    October 17, 2013 12:23 pm

    And Nicila had a foot in mouth both camps … 🙄

    When’s her book coming out?

  3. October 17, 2013 1:13 pm

    Labor (still) seems obsessed with Rudd…

    But I can’t help but think that Noxon’s outburst just smacks of relevance deprivation syndrome…

  4. October 17, 2013 1:32 pm

    Far as I can see, she nailed him to a tee. And I hope people keep nailing the creepy little bastard until he pisses off out of politics altogether and back to where his true talents lie … a 5 minute spot once a week as the populist prince of political comment on breakfast television.

    Rudd is the political equivalent of Karl Stefanovic.

    Screw him.

  5. Splatterbottom permalink
    October 17, 2013 3:55 pm

    “Labor (still) seems obsessed with Rudd…”

    It is a love/hate relationship. They loved him when he won in 2007, booted him in 2010 for being a bastard, brought him back 2013 to win a few more seats and now, a few weeks later, they want him to piss off.

  6. Neil of Sydney permalink
    October 17, 2013 4:23 pm

    I thought the ALP worshiped its former leaders. I cannot recall so much abuse of an ALP leader before from its own supporters.

    Seems to be a lot of dummy spitting going on. This week we have had Anna, Maxine and now Nicola.

  7. October 17, 2013 9:52 pm

    Firstly Neil Get fucked.. ahh that’s better.. Two words dickhead Malcolm Fraser. What do you expect? This is just the start, there is a few truck loads of dirty laundry still to hit the pavement…Its all very Shakespearean

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    October 17, 2013 10:13 pm

    Rudd is the political equivalent of Karl Stefanovic.

    That’s just so cruel, RS … 🙄

  9. October 17, 2013 10:57 pm

    Rudd is fine doing one job, he was in fact a great foreign minister, he just had a problem doing, in Hokeyspeak…. eleventy…

  10. egg permalink
    October 18, 2013 9:11 am

    ‘There are no public comments available to display.’

    tru dat

  11. egg permalink
    October 18, 2013 11:31 am

    So what have you done with Wally?

  12. Splatterbottom permalink
    October 18, 2013 11:33 am

    He has stolen the “Recent Comments” section and done a runner!

  13. Neil of Sydney permalink
    October 18, 2013 11:45 am

    And to think after what has been said that the ALP made Rudd leader because they wanted to win the election.

    Says everything about the ALP and the people who vote ALP

  14. egg permalink
    October 18, 2013 2:48 pm

    Lol splatter.

  15. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 18, 2013 3:02 pm

    Yeah!! Where are the recent comments??!!

  16. October 18, 2013 3:34 pm

    Can’t “you people” see the recent comments?

  17. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    October 18, 2013 4:11 pm

    The recent comments have disappeared!!

    It’s a disgrace.

  18. October 18, 2013 4:29 pm

    I can see them. What the hell is going on around this place!!!

  19. October 18, 2013 4:31 pm

    How about now?

  20. October 18, 2013 4:51 pm

    Apparently it’s a problem with WordPress (they are looking into it)…

    You can see the recent comments if you log out and log back in again.

  21. TB Queensland permalink
    October 18, 2013 5:44 pm

    **You can see the recent comments if you log out and log back in again.**

    er, nope …

  22. October 18, 2013 9:06 pm

    Nanny Roxon came down with a dose of the bleedin obvious way too late to be relevant in any meaningful way. We can`t have 48-hours go by without somebody in the alp imploding or doing something stoopid.

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