Malcolm Turnbull gives it to Kevin Rudd good and hard after Rudd started attacking the Coalition and Rupert Murdoch:
Coalition broadband spokesman Malcolm Turnbull said Mr Rudd sounded ‘‘more and more like a jilted lover’’.
‘‘Once the darling of the News Ltd tabloids, guest of Col Allan at Scores no less. Now his years of sycophancy and duchessing editors with juicy leaks about his colleagues count for nothing. No wonder he’s bitter.’’
The best Rudd can manage is this:
When asked about his treatment by Mr Murdoch’s newspapers on Tuesday, Mr Rudd shrugged it off.
“In terms of his views, and his determination to see Mr Abbott elected as prime minister, and his determination to see the end of myself, it’s a free country,” he said.
But Mr Rudd upped the ante on Wednesday evening, calling for Mr Abbott to come clean on any discussions he had conducted with Mr Murdoch about broadband.
“I’ve only just been looking back on the files today and discovered that in fact Mr Abbott’s NBN policy was launched at the Fox studios here in Sydney. I would like to hear some answers to what discussions Mr Abbott may have had with Mr Murdoch on the future of Australia’s National Broadband Network,” Mr Rudd said.
On Sunday, Fairfax newspapers ran a comment piece by Paul Sheehan alleging Mr Murdoch’s News Corp was attacking the government because it saw Labor’s National Broadband Network as a commercial threat to its subscription television network Foxtel.
Mr Murdoch later tweeted: “We all like ideal of NBN, especially perfect for Foxtel. But first how can it be financed in present situation?”
Kevin Rudd isn’t having much luck with his campaign. The media have turned on him and he isn;t helped by his hubris.