Kevin Rudd

Labor to refund illegal $200,000 donation

Here is a great headline, unfortunately its Labour in Aussie.

Labor to refund illegal $200,000 donation used to fund polling in Kevin Rudd’s seat of Griffith in 2013 federal election

LABOR will refund an illegal $200,000 donation that was used to fund polling in Kevin Rudd’s seat during last year’s federal election, according to a report.

The donation was allegedly paid to Labor’s Griffith branch bank account by Taiwan developer and former banker Kung Chin Yuan on September 3, The Australian reports.

Labor officials found the transaction during an audit and were advised by lawyers that it breached state electoral laws.

It is illegal in Queensland for a registered political party to receive a gift of foreign property.  Read more »

Watkins on Cunliffe

Tracy Watkins writes about David Cunliffe and asks if it is at all possible that he can turn around the sinking ship that is Labour.

You could probably have cut the air with a knife at this morning’s Labour caucus after another poll showing the party on a slide toward defeat in September’s election.

The Herald-Digipoll has Labour on 29.5 per cent which simply confirms what every other poll has been telling the party since the start of the year.

Blame National leader John Key’s extraordinary popularity, blame the surge in economic confidence and belief that the country is on the right track, blame Labour leader David Cunliffe’s stumbles over trusts and party policy, blame the carry-over of mistrust toward Cunliffe from within his own caucus, or blame the fact that there is clearly an internal struggle within Labour over direction and strategy.

What it all adds up to is a party that is yet to put up a convincing case to voters that it is ready to govern or that there is any reason for a change from National.

Can David Cunliffe turn things around?  Read more »

Labour parties are the same the world over

The headline is scarily similar to what happened here in NZ.

Labour the world over booby traps the economy of their victim countries.

When Joe Hockey was growing up and dreaming of becoming prime minister, he would not have imagined that his dream would lead him to joining a bomb disposal unit. Tomorrow, he will unveil the first bomb he must dismantle and it is almost nuclear in its capacity for destruction.

At 12.30 on Tuesday, Hockey, who has also been the stand-out thespian of the new federal parliament, will unveil the real horror, dysfunction and narcissism of Kevin Rudd’s contribution to Australian political history, disably assisted by Julia Gillard. Hockey will release the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook, known in the trade as MYEFO, which will show a budget deficit much worse than Labor led us to believe, probably close to $50 billion, debt obligations much higher than Labor led us to believe, and unfunded liabilities that are so irresponsibly crushing the government will have to walk away from many of them. The most monumental folly is the National Broadband Network, whose economic rationale was worked out on a piece of paper by Rudd. The scheme subsequently created by former communications minister Stephen Conroy would cost more than $70 billion and never recover its cost of capital. The Abbott government will have to start again.  Read more »

Larry Pickering on Kevin Rudd

Larry Pickering writes of the end of the career of Kevin Rudd.

It is a superb sledge-fest from beginning  to end.

It’s difficult to find words that aptly describe your momentous contribution to Australia’s political scene. But I will try.

We will miss your quaint dysfunctional disasters, your megalomania, your narcissistic self absorption.

We will miss your conceited arrogance and rudeness… your schizophrenic flakiness and psychotic boorishness.   Read more »

Kevin Rudd quits, cries a river of tears

Kevin Rudd has quit parliament and caused a by-election.

It is touch and go whether Labor can retain his seat.

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd is to quit politics, effective from the end of this week.

His departure will force a byelection in the Brisbane seat of Griffith.

Declaring “it really is time for me to zip”, Mr Rudd dropped the bombshell announcement to a packed House of Representatives on Wednesday evening.  Read more »

Rudd – a “bastard”, rude and dysfunctional

Now Kevin Rudd is powerless his former mates are going dog on him and slamming him openly in the media, describing him as dysfunction, rude and a “bastard”.

The former attorney-general Nicola Roxon has launched a scathing critique of the Rudd years, slamming former prime minister Kevin Rudd as a “bastard” who was a rude and dysfunctional leader and calling on him to quit politics.

“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 on Wednesday evening.

But in giving the John Button lecture, Ms Roxon also acknowledged that while Labor did the right thing by getting rid of Mr Rudd in June 2010, the party did it in a clumsy way. “I think we had all the right reasons to act but I think we were clumsy and shortsighted in the way we did it.”   Read more »

ALP not ready for a wog leader, select union heavy instead

The ALP have selected Bill Shorten to replace Kevin Rudd as leader after the bloodbath of the federal elections. He beat out Anthony Albanese, who was linked Obeid and MacDonald corruption scandals that brought down Labor in New South Wales.

Shorten is considered to be from the right of the party even though he was a union heavy, and was instrumental in knifing Kevin Rudd to push Julia Gillard into the leadership. There was talk in 2010 that he would knife Julia Gillard and take over even getting endorsement from Bob Hawke and Kim Beazley. He did eventually assist in the knifing of Gillard ironically in favour of the person he knifed earlier.

Clearly the ALP like distrustful ratbags as their leader…either that or a union heavy is preferable to a South Sydney wog.

Bill Shorten has been elected Labor leader, despite a clear majority of party members preferring his opponent, Anthony Albanese.  Read more »

Suffer in ya jocks Kevin

Kevin Rudd has found out what happens when you go from hero to zero…you become Nigel No Mates.

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Nigel No Mates strolls the streets of New York

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd cut a lonely figure on the streets of New York on Friday – while just a few blocks away his old rival Julie Bishop stood confidently, addressing world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.

A forlorn-looking Mr Rudd, who only a month ago enjoyed the privileges of an enormous entourage, was spotted strolling alone in Manhattan – no security personnel, no chief of staff and no friends.

It was in stark contrast to Australia’s freshly minted Foreign Minister who spent Friday meeting the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and also the United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Later she delivered Australia’s national statement at the general debate of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, in which she said she was “delighted” to take part, and that “the new Australian government will put economic diplomacy at the centre of our foreign policy”.

Abbott keeps his promise – boat-people turned back

Looks like Tony Abbott has proved that you can actually turn back the boats despite claims from Kevin Rudd.

“Forty four Pakistani asylum-seekers, including four children, and two crew were brought to Indah Kiat port at Banten in Java at about 8am today, according to Indonesian police and rescue officers.

They were rescued yesterday by HMAS Ballarat near the southern mouth of the Sunda Strait after the engine on their fishing boat failed and it began taking water.  Read more »

Aussies having a sook about their election

The Aussies are having a sook about their election.

Many thought this was ”one of the worst elections we’ve ever had”.

But I remember people complained a lot about the 2010 campaign. What doesn’t seem to have occurred to people is that it’s hard to get excited about a contest when you know who’s going to win it. And with the media’s incessant quoting of opinion polls, no one could have been in any doubt. If the media want their election coverage to excite interest, they’re fouling their nest.

But ”one of the main reasons participants felt disconnected from politics and the election was their dissatisfaction with both of the major parties’ leaders,” the report says. ”Regardless of whether their values were more closely aligned with Liberal or Labor (or the Greens) few people had positive things to say about either Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott.”

There was also disappointment with how the campaign had been run and, in particular, the lack of debate about policy, we’re told. Many complained the Liberal and Labor campaigns focused on ”slagging off” their competition instead of explaining policies.  Read more »