The Rehabilitation Of Kevin The Terrible of Australia

Rather less then a year ago
Our Australian media had judged
That Kevin Rudd had sinned.
He was undone because found out.
Their view, broadcast far and wide,
Showed him unfit for public office.
He was once seen in a night club.
He had berated an air hostess.
He had worked too hard.
He had expected too much of others,
But engendered such fear
That colleagues spoke no ill of him,
‘Til he began to heed the Oracle, Newspoll.

Then Party men agreed;
Publicly eating his own ear wax,
Raising his voice in interview
With redoubtable Red Kerry,
Privately expressing impatience
With agents of all powerful China,
Were not acceptable.
His affectation of a gentle mien,
Pretence of domestic harmony,
With loving wife, cat, dog and
Children, did not convince.
Nor did bringing us prosperity
Amidst the chaos of a broken world.

None of that availed.
His great wrongdoing then, it seemed,
Was placing the welfare of the common man,
The national economy and body politic
Before the powerful interests
Of international conglomerates,
Whose rights to the riches of our land
Transcended all others.
All that because of anger in his heart
Against a father now long dead.
For that he had attacked
The powerful, the great, the good,
Our mighty mining magnates.

Have those fathers of this nation,
More generous to their media sons,
Than that would-be patricide,
Decided he should be forgiven?
Or is he seen of use to them,
A means to bring ruin to
The harridan who succeeded him?
Does the devil they once knew
Now seem benign in comparison?
Does her defiance of the Oracle,
Newspoll, cause them to fear
She will achieve those very things
For which he was in truth condemned?

32 comments on “The Rehabilitation Of Kevin The Terrible of Australia

  1. Patricia, I’ve lost count of the number of people who have asked me if Kevin will get his old job back. I’ve been replying in the negative but secretly I don’t rule it out as a possibility.

  2. I like this. Rudd’s temporary “rehabilitation” is entirely at the whim of a media focused on the destruction of this Government. I remember a short article in the Oz by (I think) Chris Wallace along the lines of “the Canberra press gallery has left Rudd & it won’t be going back.” Are we now expected to forget that the media set its mind to Rudd’s destruction? I guess we are.

  3. Bob, I will forever be of the opinion that the Murdoch media, in particular, was the impetus behind the fall of Kevin Rudd. While he was riding high in the popularity stakes and had staved off the most damaging aspect of the GFC, the media became savage.

    I think he was the victim of high expectation. The electorate had woken up to how bad the Howard government had been and looked to Rudd to fix up the mess. Immediately. How could he when the GFC was tapping at our door?

    The only door that was opened was the one that let in a damaging media campaign with the shouts that he was doing nothing, contrary to the evidence.

    Rudd achieved a lot for this country but it still didn’t stop the media (and the opposition) shouting: “Hey, look over there”.

  4. Very true patriciawa.
    Last night on Qanda Kevin Rudd answered questions, and named no names and as far as one can tell, told no lies, but that was enough for the press to have a field day. He said some in the Cabinet were in favour of killing off the ETS/CPRS and some wanted to shelve it till 2012. I might be wrong but I remember Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan and I think Penny Wong talking about reviving it in 2012. At some point I’ll have a look at the Hansard transcripts and Google the old news and find out exactly what they said.

    Mr. Denmore’s post on The Failed Estate, on March 29th,
    Mining The Truth

    and the link he provided to Background Briefing
    Taxing Mines by Stan Correy

    give an explanation that reeks of absolute power and a measly $22 million, coupled with the games Newspoll plays.

    It wouldn’t have mattered who was PM, that Mining Tax would have finished off the PM.

    Miglo, as above, I agree with you. Murdoch’s minions could have done the honourable thing and reported facts, but what we got was spin and BS. We were also didled out of $60 billion, some say $100 billion.

  5. BSA, I think it was Chris Wallace who said that about the Canberra gallery. There might 20% of them who are not corrupted by the Murdoch mantle.

  6. These are the pieces by Lenore Taylor, whom I consider to be in the 20% of the press gallery who are reasonable.
    She is the lady who was so rudely bullied by the Blot on Insiders last Sunday.

    5/6/10 Decision that shattered faith in PM/

    5/1010 Hitting the wall

    5/4/11 How Rudd’s ETS was killed from within Labor’s ranks

    and today, from the ABC
    Labor in damage control over Rudd revelations

    Oddly, for the ABC, “the Opposition says” is at the end and not the beginning!!

    On reflection, I think Kevin should remain the Foreign Minister, and the PM should get herself some new advisers and speech writers.

  7. Polls show that the majority of voters prefer Kevin Rudd over Julia as leader of the ALP. I still maintain my rage over his removal and doubt that it will disappear some time soon.

    The ALP had many people who hated Kevin Rudd. What they forgot was that the people (despite the political diatribe of the people elect a party not the leader) lected Kevin and in their minds ( and rightly so in my opinion) only they can remove him through an election.

    As soon as there was 1 poll, showing the government in a position marginally lower than the opposition, the knifes came out and stabbed for all they were worth. YThe first time in our history and an major shock the the country. Howard had far worse polls and yet managed to reign for 12 years.

    The result

    1) A removal of our PM who did not even have 3 years to put his agenda in place, which was supported and elected by the people of Australia.
    2) Disbelief by swinging voters like myself that the ALP power brokers would do such a thing to the PM we had switched sides to elect.
    3) Disbelief that his own deputy would be part of the crucifixion team.
    4) The absolute shambles that follows with policies being thrown away all over the place.
    5) The seeming opinion that the swinging voter would simply jump on the Julia band wagon simply becuase she is Labor.
    6) The resultant minority ALP government which requires support of Indpendents who are now being scorned by the ALP and the PM after installing them.

    Sorry, but I now wish wholeheartedly that we go to a new election as soon a spossible. The sooner this shambles is rectified and the power brokers are sliced and lanced from the ALP like the boils they are, the sooner the ALP can rebuild itself.

    The discipline within the ALP simply fell to pieces, under a barrage of negative press. They did not stand up for their policies. They did not respond with actual figures and results. They did not door knock with those figures. They simply killed their leader, lost the election (and only govern by outside support)

    I hope Kevin Rudd can be returned. He might have been a control freak, he might have been hated by colleagues who did not like his dictatorial style, but the was the PM that I elected and until the sneaky, underhanded, knife wheilding, disaster causing gang, that caused the mess are removed they will not have the swinging voter, but simply the rusted on 30% that supoport the party even if their own heads were chopped off by a sword.

    Rusted on supporters of both sides of politics always say, whats done is done, so move on. Problem is swinging voters do move on, they move onto the other side of the political spectrum. I now see no resurrection for the current government, not based on 1 poll result, but rather based on the stumbling shambles that seems to be gradually unfolding.

  8. Migs @ 12.06am I remember very clearly Rudd saying that it takes a long time to turn around the Titanic. Clearly this went straight over the top with the MSM who of course see only what they want to see and hear only what they want to hear.

  9. Min and Migs

    I agree the media became determined to remove Rudd. Problem is that his own party did their bidding.

  10. Pip at 12.41
    “It wouldn’t have mattered who was PM” is the key point in all this. This Government WILL get the treatment no matter who its leaders are. I think this is why Gillard is viewed by some as stilted, she knows that everything she says & does will be presented negatively & she reverts to a type of lawyerspeak to head off as much criticism as possible. It’s all very well to say she (or someone else) should muscle up , but this will simply be reported as a “brain snap” or similarly.
    Meanwhile the laughable spectacle of Ken Doll Abbott strides across our screens, dressed in whatever accessory clothing suits him on the day.

  11. ‘Problem is that his own party did their bidding.’

    And it may well be argued that if they didn’t, yabot would be PM now.

    I am disappointed that it happened, but, the manner in which it was done was pretty open considering the circumstances. I mean, how many people, plotting to bring down the leader, spend the evening in closed dialog with that leader.

    It was a big call, and, the manner in which Rudd has conducted himself since indicates that it was not as bloodthirsty as many might suggest

  12. Tom, that is a very good point. Although the media has done it’s best to grab every tiny snippet as some sort of proof of a rift between Gillard and Rudd, I always believe that actions speak far louder than words and to me the fact that Rudd has conducted himself with vigor and dedication in his role as Gillard’s Foreign Minister is yet further proof of the media trying to manipulate anything and everything in order to turn whatever it might be into a scenario of their own choosing.

    Rudd expresses an opinion in an area relating to his own portfolio, for example Libya and the need for a No Fly Zone this brought forth immediate headlines of: Rudd denies split with PM on Libya no-fly zone – Greg Sheridan, The Australian.

  13. And Min, they try to say this is OK, because the media were forever playinng tip and howard off against each other. The only problem is, tip had publicly said he wanted the job, so they hasd a basis for the story. Rudd has not indicated any desire for the top job again, and, as you said, his actions (and also his words) support that fact.

    But hey, when there isn’t a story, make one up

  14. Exactly Tom. Costello and Howard had been playing the game of secret whispers for years and years. Each keeping up appearances but plotting sometimes not so quietly, one to keep the other in his place, the other to try to gather enough support. However when push came to shove Costello was too p*ss weak to put his plans into action.

    I very much doubt that Rudd will take on the top job again straight after Gillard as the MSM would make mincemeat out of that situation, but the leader after the next yes I would say that he will go for it. In spite of how the media might like to try to portray Rudd at the end of the day he’s a doer not a whinger.

  15. Here is a prediction: If Gillard’s ratings do not improve by towards the end of the year then we will see a new leader who will NOT take Labor to the next election.

  16. I don’t think we will see a new leader for Labor until the end of this election cycle, and by then, I see Gillard as having cemented her place there. Remember, the deal with the Indies is with Gillard, not Labor. Her removal would put all of that in jeopardy, so I think she is secure in her position for the time being.

  17. Tom R

    While we agree on many things we will simply have to disgaree on the knifing of an elected PM.

    I agree I don’t think the leader will be changed during this term.

    I am now of the opinion though, that this current Gillard government will be removed at the next election.

  18. ‘While we agree on many things we will simply have to disgaree on the knifing of an elected PM.’

    Fair enough too Shane, and I can see precisely where you are coming from. My aversion to having yabot as PM overrrides any morals(??) over what was done though. Politics is a dirty game, and I think they did what they did for the parties survival. Whether it was the right course or not, we’ll never know. But I reckon it took guts. I also think it showed metal from both players that they were able to have the discussion privately with each other before the event.

  19. I am now of the opinion though, that this current Gillard government will be removed at the next election.

    Shane, you must stop reading the Murdoch papers. 😉

  20. Tom R

    I do not have an aversion to Tony Abbott I have a revulsion to Tony Abbott.

    Politics is a dirty game and is getting dirtier as we all descend into personal anme calling and violent threats. It does not need to be this way, but it seems the far right are pushing as far as they can go.


    LOL. My independence on all matters political and otherwise has been proven time and time again, would you not say ?

  21. Yes, Shane, I have noticed your independence and respect your right to it. My comment was tongue-in-cheek.

    But I do think that too many people (you and I excluded) believe what they read in the papers.

  22. Migs

    I knew it was tongue in cheeck thats why I laughed at it.

    No disgreement from me. Far too many believe what they read in the papers or are told on the telly wihtout getting the other sides perspective.

    Something that is irking me at the moment is channel 10 was somewhat middle of the road in regards to reporting as it was not owned by the big boys.

    Obviously this was noticed and along came Packer, Murdoch and Rinehart who buy sufficient shares to commence a board coup and now the start up of a TV show with Andrew Bolt because Rinehart thinks that channel 10 is too left wing.

    The ability for the rich to purchase and manipulate the lives of the average aussie through the media and other assets has gone beyond the realms of decency.

  23. The ability for the rich to purchase and manipulate the lives of the average aussie through the media and other assets has gone beyond the realms of decency.


    What I find repulsive is the fact that someone worth $9B wants to get her way in order for her to pay less tax. And that means manipulating and influencing anybody she can to encourage them to vote for the government of her choice.

    She clearly only cares about herself. So many people fail to see that.

  24. Thanks for those leads, Pip. An interesting re-read of Lenore Taylor’s take on the coup. She’s a refreshing contrast to so many other journos, isn’t she?

    Sorry, Min, but even JG’s worst enemies must know that another change means death for the government for several reasons. But Tom R clinches the argument for me with his point that the Independents see her as providing a stable government, likely to go full term. Their commitment is to her, not the ALP.

  25. There is something obscene about someone so digustingly rich as Gina Reinhardt being able to buy shares in a major TV station just to influence its news and editorial policies to take care of her own interests. And so blatantly too promoting a notorious extremist like Bolt.

    The sort of general bias you’re complaining about, BSA Bob, will be tame compared to the stuff he puts out.

  26. I have a suggestion. From now on Gina Hancock will be known as Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl.
    Veruca was a spoilt, tantrum throwing, over-privileged brat, who wanted whatever she wanted,”RIGHT NOW”.
    A thoroughly revolting, unlikeable character……..another one!

  27. Migs

    It is repulsive in regards to Gina Reinhart. We no longer have channels seven, nine and ten. We now have channels seven, nine and mine.


    I agree with your comments and that the independents selected Julia in preference to Tony.

    While the government may go full term, I believe it will not be re-lected for another term.

  28. Shane, shortly after Rudd’s 2007 win I heard some media folk predicting that his Labor Government would be a one-term government. His seat wasn’t even warm by that stage.

    What they should have been saying was “we will undermine this government so much that it will be unlikely that they ever win an election again’.

  29. Migs

    Akerman and Bolt were two predicting the downfall from day 1 becuase while they live in a democratic country anyone who did not vote for the conservatives or disgarees with their own right wing opinions are wrong.

    The electorate was wrong and as a result we need to destroy the govnment they elected.

    The major downfall for Kevin Rudd was the GFC, had this not happened I believe that the rhetoric of the right wing extremists would have been ignored and the ALP would have won last years election quite handsomely.

    Problem is, if you yell long and loud enough it will finally wear people down and infiltrate their otherwise extreme comments filters. Especially if the poeple have been effected materially even if that is not the doing of the government.

  30. Thanks, Patricia.

    We have to keep some sense of history. The current sorry state of political analysis and debate and media coverage mirror the Whitlam experience after the 1974 election. The gloves came off and anything became permissible. Wreckers become heroes. Rumour becomes fact. Vested interests become national interests. Multinational bullies become victims. Scientists become conspirators. Lowlife political creeps and media sleazes become opinion leaders.

    We have no option but to keep our cool and campaign with ideas and not bile.

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