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Kevin Rudd on 60 Minutes last Sunday:

“I would never knowingly lie.”

And Kevin Rudd the following day:

Opposition leader Kevin Rudd has denied cancelling his long-standing weekly appearance on the Seven Network’s Sunrise program due to controversy over an Anzac Day service.

Mr Rudd told reporters he and friend Workplace Relations Minister Joe Hockey had decided to cancel their chat segment because of the political pressure of an election year.

“We thought we could make it work but obviously as the election got closer and as politics got sharper it simply became too hard to do,” Mr Rudd said.

So it’s nothing to do with the Anzac Day debacle? Merely due to the pressures of an election year? Just a crazy coincidence?

Posted by Tim B. on 04/16/2007 at 01:32 PM
    1. Krudd is obviously a risky proposition for the top job. But why do polls, even now, put him and Labor streets ahead of Howard and the Coalition?

      I thought Australians were enjoying record prosperity and unemployment. Why then are so many people plumping for this chancer?

      Posted by DaneF on 2007 04 16 at 04:54 PM • permalink


    1. KRuddy has been caught lying yet again. I doubt the current polls reflect this as most of the issue (it would be a SCANDAL if it was the Libs) only came to light after the poll was taken.

      Posted by curious george on 2007 04 16 at 05:04 PM • permalink


    1. An alternative explanation is that we have learnt to enjoy lying to pollsters. We know they can phrase a question so as to produce a desired outcome; feeding them false data is our revenge.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 04 16 at 05:29 PM • permalink


    1. I know nothing! I know Nothing!
      (Kevvy babe sounding like shultz from Hogan’s heros)
      p.s. Prayers for the University in America.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 04 16 at 06:16 PM • permalink


    1. Just saw an announcement that Krudd will be co-hosting with Kerri somebody on Channel 9.
      Apparently “the pressures of the election year” are not so onerous after all.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 04 16 at 06:18 PM • permalink


    1. Bolta makes the salient point that krudd appears to have cancelled the visit as soon as it was known the cameras would not be at the service…

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 04 16 at 06:29 PM • permalink


    1. Mrs Skeeter has observed that Australia may soon be governed by TV reality shows.
      The way it’s going, it won’t be long before the AEC will be replaced by a 1900 number so that we can vote out anyone we don’t like on a weekly basis.
      I don’t have Andycanuck’s marketing skills but perhaps there is an opportunity for something like Phone Adjustment & Command Org.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 04 16 at 06:30 PM • permalink


    1. Hi margos

      I’m not flying Jetstar to Hawaii for the Blair conferance, you might even end up in Thailand like the dodgy advertising campaign it had last year!

      Kevin babe likes Sarsparelli,,, slurp slurp

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 04 16 at 06:35 PM • permalink


    1. Ok, now I love smacking down those Labour tards as much as any red-blooded Ozarian does (it’s a hobby even an American can enjoy!), but this is pretty shallow political point scoring. We’d get rightly hacked off if it became political currency if something this minor were causing political damage to our side.

      And, let’s face it, 95 times out of a hundred it IS our side being plowed under by some made up pseudo-scandal (Oz sea-borne immigration policy anyone? Oz oil-for-food, anyone? Etc. Etc. Etc. and many more Etceteras to come). This should be beneath us because -and see if you can follow my logic here- we’re better than they are, the savage little shits. So he wanted to do some other timing. Big deal.

      Also, and this is beside the point a bit, but the only reason a person from the Left side of the political spectrum ever gets into these petty scandals is clearly because the Canberra media establishment has labelled him an also-ran, and thus safe to do what they almost always do to Liberal/Republican candidates. You know, so long as it’s a slow news cycle.

      Come to think of it, this built-in bias gives Labour/Democratic candidates and positions a built-in larger constituency in the electorate than they normally would have. So I guess, considering this constant nonsense for we go through…fuck ‘em.

      Posted by mencken_cynic on 2007 04 16 at 06:49 PM • permalink


    1. Hey 1.6, I’m packing the sunscreen.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 04 16 at 06:50 PM • permalink


    1. Completely Off Topic; please indulge me on this one.

      Yesterday I got leaflets in my letterbox in Bellevue Hill and saw a poster on my street corner. Both of these were concerned with the threat of Islam. The poster I found particularly sinister as it had a Nazi-like flavour that sent chills up my spine. It was authored by Darrin Hodges.

      I want to know if it is the same DarrinH who contributes here. If someone, especially DarrinH could enlighten me, it would be much appreciated. If it is not DarrinH, I apologise in advance.

      Posted by captain on 2007 04 16 at 06:58 PM • permalink


    1. I would never knowingly lie.

      The thing about lies is that you have to know it.  This may not be true on the left for theological reasons.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2007 04 16 at 07:01 PM • permalink


    1. Yes, I agree. It’s the “knowing” that makes it a lie, otherwise it’s just a mistake or ignorance. Odd he chose to put it that way.

      Are Aussies feeling a bit of Howard fatigue, good times notwithstanding? I know there’s a whole lot of Bush fatigue around here (even among those of us who love the guy) and JoHo’s been on the scene quite a bit longer.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 04 16 at 07:31 PM • permalink


    1. he and friend Workplace Relations Minister Joe Hockey had decided to cancel their chat segment because of the political pressure of an election year.

      I thought I posted on this earlier, but if he can’t handle the pressure of doing work he committed to do during a campaign, how can he “knowingly” think he can handle the pressures of governing…?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 04 16 at 08:01 PM • permalink


    1. #5, Skeeter, yes:

      KEVIN Rudd will co-host the Nine Network’s Mornings with Kerri-Anne program tomorrow, just two days after being forced to dump his weekly Seven Network Sunrise spot amid questions over his judgment.
      The Opposition Leader will review movies and participate in a cooking segment, hours before he leaves for a trip to the US to sell his credentials as Australia’s alternative prime minister.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 04 16 at 08:13 PM • permalink


    1. #9: Exactly right – Rudd is copping it from all sides because he has circumvented the Canberra Press Gallery in presenting his shtick straight to the people via Sunrise. Nothing enrages the CPG like politicians cutting out the middle man.

      The issue is totally a storm in an egg cup. It’s nice to see the other side copping it for once.

      Posted by ilibcc on 2007 04 16 at 08:46 PM • permalink


    1. #9,#16
      No, what sickens me and all I have talked to is that he tried to use Anzac day to perform a political dog-and-pony show. To us Aussies, and particularly the diggers amongst us, Anzac Day is sacred and untouchable. For this clown who would put himself up as Prime Minister not to understand the importance of that particular day is unforgiveable.

      On the other hand, if he had wanted to change the start of the AFL grand final or Bathurst by one hour so he could attend and ponce in front of the cameras, I personally couldn’t give a rats arse.

      Posted by Rachel Corrie’s Flatmate on 2007 04 16 at 09:23 PM • permalink


    1. Ooops, by ‘diggers’ I meant ‘Diggers’.
      Apologies to my green-bean-pajama attired bretheren…

      Posted by Rachel Corrie’s Flatmate on 2007 04 16 at 09:26 PM • permalink


    1. Anzac Day isn’t untouchable to the bunches of bogans who infest Gallipoli each year. John Farnham concert anyone?

      Posted by ilibcc on 2007 04 16 at 09:54 PM • permalink


    1. #11 I find it hard to see why a neo-Nazi outfit would be so anti-Islam.  They have so much in common, especially Jew hating….

      Posted by Barrie on 2007 04 16 at 10:00 PM • permalink


    1. Radio National is making up for any ‘Rudd negatives’ as fast as possible.  Fran had an arty ‘political type’ on this morning, encouraging him to smash into the terrible Howard government at length for several minutes, Fran joshing along with him.
      This wasn’t bias of course.  It was just a disussion of ‘artistic inspiration’… 
      It sounded like an extended ALP youth advertisement.
      Expect a pro-Howard musician tomorrow—not..

      Posted by Barrie on 2007 04 16 at 10:06 PM • permalink



  • I wonder if Rudd can now admit that Bush didn’t ‘knowingly lie’ when he believed [with many other leaders] Saddam had a lot of WMD stashed away, as Saddam wanted the world to believe through the UN!

    The Left have been hypocritical and conspiratorial on this basic point for years now.

    Posted by Barrie on 2007 04 16 at 10:12 PM • permalink


    1. bugger.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 04 16 at 10:13 PM • permalink


    1. #19
      Good point. I won’t vote for them either 😉

      Posted by Rachel Corrie’s Flatmate on 2007 04 16 at 10:28 PM • permalink


    1. Margos, if we flew Jetstar for the Blair News Conference we’d end up in Thailand or somewhere like Nambour, they use pictures that are from other places for advertising.


      oh, I have a glass plate collection of images from world war 1 anzac diggers, they’re of mother and son, soliders etc.. they are truly great reminder of why it’s important to show respect for our soldiers.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 04 16 at 10:30 PM • permalink


    1. O/T but here’s a chuckle for ABC fans. Melbourne announcer Jon Faine has been banned from reminiscing anymore about marijuana smoking in his youth. Justification:
      “Because it’s so contentious an issue in the community,” explained ABC spokeswoman Nataline Muscat.
      “It’s a policy matter. We’re not supposed to broadcast opinions.

      Posted by slatts on 2007 04 16 at 11:29 PM • permalink


    1. #27 – We’re not supposed to broadcast opinions.

      They’re going off-air, then?

      Posted by boxofmatches on 2007 04 17 at 02:01 AM • permalink


    1. #27 – Jon Faine was a dope head in his 20’s. Further proof that marijuana use causes lasting psycholgical damage.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 04 17 at 02:08 AM • permalink


    1. He would never knowingly cum in your mouth either.

      Posted by haranton on 2007 04 17 at 07:12 AM • permalink


    1. #9
      Even The Age’s (very pro-ALP) Michelle Grattan has given up defending the KRudd this week, citing his constant denials and blaming others as a “pattern of behaviour” – something that Blairites have been pointing out for quite a while: to quote Martin Ferguson of the ALP, perhaps the MSM have given up “defending the indefensible”.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 04 17 at 08:28 AM • permalink


    1. #27
      So the punning f-wit sportscaster on Radio National Breakfast, Warwick Hadfield, was out of line describing “Joe Hockey’s last appearance on Sunrise was his best”.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 04 17 at 08:36 AM • permalink


    1. #9 Menken_cynic

      I would agree with you, except that Krudd has led the holier than thou ‘liar liar, pants on fire’ routine againt the Coalition. This is porky number three now, and he must be scrutinised on this point. You can’t run around saying ‘Howard’s a liar’, as he has, and expect nothing in return when you’re caught out yourself.

      #16 ilibcc

      May pollies have courted media away from the PCG. I think their ending of the Krudd honeymoon has more to do with threats made from Krudd’s office, if not from the man himself, against some media people. As shallow as most journos are, I think this more a case of solidarity in the industry than a dummy spit because he’s not spending enough time with them.

      Posted by Justin on 2007 04 17 at 09:04 AM • permalink


    1. #16- True, but it still makes me feel a little uneasy. All that “what is done to others” stuff. I generally don’t like pulling things down to my enemy’s level.

      #17- I don’t care if it’s Christmas, Easter, the day Cadbury’s came out with chocolate intravenous system and your mom’s birthday rolled into one: the sacrity of the day is irrelevant here. It’s a non-scandal. It’s a pseudo-tiff. It’s a long gone mom tong. This is a dead parrot.
      #31- Like I said- they’ve labeled him an also-ran. I don’t even keep close tabs on your political system and I knew it because I know Western politics so well. I could SMELL he was one of the post-living of the Labour set with out being told. Political establishments are the same everywhere.

      #33- Oh, well, in that case you should kill his family. After all, he does bad things, it
      stands to reason you can do bad things back to him, right? See how silly your reasoning is? And anyway you should take a stand against it on principle so that you can take the same stand when they do it to you the next dozen times. Think of it as enlightened self defense. Delayed political satisfaction.

      Posted by mencken_cynic on 2007 04 17 at 05:25 PM • permalink


    1. Thing is why didn’t Rudd pass that dam in QLD?

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 04 17 at 06:33 PM • permalink


    1. #35 – Because it wasn’t sexy enough.
      Labor big picture items are exciting social policy, not dull public infrastructure.

      But it doesn’t matter how much freedom you give tap-dancing lesbians if you have to drink your own urine. Hopefully the electorate will cotton on to this.

      Posted by boxofmatches on 2007 04 17 at 06:59 PM • permalink


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