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DEAR KEVIN: FORGIVE, FORGET & MOVE ON!

Kevin Rudd’s authorized biographer has written a scathing open letter to the former Prime Minister asking him to forget his leadership ambitions once and for all.

In an extraordinary attack published on ABC online, Robert Macklin, who held extensive interviews with Kevin Rudd for his book Kevin Rudd: The Biography, writes: “For the sake of the nation, the government and yourself, abandon the delusion that has claimed and tortured you since you were deposed in June 2010. Expunge it from your mind.”

Macklin (below, right), the former associate editor of The Canberra Times and author of 21 books, says Rudd needs to stop destabilizing ...

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36 Comments

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    Caroline B

    I’m with Tony Burke on this one.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    debbiep

    I dont think Robert Macklin Letter should have been made public.It should have been between Kevin Rudd and himself.
    And, the media have to wear the brunt of this blame game , more so than Rudd, when it comes to voicing “leadership Challenges’ and any muck raking.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    mrs pops

    It is a dead issue. Macklin is right i am listening a lot more and its been a while Kevin. move on.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    vegitamite

    I mean, How belittling can you get . The Man writes a Book On Rudd then belittles him publicly. I think Robert Macklins after some attention himself. Or Book sales.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    janet

    People are rejected and suffer heartache over many issues. The strong of character learn, grow and move forward. Kevin Rudd needs to put his ego aside, else be eaten up by it. We have moved on, so must Kevin.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    Laura Bahnisch

    I completely agree & have just sent a message to my father, Brian. My older brother, Mark Bahnisch once became confused in between my marriage & Kevin Rudd’s bumpy road in Kev 07 year. This was during my pregnancy bump year, and by the time we celebrated the election in the comfort of some very good wineries with my friends Marg & Ron at McLarenvale, we had a fun night, although I wasn’t going to cause my 1st & now only daughter any more than a tinkle of champagne glasses. Marg has meanwhile dealt with breast cancer, and my husband Michael & I have decided he can join Labor if he wants to…. Shani, our daughter was first photographed at a primary school not far from home, as it was my turn to have some polling day fun, and I was going for the Greens. Let’s hope the next election is great too. My wonderful daughter has far more important things to do – we need to sort out which school she needs to go to before we’d like to join or support anyone. !
    Cheers,
    Laura B

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    Tracey

    I love the letter because I think Kevin has been a bit of a destructive force. BUT it’s another public humiliation for Kevin and really, it’s not surprising if he feels hard done by and keen on revenge (I still haven’t moved on from a rough deal by an employer 4-years ago). And EVEN THOUGH I’m pleased he was de-lodged, and I love Julia leading the country – I won’t be a bit surprised if Kevin lashes out again (via Phillip Adams or Peter Hartcher).

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    coffee needed

    Good letter, it shouldn’t have got this far. Kevin was ousted as leader by his party. If they didn’t want to work under him then he should accept it. If he thought it was wrong, he should have accepted the challenge at the time, but he knew he would lose. Kevin is trying to make himself seem the alternative PM, coming out when the PM is over seas, etc. Pretending not to be interested in the top job, but he has become like a cancer, eating away from the inside of the party, because his favourite toy was passed on to someone else.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    Lindy

    I agree that Kevin needs to move on because he will only discredit himself if he keeps these not so subtle forays. Tony Burke is right we have also moved on and for myself I am very supportive of our Prime Minister

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    Monty

    I am so over Kevin Rudd’s whining and foot stamping! He is like a naughty child who just won’t let go of the toy that has been given to someone else! Julia is doing a great job under enormous pressure, so, back off Kevin and grow up!

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    Maye

    To try for a comeback into the lodge would ultimately destroy Kevin’s image completely. He is an intelligent, charismatic man, with enormous ability. There is so much good that he could be applying himself to. He needs to stop wasting his life.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    K

    I agree but I wonder if this letter will just make him more determined…..and therefore all the letter does is fuel the whole thing yet again

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    Katie

    It doesn’t matter at the moment. Rudd should definitey forget this cycle, as Abbott is now dead meat regardless. It’s just a matter of time before the Libs swap him for Malcolm. Given how the electorate now loves Turnbull (a statesman by comparison with TA) it should be a shoo-in with him come the Federal election. They will probably leave changing until the last minute so Malcolm has less time to create another stuff-up like Gretch (to put it mildly). Crikey is running a competition to guess the changeover date.

    Frankly I’m with Julia all the way – she has done an absolutely brilliant job. We know that any successful woman has to be at least five times smarter and more competent than a man to get traction at the same job. Gillard’s situation puts paid to any notion that such a rule is trotted out merely tongue-in-cheek. Ten times smarter and better at her job and achieved a motza in spite of minority government …

    But Kevin will have his day again. I actually don’t see him as maneovering – just sticking up for himself and making appropriate contributions to the debate – and the media making a grande bouffe of it. Naturally traumatised at the beginning, I think he has handled it well. Thanks Therese.
    His internal party “supporters” if any should pull their heads in though.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    Chris

    Labor is suddenly feeling elated by a resurgence in the polls. Not so long ago the cause looked hopeless. Now Abbott is the one under threat and Gillard looks safe. Rudd is a non-event. What a shame then that the government yet again shoots itself in the foot with the excision of the whole nation from the migratory zone for asylum seekers. How absurd! And how absolutely destructive of Labor values. If the Liberals get rid of Abbott and bring back Turnbull I will seriously consider dumping Labor, Gillard or no. Sure, Turnbull would be lumbered with a bunh of numbtees in Hockey, Pyne et al, but at least he stands for a set of decent values.

    • Reply November 3, 2012

      JoanneH

      Did Malcolm Turnbull have any involvement in the Godwin Grech fiasco ?

      • Reply November 3, 2012

        sue bell

        yes Turnbull was involved with the Grech affair.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    Serin

    I think Kevin 07 should be the lable of a Wine- made from “sour grapes”.

    For God sake us in the Real World workforce- have to deal with the cut and thrust of the modern workplace- which frankly can be a “hard taskmaster” probably down to the role models we have in the top jobs in country- (Oh! and no doubt also those work cultures we have imported from Europe and USA of late). There is little loyalty and most (I hate to say) are interested in saving their own Jobs and those that got them into the position.
    So Kevin get on with it! Or get out of it- you could live off your wife’s earnings very nicely.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    ro.watson

    I do not forget,forgive and move on about the treatment of asylum seekers by this government. Disgraceful.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    Tony W

    “If the Liberals get rid of Abbott and bring back Turnbull I will seriously consider dumping Labor, Gillard or no….at least he stands for a set of decent values.”

    Correct me if I’m wrong Chris, but Turnbull stands for the exact same refugee policies you now decry in Labor.

    Face facts Chris, Australia will never again return to pre-Howard refugee policies. The change process started 20 years ago when Labor introduced mandatory detention. Everything since then has been inevitable.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    Daniel C Corban

    The answer is within the Prime Minister’s reach: send Kevin to the UN.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    ro.watson

    Tony, everything since mandatory detention came in for asylum seekers has been wrong..I would query if this was twenty years ago~fair enough health and security checks~ but after that hopefully short process if we have the necessary personnel on and off the ground~and that includes the U.N ~ let them in here to process their asylum claims as per our obligations under the Refugee Convention~ for God’s sake~ “we” have been at war for longer (nearly) than WW1 and WW2 combined~ and we have a moral obligation to provide refuge for asylum seekers suffering persecution.

  • Reply November 2, 2012

    Rod

    I think just about everyone moved on long ago, apart from McClelland, Hartcher, Ferguson, McKew and the Libs.

    • Reply November 3, 2012

      Marg

      Agreed. For the rest of us, Rudd lost relevance a long time ago. It was clear he’d lost the public and his own party. Like many, I have been mystified that the Canberra press gallery keeps trying to resurrect him. Even after his unsuccessful challenge! I would love to know the nature of their interactions with him, I feel there’s a story we’re not being told.

  • Reply November 3, 2012

    Tony W

    “….mandatory detention came in….I would query if this was twenty years ago”

    Mandatory detention laws were introduced in Australia by the Keating Labor government, with bipartisan support, in 1992. Minister for Immigration Gerry Hand stated: “The Government is determined that a clear signal be sent that migration to Australia may not be achieved by simply arriving in this country and expecting to be allowed into the community.”

    Once that moral threshold was crossed there could be no turning back. Increasing boat arrivals led to increasingly “clear signals” – lengthier detention….harsher detention conditions…offshore detention….and ultimately, refusal of entry unless via formal UNHCR resettlement program (proposed Malaysia solution).

    The policy has now gained moral force as a means to save lives at sea.

    A brief attempt was made under Rudd to reverse this policy direction. It failed. The debate is now over. Even Paris Aristotle recognizes that.

  • Reply November 3, 2012

    lynda

    Boy is he wrong!! Gillard is being exposed for the “crook” that she is …….Kevin your days are numbered The LNP have a wonderful candidate for our seat of Griffith….A man of Integrity, experience,honesty and respect ….. we live in a lovely area that is not well represented by this self centred man……welcome Bill Glasson…

  • Reply November 3, 2012

    Annie Also

    I don’t think 60% of support is a ‘handful’ of people. I can’t imagine anyone on this page or elsewhere who had a dream and an ambition would forget EVER a feeling of ‘betrayal and loss’….I have felt it in family matters, in community relationships, at work ( in the past).
    If someone spends all their life with a ‘vision’ or with an idea that could help others and serve their nation I don’t think it is a matter of easily ‘moving on’. Sure it has to be put somewhere, worked through and sorted…but usually that begins with an apology. Maybe if Gillard apologised to Rudd for the way it was done then things would be different.
    I am so disappointed in Labor since the last election. I had such high hopes, such relief after 2007 elections and within 12 months much had been done, started or set in motion. I was upset about the ETS being sidestepped and the Mining tax being downgraded. Both those things were good INCLUDING the reversal of how asylum seekers had been treated. Given time and support it would have worked….it was waaaaay to short a trial to be poo-pooed and relegated a ‘failure’. WRONG.

    And now look at where we are …so far right that there are two conservative parties from which to chose.
    A pox on all their houses then! The Nauru and Manus Is solutions are a bridge too far…..PAH!

  • Reply November 3, 2012

    JoanneH

    Kevin Rudd was entitled to feel cheated by the loss he suffered, but not to the extent of leaking, (or encouraging others) harmful information to discredit Julia. That affected Labor’s electoral chances, and not just Julia. The Prime Minister gave the media permission to reveal any off- the- record information given to journalist that could be attributed to her; so far nobody has come forward. Maxine McKew said Kevin Rudd had not leaked, but I think he needs to make a similar statement to appear more credible.

  • Reply November 3, 2012

    Rhoda

    The man’s a millionaire. He has confidence. And he has a supportive family who encourage him. I doubt he will go to ground. I daresay he thinks he can make a comeback and who’s to say he won’t. As they say a week is a long time in politics.

  • Reply November 3, 2012

    JoanneH

    I wonder if Kevin Rudd ever tried to destabilise the Prime Minister by giving information to the media?

  • Reply November 3, 2012

    Sue

    the worst thing with kevin and his whining is that he involves his whole family. now tony abbott thinks he must inflict his family on the electorate too.
    so much for their leadership!
    thank goodness we have such a clear headed PM, who is still standing and leading the country, especially with the amount of muck that has been pitched her way.

  • Reply November 3, 2012

    LDC

    People can say what they like about Kevin, but at least he wasn’t a bogan. Whether Julia is a backstabber is not the main issue; she’s a bad choice for PM because she’s a poor ambassador for Australia. If the party doesn’t want Kevin back, please find someone else who doesn’t make me cringe and reach for the mute button every time she speaks.

  • Reply November 3, 2012

    Tony W

    “People can say what they like about Kevin, but at least he wasn’t a bogan.”

    That was his problem! He’s an intellectual, and they can be tricky to work with because they always know best.

    I think you’re selling Gillard short. She gets the job done and she’s well regarded OS these days. My guess is they love her Aussie nasal twang!

    Anyway I wouldn’t write Kevin off just yet – remember Lazarus with a triple bypass?

  • Reply November 5, 2012

    Serin

    A VERY middle class spin on bogans has been accepted as a sign that someone has intellect?? Julia would never be a true bogan- those of you who entertain such thoughts- need to get out into the real burbs and see what the term really means.

    Re Rudd and intellect-
    I am not sure that person who cannot delegate when they’re in the top job and wh is obviously so insecure that he has to be in control of every aspect- is actually displaying great intelligence. Seems he’s now become an expert at delegating with the outsourcing of his “white anting” campaign against the Gillard Government, to Maxine McKew et al.

  • Reply November 5, 2012

    logical

    What is the story with comments like: ‘Julia is doing a brilliant job”…come on guys, from surplus to massive debt in no time flat, vote buying cash handouts, lies and deception, one failed scheme after another.

    I am open to acknowledging a task well done, but really, this government’s performance is abysmal…a constant display of mismanagement, over spending and class warfare.

    Support her blindly because she is a woman…are we back in high school.

    Frankly, having a PM who pulls the sexist card every time an argument goes the wrong way, is doing nothing for the credibility of women in positions of authority!

  • Reply November 5, 2012

    Lucille

    If Rudd really wants to get revenge all he has to do is become an independent. Of course his leadership aspirations would have to be sacrificed.

  • Reply November 5, 2012

    Tony W

    Serin, you misunderstand my use of the word “intellectual”. I was drawing a distinction between Rudd’s tendency to theorize about issues as compared to Gillard’s obvious pragmatism.

    Obviously they’re both highly intelligent people, but Gillard is much more practical – eg. delegating as you mention.

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