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In The National Interest

Posted on: 1 July 2010


The following is an edited version of an e-mail I received a few days ago. I publish it because it conveys in a few words the sentiments many Labor, Liberal and supporters of other parties expressed to me since Mr Rudd was pushed from office.

“IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST”

On Friday, 25 June, I part heard an interview between Mr Ross Solly, breakfast announcer with ABC Radio 666 and the Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Mike Kelly. I was stunned when on three occasions Dr Kelly referred to the ousting of then Prime Minister, Rudd as being in the “National Interest.”

In Australia, we goal terrorists, mass murderers and criminals in the “National Interest.”  An example. Last weekend the Government deported a Muslim Cleric to Iran in the National Interest saying he was a threat to national security.

As for Dr Kelly, I could not understand how a man with a Doctorate in Law and, one assumes, conversant with the letter of the law, could ever refer to Mr Rudd’s deposing as being in the “National Interest.” The inference is both derogatory and unwarranted. And I was I was even more taken-a-back when Prime Minister Gillard was reported to have used the same expression “In the National Interest;” obviously, the official line.

That said, in their scurrilous character assassination of Mr Rudd, Government spin-doctors debased the Office of Prime Minister of this country. Why could they not say exactly what everybody knew, that Mr. Rudd had to go because he was out of favour with the electorate? 

That he was ousted in the “National Interest” is a joke: he was ousted in the interests of the Australian Labor Party. He did his best. He is not a criminal.

Regardless of what position Mr. Rudd is accorded in the Parliament now, or after the election, his credibility has been destroyed because whatever he does he will be seen to be “Not to be in the National Interest.”

In addition, if the spin-doctors consider the Australian Labor Party as being synonymous with the “National Interest” then it displays a level of arrogance above and beyond the ordinary concepts of humanity.

In the national interest, Madame Guillotine and Dr Doolittle should say “Sorry” to Mr. Rudd and set about restoring the dignity of the Office of Prime Minister.

Carwoola Bob

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1 Response to "In The National Interest"

I would tend to agree that Mr Rudd’s deposition had a lot more to do with Labor’s internal politics, not to mention the upcoming elections, than with anything “in the national interest”. Unless Labor has caught a severe dose of Caesaritis from furnishings which had been in contact with John Howard. Or perhaps Mr Rudd just treated one too many employees and/or Party members like dirt.

I hope to Heaven that Ms Gillard takes some elocution lessons before representing the Australian people overseas. I wouldn’t like them to think that all Australian women sound like that.

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