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Lemon, lime and bitterness? No thanks, Kevin

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Phillip Coorey

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Rudd axeing anniversary looms

Almost one year ago, Kevin Rudd was dramatically dumped as Prime Minister, and now it's a major headache for Labor.

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KEVIN RUDD has postponed the party he was planning for Wednesday night, saying it was turning into a ''three-ring circus'' and ''a soap opera''.

Mr Rudd and his wife, Therese Rein, were to throw the party at their house in the Canberra suburb of Yarralumla to mark the first anniversary this Friday of Mr Rudd's ousting as prime minister.

But, as media interest in the event grew, the pair decided to postpone the party until a later and quieter moment.

The timing just isn't right ... Kevin Rudd will have to celebrate his ousting another time.

The timing just isn't right ... Kevin Rudd will have to celebrate his ousting another time. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mr Rudd had invited former and present staff - but it's believed not very many were attending.

One guest who declined the invitation said they thought this was more the reason for the postponement.

Some former staff are interstate or overseas and others were angry at comments Mr Rudd made in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday in which he said he should have surrounded himself with a few more experienced staff, or ''greybeards''.

When Mr Rudd was dumped in a coup on June 24 last year, he and his staff held a party at the Lodge that night during which most people ended up in the swimming pool fully clothed.

Mr Rudd promised a return event. The invitations stated: ''Last year we all got together to celebrate our collective achievements. As promised, it's time we once again got the broader family back together to celebrate.''

Like last year, Mr Rudd's son, Marcus, was to have been DJ.

His old chief of staff, Alister Jordan, and chief press secretary, Lachlan Harris, did not plan on attending the weeknight shindig because it was inconvenient.

The federal Opposition will celebrate the event and last night released a new version of the ads they ran just before Mr Rudd's ouster, which portrayed him as a lemon, or Kevin O'Lemon.

The new ads extend the citrus analogy by portraying Julia Gillard as a lemon alleging Mr Rudd is trying to replace her. It depicts the Greens leader, Bob Brown, as a lime, and claims he is the one really running the show.

156 comments

  • Please stop wasting our time with non-issues.

    The media should be doing something constructive, such as comparing the parties' climate change, and other, policies.

    Commenter
    Douglas
    Date and time
    June 20, 2011, 7:15AM
    • It falls to Kevin Rudd to get real about this anniversary ... it's 12 months since he resigned from the job and did not stand for re-election as the leader of the ALP, leaving Julia Gillard as the only one in the ring. It would have taken guts to stand in that forum, sure, but it also takes guts to admit the truth of the moment. I would have thought 12 months would see some ego re-adjustment on this for Rudd, but it seems not.

      Commenter
      Michael
      Date and time
      June 20, 2011, 7:21AM
      • What is it with the Media, they are totally against the Labor Party in what they are trying to do for the betterment of this Country, and at the same time are glorifying Abbott's Coalition Liberal/National Party who have done nothing but slander and knock back the majority of policies that the minority held Government have tried to bring forward through Parliament, and they call this a democracy?????

        Commenter
        Crowey
        Location
        Qld
        Date and time
        June 20, 2011, 7:23AM
        • One thing I am certain of, is that K.Rudd cannot get over it, will never get over it and it will haunt his every waking thought,and a few nighttime ones too.

          You just know when he says in his equivocating way "Let's just move on", that he is the only one that has not.

          Commenter
          Sydney Dude
          Location
          Sydney
          Date and time
          June 20, 2011, 7:27AM
          • I've already told you, I'm voting for Bob Brown

            Commenter
            sarajane
            Location
            melbourne
            Date and time
            June 20, 2011, 7:30AM
            • Not just Rudd Michael, but it sounds as if some of his former staff have unchecked egos as well if this article is to be believed. It's pretty obvious that Rudd needed some older and wiser heads alongside him (think Howard/Sinodinos), these clowns who are "angry" at his "greybeards" comment were part of the problem.

              In hindsight however, Rudd v1.0 was never going to allow anyone on his level. The youngsters were there to support the boss's ego.

              Commenter
              Biff
              Location
              Randwick
              Date and time
              June 20, 2011, 7:32AM
              • You don't have to throw a party Kevin, the polls are doing it for you. The majority of Australian people believe that the people's job of hiring and firing of a PM, is just that, the peoples job. That the Labor Party took it upon themselves to do the job is now paying dividends, that is, they have now destroyed any chance of re election, and throwing money at the electorate, over the carbon tax is not going to do it, as they seem to think it will. It will take a lot more for the people to trust Gillard, and that is not going to happen. "What you sow is what you reap" your call Labor, and you have well and truly stuffed it.

                Commenter
                annie
                Location
                hunter NSW
                Date and time
                June 20, 2011, 7:41AM
                • The "three-ring circus" is actually Parliament House these days, with the three ringmasters Gillard, Brown and Abbott. The media is keeping itself busy providing free advertising for the ringmasters and their clowns. No-one is doing the job they are being paid to do, and the whole country is suffering as a result.

                  Commenter
                  Pat
                  Date and time
                  June 20, 2011, 7:43AM
                  • @ Crowey Qld 7.23: if the ALP are working for the betterment of this country lets hope they start with improving school education and specifically instructing the kids of today on the correct use of capital letters.

                    After that they can get started on the Social Studies curriculum and explain how reporting on KRudd's party is detrimental to democracy.

                    Commenter
                    Greg
                    Location
                    Sydney
                    Date and time
                    June 20, 2011, 7:46AM
                    • Phillip, your story reminds me of that memorable 1960's song, played on Ward Pally Austin's radio 2UW hit parade, "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to, cry if I want to, cry if I want to, you would cry too if it happened to you ..."

                      Commenter
                      The Other Side
                      Location
                      Alexandra
                      Date and time
                      June 20, 2011, 7:49AM

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