The article in yesterday’s NT NEWS about Kevin Rudd’s supposed bipartisan approach to amending the constitution to recognise indigenous Australians does not tell the real story.
I was there to witness Rudd’s antics at the 50th anniversary of the Yirrkalla Bark Petitions where his disgraceful behaviour showed that he does not have the moral character to hold the office of Prime Minister.
When he gave his clumsy speech deliberately politicising the issue, he said any delay to the constitutional amendment was not the fault of the government-even though in reality it was a Labor idea to postpone it. He blamed Tony Abbott and used his arms in a phony gesture to indicate how he would guide him to bipartisan support for the constitutional amendment. The fact is Labour has been sitting on this since John Howard announced it as a Coalition commitment in 2007. Tony Abbott all along has demonstrated his support for constitutional change promising months ago that a coalition government would produce a draft amendment for comment within one year of achieving office.
The anniversary of the Bark Petitions should have been a bipartisan event the same as constitutional recognition had been until Rudd stepped in. Snowdon and Rudd engineered proceedings at the anniversary and it was only after my insistence that the coalition was even invited to attend and reluctantly given the opportunity to speak.
Kevin Rudd has demonstrated yet again just how low he will stoop when he attempts to win votes. Labour put him back in charge because he is an expert at dirty campaign tricks not because he is a good Prime Minister- we already know what they think about that.
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