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Rudd laments 'brick wall' Turnbull thwarting his UN ambition


1. Turnbull a ‘brick wall’

Oh the folly of Malcolm Turnbull to spurn Kevin Rudd. Doesn’t he realise Rudd’s capacity for vengeance is matched only by the size of Turnbull’s self-regard? 

Here we have two giant egos battling it out. Kevin wants job. Turnbull says no. Kevin leaks letters. Turnbull says not true and leaking letters is really poor form ok? Kevin says Turnbull a “brick wall” and so on we go. This could go on for weeks, months, years – forever!


Turnbull slams Kevin Rudd for leaking emails

‘it says a lot about Mr Rudd that he would seek to release private correspondence,’ says Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Audio courtesy ABC Radio 774.

Rudd has delivered another backhander, in trademark cheesy, cheery Kev style to a group of young Labor activists telling them Turnbull was a “brick wall” to his desire to “make a difference” on the world stage. This came as Cory Bernardi bragged Labor MPs, including frontbenchers, have been bombarding him with gratitude for effectively blocking Rudd’s global ambitions. [My report/Fairfax]

It is reported that the Cabinet was actually leaning in favour of Rudd’s bid and not split. [Philip Coorey/Financial Review]

Kevin Rudd pictured at a meeting of Young Labor activists on Saturday.
Kevin Rudd pictured at a meeting of Young Labor activists on Saturday. Photo: Facebook

And the The Australian reports that the former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Peter Varghese opposed Rudd’s bid. [Sarah Volger, Joe Kelly] (The new Secretary is reported to have been in favour.)

In other politics news:

  • Malcolm Turnbull’s handpicked royal commissioner stood down over a conflict of interest less than 100 hours in the job. 

Now there are two co-commissioners.  One is the social justice commissioner Mick Gooda who upon watching the Four Corners program last week, which triggered the inquiry, called for the federal government to intervene and sack the territory CLP government, potentially setting off a second debate about perceived bias, before the inquiry begins. [David Crowe/The Australian]

Turnbull and his Attorney-General George Brandis are being labelled “dunderplunkens” according to Phillip Coorey. [Financial Review] (My dictionary does not yield a definition for “dunderplunken” #justsaying)

The broader point, underlined neatly in this piece by former Gillard and Rudd advisor Sean Kelly, is Cabinet is breaching confidence, the whole thing is more than a schemozzle and in this climate, little mistakes add up. [The Monthly

  • Pauline Hanson’s One Nation won a second Senate spot. [Michael Koziol/Fairfax] (BTW, 101 thousand people have now watched that “exclusive” live Facebook feed of Hanson watching a documentary about herself.  I know the new season of The Bachelor has started but seriously, Aussie TV can’t be that bad…can it?!)
  • Former Labor leader Mark Latham has endorsed Donald Trump saying if he wins it would be a “poke int he eye for the self-interested political elites… everywhere.”  [Daily Telegraph]
  • The shoppies union has finally caught up with the bulk of its membership and decided to cease opposing same-sex marriage. Two of their better known representatives in Parliament are the potential future leader Tony Burke, who supports same-sex marriage, despite representing Watson, an electorate with a large migrant population that is less keen on the policy, and the “Faceless Man” Don Farrell who has just been re-elected to the Senate in South Australia. There is little doubt Farrell will be dropping his staunch opposition anytime soon. [The Australian]
  • And don’t miss this really thoughtful piece from Stephanie Peatling on how same-sex marriage could end up the way of the 1999 republic referendum. This is my must-read for today. [Fairfax]

2. McCain attacks Trump for going after family of fallen Muslim soldier

Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Captain Humayun, Khan holds up a copy of the Constitution at the Democratic National Convention.

Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Captain Humayun, Khan holds up a copy of the Constitution at the DNC. Photo: AP

A significant intervention from John McCain, a former Republican presidential nominee. 

McCain condemned Donald Trump for personally attacking the parents of fallen Muslim soldier Humayun Khan who was killed fighting for the United States in Iraq.

Mr McCain said Trump did not have an “unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us” and hopes the Khans know the comments do not reflect those of the Republican party’s. [BBC] Despite the criticism, McCain has not withdrawn his endorsement of Mr Trump.

Scott Walker who was one of Mr Trump’s rivals for the nominee has also distanced himself from the attack on the Khan family. [ Jonathan Swan/The Hill

3. Russian helicopter shot down in Syria

Image purporting to show people gathered around the burning wreckage of a Russian helicopter downed in Syria on Monday.

Image purporting to show people gathered around the burning wreckage of a Russian helicopter downed in Syria on Monday. Photo: Thiqa News via AP

3 crew and 2 officers were killed when the transport helicopter was shot down returning from a mission in Aleppo. 

“Video, which was posted on Facebook by anti-government activists shortly before the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the attack, showed two burned bodies on the sand about 300 feet from what appeared to be a helicopter in flames.

In the video, a number of men, some of them armed, cheered around the bodies, shouting “Allahu akbar,” or God is great. One of them jumped on a body, joyfully.” [Ivan Nechepurenko/The New York Times

This came as the Pentagon said it had begun air strikes on Islamic State targets in Libya. [BBC

4. IS-inspired attacker jailed for life

Down at the Old Bailey in London, Muhiddin Mire was sentenced to life for an ISIS inspired attack he tried to carry out at Leytonstone tube station station in December last year.

A common thread with so many of these lone wolf attacks is the reports of mental illness diagnosed in the perpetrators. Mire was no different. Having suffered his first episode of paranoid schizophrenia in 2006, he will begin serving his sentence at a secure hospital. [Sky News UK]

5. Tardy UKIP hopeful forgets to declare DUI 

Tony Abbott also spoke with Ukip migration spokesman Steven Woolfe while in London.

Tony Abbott with UKIP’s Steven Woolfe. Photo: Stephen Woolfe Twitter

Oh dear.  Misfortune for sure to forget to submit your leadership credentials until 17 minutes after deadline…but to forget to report that DUI you got done for on a scooter, well I believe Mr Wilde might call that careless indeed.

Steve Woolfe, who is being backed by departing UKIP leader Nigel Farage to take over the reigns, has forgotten to declare he was caught drink driving his scooter in 2002.  There are strict rules regarding criminal convictions for people seeking public office and this revelation could kill off Woolfe’s leadership ambitions and political career in one fell swoop. [Owen Bennett/Huffington Post]

6. Driverless cars trial 

Singapore is set to trial a small fleet of driverless cars in a world-first.  Delphi Automotive believes it can slash the cost of a cab ride from between $3-4 US per mile to about 90c per 1.6km. 

The first fleet will have drivers in case of a fail, but the vehicles are set to become fully automated by 2019.  [Reuters]

Question, would you hail one?  

That’s it from me for today, you can follow me on Facebook for more.



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