Guest Essay by Eric Worrall
Hard Left über Green Former Aussie PM Kevin Rudd has asked the Australian Government to support his bid for the job of United Nations Secretary General. The bid has strong support from the Australian Left. Prominent Former Politician Bronwyn Bishop explains why Rudd is the right man for the job.
Rudd would destroy the UN from within: Bernardi
Former speaker Bronwyn Bishop told Sky there was only one reason to nominate him.
“If you have got a problem with the United Nations and you really want to see its powers lessened, send Kevin,” Mrs Bishop said.
In February, Liberal Cory Bernardi told Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that the only reason to do it would be to destroy the UN from within.
Mrs Bishop will ask Cabinet today to decide on his nomination — if it agrees there would be no extra resources to campaign for him.
But Mr Baird says it should be all or nothing as with former political rivals in New Zealand.
“If it is good enough for John Key to support strongly Helen Clark for the position — then we should also nominate Kevin and do so enthusiastically. Let’s endorse him and wish him our best from the whole of Australia,” Mr Baird said.
He argued Mr Rudd should get the support of the Australian mission at the UN in New York and some lobbying with the Security Council members.
In an extract from the memoir, read out by interviewer Melissa Doyle, Garrett wrote supporting Kevin Rudd was “certainly the biggest” mistake he made in his political career.
He didn’t back down from that position in the interview.
“I’ve been particularly strong in this book about leadership and Rudd’s leadership and I think it needed to be said,” Garrett said.
“I’m critical of him, that’s true, very critical, but I think for good reason.”
Another of his criticisms is that Mr Rudd jeopardised the safety of Australia.
“It’s a big call, but I stand by it,” Garrett said. He added Mr Rudd treated people with “an enormous amount of contempt” and made “the business of the country almost ungovernable”.
When pushed on what danger he feared Mr Rudd posed, Garrett said the former PM was “unpredictable” and he didn’t know what he “could or would do”.
Other political figures are also scathing – though Rudd draws some surprising support;
Some conservative MPs and ministers are opposed to Mr Rudd being nominated.
“This guy did his best to ruin our country,” South Australian MP Tony Pasin said in April. “That we would think about imposing him on the rest of the world beggars belief.”
But he has received public endorsements from prominent figures including UK economist Lord Nicholas Stern and former East Timor president and Nobel prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta.
My only reservation about advocating Kevin Rudd is the remote possibility he might start World War Three. But the man’s ability to alienate his strongest supporters, to cause disunity where formerly there was harmony, to offend, to divide, to break the unbreakable, is a gift to the world. The damage such a person would do to the UN in my opinion would likely be irreparable.
So for once I’m in total agreement with Australia’s far left – Kevin Rudd for UN Secretary General. Make sure you write your MP or Congressman to express your support.