And what about OUR wellbeing?

Kevin Rudd’s one-time senior adviser on mental health says the former prime minister was removed from the top job for his “own wellbeing”.

This is from a report in regard to John Mendoza, one of Australia’s leading experts on mental illness and former Chief Executive of the Mental Health Council, who had resigned as Rudd’s mental health advisor, at least according to reports now found at Andrew Bolt. Mendoza apparently also said that Rudd was “not fit for office”.

Unlike Caligula, say, Rudd was not dispatched by some modern version of the Praetorian Guard. He was instead made the Foreign Minister, showing what a kind, caring society Australia has now become.

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49 Responses to And what about OUR wellbeing?

  1. big dumb fu

    Well that explains Wands continued tenure as treasurer. I wouldn’t recommend he use scissors, but somehow he is allowed to oversee the national economy.

  2. Judith Sloan

    Actually I think that Professor Mendoza’s comments are quite outrageous. Is he speaking as a psychiatrist giving a professional opinion? What ever happened to patient confidentiality?

    Maybe someone should dob him in to the Australian Health Practitioners’ Registration Agency for unprofessional behaviour.

  3. lotocoti

    They’re really giving kevni the old school Stalinist treatment.
    Will Jules get the same treatment when Alfred Simmonds and his van turn up for her?

  4. JamesK

    Redolent of the American Pschiatric Association and some of its memebers concocting the diagnosis, without ever having met the man, that Barry Goldwater the GOP conservative nominee for President in 1964 was mad.

    It’s an indictment of Mendoza not Rudd (and I loathe Kruddy).

    Why do leftists professionals piss on their own profession to ‘advance’ their own political cause?

    Why do race equality proponents piss on their own race when they happen to be conservative and importantly in racial terms?

    Why do feminazis piss on the powerful conservative women in pseudo-feminist terms?

    Leftists destroy secience if they’re scientists, women’s rights if their feminists, successful conservative blacks if they black activists, childhood education when they are teacher unionists, rigorous accuracy and hyperbolic restraint if they are academics, etc etc etc

  5. bruce

    Patient confidentiality is overridden when the patient is a risk to the public.

    Eg, the person with AIDS who went on infecting multiple partners till his doctor went public.

    The existence of dangerous cults and cult leaders, people’s experience of having been overwhelmingly manipulated by psychopaths (in groups both large and small):- How does libertarianism address this? Do Libertarians assume such problems exist only on the level of abstract state ideologies? But even the Romans knew better, that certain personality types were fatally dangerous.

    With the climate cult we are also seeing that such problems cannot just be neatly filed away in the classical liberal category of non-state ‘religion’ – the infection spreads across the boundaries.

    I suspect evolution favours psychopaths in some way. And passive liberal institutions will be overrun when the ‘virus’ gets a foothold. Through the new technocrats? Psychopathic ‘trolls’ have already taken over so much of the once-civil discourse of the internet. Doom is at hand I tell ye! And I’m serious.

  6. Rococo Liberal

    IS it just me, or has Bolta gone a bit mad in the last few days?

    He seems to have invested a lot of his effort into standing up for Rudd, as if there is no alternative but Labor.

    As a conservative commentator, surely the propoer thing to do is sit on the sidelines and demonstrate how this whole thing is demonstrating the ALP’s unfitness to b anywhere near the government benches for a generation, if ever.

    But Bolta seems to be saying that the ALP is the only game in town, and thus we must be fair to the monumental arsehole Rudd, because there are a few idiots out there who mob the ex-PM.

    Schoolgirls mobbed Keating before the 1996 election, but Howard won in a landslide.

  7. ar

    Well, it looks like they did a job job of not crushing Kevvie’s self-esteem. That would have been too bad.

    John Mendoza, who resigned as Rudd’s mental health adviser, says the former PM is “not fit for office” and he will “leave the country” if Rudd returns to The Lodge. “There was constantly work being done on ridiculous timetables,” he says. “There’s a litany of discarded policy and wasted effort during the Rudd years. The public was never told the truth.”

    Uh, ok. Sounds a bit… nutty. Sounds like he was burned bad. If Kevin Rudd is returned to the Lodge, I for one will not leave the country. Unless it is for some sort of holiday. Or business opportunity, if such arose.

  8. ar

    He seems to have invested a lot of his effort into standing up for Rudd, as if there is no alternative but Labor.

    The alternative is Tony Abbott…. cue spooky music.

    No, I think Bolt is just comparing Rudd and Gillard. He has been saying Gillard is finished since about… July 2010. Sooner or later it will be true.

  9. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Mendoza’s comments are quite outrageous”

    This is an election campaign for Pete’s sake.

    In QLD our Premier gets to assert the Opposition leader should go to gaol, for no specific reason, and gets away with it (being a wimmenses and therefore ethical and sensitive to other people’s feelings and all).

    The ALP’s stenographers at the Sinny Moaning Herald and Pravda on the Yarra are today publishing acres of promotional ads for their favourite captain and full back.

    Mendoza’s words might not have carried the suffix “Written and Spoken for Comrade Bogan Broadasks” but it was political advertising nonetheless.

    What do ya reckon Comrade Dear Leader (in exile) was doing in Queen Street Mall yesterday, courting the kiddies? Doing the weekly shopping with the First Waddler (in exile)?

  10. JamesK

    Patient confidentiality is overridden when the patient is a risk to the public.

    Listen to yourself Bruce, you clown.

    Mendoza wasn’t Rudd’s personal psychiatrist.

    If he was and thought he was a danger to the public, he would seek to have Rudd sectioned.

    What Mendoza did is an affront to medical professional standards.

    Let’s see what The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists does now with one of its heroes desecrating medical ethics.

    Not very much one suspects.

    What a joke.

  11. Peter Patton

    John Mendoza, one of Australia’s leading experts on mental illness and former Chief Executive of the Mental Health Council, who had resigned as Rudd’s mental health advisor, at least according to reports now found at Andrew Bolt. Mendoza apparently also said that Rudd was “not fit for office”.

    This is a real “gotcha” moment for the psychiatrists, as a profession. If they feel so entitled to dispatch psychiatric diagnoses so far removed from the putative patient, imagine how reckless they behind the locked doors of their surgeries!?

  12. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    IS it just me, or has Bolta gone a bit mad in the last few days?

    Some time ago I saw him describe choosing a position on some issue as “conflicted” and “torn”. That’s Wimmenses Weeply / No Idea “journalistette” language, perpetually anguished about his popularity, this month’s circulation figures and advertiser attractiveness.

    He pulled the wrong rein on Comrade Sleazy Albanese yesterday, enthusiastically touting the little weasel as a “gentleman”.

    That tells me his thinking has descended to being no different to that of the Canberra press gallery, worried about becoming unpopular with the most unscrupulous people in town he is less prepared now to write what they don’t want to hear.

    He doesn’t know what he believes in because he wants to please everyone – to be a “nice man”.

  13. Rococo Liberal

    Tim Blair is playing a much better game.

  14. Peter Patton

    I think it’s fair to say that Kevin Rudd is the Charlie Sheen of politics. His fangs are dripping with tiger blood.

  15. H B Bear

    The Queensland Labor Party is already having to use work experience kids as candidates in the State election. How the hell are they meant to get anyone to run if you can’t preselect mentally unstable individuals?

    People like Mark Latham and Bob Katter make politics interesting. You only need to worry if they get their hands on the levers. If Labor can still poll 46% two party preferred in the middle of all this everyone should be worried all the time.

  16. Gab

    So Kevin has been called out a “psychopath”, “unfit for office”, “removed for his own wellbeing”, amongst other delightful descriptions. However the voting public must surely be wondering why on earth did Gillard put such a mentally dangerous person into the top foreign affairs role?

    If all the current ‘revelations’ about Rudd are true, then Gillard et al are themselves of questionable mental health and greatly impaired in judgement. Or, their attacks on Rudd are simply lies concocted in the time honoured fashion of the ALP.

  17. Ellen of Tasmania

    Still, I think it’s a pretty dangerous route to follow if we think that our politicians need some kind of mental health assessment to decide their fitness for office.

    Think of all the ideas/beliefs that people hold that PC psychiatrists would stick a ‘-phobia’ on the end of and declare unfit.

  18. Rabz

    Having read all the comments above “it’s time” for my two cents worth.

    ruff is indeed mentally unstable.

    He suffers from what is known as “narcissistic personality disorder“.

    It is a real condition and he is the poster boy for it.

  19. big dumb fu

    He sure is Rabz. They could even name it in his honour.

  20. JamesK

    I’m tired of the ignorant drivel posted as comment on this thread.

    From Rabz’s reference:

    “Like other personality disorders, narcissistic personality disorder is diagnosed based on a psychological evaluation …..

    Complications:

    Alcohol or other drug dependence

    Relationship, work, and family problems”

    Kevin Rudd has an high achieving and obviously loving family and the utterly disgracefiul psychiatrist Mendoza is neither his counselor nor physician.

    What you are saying Rabz is also offensive.

    Rudd is obviously narcissistic.

    So what?

    Many political leaders are.

  21. Pedro the Ignorant

    I am getting sick of popcorn, but the entertainment just keeps getting better and better.

    Watching usually sane and competent people’s heads explode is great fun.

    I think Bolta needs to have a glass of plonk and a lie down.

  22. Gab

    Bolt is a passionate man and this is reflected in his writing at times. I’m surprised people have not figured this out as yet.

  23. Rabz

    What you are saying Rabz is also offensive.

    Tough James, I’ll live.

    ruff:

    Reacts to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation – too many examples to list.

    Takes advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals – too many examples to list.

    Has excessive feelings of self-importance

    Exaggerates achievements and talents

    Is preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love

    Has unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment

    Needs constant attention and admiration

    Disregards the feelings of others, and has little ability to feel empathy

    Has obsessive self-interest

    Pursues mainly selfish goals

    Etc, etc, etc.

    Get over it. He’s a vile li’l egomaniacal bully and if I’d had the misfortune of having to deal with him in a workplace environment the dressing downs I would have given him would have sent him to an early grave.

    This reflects appallingly on the laybore pardy.

    They put up with the toxic scumbag because he could deliver them an election win, no other reason.

    He’s a jekyll and hyde yet his utterly unacceptable character flaws were excused by the gutless lickspittles in laybore and the lazy braindead parasites in the lerve meeja.

    He is not fit to be prime minister. He never was.

    laybore have been foisting mentally ill twats on us since before the days of evatt.

    It has to stop.

  24. Rabz

    James – I’ve sent you a rebuttal, it’s “awaiting moderation”.

    I.e. it has lots of linkies proving my assertions.

  25. Entropy

    I remember a conversation I had with a senior Canberra public servant just after Rudd made PM. He had just been to a meeting of the SES in the Great Hall where the new PM got up and said something along the lines of “I will lead an accountable government, and Cabinet will listen to your advice without fear or favour”. Apparently the dying days of the Howard Government was not too exemplary in this regard. Anyway, back to the story. He told me this tale in very glowing terms, about how things were going to be good. He had a new hero.

    I just laughed and said “that must be a very different Kevin Rudd to the one known so well to the Queensland public service. But don’t worry, one of my colleagues (who is an active ALP member), assures me that Rudd has changed, even though he would never work for him again.”

    This bloke doesn’t want to talk about it these days.

    Oh, back on topic: this Mendoza dude is appalling.

    As for Bolt, I just think that no matter how much he dislikes Rudd, his sense of honour is offended by the behaviour of many of the ALP, hence his effusive support of Albanese’s statement.

  26. Peter Patton

    Still, I think it’s a pretty dangerous route to follow if we think that our politicians need some kind of mental health assessment to decide their fitness for office.

    Especially when luvvie journalists feel entitled to make these mental health assessments, when not only are they not psychiatrists, nor health professionals of any kind, but they have never met the alleged mentally ill chap.

  27. big dumb fu

    There is narcissism, which agreed all politicians posses to some degree, and then there is this…

  28. C.L.

    But Bolta seems to be saying that the ALP is the only game in town, and thus we must be fair to the monumental arsehole Rudd, because there are a few idiots out there who mob the ex-PM.

    Schoolgirls mobbed Keating before the 1996 election, but Howard won in a landslide.

    Yesterday:

    http://blogs.news.com.au/images/uploads/streetkevni.jpg

    1996:

    http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/9327/keatingmobbed.png

  29. C.L.

    Abbott lost his cool after Channel 7 turd Mark Riley tried to fit him up for not caring about dead Diggers.

    Albanese had a girly blub about the stupid Labor Party.

    Gentleman Stephen Smith defended Abbott.

    Guess who didn’t?

    That’s right: Bolt’s “man of honour” …

    But Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese said Mr Abbott’s long silence under questioning by Seven journalist Mark Riley was an error of judgment.

    “I thought it was extraordinary. I watched it live and I counted off the seconds. And I think people who look at the footage will draw their own conclusions about Tony Abbott,” he told Sky News.

    He said last night’s television report was “riveting television”.

    What a dishonourable dirtball.

  30. JamesK

    I agree CL.

    I’m amazed with the reaction to his manufactured tears.

    Albanese is ratsewer cunning and is quite happy to demagogue in the most dispicable ways imaginable

  31. JamesK

    @Rabz.

    Post it again with just ‘dot’com instead of .com.

  32. bruce

    “Listen to yourself Bruce, you clown.”

    Thanku. One tries to amuse if nothing more.

  33. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Abbott lost his cool after Channel 7 turd Mark Riley tried to fit him up …”

    “Channel 7 turd Mark Riley” is ever so fortunate Tony Abbott, a demonstrably self discplined fellow, kept his cool!

  34. JamesK

    @Rabz

    I’m sorry.

    I had thought you were merely an economist.

    I hadn’t realised you were a post-doctoral FRANZCP specialist in psychiatry and had examined Rudd personally and with his permission reported his diagnosis publicly.

    Many actors and actresses would fulfil your ‘clinical’ criteria Rabz.

  35. Rabz

    James,

    Whatever, Squire.

    He’s a incompetent idiot and a proven spectacular failure. BTW, those it seems, are his positives.

    That’s evidence enough for me.

  36. H B Bear

    You don’t have to be mad to join the Labor Party.

    But it helps

  37. Rabz

    You don’t have to be mad to join the Labor Party.

    But it helps

    You’re sure it isn’t a pre-requisite?!?!?

  38. bruce

    James, in all friendliness, may I say you seem extremely naive and innocent? It’s touching, reminds me of myself when youthful and idealistic. The world needs naive innocents or would grind to a halt. But at some stage it becomes apparent that it’s just not enough.

  39. Megan

    You’re sure it isn’t a pre-requisite?!?!?

    I thought it was compulsory.

  40. daddy dave

    I’m amazed with the reaction to his manufactured tears.

    His tears are almost certainly real. There’s no traction gained by someone like him crying on air at this point.

    It’s shows the level of stress that this thing is causing individuals like him and others in the Labor caucus. Their adrenaline levels are totally through the roof right now.

  41. JC

    It’s all they live for, Dads. The Liar’s Party is their life and reason for living.

  42. Megan

    His tears are almost certainly real.

    They’re real all right. He’s realised that no matter who wins tomorrow he and the Liar’s Party are royally screwed.

  43. C.L.

    It’s shows the level of stress that this thing is causing individuals like him and others in the Labor caucus.

    All it shows is that he’s a BIG PANSY.

  44. kae

    Mick of GC 1.57pm

    The popularity competition that AB is in started a long time ago. It’s only since he’s discovered page view numbers and hits that he seems to have become a player.

    And the “reply” facilty is there to increase page views and hits.

    I feel a little sick when he boasts of his visitors for the last month exceeding X number. His salary should reflect that and skyting about it demeans him and brands him as a populist.

  45. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Sadly, kae, a good forum lost to the vain pursuit of popularity.

    I earlier thought my expectations were unrealistic but then I read that other regulars had noticed similar deterioration.

    Bolt’s blog remains a good topical news summary source but I rarely read the comments now, let alone attempt to get mine through.

  46. kae

    Me too, Mick.
    I can’t be bothered reading the comments past the first page* unless the subject is truly interesting and the comments aren’t leftarded get-up flunkies’.
    Cat and Blair, and the blogs I have on my blog are my reading material.
    Should give me much more time to do other stuff!

    *and mostly don’t bother with them at all.

  47. Winston SMITH

    Hi kae and Mick o’the GC.
    Used to be a regular on the Bolta, but you’re right – he went for the numbers game. Any amount of Leftist crap can get on, but if you’re from our side, there’s not much hope.
    🙁

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