No, non, nein, 不, nee, όχι, ない, 안돼, Нет, không, hayır

Julie Bishop (on Kevin Rudd)

But certainly he has talents and ability and experience in foreign policy that shouldn’t be wasted and I think that former prime ministers usually have a contribution to make…

Kevin Rudd was a disaster as a junior public servant at DFAT (just ask anyone who started in his graduate year), he was a disaster as a Chief of Staff to Wayne Goss, he was a disaster as Prime Minister and Foreign Minister (just ask his cabinet colleagues). Why on earth would the Coalition want to appoint Rudd to any overseas position? He wouldn’t be representing the Government, he would be representing himself. He has a talent of upsetting his staff, and upsetting his interlocutors.

The best contribution that this former prime minister can make is to join the Trappist monks and take a vow of silence.

The last thing the Coalition needs is a restored Rudd to Prime Minister.

UPDATE

Diplomatic appointment – High Commissioner to Nauru

14 September 2013

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Kevin Rudd as Australia’s High Commissioner to Nauru.

Mr Rudd is expected to take up his appointment in November 2013.

Australia enjoys warm and cooperative relations with Nauru and is its key trade, investment and development assistance partner. There are close people to people links. Reflecting this, the Australian Government upgraded its representation in Nauru to that of a High Commission in August 2009.

Nauru is an active partner with Australia in the Pacific Islands Forum and other regional organisations.

The Australia-Nauru Partnership for Development was signed at the Pacific Islands Forum in Cairns on 7 August 2009. The Partnership is a shared basis for close cooperation to improve the lives of the people of Nauru and to make progress towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Mr Rudd is a former career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently a backbencher in the House of Representatives.

Mr Rudd has extensive experience within DFAT and has previously served overseas as third secretary in Stockholm and Beijing.

Mr Rudd holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) from the ANU, with a major in Chinese language. He is married with three children.

Bombing of Kevin Rudd’s Palace on Nauru

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51 Responses to No, non, nein, 不, nee, όχι, ない, 안돼, Нет, không, hayır

  1. ar

    Second last thing… last is Turnbull restored to oppn leader…

  2. JakartaJaap

    I can’t believe she was serious. It must have been a mess with their minds exercise, shooorly!

  3. Grey

    Excellent to see Tony Abbott is learning new languages – it should stand him in good stead when Prime Minister Turnbull appoints him as ambassador to Kazakhstan in 2016.

    Kevin Rudd gave Brendan Nelson a diplomatic posting, I imagine Julie Bishop will return the favor. Anyway he is certainly more qualified than most political appointments for such a role.

  4. Super D

    There’s a couple of new embassies in Africa. As only Kevin knows why they were established he would be the perfect ambassador.

  5. Grey

    There’s a couple of new embassies in Africa. As only Kevin knows why they were established he would be the perfect ambassador.

    In your dreams, Kev will be in Washington or London

  6. Samuel J

    No, if any appointment, it should be High Commissioner to Nauru where he can see the ocean in every direction. He can practice his silence there.

  7. And Another Thing

    Perhaps he could be head of mission to the non-Australian Antarctic territories

  8. And Another Thing

    Or if they ever find it, Atlantis. He could talk under water.

  9. Grey

    Whats with the Kev hatred?
    Do you think when the cameras are switched off pollies on either side hate each other? Come on, its all for show.

  10. Interesting. I took it as a simple ‘We’ll look after you after the election if things work out in our favour.’. In the open, while ostensibly saying something else.

    Which is a bastard of a thing to do to someone on the other side in the meantime.

  11. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Kevin Rudd was a disaster as a junior public servant at DFAT …”

    … and at everything he has attempted since, a walking, talking imbecile in the visualisation, preparation, implementation, management and abandonment of everything he has attempted.

    Why would Bishop give the lunatic any encouragement? Why?

    I see today it is de rigueur to eulogise Julie Bishop.

    Andrew “The handwringer” Bolt is at it, accusing AbbottAbbottAbbott of “floundering under Labor’s vicious campaign to paint him as a woman hater” and presenting a gold medal to Bishop for rescuing him. I’ve discovered he runs with the foxes and hunts with the hounds, that ponce – doesn’t know what he stands for. I’ve not forgotten how, for the price of a cattle class ticket to the Middle East with Comrade LargeAsks a couple of years ago, he sang beautifully about her loveliness for a year afterwards.

    It’s only a matter of time before Comrade McSporran instructs the Canberra stenographers guild to create stories of leadership tensions between the monstrous AbbottAbbottAbbott and the calm, steady, caring female hand of Bishop.

    The stupid pursuit of American Idol style individual fame continues. Does Fat Joe still appear on Vacuous MellieKochie’s Playschool for Adults, so they can mock him?

  12. Samuel J

    What’s with the Kev hatred?

    Grey – his own side hate Kev intensely and much more than anyone from the Coalition hates Kev.

  13. Harold

    He speaks Chinese and he likes diplomatic work.

    Translator!

  14. papachango

    They could make him ambassador to Bulungi

  15. Grey

    Grey – his own side hate Kev intensely and much more than anyone from the Coalition hates Kev.

    30 of them didn’t or they wouldn’t have voted for him in a losing cause. Most of those who “hate intensely” probably feared retribution for disloyalty.

    Sure he is a bit of prat, but no more than any other politician.

  16. Ubique

    No better place for the KRudd than North Korea; as a man of the people Kevni should enjoy starving in the dark and cold like 99 per cent of the population.

  17. Harold

    Surely for some in the Labor party it must be a case of “who do I hate the least”.

  18. candy

    K Rudd and Ms Bishop both very suited to foreign ministry, intelligent and knowledgeable, well presented and socially adept, not surprising they are friends

  19. Steve of Ferny Hills

    Bit of a prat? Dr Death is a raging psychopath.

  20. Steve of Ferny Hills

    Raging? Raving? Whatever.

  21. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    Failure as a junior public servant? Do tell, would love to know details of the sociopath’s formative years.

  22. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “Rudd … socially adept”

    Just as Charles Manson was an inclusive boss, letting everyone have a stab at stuff.

    He’s a narcissistic effeminate little bully boy, who’d ship his pants the moment someone raised their fist at him.

  23. entropy

    I would just like to point out that Rudd was COS, or in ALP speak, Senior Policy Adviser, to Wayne Goss [SJ: FIXED THANKS], not Peter Beattie. it was during this time he was known as Dr Death for his appalling treatment of underlings, and the ‘heiner affair’ occurred.

    Rudd and Beattie apparently hate each other, with Rudd actively blocking some of Beattie’s ambitions during the early nineties.
    But even though he didn’t like Rudd, Beattie still gave a lot of help to Rudd* (the QPS provided enormous resources to the then federal opposition, paying for most of Garnaut’s little treatise, for example).

    But note that Beattie pointedly retired before Rudd become PM, just when the ALP was about to reach its zenith.

    *It seemed to me that Beattie and Howard got on alright, but tribe before friendship with the enemy and all that.

  24. Grey

    But note that Beattie pointedly retired before Rudd become PM,

    I have no doubt that Beattie dislikes Rudd, but retiring pointedly? Who knew? Who cared?

    Are you really saying he did a flounce because he didn’t want to bump into Kev at COAG?

  25. Paul

    “Second last thing… last is Turnbull restored to oppn leader…”

    Or when Turnbull becomes Australia’s Prime representative at the Royal Court of Goldman Sachs (which he may be already).

  26. Tom

    Grey, you really are human garbage. You should feel priviledged that we won’t come after parasites like you, even though you have no intention of getting a job in the real economy and paying your way. Not even your participation in the trashing of public buildings after the election of the Abbott government to the applause of the leftist media will deter our restoration of democratic government.

  27. Simon

    Offering Rudd a job post election and giving him faint praise now is a very shrewd political move as it contrasts well with the last three months of Abbott bashing pro Gillard waffle and is a great counterpoint to what his colleagues were saying about him only a year ago. Sets the scene nicely for what type of government the Liberals will be and second handedly reassures a lot lefty public servants that there will be no witch hunt after Sept 14. “We’ll work with the leftoid legacy to help Australia get over this current government… hell we’ll even work with a d!ckwit like Rudd it’s just so important to put this unmentioned problem behind us.” is what it says to most politically unaffected voters. Having the A.P.S on side is crucial to governeing well.

  28. Lloyd

    I’ve never under stood the appeal of Rudd. Maybe Grey can explain that to me. I get the fact that people didn’t like Howard, but Rudd is a pompous nitwit.
    Here’s another thing. Federal Labor spent 11 years in the political wilderness. WTF did they do over that period because they sure as hell didn’t do any policy work. If they had they wouldn’t have had their big gabfest and they wouldn’t have adopted all the other overegged thought bubbles. And they now have the nerve to demand policy from the Opposition. AFTER they fuck up the government accounting so no one can figure out the government’s true financial position. JHC.

  29. Lloyd

    Incidentally, the same comment goes for Turnbull. What’s he got going for him? At least he’s got a certain wit. But he is DADs for trying govern from opposition – the dumbass doesn’t realise Her Majesty’s Opposition is meant to oppose.

  30. Heimdall

    He’s a narcissistic effeminate little bully boy, who’d ship his pants the moment someone raised their fist at him.

    Isn’t this what’s called, damning with faint praise?

  31. The Japanese should be いいえ, or even better いやだ。

  32. Grey, we wouldn’t give a rat’s arse if he wasn’t wasting our money.

    In any case I’m sure we could find any number of countries around the world who would be more than happy to be invaded by Australia, it would save all that messing around in boats.

  33. entropy


    Are you really saying he did a flounce because he didn’t want to bump into Kev at COAG?


    Yep. He decided it was time to go. Beattie ensured his preferred candidate (Bligh) was ready to take the reins, by getting the factions lined up, then pulled the pin. He was smarter than Howard in that respect.

  34. Des Deskperson

    ‘Kevin Rudd was a disaster as a junior public servant at DFAT’

    But he had a very rapid rise up the ranks, my understanding is that he was at least an acting FAO 4 (EL2 in today’s nomenclature) when he left to join Goss’s office, and he later applied for and one an SES job in DFAT, but decided to stay with ALP Leflr

  35. Des Deskperson

    Sorry. I’ll resend

    ‘Kevin Rudd was a disaster as a junior public servant at DFAT’

    But he had a very rapid rise up the ranks, my understanding is that he was at least an acting FAO 4 (EL2 in today’s nomenclature) when he left to join Goss’s office, and he later applied for and won an SES job in DFAT, but decided to stay with Queensland Labor.

    Of course, such a rapid rise is not necessarily incompatible with being a disaster!

  36. boy on a bike

    Whats with the Kev hatred?
    Do you think when the cameras are switched off pollies on either side hate each other? Come on, its all for show.

    Bollocks.

    Intra-party hatreds can be worse than inter-party hatred.

    For instance, I met David Clarke last year. I took an instant dislike to him – can’t stand the man. If I get invited to a function he is attending, I don’t go.

  37. Popular Front

    Good tactics from Julie Bishop. When your (political) enemies are viciously fighting amongst themselves, why not help them out by throwing some extra ammunition into the party room?

  38. MDMConnell

    This works on so many levels

    It basically tells Rudd he will get a nice cushy job if/when the Coalition wins. It discourages him from challenging for the leader (still the only scenario I see the Coalition losing), and ENCOURAGES him to tear down Joolia some more. What the hell does he care about blowing up Labor’s campaign (again) if he gets his pet job from the Tories?

    Plus it now puts public pressure on Jools to guarantee him something similar.

    All while leaving the Coalition looking “generous” and “bi-partisan”

  39. Token

    Good tactics from Julie Bishop. When your (political) enemies are viciously fighting amongst themselves, why not help them out by throwing some extra ammunition into the party room?

    I see Bishop’s announcement that should would send KRudd into retirement as smart in a few ways, it shows the same graciousness in victory that Rudd once showed and underlines the vicious treatment by the Red Yabbi and the AWU drones.

  40. Days like this I wish I hadn’t sold the yacht and spent the rest of my time sailing the Pacific.
    Australia is soooo stuffed.

  41. John Comnenus

    The great thing about KRudd is how he is always breaking new ground. Who else in the world will have a career trajectory hat goes PM to Minister for Foreign Affairs to backbencher to ambassador. Most competent people would have a career trajectory going the other way. I for one think it would be undignified to have a former PM as an ambassador.

  42. Anthony

    “Kevin Rudd was a disaster as a junior public servant at DFAT (just ask anyone who started in his graduate year), he was a disaster as a Chief of Staff to Wayne Goss”… so he got Labor pre-selection for a parliamentary seat. Hang on a minute: Julia Gillard was a disaster as a junior solicitor… so she got Labor pre-selection for a parliamentary seat and the rest is history which – to borrow a phrase from James Joyce – is a nightmare the country is trying to wake up from. There seems to be a pattern here – could it be that the parliamentary Labor Party is full of incompetents?

  43. JohnA

    “The great thing about KRudd is how he is always breaking new ground”

    John C, does that mean he is a wrecker? :-)

  44. RMR

    “If Kevin wants to apply for a job I’ll judge it against the others who are applying for that same position,” she told Sky News on Sunday.
    Julie Bishop didn’t say she would appoint KR to anything. She said she would consider an application from him for any open position. She carefully slammed Labor without commitment the Coalition to anything than reading his resume.

  45. squawkbox

    Is Julie Bishop prepared for the flood of resignations from anyone who has to work with the little psycho for more than a few weeks? OTOH, it could be a good way of clearing out dead wood from Foreign Affairs.

  46. Jazza

    Surely the Opposition must be playing some intricate game wherein they inveigle Rudd to lay low on his PM return aspirations in exchange for a post end of year that would allow him to again dance on a world stage?
    Ps The dance is what Kevin wants-nay craves–after all, his wifey love is a successful businesswoman and he has to out shine her sometimes in public gatherings or social functions, cos he is a little man for whom the ego dominates and represents 99.9 recurring % of his psyche and dominates his waking hours

  47. candy

    Seems to me the only way kevni could come back is if W. Swan goes too, after his vicious verbal attacks last year – getting rid of Ms Gillard and Swan, PM and Treasurer, at the same time would be just totally bizarre.

  48. Grey

    “If Kevin wants to apply for a job I’ll judge it against the others who are applying for that same position,” she told Sky News on Sunday.

    Where do they advertise ambassadorships – I wouldn’t mind having a go.

    [Stephen Markis]

  49. Tiny Dancer

    The lying slapper and the scottish pig would be a little shitty that Krudd is the centre of attention for another day. Hockey should start telling him on that tv show how he would be a much tougher task than the slapper. Krudd would be grinning like the vain idiot that he is while being damned with faint praise and pretending the slapper had his full support.

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