“The process isn’t functioning properly. I’ve been talking about this for a while, but I decided it’s time to be an agent of change from the inside.”

I’m tackling this prawn dumpling with programmatic specificity. Photo: The Australian.

Brace yourselves Australia, it looks like we’ve got another Rudd on our hands.

Greg Rudd, a 58 year old businessman who runs a consultancy in Beijing announced yesterday that he will be running as an independent Senate candidate for Queensland in the next election.

Greg is Kevin Rudd’s older brother, but the two men share more than an obvious family resemblance.

Remember the distinctive turn of phrase that earmarked the Rudd years? And by distinctive we obviously mean verbose, over-complicated and robotic. Well it turns out that extends to all members of the family.

For example, it’s only been 24 hours since Greg Rudd made his announcement, and he’s already been quoted as referring to the federal parliament as a “six-cylinder car running on two cylinders,” and that “today’s politics is too divisive, restricting positive outcomes for the country.”

Sound like anyone you know? 

Yet despite these similarities, the older Rudd wants to make it clear that he is a very different person from his brother, and always has been.

He told The Australian while he and his brother joined the ALP in the early 1990s, only Kevin was a “true believer”.

“I actually don’t believe any one side of politics has all the answers, so I tend to follow individuals who have something of value. You do need political parties, but I don’t want to be a part of them,” he said.
Greg Rudd also said that Canberra’s obsession with celebrity in politics has sidetracked good policy making.

“…[we] need to focus on getting back to what parliament is all about: finding good policy and finding ways to implement good policy.”

And to be fair, we haven’t seen Kevin sporting a pair of transition lenses just yet either.

Should Greg Rudd be selected in the coming months, the two brothers are unlikely to sit down for a cosy chat about matters of state. Today’s Herald Sun reports the two had a falling out when Kevin Rudd was prime minister and have not spoken since 2010.

“Kevin may or may not come back - it’s really up to him - but the next election won’t be a normal election,” said Greg Rudd.

May the best Rudd win.

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    • You know what?! says:

      11:36am | 17/07/12

      God help us!!

    • ian 2 says:

      12:21pm | 17/07/12

      no please i give in, nice person i’m sure but if he is like Kev who can talk for 15 minutes about absolutly nothing at all. i just say again please nooooooooooo

    • Gregg says:

      12:57pm | 17/07/12

      I dunno
      ” parliament as a “six-cylinder car running on two cylinders,” and that “today’s politics is too divisive, restricting positive outcomes for the country.”
      is very understandable compared to what some of Kevo has come along with in the past.

      We’ll have the joys of Krudd and Grudd to look forward to and if Jessica decides to attempt picking up a celeb guernesy, it nearly be like the nephews of Donald D - Hewey, Dewey and Louie or Krudd, Jrudd and Grudd.

      Hopefully they’ll not attempt a Peter Paul and Mary stint with coaching by Craig E.
      Maybe add in Craig or Peter G. and we could have the new new Seekers, seeking survival.

    • Brad Coward says:

      01:22pm | 17/07/12

      One was enough.  Thank you.

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      04:03pm | 17/07/12

      I don’t know about any god being able to help anyone - so far in his/her various (Western-MiddleEastern) guises he /she has only brought misery to billions over the years…BUT… IF you are out there….Please, Please, Please don’t let this happen. I liked Kevvy for all his mincing & strangulation of the English language but One Rudd in Politics every 2nd or 3rd Generation - if not Century - is quite sufficient!

    • Bruce says:

      06:56pm | 17/07/12

      So which one is the ‘yin’ or the ‘yang’ ?

    • Against The Man says:

      11:43am | 17/07/12

      At last someone I can vote for

    • Against the Man says:

      11:59am | 17/07/12

      I didn’t post this, someone at the Punch needs to make sure people are not misrepresenting me and using my handle to most. This is a desperate action of desperate people who cannot debate and counter my points. More boats today, deal with it.

    • Samantha says:

      12:11pm | 17/07/12

      I’m more concerned at the fact you are actually allowed to vote. Hehehe smile  smile  smile

    • Little Olive says:

      12:25pm | 17/07/12

      Now the truth comes out Against the Man/TimB. You are Labor stooges after all.

    • No I'm the real Against The Man says:

      12:28pm | 17/07/12

      I don’t know why I bother. People just can’t cope with my superior intellect…...

    • Joel B1 says:

      12:33pm | 17/07/12

      Well done Against The Man (the real one that is)!

      You’ve joined the elite club of “People with ALP Doppelgangers”

      It’s the pinnacle of many years hard commenting, and as such myself and the other club members congratulate and welcome you.

      Don’t slack off the pace now though, you (and we) know you’ve made a difference!

    • Samantha says:

      12:56pm | 17/07/12

      Looks like someone is using my handle to post Labor crap. Hope the Punch moderators will look into this. I guess ATM is right, it is sign of very desperate losers - ALP losers hehehehe

      Stop it fake Samantha or I may have to tell your mother! smile

    • Anthony Sharwood says:

      12:57pm | 17/07/12

      OK guys. I have looked into this issue and the first Against the Man has never done this before, so I will give him a warning.

      R—-, we know who you are. Please don’t take another Puncher’s handle again as is not respectful. Thank you

    • Scotchfinger says:

      01:02pm | 17/07/12

      is this the real Anthony S? I feel like I’ve wondered into the movie ‘Inception’.

    • I'm Against The Man And So Is My Wife says:

      01:46pm | 17/07/12

      Against all odds the brave ATM stuggles to uphold the high standards of bloggers all over this site.Maybe there’s a boat going the other way you can get on!

    • Play the ball not the Man says:

      02:04pm | 17/07/12

      In order to be dissrespectful that would mean that I had some respect for ATM to start with, which I don’t. It’s your web site and if you can’t ensure the identity of a blogger thats your problem and by revealing even 1 letter of someones real identity I suggest you could be in real trouble.

    • The Game is Over For You says:

      02:38pm | 17/07/12

      Play the ball and not the man:

      You and your pathetic and desperate low life ALP dicks show no respect to anyone here anyone and to tell off Anthony shows contempt for this website. All this ends up doing is turning more people like myself away from even considering your point of view. If you have to resort to such scams to attempt trying to get some weird point across it speaks more about what sort of person you are and what you represent.
      If you can’t play the game honestly please piss off cause no one gives a shit about your pathetic loser life and point of view.

    • Leah says:

      02:58pm | 17/07/12

      Play the ball not the Man: oh please, there are millions of people whose name begins with R, it comes nowhere near identifying you so get over yourself. Clearly Anthony can ensure the identity of commenters (you’re a commenter, not blogger - Anthony is the blogger) or he wouldn’t have known you’re not the real Against The Man. It’s just that often blog mods tend to trust people when approving comments and don’t look too far into the person’s ID… I guess he’s learnt not to trust you?

    • Michael says:

      02:58pm | 17/07/12

      Piss off fake ATM ,you got caught out grow up! if you can’t hold your own with the grown ups go have a cry to your little posse of whatever you call yourselves.

    • Rose says:

      03:53pm | 17/07/12

      The Game is Over For You, considering what you wrote and the way you wrote it, you should be the last person lecturing anybody else about respect.
      Fake ATM, please don’t do it again. lots of us come her for a bit of a debate, a bit of a think and occasionally, some comic relief. I for one don’t want any more angst than absolutely necessary. Besides which, imitation is the greatest form of flattery and why any one would want to flatter ATM is beyond me.

    • Inky says:

      05:59pm | 17/07/12

      No, I’m Sparticus.

      (And I am appauled that no one’s said this yet)

    • SD says:

      06:08pm | 17/07/12

      ATM, people debate with you? Yes your wit and guile are too much. You don’t actually debate, You just dribble, actually you do some sort of ebating… I declare myself the winner so I win again!

    • Mouse says:

      08:16pm | 17/07/12

      No Inky, we were waiting for you!! lol :o)

    • Little Olive says:

      11:46am | 17/07/12

      Lets all wait till we see what TimB says then we will all know what to think - NOT!

    • Scotchfinger says:

      12:04pm | 17/07/12

      why don’t you just post a pair of your panties to him? If you really want his attention, this will do it.

    • nihonin says:

      12:35pm | 17/07/12

      I always thought Badger would be more a commando type of person, Scotchfinger.  Easier access when required and all.  But lets not go there and ponder what he could send Timb.

    • Grover says:

      02:13pm | 17/07/12

      timmie could just lick the soles of his runners.
      he’s always stepping in badger scat.

    • Mattb says:

      05:23pm | 17/07/12

      Give it up Little Olive, its becoming really pathetic now, and the same goes for you Samantha, your just as childish with your Tchong obsession.

      Both Timb and Tchong are longtime bloggers here and both add to the debate in constructive ways, not the pissweak “attack the man, not the ball” rubbish you two are responsible for..

    • Al says:

      12:05pm | 17/07/12

      This would be remotely interesting is Greg Rudd was a memebr of the Liberals/Nationals or possibly even the Greens.
      Otherwise it comes down to, why would we care who he is related too?
      I know I vote based on the policies of the party (or independent), not on who the candidates are related too.

    • Ally says:

      12:07pm | 17/07/12

      He’d totally get in if he were running in Tasmania - we’re big on name recognition down here. When Jim Bacon was premier a guy sharing the same surname (no relation) ran as well and easily got in because people just saw Bacon.

      There’s also a disturbing trend of family members of past premiers/members getting into state parliament. Currently we have three sons of ex-premiers/members in parliament.

    • Jason says:

      12:44pm | 17/07/12

      I’d vote for bacon if it was running for PM - it doesn’t leave the same foul taste in my mouth as the current lot do, it works well with other ingredients and doesn’t try to welfare out my hard earned to useless portions of “the other other white meat”.

    • nihonin says:

      12:36pm | 17/07/12

      Many Internets to you good Dr.

    • Real Life says:

      01:01pm | 17/07/12

      Gillard is under fire again…....how many times is it this year? A more useless person in politics never existed! Will somone please get another leadership contest going real soon! BTW what has happened to Shorten? Did the ‘truth’ come out and he is now in the ALP camp of shame with Thompson?

    • Against The Man says:

      12:32pm | 17/07/12

      I,  Against The Man, apologise to one and all at the Punch for all my stupid comments and now own up to being a Labor Party member. I shall depart the blog immediately.

    • nihonin says:

      12:55pm | 17/07/12

      Please let the door smack you on the arse on the way out wink

    • This is not Me says:

      01:54pm | 17/07/12

      I’m so superior to anyone on this site I think I’ll have to take my bat and ball and go home.

    • Play the Chong and not aTG says:

      02:49pm | 17/07/12

      TChong is finished isn’t he? This must have been his pull the plug harikiri farewell. Cracked like an egg…....RIP Chongster.

    • Greg in Chengdu says:

      06:12pm | 17/07/12

      No wonder Julia Gillard doesn’t have an honest or honorable bone in her body, when her supporters stoop to the same dishonest and cheap tactics. She figured out a long time she doesn’t have to tell th truth to impress her supporters

    • Ruddy Government says:

      12:33pm | 17/07/12

      The Rudd Party. It’s happening Australia, it’s happening!!

    • M says:

      12:36pm | 17/07/12

      If he means what he says, I’d vote for him.

    • Cry in my Gin says:

      12:41pm | 17/07/12

      Does this Rudd go to the strippers?

    • Glenm says:

      07:42pm | 17/07/12

      No but I hear they often sit down to a family Sunday dinner of roasted earwax.

    • Mouse says:

      08:39pm | 17/07/12

      Glenm, that was really bad!!  lol :o)

    • Gregg says:

      01:01pm | 17/07/12

      I wonder whether he uses hair colouring and he at least would seem to have a better hairdresser.
      Will we have Kevolemon and Gregorange or Greginger?

      Either way, being an independent Senator is probably not such a bad way into retirement with a great super scheme to look forward to.

    • ace leo ace says:

      01:39pm | 17/07/12

      I don’t even know if I am the real me!

      Wait a minute wait a minute, this is real right?

    • dexxter says:

      02:10pm | 17/07/12

      Two Rudds are preferable to one Gillard…...

    • Juliar 17th says:

      02:14pm | 17/07/12

      Kevin 007 and Greg 013 are good political slogans

    • thudd says:

      02:16pm | 17/07/12

      GRudd will join KRudd and create a thudd !!
      that is as clear as Mudd

    • pa_kelvin says:

      03:57pm | 17/07/12

      @thudd…...GRudd and KRudd mated and your’e the result???

    • -273 degrees kevin says:

      04:18pm | 17/07/12

      stop slinging mudd , you studd

    • Sporn of Erick says:

      04:24pm | 17/07/12

      Good comeback.
      Right up there with “oh…..you are….”
      We can put you on the list too…......

    • pa_kelvin says:

      05:12pm | 17/07/12

      @Sporn…...I dont know what ROTFLMFAO means as I’m newish at this ,LMFAO I do know,but not ROTF. The list your’e talking about,I hope it’s a good list. smile

    • pa_kelvin says:

      05:27pm | 17/07/12

      @Sporn…I found out what it means, glad you got a laugh,but I’m still worried about “The List”.

    • master says:

      02:16pm | 17/07/12

      Little Olive, from your comments day in day out it’s quite obvious you’d be more at home at the teen beat magazine forums. Please do us all a favour….

    • Red says:

      02:45pm | 17/07/12

      Apparently there are more bogans than intellectuals in Australia, this may be due to their habit of breeding without first considering how well they can provide for their offspring. However, regardless of their numbers and their ‘bogan pride’, intellectuals are still deserving of representation. Have you considered that this country might be in a far better position if those elected to power had the intelligence necessary not only to understand their portfolios, but to make the most of them?

    • Big Touchy Al says:

      03:35pm | 17/07/12

      Smart people telling the stupid how to improve their lives? Blasphemy! This is the age of climate change denial, after all…

    • nihonin says:

      04:06pm | 17/07/12

      ‘Apparently there are more bogans than intellectuals in Australia, this may be due to their habit of breeding without first considering how well they can provide for their offspring.’

      They indeed have….......Centrelink.

    • Red says:

      05:41pm | 17/07/12

      @nihonin Centrelink does not provide quality time and supervision, which children need just as much as food. Each extra child is a little less time available for the elder child/ren.

    • nihonin says:

      06:20pm | 17/07/12

      Red, you’re not telling me anything new here, I’ve 5 kids, so pretty much your words read as blah blah blah.  But I will tell you what I meant with my comment, Centrelink provides for the family financially thus the ‘offspring’ are provided for.

    • Bris Jack says:

      03:55pm | 17/07/12

      May be the other Rudd should try again, 3 family members running in the same election could be a record.

      Remember Van Rudd, Greg’s son running for the Revolutionary Socialist Party in the Prime Minister’s Melbourne seat of Lalor.

    • Wilma J Craig says:

      04:19pm | 17/07/12

      No! No! No!
      Please not another mangler!
      We had our laughs with the first but that sort of joke can only be told once!
      Though we probably make them so, men seem to be genetically tied into going Grey.
      My questions are:
      Which Twin is dying his hair?
      The Silver-Blonde Kevin?
      Greg with his beautiful Red-Hair?
      There is also another problem to be faced.
      We have had to put up with one disastrous redhead in the Federal Parliament so what if the second is every bit as bad?
      Then millions will truly say “God help Australia”

    • Swamp Thing says:

      04:45pm | 17/07/12

      Wonder what the China obsession is with that lot?
      They even send their kids to school over there. Guess the Ruddlings are learning a robust approach to human rights issues. Aussie schools not good enough for them or something?

    • Mattb says:

      08:54pm | 17/07/12

      If you cant work it out you better stick to the swamp buddy. If i had kids I’d send them to China for their education too, might aswell learn the economic custom and language of the new world super power. The American Empire has had its day, shit, the Chinese pretty much own America these days. It should be law that everyone of our school students here in Australia be taught Mandarin

    • Grey says:

      05:30pm | 17/07/12

      Greg Rudd might be a political visionary, but - and no fan of Kev myself - it leaves a sour taste in one’s mouth when someone publicly white-ants their own brother.

      Everything he said might have been true and more, but I fail to see why he found it so urgent that he should have said it.

    • Against the Man says:

      06:26pm | 17/07/12

      If KRudd’s own bro and sis have abandoned him what does it all mean for the ALP?

    • Bear says:

      05:57pm | 17/07/12

      Grudd the dud. Doesn’t work, maybe he’ll be ok. At least the nerd gene seems to have skipped him.

    • Against the Man says:

      06:22pm | 17/07/12

      So the ALP can’t even get a leader, stick with a leader and manage themselves and these ultra morons want to rub the country? What a joke. Recycle Rudd and lets go to an election. Even Fitzy is with me on this! smile

    • SamATMantha says:

      06:46pm | 17/07/12

      rub the country?
      we don’t expect much from the village idiot and he never disappoints.

      Is it Abbott’s plan to rub the country?

    • Craig says:

      08:00pm | 17/07/12

      We need a Rudd vs Rudd matchup - mud wrestling preferred.

      They can wrestle in all the mud slung by the rest of the Labor party at Rudd the Younger.

    • Mouse says:

      08:35pm | 17/07/12

      Rudd vs Rudd mud wrestling.. OMG!  Thanks for that vision I will now have stuck in my head for the rest of the night!!!  lol :o)

    • MP says:

      09:41pm | 17/07/12

      I wonder if the 2010 falling out between Rudd and Rudd was due to that horrific and pompous article GRudd wrote about honesty in politics.

      It was a weird piece that posed a lot of unanswered questions about what is truth and what is perception.  The media had a field day about Krudd being insulted by his own brother.  Truth was that it was such a confusing piece that
      you could argue it meant anything. 
      Still, when your PM brother is being barbecued live by mining magnates, a smirking red-head, the media, and his own party, would it be too much to ask that your family not add fuel to the fire? Give me the genuine Rudd.  Kevin, the original and best.

    • KimL says:

      07:27am | 18/07/12

      If my sibling insulted me publicly in the newspaper..hell would freeze over before I spoke to them again, and if he is prepared to insult his own brother how on earth could you trust him? He is probably jealous of Kevin

    • youdy beaudy says:

      11:23am | 18/07/12

      I don’t care if he runs for the senate but as long as he doesn’t say, ” Fair suck of the sauce bottle,” or ” happy little vegemites,” i might vote for him.

    • Ron Vincent says:

      08:46pm | 18/07/12

      Hey youdy beaudy, howdy doody. I’m not sure that you could vote for Greg Rudd. First you have to be able to find your way to the hall in which to vote and then be able to read the ” how to vote leaflet” I suspect however that you will, like many disenchanted Labor voters, vote informally rather than for the Greens or a Liberal candidate. Now that’s a “fair suck of the sauce bottle”.

    • youdy beaudy says:

      09:52am | 19/07/12

      @Ron Vincent, methinks you should stop sucking on your own sauce bottle ole bean. You get the jist there Ron. Remember what you mother said to you. Ronny, quit playing with it, they fall off when they’re ripe.!


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