This isn’t about beating up Kevin Rudd. He’s doing a fine job of that to himself. Tonight he was back in “7.30 Report Land” and walked straight into a question about something he said to the miners’ table at last night’s press gallery ball in Canberra. His expression slightly but perceptibly darkened as Kerry O’Brien asked what the PM meant when he singled them out and said “we’ve got a long memory”.
Rudd said the comment was a “throwaway remark” but it is hard to interpret as anything but a threat, however jocular the delivery. This is the second time this week Rudd has been forced to characterise a comment as innocuous after it has been said, having forced to defend a remark he dropped about a female reporter’s outfit on Tuesday.
The problem is that remarks from a Prime Minister are anything but throwaway when they are so frequently repeated.
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