Kulpurum place of the mosquito and peaceful dove
Say the word Coor – pa – roo and tell me it is not a pigeon‘s call.
Norman Creek is where the ‘topnut’ pigeons still live … 230 years after colonisation
[Editor’s note: Using a staged-managed photo opportunity (did Kevin even have a roll-up?) published in The Australian, Rudd is making a comeback. His staffers are using his contacts inside the Murdoch press to self-promote with concern for aboriginal disadvantage.
Mr Rudd used a speech at NSW Government House yesterday morning to lament the lack of progress in closing the gap in indigenous literacy and numeracy and canvassing the idea for an indigenous education summit. — The Australian 10-11 Feb 2013
Rudd is met with bemusement from locals.
Rudd suffered a 9% swing against him in Griffith at the last election. Kevin-that-is-here-to-help is so ruddy popular! No mention of the swing against Rudd in The Australian of course; Murdoch is looking anywhere to cruel the ALP for the next election. It was Rudd who went to New York to get endorsement from Murdoch before he became Prime Minister, so he can count on some favours there … a bit of ‘you scratch my back …’.
One thing I notice about Rudd is that his electoral material always places the ALP in the background with him in the foreground.
One election he had a banner that read: ‘Vote for Kevin, no matter which side you’re on‘ or words to that effect.
Have a read and see what you think.
9 Feb 2013
This is the article in the Weekend Australian 10-11 Feb 2013
By Michael McKenna and Rick Morton
IT is a rollback to the heady days of KevinG7.
More than five years after Kevin Rudd filled television screens and Facebook pages from dusk until dawn in his campaign for The Lodge, the self-described “humble” backbencher is again reigniting leadership speculation with a blitz of mainstream and social media. As Julia Gillard jetted-off to bilateral talks in New Zealand, her predecessor filled the vacuum with an appearance on morning television, before delivering a speech critical of progress in indigenous affairs, and ended the day by hosting a barefoot bowls tournament for young people in his electorate.
[Fact: After Rudd’s sorry speech in 2009, 1749 aboriginal kids were in Qld state care and fostered out to strangers. Last year that number had nearly doubled to 3,024. It is still rising. No mention of that in The Australian].
It follows a marked increase in Mr Rudd’s public profile, with his appearance last week in newspapers, chainsaw in-hand and helping in the clean-up after the floods and the tweet of him playing with his granddaughter. ALP insiders yesterday said Mr Rudd had held discussions with a number of MPs loyal to Ms Gillard, including several from Queensland, in recent days in a bid to “rebuild relationships”.
“He isn’t asking for their support, he is discussing policy but there is little doubt among them that he is testing the waters,” a senior ALP source said.
“If he learnt anything from his time as leader, it is that he has to treat people better and he is trying to rebuild relationships.”
Mr Rudd is also moving to shore up support within his own Brisbane electorate of Griffith, which he holds with a hefty margin of 8.5 per cent, after the Liberal National Party pre-selection of high-profile medical specialist Bill Glasson. Dr Glasson, the former president of the Australian Medical Association, is playing Mr Rudd at his own game – hosting the same meet-and-greet street stalls and bombarding social media about the former prime minister‘s regular absences from the electorate while overseas.
While the battle for Griffith is heating-up, with both parties expected to pour resources into the contest, Mr Rudd yesterday had to contend with being publicly rebuffed by School Education Minister Peter Garrett. Mr Rudd used a speech at NSW Government House yesterday morning to lament the lack of progress in closing the gap in indigenous literacy and numeracy and canvassing the idea for an indigenous education summit.
“As a backbencher, I put forward ideas from time to time – I’m passionate about indigenous Australia, I love to see these lives being changed, all Australians do, but when there is a problem and the data suggests there is one, it’s important to put it on the table and find out a way forward.”
Mr Garrett later said the solution to disadvantage in indigenous education would not come from talking.