Rudd denies he’s behind Labor leaks
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd says he is not bitter about being ousted as leader and has denied he is the source of damaging leaks against Labor.
The Federal Government has been rocked by a series of leaks since Julia Gillard forced Mr Rudd to step aside.
But in his first major interview since he was deposed, Mr Rudd has told Radio National’s Late Night Live program he is not responsible for the leaks.
“The source ain’t from me, I see Mr [Lindsay] Tanner’s had things to say today,” he told broadcaster Phillip Adams, who is a friend of Mr Rudd’s.
“You know there are lots and lots of people out there who have access to government information – lots and lots.
“I said my practice is not to comment on the processes and deliberations of Cabinet, I have not commented on those deliberations and processes, I will not comment on those deliberations and processes.”
While saying it had been a tough time for him and his family, Mr Rudd says there are “bigger things at stake”.
“Life’s just too short to carry around a great bucket load of anger and resentment and bitterness and hatred and all that stuff,” he said.
“There’s too much that needs to be done.”
Mr Rudd also says he is worried Opposition Leader Tony Abbott could win the election by default.
“The bottom line is I can’t just stand idly by at the prospect of Mr Abbott sliding into office by default,” he said.
“Elections are really important things. They’re about who governs the country.”
Mr Rudd, who is recovering from gall bladder surgery, also says he is committed to campaigning for Ms Gillard.
“There’s big stuff at stake for the country and I guess my message more broadly is the future of KM Rudd is one thing, but the future of the country is actually much bigger because it affects 22 million of us, not just one of us,” he said.
But he says he is worried he might be a distraction to Ms Gillard.
“I’m always concerned about being some sort of sideshow to the main event, because the main event is what’s important,” he said.
“The main event is the country’s future.”
Mr Rudd also says he wants to continue to “contribute”.
“No government’s perfect, no prime minister’s perfect,” he said.
“I wasn’t, Keating wasn’t, Hawke wasn’t, Gillard’s not – but you know something? When it comes to the fundamentals of economic policy settings, general policy settings, the country’s heading in the right direction.”