House debates

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Leader of the Opposition

3:07 pm

Photo of Kevin RuddKevin Rudd (Griffith, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | Hansard source

The second question is this. We then had an article most recently by Jason Koutsoukis in the Sunday Age, which began:

THE phone rang one evening last week—

this is on 9 September—

and a familiar voice at the other end said: “I’ve got something for you. It’s hot.” So hot, I thought I could hear it sizzling. Come down for a “chat”, the man suggested. All very hush-hush and strictly on the QT.

Walking through the corridors of power to meet my trusted source, dreaming of Watergate, I half wished we were meeting in a dingy car park and not the plush ministerial suite where I was headed.

Into the meeting room I waltzed and there was my source beaming behind two glasses of red and a fat manila folder with the most misunderstood noun in the Coalition lexicon scrawled across the front: Gillard.

That is only two weeks old. The sensitivity on the part of the Leader of the House, the Treasurer and the Prime Minister—


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