Kevin Rudd, former, and aspiring future Australian Prime Minister demonstrated on Friday that he is prepared to prostitute himself, the truth, and the victims of church violence against children in order to deliver a minor political miracle and shore up his hopes to oust Julia Gillard from the Prime Ministerial throne, as she once ousted him.
The truth in question? Kevin Rudd’s own memories of his miserable education at the hands of Marist College Ashgrove, which he previously publicly denounced as “tough, harsh, unforgiving institutional Catholicism of the old school” and a culture “that condoned violence” directed against children. The impact on the young Rudd of the College and its brutal culture were so overwhelmingly negative that he tried to forget them.
The prostitution? Kevin Rudd has finally succeeded in forgetting his childhood experiences, but not, as so many victims of catholic predators have been forced to do, in order to survive the trauma inflicted on them. Kevin’s amnesia is prompted by a burning desire for political advancement.
The payoff? Having placated the powerful catholic political lobby with a feat of memory gymnastics, denied his own pain and that of all children abused by clerical exploiters and abusers, Rudd obviously hopes the catholic vote will deliver Labour’s Kate Jones the seat of Ashmore, who is in desperate need of help to defeat the Liberal National Party leader, Campbell Newman, in the upcoming Queensland state elections.
Since Newman is ahead in pre-election polls on primary vote alone, it will indeed seem like divine intervention if Rudd can magic up a win for Jones. And will in all likelihood provide the impetus for Rudd’s much rumoured challenge to Julia Gillard as national Labour Party leader and Prime Minister.
It is hard to tell whose behaviour is more despicable in this tacky little PR stunt.
The one-time Prime Minister who delivered a seemingly heartfelt and genuine public apology to victims of damaging child migration schemes and horrendous institutional abuse at the hands of the catholic church, who then turns around and denies his own personal knowledge of the culture which enables such damage, in exchange for another chance at the top seat in Parliament House?
Or the institution responsible for the widespread rape, abuse and exploitation of defenceless children, which destroys thousands of young lives without compunction in order to protect its own power, wealth and privilege, and which corruptly offers electoral support to a politician in return for lying to cover up their abuse?
One thing they both have in common is an obsession with absolute power and control over others. And when a person or an institution is driven by lust for power, everyone suffers as a result.
See the original story of Rudd’s about face on Marist College Ashgrove