Peter Dutton took to the airwaves this morning speaking with Ray Hadley on 4BC radio. The Defense Minister made scathing comments directed at former Prime Ministers Malcolm Turnbull, Kevin Rudd and Paul Keating.
The comments came in response to Malcolm Turnbull’s National Press Club appearance where the former Prime Minister had some scathing words of his own for the sitting PM Scott Morrison, criticising the AUKUS deal commenting, “This is an appalling episode in Australia’s international affairs and the consequences of it will endure to our disadvantage for a very long time”.
Turnbull didn’t stop there, he had some choice words about the vaccine rollout suggesting, “The reason we are in lockdown is because the federal government did not buy enough vaccines last year. There is no argument about that. It is the biggest failure of public administration.”
Turnbull is correct. It is PATRIOTIC to question Morrison’s colossally incompetent mishandling of Australia’s diplomacy. It is UNPATRIOTIC to say nothing while Morrison & Dutton play fast and loose with national security to distract from their failures on vaccination & quarantine pic.twitter.com/HPtFHuWlG8
— Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) September 29, 2021
He wrapped up his appearance with one final dig aimed squarely at Scott Morrison’s hesitation to attend the Climate Conference in Glasgow by saying, “…his absence will send a pretty strong message about his priorities”.
Moving on to K Rudd (remember Kevin ‘07? Such simpler times), Dutton’s comments this morning came after Rudd’s attempts to secure vaccines for the nation as well as Rudd’s own opinions on the AUKUS deal saying, “And … Kevin Rudd is publishing opinion pieces in French newspapers. This guy is paid for by the Australian taxpayers to this very day.”
And finally, the Minister of Defence unleashed on our leader circa 1996, Paul Keating, with these choice words, “I think you’re looking at somebody like Paul Keating who was out attacking the Labor Party recently and attacking the government … taking on the Prime Minister and Marise Payne and myself over the deal we’ve done with the US and the UK. Keating was voted out in 1996. So we’re talking 25 years on. Every day must be a miserable existence for him.”
There is never a dull moment in Australian politics.
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