Former PM hits town for lunch
IT was the ninth day before Gladstone residents go to the polls to vote for who they want running the country and the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd flew in for a barbecue lunch.
Gladstone residents are still yet to see current Prime Minister Julia Gillard or Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, which evidently they are waiting for, as residents watching Mr Rudd walk off the plane yesterday asked who he was with.
The first thing Mr Rudd did on Gladstone soil was walk up to people waiting for loved ones in the arrivals area of the airport to say hello.
Mr Rudd’s main aim of the visit was to have a barbecue lunch with Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) RG Tanna Coal terminal workers, accompanied by Member for Flynn Chris Trevor.
Despite undergoing surgery recently, there was no slowing the ousted prime minister down, as he took the opportunity to talk about how much the Labor Party had done for Gladstone workers and their families.
“It’s great to be back here in Gladstone,” Mr Rudd said in the only speech he gave during yesterday’s visit. “I’ve been here many times with CT.”
He said it was also good to be back visiting GPC, which was one of the major employers in the region.
Mr Rudd said Gladstone was important to Australia due to the economic and population growth forecast for the region.
While some people at the airport seemed unimpressed, many of the GPC workers were happy to have a chat with the ousted prime minister.
For Tooloola State High School students at GPC for work experience, it was their treat for the week.
Dalton Saunders, 15, said talking with Mr Rudd was awesome.
Tegan Fatnowna, 15, said it was good. “It was really amazing,” she said.
Ms Fatnowna went on to talk with Mr Trevor.
Shane Baxter said it was “prime”.
“He’s just an ordinary bloke, I guess,” he said.