Rudd fails to show up

KEVIN Rudd avoided scrutiny over the mining tax yesterday when he failed to show up for a hyped visit to Gladstone.

The ousted ex-prime minister and member for Griffith was supposed to visit Gladstone to give support to Federal Member for Flynn Chris Trevor just one day after meeting Prime Minister Julia Gillard for the first time since his ouster.

Labor received an angry backlash from Queensland voters after Mr Rudd was relieved from his prime ministerial duties in what many would term an inside coup.

In his own words, Member for Flynn Chris Trevor “loves” Kevin Rudd and considered resigning after his sacking.

For Labor, the former prime minister’s visit could have reassured the Flynn electorate that even though Mr Rudd is no longer the Prime Minister, he still supports the party.

LNP’s Flynn candidate Ken O’Dowd said he would welcome Mr Rudd in Flynn.

“I understand Mr Rudd cancelled a visit scheduled for today (Sunday),” Mr O’Dowd said.

“It would have been a great opportunity to remind voters of how my Labor opponent, Chris Trevor, stood shoulder to shoulder with the then PM in supporting the mining tax and ETS.”

Mr O’Dowd said party research showed more than 80 per cent of voters in Flynn were concerned about Labor’s new taxes on the industry.

“I hope the two mates who supported the great big new taxes that will cost jobs and investment in our vast mining region will eventually appear together in Flynn and boost my chances,” Mr O’Dowd said.

Mr Trevor said Mr Rudd was welcome in Flynn any time.

“I am hopeful that Kevin will be able to come to Flynn during the next two weeks of the campaign,” he said.



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