Brett Wortman

Rudd takes win in LNP heartland

FOREIGN Minister Kevin Rudd must have felt like he was in a politician's heaven.

Invited deep into Liberal territory by member for Fisher Peter Slipper, it was a feel-good event for the former Prime Minister - paying tribute to graduating high schoolers, reading to Year 2 classes he called "chooks" and talking China with students learning about Asia.

After being treated like visiting royalty, he was then able to slam Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in front of a solemn Mr Slipper.

For Mr Slipper, he could either argue with his treasured guest or keep quiet. Mostly he chose the latter.

Mr Rudd told Mr Slipper to "close his ears" - he obliged - and the ALP minister attacked Mr Abbott for airing domestic issues in front of United State president Barack Obama.

Journalists then asked Mr Slipper why he appeared closer to an ALP minister than his Liberal colleague Alex Somlyay.

As Mr Slipper answered, Mr Rudd could scarcely conceal his joy.

"I think Alex every morning consumes a bag of lemons. He has a sour outlook on life," Mr Slipper said.

"I think when he announced his retirement, it was great news for Sunshine Coast, Fairfax and great news for golf courses."

When asked his personal opinion on the Mal Brough spat, Mr Rudd beamed.

"I am not a member of that particular political party so I will leave their internal deliberations to them and I am sure it will be a fun family affair," he said.



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