‘Miserable ghost’: Rudd lets rip on Coalition MPs
KEVIN Rudd has taken pot shots at "miserable ghost" Malcolm Turnbull, compared Peter Dutton to the Addams' Family character Lurch and labelled Scott Morrison's Jerusalem embassy proposal "lunatic" in a savage speech as he was given lifetime membership with the Labor Party.
The former prime minister unleashed in his acceptance speech today, dubbing the Coalition over the past 12 months a "three-ring circus", "unbelievable" and a "rabble".
He also ridiculed Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who became Deputy Liberal leader in the August leadership spill, and commiserated with Julie Bishop that all the Liberal leaders were "blokes" while saying Labor had moved on from its own leadership brawls that saw both him and Julia Gillard knifed as leader.
"You still have Abbott wanting to go the biff. Nothing changes," Mr Rudd told the Labor National conference.
"You have got Malcolm, who says he's not a miserable ghost. By God, he is doing a great impersonation of being one.
"You have got Lurch, Peter Dutton - who I have got to say, as Swanny reminds me, of that whole generation of Queensland coppers in the days of Bjelke-Petersen as if nothing happened in the last 35 years.
"Then you have got, of course, little Joshy for whom hope springs eternal."
Mr Rudd also compared Prime Minister Scott Morrison to US President Donald Trump.
"Then you have got the bloke, the current bloke, and yes, I am sorry Julie B, they are all blokes, every one of them, who seems to take his vision of leadership as being the Trump vision," he said.
"That is, how do we go as far right as possible?
"How else can you explain this lunatic decision on Jerusalem?"
The former prime minister, who recently unleashed on his former Labor colleagues in a new memoir, told the conference that the party was going through its period of healing after brutal leadership coups.
"In the history of every political party, there is a time for healing," he said.
"For us, to fully grasp the future, we have to put to bed the disagreements of the past.
"For us, that time has well and truly come. That is why I am here.
"You know, we had our occasional disagreements - just here and there, at the margins.
"But you know something ... I just have a simple suggestion. Let's let history be the judge of these things."
Mr Rudd added that the Labor Party and the trade union movement were "infinitely broader and bigger and greater than any single ambition which may individually divide us from time to time".
His speech comes as the Coalition deals with the fallout from the "sugar baby" scandal surrounding Nationals MP Andrew Broad.
It's the second scandal in the Nationals Party this year after Barnaby Joyce quit as party leader in February following the scandal surrounding his affair with former staffer Vikki Campion.