The truth and Kevin Rudd (letter)by Brian A PeacheyNews Weekly
, June 12, 2010
The vigorous interrogation of Tony Abbott by the ABC Red Cloud-Bull Terrier cross, Kerry O'Brien was designed to portray the federal Opposition leader as untruthful, when all that Abbott did was make a mistake (The 7:30 Report
, ABC television, May 17, 2010).
I challenge O'Brien to do the same to Kevin Rudd's blatantly untruthful claim that, when his father died in 1969, his mother "was left to rely on the bleak charity of the time to raise a family" (from his maiden speech to Parliament in 1998) and that "they were evicted from the share farm and were forced to live in a car".
That will not happen because the truth is that Margaret Rudd and her son were not evicted. They were permitted to stay on the property for six months. During that time his mother received a widow's pension and gratefully accepted the Marist Brothers' generous offer to waive the fees for Kevin to board at the prestigious college at Ashgrove.
She returned to her former profession working as a nurse at Mater Hospital and purchased a house in Nambour using money from her husband's life insurance.Brian A. Peachey,