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FIRST WITH OUTBURST: VEXNEWS exclusive on PM’s bonfire of the profanities explodes across nation

ruddswearing Naughty Kevin Rudd’s expletive resplendent reprimands of a group of caucus colleagues – reported first and exclusively on VEXNEWS nearly a week ago – has been patriotically embraced and extended by the News Limited Sunday publications today.

The Sunday Herald Sun, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Mails in Adelaide and Brisbane and Perth and the patriotic Sunday Territorian have all run the story very prominently. Friend of VEXNEWS Sharri Markson – currently chief of staff at the Sunday Telegraph – personally intervened to ensure a front page teaser of the yarn in her publication describing the PM cheekily as the “F-Bomber.” Our invitations to future Kirribilli soirees are surely now at risk.

Their report synthesises our revelations with an earlier story by The Age’s Misha Schubert detailing who attended the meeting and what was discussed. Schubert seemed particularly snooty this morning on ABC programme “Insiders” insisting that she’d first reported on the meeting and that she wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about. Second place is first loser, it seems.

Sadly for Misha, she’d either hadn’t been enough of an “Insider” to hear about the PM’s misbehaviour or perhaps even worse is so much of one that she decided not to report on it, that the Prime Minister was in the custom of swearing at and bullying his senior colleagues in a way utterly inconsistent with his public image and that would – in the public service – be sufficient to have him sacked or at least have him sent to anger management counselling and a kumbayah session with a shrink in Manuka.

This is what is called in journalism “burying the lede.” In Misha’s case, it was so buried, that a description of the most colourful and outrageous aspect of the PM’s behaviour didn’t appear at all in her story. No wonder she was so dark. Especially given that the News Limited story exploded like a bomb today, running hard on FM radio news, TV and even reported in the UK and Indian press.

While we’re being snooty with Ms Schubert, the representative of the endangered classifieds-dependent left-wing press, we’d also take issue with her use of the term “pre-choreographed,” we’d submit the prefix is redundant. While sweet and adorable and all that, perhaps Misha should accept Penny Wong’s offer to enter into the world of stafferdom, as the basics of journalism seem to have passed her by.

The News Limited story goes further than we did too, quoting the potty-mouthed PM as saying:

“I don’t care what you fu*kers think!” He then went on, singling out Senator David Feeney declaring, “You can get fu*ked”, before asking, “Don’t you fu*king understand?”

Perhaps not. It’s hard to comprehend those in tantrum mode. Or perhaps this was a more controlled and targetted outburst of shock and awe.

Insiders tell VEXNEWS – on condition we assist them with a ‘Pacific Solution’ escape should they be apprehended – that newly minted minister and NSW Right shiny power-stud Mark Arbib played a crucial role in this saga.

When hearing of the planned caucus rebellion at a meeting of the national Right caucus, Arbib is said to have “broken a ground speed record” in leaving that meeting to report to the PM on the mutiny over changes to the communications allowances for MPs.

Arbib has been attacked by caucus colleagues for being a “snitch” over the incident and generally using that role to position himself for maximum favour in the Rudd court. Arbib allies say keeping the PM’s office informed of the mood in caucus is an important facilitation role that he regards as vital to the good government of the country.

That warning is said to have given the Prime Ministerial entity plenty of time to craft his colourful response to the issue. Isn’t it amusing to contemplate the Rudd planning out his shock and awe campaign, perhaps in consultation with COS Alister Jordan, debating how many expletives would be appropriate, who should be the target of them and what the consequences might be? They hadn’t counted on VEXNEWS hearing second-hand accounts of the meeting nor of the spectre that one of those attending was “wired for sound.”

Our report – last Monday – of the bonfire of the profanities at the meeting of the MPs suggested that a wily person present had made a recording of the meeting. It has become clear that “the recorder” does not intend the recording to become broadcast, at least for the moment. There are rumours they are preparing a “highlight reel” of colourful musings from a number of senior MPs to be released at a later date.

We should – for the sake clarity – emphasise that the original source of our story about this was not present at the meeting with the PM. It is clear those present had nothing to gain from leaking the contents of their regular meeting with the PM to anybody, particularly VEXNEWS. Secrets can be difficult to keep in Club Fed, particularly after we’d flushed out the profanity episode. At that point, talk of what the PM did and the possibility it was recorded became the subject of quite widespread speculation in caucus and among government staffers.

Interestingly, while News Limited was able to corroborate some part of our tale, a cone of silence has descended on the widespread speculation about the recording. Some MPs have emphatically denied that any recordings were made, although of course they haven’t explained how they could be so sure what their colleagues might have been doing in their trouser pocket.

We can confirm two further related tales that have done the rounds among federal MPs after our shock revelations:

â–  At least one and possibly more MPs have taken to making audio recordings of their Parliament House meetings using either their mobile phones or increasingly tiny digital audio recording devices. While a shocking prospect to colleagues, it is understand the Latham Diaries has inspired a new generation of diarist in the Labor caucus and Liberal party room and that some are keen to have as much detail – and corroboration – as possible ahead of booking in to see publisher Louise Adler; and

â–  That ministerial staff at the highest level are contemplating a response to that distressing situation of rogue recorders. In certain property development and last resort lending circles in Sydney, it is customary to ask meeting participants not only to turn their phone off but to request that all concerned remove the batteries from their phone and put them on the table. While potentially effective, it seems that nothing short of a full body cavity search would be capable of completely preventing recording devices from being carried  into highly sensitive meetings in the halls of power of Club Fed. While that’s true, it is understood there are electronic measures that can be brought to bear to make recording very difficult.


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  1. Rudd is justified in swearing at these over spending “droogs”. With the Internet votes can check on the latest from their MP and local papers publish most of what is sent to them by MP’s too. Not only should MP’s stationary and leaflet allowance be reduced; so should the taxpayer payout to candidates who get 4% or more of the primary vote on election day. The 4% milestone is designed to financially reward the major parties and at the same time try to discourage independent and small party candidates. It is corrupt and who decides this formular? A committee made up of Liberal and Labour MP’s.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | September 20, 2009, 10:51
  2. yes they should receive exactly zero for primary votes/with all the money the ALP received they still managed to get the Party $8million in the red/what is going on?

    Posted by Madam Lash | September 20, 2009, 12:18
  3. the biggest gravy train in Australia is finally grinding to a halt…at least the Ruddster knows what’s going on and is about to do something about it…onya mate

    Posted by Madam Lash | September 20, 2009, 12:20
  4. Go Kev – pull the greedy devils into line. Great to have a strong leader who can stand up to anyone.

    Of course we want their wastage cut.
    I’m sick of getting screeds of drivel from my Lib MP. I can get the same stuff from the newspapers or the internet.

    Posted by Peter H | September 20, 2009, 12:24
  5. This articel doesn’t so much go the the fact that Rudd is trying to reduce the printing allowance, its more his style of leadership and the kind of man he is.

    Do you really want a dictatorial style Prime Minister, who can at the flick of a wrist cut an allowance? It is REEALLY okay to swear at other ELECTED representatives, especially when they are in your own party. The status of Senator and a MHR should be preserved, not trashed by of all people, the P.M

    This little outbust shows the facade is cracking, and the uglt, vain person behind it is only starting to emerge.

    Posted by Dark Horse | September 20, 2009, 13:35
  6. Oh poor David Feeney. Does this mean that he will have to warm the back bench for a very long time or until his 3rd senate spot blows up in his face and voters oust him.

    Many of us have been in many meetings with the good senator where he used more abusive language then that of the PM. Poor man, his gone from the sand pit to the big kids school and he does not like it.

    Posted by walker | September 20, 2009, 17:22
  7. For what purpose was someone recording this? I believe it is an offence in some states under various Surveillance Devices Acts + you are supposed to let other parties know if you are recording. All this proves is Rudd is human and I think this will improve his standing, not diminish it. It is the minders who want this ‘Mr Perfect/Mr Stable’ image and it could not ever be sustained. The ALP has become a party of boring clones (make and female) all the colour has been squeezed out of it.

    Posted by Losers | September 20, 2009, 17:47
  8. Rudd’s hypocrisy is becoming more and more apparent. It’s not the language that’s the problem, it’s just that the bloke is not fair dinkum.

    Posted by David | September 20, 2009, 18:10
  9. Feeney must go, his a rat with a foul mouth worse then the PM hope you remain on the back bench for a very long time until your shown the door..

    Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2009, 18:56
  10. Feeney’s the one who probably recorded the private meeting we all know how he works..

    Posted by True Feeney Style | September 20, 2009, 19:04
  11. Today I did the usual and went to say a prayer
    At the church where the journo’s wait for me
    …..because they KNOW that I’ll be there!!
    I go …not to pray for the salvation of our nation.
    I go because it’s good free press and they give me adulation.

    It just so happens I used some words (as I often do you see)
    And I dropped the “F bomb” haranguing my staff, with whom I disagree.
    Really, after all this time, you’d think that they’d know better,
    They should agree with my views ALL the time
    And do it to the letter.

    Why should I apologise to anyone for my words so foul?
    I am the Prime Minister, so I ignore them when they howl.
    I can say whatever I want and if the air turns blue,
    Then too bad – that’s the Labor way – and I’m Labor through and through.

    Its funny that they expect me to be on my best behaviour
    Who do they think they are? …”I” am the country’s saviour!!!!
    It’s not as if I am as f-ing low as that Belinda f-ing Neal,
    Whom I made go to “anger management” – after her rant at the Iguana’s meal.

    So I chuck some f-ing tantrums on the plane if my snack isn’t right
    Or if my f-ing hairdryer can’t be found after some Afghanistan flight
    I scream at people who I believe are much f-ing lowlier than I,
    Because “I” am Prime Minister, so I can just let it fly.

    If people have a problem with the foul words I often use
    Remember that you were TOLD that I have a very short fuse!
    I can’t hide my foulness ALL the time, it just eats away..and remember:
    I am the one who got us over the line on the 24th of November!

    Posted by F-Bomber | September 20, 2009, 19:17
  12. well said andy – the rats in the ranks in the federal victorian right who continue to suck upto arbib at the expense of the victorian right ought to understand that they will get theirs.

    I predict a shorten and feeney lead Victorian right renaissance as a counterbalance to arbib – watch the rats crawl back into their holes.

    Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2009, 19:19
  13. LOL have been so busy haven’t been on here much, but that was too good an opportunity to miss.

    To use foul language when addressing staff or any person, especially when you are the Prime Minister of a country, shows a distinct lack of character.

    Surely the Australian public expect their most prominent statesman and leader to behave with dignity at ALL times!!!

    I worked in many jobs and had some very important people as my senior – none of them ever swore at me or at anyone else.

    Rudd should be ashamed of his lack of control.

    Posted by shamed | September 20, 2009, 19:24
  14. Of course the real motivation behind this allowance cutting decision is to weaken the ability of opposition MP’s to liaise with their constituents.

    Labor MP’s on the other hand, with their party in power and in control of the Treasury, will have assistance provided to them indirectly.

    Posted by cunning as a sh*thouse rat | September 20, 2009, 19:26
  15. I see that you bet the Murdoch Press to the gun!This story will probably help cement the friendly relationship with the younger male proprietor of all that is Murdoch.Seeing he whined a little bit in Dear Old England recently.So some mutual antagonism too produce a bit of colour,via, your early effort,maximises these beings and what they do in our minds!?Rupert never solved a problem for Government or the common herd.And we all cry crocodile tears for the Murdochs and P.M.s that befriend them.Why didn’t Murdoch himself step in and give some paper roll to the Government,and say he can buy a few hectares of onions to turn into onion juice so that secret stuff can be read by the electorate under certain conditions!?Or!Why read between the lines,about this story which is like looking at at a Mental Clinic’s wall for meaning whilst the clock on the wall and its arms seem to be in contest with the patient’s ability to notice time passing on!? Which happened to me, and a number of other patients at Malvern Clinic whilst it was operating near the Town Hall.And wasn’t investigated by any authority,but a electronic engineer who couldn’t find any bugs etc. in the roof or anywhere.So what is the reason this item of Rudd swearing has eaten up so much newsprint!?Bill the Murdoch Press for services rendered!

    Posted by philip travers | September 20, 2009, 22:18
  16. Well done Andy. First, as usual.

    It’s hard to see KR holding onto his position. It certainly seems there are a couple of krafty parliamentary colleagues who are planning away .. very, very carefully…. and I wish them well

    Posted by Rampant | September 21, 2009, 10:39
  17. Settle down Rampant. Rudd and his advisers got the story into the mainstream press. They think its great. PM puts factional Warlords to the sword etc etc. PM no greedy pollie, wipes out rorts etc etc. A great issue to once again give the finger to the factions left and right. Interesting who represented the factions, Feeney, Farrell, Vamvakinou and Brown.?????? Not an Arbib , Shorten, Albanese or Ferguson to be seen. Oh thats right they are all Ministers now. They agree with PM, Factions are bad.

    Posted by Arther conan doyle | September 21, 2009, 12:13
  18. the point missed by so many…

    krudd is the Leader/the others work with/under him/take direction from him..

    he broke work place laws by harassing/intimidating and denigrating fellow workers….with inappropriate work language

    when you are in a position of POWER..priest/teacher/employer..carefull

    the days of power abusing are over..

    when i was a young worker i experienced repeated abuse and foul language…and in the office everyone thought it funny…i was deeply offended ..but couldn’t escape the belittling as i needed the job…it was hell

    krudd broke his own work place laws..

    not to mention again the fantastic example of the supreme hypocrisy of a man the before the last election promised a new approach to openess-honesty-and fairness..churchie type guy

    Bully BS merchant…its not about the words so much..it is about the abuse of power on those he works with and is charge of…hypocrite

    Posted by tonys | September 21, 2009, 12:25
  19. The Rodent TRIPLED the printing allowance for sitting Members. Tripled it! The Rodent should be condemned (sworn at).

    Posted by Cuppa | September 21, 2009, 12:33
  20. typical of arbib to be a suck hole, it’s a pity one day he will be judged by those outside the NSW/QLD cliche, eg the public

    Posted by dickhead detector | September 21, 2009, 12:47
  21. its about time the vic right took some control of club fed. Two lightweight states runing the show is dangerous. All show and no action!

    Posted by dickhead detector | September 21, 2009, 12:51
  22. Excellent scoop by the vex

    Posted by Huzzah | September 21, 2009, 13:21
  23. What s joke Feeney et al are a bunch of cry babies! They get yelled at and cry and whinge to the media. So much for Feeney being a hard man of the ALP. He is more like a big fat soft marshmellow

    Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009, 13:54
  24. I doubt KR would have done that, Arther. I can’t see the upside to it, as it looks like disunity behind the scenes – which it probably is.

    I just can’t see what strategic value there would be in doing that, when the opposition is almost making the running for Labor look easy.

    Can you suggest what the strategy might be?

    Posted by Rampant | September 21, 2009, 14:02
  25. The man is running the country not a church fete so harden the f*** up people.

    And Andrew it’s burying the lead, you idiot, not lede. Fall victim to the KFC grease on the keyboard again? (VEXNEWS: We used the traditional spelling to show off our prowess, actually. You can slag us for that but not for being wrong. Look it up and return shame-faced with gift of KFC, if you please)

    As for Feeney, he went to Canberra and started throwing his considerable weight around only to discover he was another fat man in a suit. Fell out with Shorten, backed the wrong horse in the right split and will be gone before you can say Steve Fielding. (VEXNEWS: Feeney will be large and in charge for a long time to come, in our not very humble opinion)

    And while the technology is relatively new – the ability to record audio on a mobile phone – the concept of rat fucking is as old as the ALP.

    Posted by for fucks sake | September 21, 2009, 14:11
  26. Yes Rampant. It is the firm believe in the Ruddsters office that it is all about Kevin 07. He is the leader. He won the slither of swinging voters so controlled by Howard for so long. Fuck Labor voters left or right, they will vote for him anyway. True Libs will not vote for him. He will however,continue to hold those swingers until beyond the next election. The story was gold for the Ruddster.There is no disunity, KR is in total control, and that was the message.

    Posted by Arther conan doyle | September 21, 2009, 14:30
  27. Posted by Doug | September 21, 2009, 17:42
  28. Rudd is a complete phoney. What I can’t abide is Rudd calling a female staffer a f****g c***. Or is modern Anglican behaviour???

    Posted by Far rightie | September 21, 2009, 19:29
  29. Who gives a sh!t? It’s up there with Scores! If a MP f^cks up, and their leader gives them a verbal fi5ting, well cop it up and live to see another day; or else pi55 off and get someone else elected who can handle the pressure. Namby Pamby P00ftas!

    Posted by Fascinating | September 21, 2009, 20:53
  30. It must be refreshing to Feeney that someone calls him a f**ker to his face…as opposed to behind his back as is the usual case.

    Posted by Close to the storm | September 21, 2009, 21:40
  31. Senator Fatty more like it

    Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009, 22:49
  32. I hear that Dandenong Council is being investigated, for undue influence Mayoral elections mis use of funds by Mayor Pinar Yesil hopefully Adam wasnt using his EO printing allowance for your council elections!!..

    Posted by Dandenong Council to be investigated | September 21, 2009, 23:53
  33. Very hypocritical by the PM, but even more sickening is the money Geoff Dixon received for his time undoing QANTAS bit by bit and turning it into a nightmare.

    Posted by True believer | September 22, 2009, 8:15
  34. A generation ago, if ever a man, any man for that matter, verbally abused or used swear words aimed at a woman ( or even within earshot of a woman) a lot of Aussie men would feel so outraged as to physically remove or even belt a bloke for having such audacity.
    Anyway, here is a better way for human development from universal first principles:

    Posted by Michael Webb | September 27, 2009, 20:44


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