Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Rudd Is Unmanly, like a Snake, Latham Says

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Rudd Is Unmanly, like a Snake, Latham Says

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CANBERRA (AAP): Former prime minister Kevin Rudd is unmanly and like a snake for leaking a damaging story about his successor Julia Gillard, a former Labor leader says.

Mark Latham also said Ms Gillard would have been better off giving Mr Rudd the foreign affairs portfolio to prevent him from being a loose cannon in Brisbane.

Ms Gillard lost traction in the election campaign after Nine Network journalist Laurie Oakes revealed that she questioned the wisdom of parental leave and a pension increase.

While Mr Rudd subsequently released a statement denying he was the source of the leak, Mr Latham is still convinced that he backgrounded Mr Oakes.

"It's the coward's way to get on the blower with Laurie Oakes and say, CyI'll tell you this but you're not allowed to identify me'," Mr Latham told Sky News.

"It's the snake's way.

"So I challenge Kevin Rudd to be a man, to be honest, to have some honour and actually, if he feels this strongly about it, put his name to his words. …

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