Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Cousin,COs Toasting Kevin,COs Return

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Cousin,COs Toasting Kevin,COs Return

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WHEN Bill Shorten switched allegiance to Kevin Rudd on Wednesday night, that was enough for Chris De Vere.

C[pounds sterling]Rip the top off it,C[yen] he said to his wife Karyn as she produced a bottle of quite expensive champagne.

C[pounds sterling]As soon as Shorten switched to Rudd, I knew it was all over,C[yen] Mr De Vere said yesterday.

His optimism was borne out when LaborCOs party room returning officer announced the rebirth of the legendary C[pounds sterling]once and future kingC[yen], second-time Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Mr De Vere, a Mary Valley grazier, is not thought to be much of a Labor supporter, but yesterday he made it clear that this was different.

This was family.

Mr De VereCOs father Kevin is Mr RuddCOs uncle, after whom the born-again Queensland PM was named.

C[pounds sterling]RuddCOs a De Vere by family. His mother was a De Vere. His father was a Rudd,C[yen] Mr De Vere said.

Quoting Rudyard Kipling, Mr De Vere Facebooked on Wednesday night: C[pounds sterling]If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. …

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