Kevin Rudd's brother warns of hellish ride into election
KEVIN Rudd's eldest brother has warned of a hellish ride ahead for the returned Prime Minister in the lead-up to the Federal Election.
"I wish him all the best but, having said that, he's about to enter something, to be honest, I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy," Greg Rudd told The Daily from Canberra last night.
"He's going to go through hell and I hope he gets out the other side, basically, as a whole person."
After years of uncertainty, instability and speculation, Kevin Rudd won a leadership spill overnight, defeating troubled former prime minister Julia Gillard 57 votes to 45.
Greg Rudd, who grew up in Nambour with Kevin, is a former chief of staff of a Labor government minister and former lobbyist.
He is now campaigning as a Queensland independent for the Senate.
He has spent the past few days in Canberra, aware the simmering leadership issue would make the last sitting week of the parliament interesting.
Now restored to the prime ministry, Kevin will next battle to win the election, but his brother is certain he will lose.
"Anyone with common sense knows that Labor is still going to lose; based on the past six years performance, how on earth could you vote Labor back to run the country for another three years?" he said.
With that in mind, he said his brother would be in for a torrid campaign.
"The Coalition has an arsenal of things to fire against Kevin, because they've been preparing for this moment," he said.
"There's going to be so much dirt, claims of evidence of hypocrisy, leaking, the media is going to have a field day.
"It's going to be ugly and messy, a lot of unknowns.
"One thing (that) is known is Tony Abbott will be prime minister - the big question is how many seats Kevin can keep (for Labor)."
Kevin's sister Loree Rudd, who still lives on the Coast, said her prayers were answered when her youngest brother was voted in as prime minister in a secret caucus ballot.
"I am just so pleased," Loree said.
"I am very happy for the nation and for Kevin.
"I agree that now there will be a contest of ideas, which is unfortunately the very thing that Julia Gillard wanted, but it was the one thing that people could not seem to focus on because there was such a level of resentment towards her.
"Kevin and I texted each other last night, but I was simply really giving him a prayer not knowing what was going to happen.
"He has a huge road ahead of him, but it is now time for old-fashioned forgiveness for the Labor Party.
"I always pray that whatever is best for Kevin, the Labor Party and the nation will come to pass."