Rudd slams 'heartless' Newman

Kevin Rudd talks to public servants in the Queen Street mall, Brisbane.
Kevin Rudd talks to public servants in the Queen Street mall, Brisbane. Ava Benny-Morrison

FORMER Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has accused the Queensland Premier of taking to the Sunshine State with a "wrecking ball" during his second tirade against the LNP on their home soil in a week.

Attracting a small crowd in the Queen Street mall on Thursday, Mr Rudd, flanked by Together union delegates, criticised the Queensland Government for their sweeping job cuts.

The Federal Member for Griffith said usually he thought state governments should be left alone to get on with what they are doing, but Premier Campbell Newman's actions had forced him to speak out.

"I am worried about the great state of Queensland and when I start to see people taking a scalpel to the heart of this state I get worried," he said.

Mr Rudd warned Mr Newman it was "not too late to change course" and accused him of taking to Queensland's economy with a wrecking ball.

He also accused the Government of over-exaggerating the debt situation and the need for job losses.

Last week, Mr Rudd attended a social housing announcement within his electorate in South Brisbane and launched a scathing attack on Public Housing Minister Bruce Flegg for closing caravan parks around the state.

The war of words continued on Twitter.

Mr Rudd titled the caravan park decision "heartless" and "lacking common sense".

Mr Newman tweeted in return, "Rudd must have amnesia about ALP failures, we are fixing this mess."

Topics:  campbell newman kevin rudd

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