You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

'Come over for a cuppa': Rudd responds to 'miserable ghosts' quip

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 1/10/2018 Lane Calcutt

Malcolm Turnbull has hit out at former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd, describing them as “miserable, miserable ghosts”.

And, Mr Turnbull said, at the time of his dumping, internal Liberal Party polling showed his government was “very, very competitive”.

A recording of the former PM speaking to a young leadership group in New York last Friday has been leaked to 9NEWS political editor, Chris Uhlmann.

“When you stop being prime minister, that’s it,” Mr Turnbull said.

“There is no way I would be hanging around embittered like Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott.

“Seriously these people are like, sort of miserable, miserable ghosts. Move on.

“I’ve always said, and I’d always resolved, that when I cease to be prime minister, I would resign from parliament immediately.”

Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd are posing for a picture: Malcolm Turnbull has slammed fellow former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd in a leaked speech. © AAP Malcolm Turnbull has slammed fellow former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd in a leaked speech.

Mr Turnbull again explained that he’s not going to “become a trappist monk”, but his days of partisan politics are over.

As to his downfall, Mr Turnbull told the audience the “coup” was crazy.

His government was only two points behind Labor in the published polls, and he revealed the party’s own research also showed the coalition was in front.

Kevin Rudd et al. standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull in February. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull in February.

Polling in 20 Liberal and 20 Labor marginal seats, he said, had them ahead 52 to 48, after preferences.

“But for reasons that they’ve not been able to explain, you know, there was an element of the party and of the media that wanted to blow the government up, and they did,” he said.

“And, of course they didn’t get their guy up, they got ScoMo. And I wish him well.”

Mr Rudd responded in a tweet this afternoon, urging Mr Turnbull to “come over for a cuppa”.

https://twitter.com/MrKRudd/status/1046648062716915714

Pictures: Politicians: Then and now


More from 9News

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon