Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd (from the Latham Diaries)

Towards the end of Question Time, Rudd asked Downer a legitimate question about Kopassus:* have they been cooperating with the terrorist outfit, Laskar Jihad? But straight after, Rudd raced up to the Indonesian Embassy to explain himself, petrified they might take offence. He’s not in this to win public support for Labor. He’s just an insider in the Canberra foreign-policy establishment. There was no need to explain himself to the Indonesians. It was just a question, and a good one at that.

(from Mark Latham, The Latham Diaries MUP, Melbourne 2005, p.202)

* Koppasus were one of the most violent Indonesian military groups involved in the occupation of Timor Leste


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