When Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ordered the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat from Australia over the Dubai passports impropriety, Kevin Rudd’s days as prime minister would be numbered. The first two years of the Rudd/Gillard government were remarkable for their majority public support and for overwhelming public support for Rudd as prime minister. They were a popular government seen as working to improve the living circumstances of Australians, seen as bent towards social justice, a government that was trending towards a legacy of positive achievements, some of an egalitarian content.
The cracks appeared when certain individuals and influential lobby groups were stirred by their biases and allegiances after the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat who the Rudd Government alleged was a Mossad operative. We’ve been sold other narratives as to what brought about the downfall of the once popular Rudd prime ministership but it wasn’t what’s been sold by the plotters who overthrew him, that he was some sort of combinatory autocrat and bully. This type of alleged behaviour by a prime minister was no new norm.
If Rudd was really a control freak who berated his colleagues and staffers it would have been all too easy for the affected to confront him, for his cabinet to pull him into line.
The dumping of Prime Minister Rudd was culminated by the anger at his expulsion of the undercover operative and of his mounting support for a two state solution for Palestine and Israel and of his support of UNESCO cultural rights for Palestine. There was venom towards Rudd for his supposed tough stance to the Israeli government for an Israeli government sanctioned assassination squad in 2010 misusing Australian identities and passports in the Dubai assassination of a leading Hamas official.
On May 24, 2010 the Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith announced in parliament the expulsion order. Rudd would only last as prime minister for one more month. On June 24 he would be ditched.
The so-called ‘faceless-men’ worked feverishly following the expulsion of the Canberra based Mossad operative. Not all of them were upset by the fact of Rudd’s stance and expulsion but they were attracted by the significant opportunity to carpetbag their way to more power. Some of the faceless exploited the unforgiving anger by some of the influential faceless lot and within the firmament of anger found the opportunity to undermine Rudd and pursue personal gain, top jobs.
The Rudd expulsion of the operative came two months after Britain expelled a London based Mossad station chief. Twelve British passports had also been misused in the assassination on January 20, 2010 of the Hamas official, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith said, “The government (is) in no doubt that Israel was responsible for the abuse and counterfeiting of these passports.”
On the expulsion, a statement from the Israeli Foreign Ministry included, “We regret the Australian decision, which is not in line with the quality and importance of our relationship.”
One of the so-called faceless plotters had been ALP powerbroker and backbencher Michael Danby. Mr Danby was pivotal in the shafting of Rudd as prime minister. In fairness to Mr Danby he is known for supporting a two state solution for Palestine and Israel.
Prime Minister Rudd’s enemies began to number and gang up around Danby, Feeney and others following his earlier cardinal sin of showing semblances of support to Palestine, for a two state solution and for his recognition of the cultural rights of Palestine. In November 2009, Rudd supported piecemeal cultural rights at UNESCO for Palestine. Palestine would count against Rudd as did Pine Gap to Gough Whitlam.
The Israeli diplomat expelled was in fact the Mossad station chief in Canberra. In 2006 Prime Minister John Howard agreed to the stationing. In return Australia was able to station an ASIO officer in the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv.
The Rudd/Gillard government had showed the potential to leave a legacy of social changes, improved stabilities for the Australian nation and become known as one of the more high achieving Australian governments but much undermined this potential legacy. Most certainly the me-generation of political challengers but Rudd’s toppling would not have happened had he not had the temerity to support Palestine and expel a Mossad station chief. The nation’s interests were sidelined by the plotters. The hatchet jobs done on Rudd are the norm for successful plotters.
In 2007, the ALP won government by a 23 seat margin. Rudd’s government spent two years, the majority of his tenure as one of the most popular prime ministers and governments. The Rudd/Gillard government not long after the landslide election win signed the Kyoto Protocol, delivered the Stolen Generations Apology, campaigned on climate preservation and a national broadband network, ramped up digital, education investments.
Had he not been toppled Australia may now have the resource super profits tax. The campaign by the wealthiest Australians to prevent this effective redistribution of wealth to the nation was not responsible for Rudd’s toppling.
One of Australia’s most popular governments was all of a sudden toppled. All of a sudden it was put down to longstanding “tensions” and that Rudd was an autocrat and bully – Impossible. It was the expulsion of the Mossad chief, and yes the carpetbaggers, the me-generation, saw their chance and ever since began the further steep demise of how politics is viewed by the Australian people; they have reduced what little respect there was for government back to the worst of views, to an Australian public saturated in cynicism.