News

Rudd unfit to be PM: ex-advisor

Sunshine Coast Mental Health expert John Mendoza.
Sunshine Coast Mental Health expert John Mendoza. John Mccutcheon

A SENIOR advisor to Kevin Rudd during his prime ministership has revealed he resigned in part because of the "utterly dysfunctional and chaotic" leadership.

John Mendoza, former chairman of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health, has spoken publicly for the first time about quitting the senior adviser role.

Mr Mendoza, citing the former prime minister as a key factor, said he and many others were led by Mr Rudd "up the garden path in terms of acting on mental health".

The Caloundra-based adjunct professor said the chaos of Mr Rudd's dysfunctional government had set the party on a road to self destruction under his leadership.

The dramatic resignation by Mr Mendoza as Mr Rudd's most senior mental health advisor - one week before Julia Gillard mounted a leadership coup in June 2010 - is seen by many as one of the nails in the coffin for the failed prime minister.

"This man is not fit for prime minister," Mr Mendoza said.

"Finally the Australian public is starting to get an insight into (his dysfunctional leadership).

"I'd say those in the government, especially all the senior ministers, have been extraordinarily loyal to Kevin Rudd not to disclose (his shortcomings) until this point."

After Mr Rudd was disposed of from the top job, Mr Mendoza, who has a long history of public service, said "those working to support the government agenda were very pleased to see a change of leader".

"The government had become utterly dysfunctional and chaotic - and something had to give," Mr Mendoza said.

"I think (Mr Rudd's lack of inaction on mental health policy) and the mining tax shemozzle did play a part in the removal of Rudd but it was part of a much broader dysfunction in the Rudd Government."

Mr Mendoza said his work for the prime minister's office under Mr Rudd's leadership sent him on a whirlwind tour around the country in 2009 to prepare a report for Mr Rudd "in a ridiculous time frame".

"This was the pattern of behaviour, this consistent pattern of chaos was something I'd never experienced as a public servant, let alone at the head of a peak body," Mr Mendoza said.

Mr Mendoza would not be drawn on who he thought should win a leadership spill between Mr Rudd and Ms Gillard. On the issue of mental health, Mr Mendoza said "there is no comparison".

"Kevin Rudd set us up for profound disappointment."

 

MENDOZA ON TWITTER

John Mendoza (@johno0910) posted the following comments on Twitter yesterday:

Finally Australian people are hearing the truth behind the removal of Rudd. He was out of control with everyone trying to hold govt together

Kevin (not from heaven) Rudd should seek asylum in Hollywood where his skills would be hot

Topics:  john mendoza, kevin rudd, queensland election 2012


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

New pool gets the nod

NEW LOOK: Work will start soon on the Beenleigh Aquatic Centre redevelopment.

INDOOR pool part of new plan.

Logan youth map out jobs for future

FUTURE DIRECTION: The Youth Job Expo at Logan Metro this week.

THOUSANDS attend Logan expo.

Raising profile of rare illness

LIVING LIFE: Sharon Easdale is determined to help others by raising awareness about dystonia.

Raising awareness of dystonia.

Latest deals and offers

Survivor marks his milestone

First pre-term baby to survive at hospital marks milestone birthday.

New pool gets the nod

NEW LOOK: Work will start soon on the Beenleigh Aquatic Centre redevelopment.

INDOOR pool part of new plan.

Logan youth map out jobs for future

FUTURE DIRECTION: The Youth Job Expo at Logan Metro this week.

THOUSANDS attend Logan expo.

Raising profile of rare illness

LIVING LIFE: Sharon Easdale is determined to help others by raising awareness about dystonia.

Raising awareness of dystonia.

Fuel stolen at Woodridge

Can you help police identify this person?

Ambo hits road for house fires

LENDING A HAND: Christine and Louie Naumovski from the Logan House Fire Support Network.

OLD ambulance donated to charity.

Drowning Pool gig review at Max Watt's

Drowning Pool played Brisbane with A Breach of Silence and She Cries Wolf at the Max Watt's House of Music.

Drowning Pool prove that 'bodies' hit the floor when they play

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles