FOREIGN minister Kevin Rudd will find his “niche” and continue to make a contribution to Australia, his brother Greg says.
But the older Rudd has been more guarded on whether or not Prime Minister Julia Gillard can be confident in having her former minister’s full support in the future.
“That’s all for politicians to believe or not to believe,” he told reporters in Adelaide on Tuesday.
“I think I’m actually on record many, many times over many, many years – I don’t believe any politicians.
“Politicians say what that have to say.”
Greg Rudd, who works as a business and political lobbyist and spends much of his time in China, was also somewhat cryptic in whether or not his brother was right to challenge for the Labor leadership, a challenge he ultimately lost convincingly to Ms Gillard.
“Kevin did what he thought was right, Julia did what she thought was right and the caucus did what they thought was right,” he said.
“At the end of the day, when you join a political party they’ve all got their own sets of rules.”
Mr Rudd described the events leading up to and including his brother’s leadership challenge as an example of the type of celebrity politics that was good for the media but did not make for good government.
He said he would like to see a shift away from politics as entertainment and have the major parties work more collaboratively together on key areas such as energy and infrastructure policy.
As to the future, Mr Rudd said he had no idea exactly what his brother would do.
“That’s up for him to decide,” he said.
“Kevin’s a guy who’s got a huge amount to contribute.
“I’m sure Kevin will find his niche and continue to contribute very well.”