07-23-2013, 12:06 PM
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  • Coyote
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A friend of mine from NSW Australia sent me this earlier today. Our US politicians have nothing on the Aussies!!

THIS is FUNNY and VERY telling!

It just all depends on how you look at the same things.

Judy Rudd, an amateur genealogy researcher in south east Queensland, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that ex-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's great-great uncle, Remus Rudd, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Melbourne in 1889. Both Judy and Kevin Rudd share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows at the Melbourne Jail.
[Image: RemusRudd_zps5e1e31cd.jpg]

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription:

'Remus Rudd horse thief, sent to Melbourne Jail 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Melbourne-Geelong train six times.
Caught by Victoria Police Force, convicted and hanged in 1889.'


So, Judy recently e-mailed ex-Prime Minister Rudd for information about their great-great uncle, Remus Rudd.
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Believe it or not, Kevin Rudd's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

"Remus Rudd was famous in Victoria during the mid to late 1800s. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Melbourne-Geelong Railroad..

Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad.

In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the Victoria Police Force. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honour when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."


NOW That's how it's done, Folks!

That's real POLITICAL SPIN!

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 07-23-2013, 12:14 PM
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Tongue-in-cheek perfection. 24

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 07-23-2013, 12:17 PM
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Ahh ... this tale truly signifies how there are multiple ways to look at the same thing ... the world of politics! Biggrin

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 07-23-2013, 12:53 PM
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You can only blow smoke so far.

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 07-23-2013, 12:53 PM
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I LIKE IT A LOT. LOLBiggrin

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 07-23-2013, 02:16 PM
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(07-23-2013, 12:06 PM)Coyote Wrote: A friend of mine from NSW Australia sent me this earlier today. Our US politicians have nothing on the Aussies!!

THIS is FUNNY and VERY telling!

It just all depends on how you look at the same things.

Maybe not, but they're sure in the running. Wink

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 07-23-2013, 02:41 PM
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Almost anything can be made to look pretty in the right light.

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 07-23-2013, 02:55 PM
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Quote:Almost anything can be made to look pretty in the right light.

Then there is hope for me.......just need to work on the lighting.

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 07-23-2013, 05:02 PM
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Well, the primary reason for the British settlement of Australia was the establishment of a penal colony...

And the primary role of a politician is to manipulate public opinion. Therefor spin tactics are central to public relations. Tobacco and alcohol companies (like politicians) are notorious spin doctors.

So, for a nation of who's politicians' ancestry heralds primarily from convict settlement, I actually quite enjoyed this interpretation of events!

Thanks for sharing.

EDIT: Further in the interests of accuracy Kevin Rudd is currently the Prime Minister of Australia after being sworn in (again) by the Governor-General on 27 June 2013 (but that's another story in itself!)

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 07-23-2013, 07:07 PM
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Biggrin Great little story!

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 07-27-2013, 02:57 PM
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You have to give them an A+ for creativity.
Being ashamed of criminals in your family tree in Australia is like me being ashamed of alcoholics in my family tree in Ireland.

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