Rudd loves a fighting re-tweet
Thu August 30, 2012 7:42pm
FORMER prime minister Kevin Rudd says he doesn't think there's anything wrong with having heated public debates with fellow politicians over social media.
Mr Rudd has been involved in a public stoush with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman over each other's leadership.
The former prime minister commented on Queensland's plans to sell off state caravan parks, prompting Mr Newman to accuse Mr Rudd of having "amnesia about ALP failures".
In response, Mr Rudd called the premier's plan for caravan parks "heartless".
Mr Newman posted a link to a 2007 story about Mr Rudd's plans to take "a meat axe" to the Australian public service.
"How do (you) spell amnesia - 'RUDD'," he tweeted.
Speaking to journalists in Perth, Mr Rudd said he was fine with using the "Twitterverse" for debates.
"I have no problem using the social media as any form of exchange," he said.
"All I was saying (to Mr Newman) is, have a heart. This is actually about being decent to folk who don't have much in their lives.
"These are battlers, these are aged pensioners, these are folk who really struggle to make ends meet."