Rudd to start campaign in Brisbane

It comes a day after the Liberal National Party announced an untried 30-year-old candidate, finance and administration manager Rebecca Docherty, as its candidate for the seat.


It’s believed Mr Rudd will visit a local school.

Mr Rudd recently returned from a trip to the United States where he met top officials including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The LNP reportedly planned to parachute in a high-profile candidate for Griffith if Mr Rudd did an about-face and did not recontest his seat.

Griffith is a safe Labor seat, which Mr Rudd holds with a 12 per cent margin.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard did not rule out campaigning alongside Mr Rudd in his electorate in the lead-up to the August 21 poll.

“I’ll be campaigning around the country where I’m needed but I’m certainly available to campaign in Griffith,” she told Fairfax Radio.

The pair would also meet at Labor’s official campaign launch.

“Of course Kevin Rudd, as an honoured former prime minister, will be there at the campaign launch, as will the other former prime ministers.

“We’ll work out seating arrangements for Bob (Hawke) and Paul (Keating) as necessary,” she joked, referring to recent public tension between the former Labor leaders.

Ms Gillard denied reports that Australian-born performer Helen Reddy would sing her 1970 number one hit I am Woman at the campaign launch.

“And I can absolutely promise … you won’t hear me singing, I am a member of possibly the only non-singing Welsh family on the planet.”