Kevin Rudd, the Australian workaholic Premier, seems to be a paradox. He is racking up controversy, became a subject of criticism and trouble is brewing due to his working style in his office
Liberal Party health spokesman Joe Hockey accusing Mr.Rudd of hypocrisy, ‘For the last 12 months, he has been lecturing Australians about balancing work and family and bringing fairness into workplace.’
‘The Prime Minister doesn’t practice what he preaches.’
The Australian Prime Minister believes in ‘burning the oil’ but his workaholic ways are not proving popular with his staff.
Kevin Rudd’s frenetic work load in his first six months in office has led to a string of complaints from exhausted bureaucrats about working conditions. Senior public servants said they are expected to work late into the night and weekends and that the long hours are interfering with their family lives.
Disgruntled civil servants are believed to have been behind two recent leaks of confidential Cabinet documents and now one union, which represents them, has issued a thinly veiled warning of Industrial action unless Mr.Rudd eases off.
Mr. Rudd was said to have already lost six diary secretaries since he came to office, but he has no intention of slowing down.
It is an irony that the Australian Premier Mr.Kevin Rudd who champions the cause of the Australian people and is preaching sermons on the mount, cannot understand the personal difficulties of his own staff working in his office.