Updated September 08, 2018 10:01:50 “I’m just an Australian icon.
The Internet is just a thing,” said former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Key points:AUSTRALIAN PM KEVIN RUDD is accused of taking $2 million from a businessman in New York’s Times Square in 2006″This is not the first time a government has been accused of money laundering, I am not ashamed of the fact I did it,” he said.
Mr Rudd said he did not think he was involved in illegal conduct, but the allegations were disturbing.
“It’s the type of behaviour that people should expect to see in a democracy.”
There’s been a lot of talk about what happened to Australia in the past decade, and I think the Australian Government is not immune from this,” he told ABC Radio National.”
The question is why it happened to us.
“When I was a minister, I was able to make some very strong decisions and not get in trouble.”
What happened to me was quite serious.
I did not know who it was, who it’s associated with, who this person was, what their intentions were.
“I’ve spoken to a number of people who have had similar experiences, and it’s not an easy place to be to go.”
The allegations come after a former government employee and a former media executive have accused Mr Rudd of taking bribes in return for access to government documents.
The businessman, who has not been named, said he was paid $3 million to give access to the New York Times, the Sydney Morning Herald and other publications.
“Mr Rudd had this reputation as a very hard-working, principled politician, and a great communicator,” he wrote in an affidavit to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Mr Obama has previously dismissed claims of corruption against Mr Rudd.
In 2015, he said there was “no corruption in any way” at Mr Rudd’s government.